Friday, December 27, 2013

Know Your Enemy- @ UCLA Bruins

Game is December 28th at 10PM EST (9PM CST) on ESPN2. From what I understand Bill Walton will be calling the game so we should expect him to call this down the middle with ZERO bias.

(Okay, got that out of the way)

First, a preview from UCLA.
Next, season stats.

UCLA comes in 10-2 with no real big wins of note (they did beat Drexel though) and losses to Duke in MSG (we played them closer) and @ Missouri. Their high powered offense drops 86.4 PPG while allowing 70.2. They are 8-0 at home this year.

Jordan Adams is leading the way @ 18.9 PPG shooting 50.7% from the field and 84.1% from the free throw line. He is also pulling in roughly 5 boards a game. Adams is a 6'5" sophomore guard who gives us some matchup problems. I assume Levi or Rodney take turns defending him.

Kyle Anderson drops 14.7 PPG to go with almost 9 boards and leads the team in assists at 6.67 a game. He is a 6'9" F that has played the guard position some this year. Again, another matchup problem as we don't have guards that can match his size and don't have big men that can keep up. This one worries me more.

They also have the Wear twins (you remember them from their cup of coffee at UNC). David starts and is 2nd on the team in FG percentage at 57.6%. Travis has started the last 3 games and has been less effective, but is the better FT shooter of the 2 (9/9 vs 13/18). Both are 6'10" and both play roughly 20 minutes a game.

Zach LaVine and Norman Powell also average double digits in scoring (12.8 and 11.0) Zach comes off the bench and is an accomplished shooter (55% FG/42.9% 3pt FG). Powell also shoots over 50% (57.5%).

Tony Parker was starting, but now comes off the bench. He's shooting almost 60% from the field. He's a 6'9" F/C. If you noticed UCLA has a lot of height.

I'm not sold on UCLA being a very good team (they did drop out of the rankings after getting dominated by Duke), but it's a road game and I see a lot of matchup issues. Unless we get hot from the perimeter (which I haven't seen yet) I see UCLA dominating us inside and winning comfortably.

I do not know if DJC made his way out there. If he did, I hope he took some time to enjoy Santa Monica and maybe walk around the UCLA campus. It will be the highlight of the trip.

19 comments:

Msmilie said...

I may be in the minority (what a shocker), but I actually like Bill Walton calling games. The guy is a loon and very entertaining.

crimsontider said...

In all my years of being an Alabama basketball fan, I have never been more certain of a loss going into a game. UCLA should spot CAG 20 points just to make it somewhat interesting.

finebammer said...

no surprise happy. birds of a feather........

Msmilie said...

I'll take Walton any day over your worthless ass.

crimsontider said...

Releford not starting due to a "Disciplinary issue." If Grant is going to go out, he might as week go out with all of his excuses in tow. Anyone still think that CAG and Releford get along?

bobbyjack said...

Releford not starting due to "discipline issue." I bet he kicks himself every day for sticking around after his sophomore season.

crimsontider said...

Yep

bobbyjack said...

Missed flight... that's on Relly, but my point remains.

crimsontider said...

Oh, completely, but it's not like missing the first four minutes of the game are going to teach him anything. I would have had more respect for the decision had he just been suspended for the game, or even a half.

Msmilie said...

The guy made a mistake, was disciplined, and responded like a champ. A guy who doesn't enjoy playing for his coaches doesn't respond with that type of effort.

crimsontider said...

He has played well so far, as has the teams. Let's see what happens in the second half. If we somehow pull this out, I will jump on your bandwagon.

Msmilie said...

I'm talking about Releford's effort and this speculation that he doesn't like Grant, not what happens in this game. Still an uphill battle for them to pull this one out. We've seen this movie before.

Msmilie said...

Good 1st half for Bama after a rough start. The defensive effort the last 12 minutes was as good as we've seen all season. Everyone talks about offense, but the struggles have had as much to do with the team's struggles on the defensive end. The only way they win tonight is if they get it done on the defensive end.

crimsontider said...

We play hard though. Thats what matters.

bobbyjack said...

Good effort... still have the same issues at the end of games getting the boards. A shame Releford's effort was wasted.

Msmilie said...

Games like tonight are the reason I take issue with the continued criticisms of the coaching staff. They put the team in position to win games like tonight and the players cannot make the simple play to win. The game is tied at 67, they force UCLA into a low percentage shot, and our guys can't get the rebound. The coaches are easy to criticize, but at some point the players have to step up and make a friggin' play.

crimsontider said...

Agreed, but these are his recruits. He is making 2 million dollars a year, and it is his job to break them out of his mental rut. He has not shown the ability, or the desire to break this team out of its rut. Look, disagreements aside, we all wanted Grant to be the guy to take the program to the next level,but it is year 5, and this is still happening. You can't fire the players M, and at some point if you are the AD, hand AG his buyout, and say thanks, good luck, but we are not progressing as a program, and need to move on.

finebammer said...

tomorrow's headline: the result remains the same.

Msmilie said...

Fair enough. But Grant will be back in 14-15 (assuming he doesn't see the writing on the wall and take another job) so I think you'll have to wait for your scenario to unfold.