Thursday, March 12, 2015

Gators Gouge Grant, Florida 69 Bama 61

We played well for the first ten minutes or so.  We moved the ball, played good defense, and built a 9 point lead.  Unfortunately, we got absolutely nothing from the bench.  When we switched to a zone, Florida lit us up, and we couldn't get a rebound when they missed.  Offensively, we slowed the game down and couldn't get any decent shots.

It's bad enough that we got no points or rebounds from our bench, but we also went over 20 minutes without making a single jump shot from outside the paint.  It seems like our hottest players always end up in foul trouble.  Cooper had a great first half, but then had to come out of the game 4 minutes into the second half with four fouls.  Riley Norris also played much of the game with 4 fouls.

Despite the poor shooting and lack of help from the bench, the starters did a remarkable job of keeping us within shouting distance for most of the game.  Levi was able to get to the line and go 11 of 11 while scoring 15.  Jimmie had another great game with 15 points, Coop got 13 despite the foul trouble and Retin was solid with 10, while Riley made a couple of 3s and scored 8 points.

There were 2 key plays in the second half that put us away.  First, with around 10 minutes remaining, we had cut the lead to 3 but then had an awful offensive possession where we couldn't get a shot off.  Florida made a 3 at the other end, we turned it over, and the Gators drained another 3, so within a minute their lead was back to 9 after we had spent the last 3 or 4 minutes chipping away to get it back to within one possession.

We had one more run in us, and were down 7 with 3 minutes to play when Coop scored and should have got the "and 1" on a blocking foul.  The free throw could have cut the lead to 4.  Instead, the official called Coop for a charge, which was also his 5th foul.  Predictably, Florida nailed another 3 at the other end, and the lead was back to double-digits.  It was horrendous call, and I would have liked to have seen Coach Grant argue it a little more adamantly, especially once it became obvious that it cost us any chance of winning the game.

With the loss, our championship aspirations are finally, officially extinguished.

Up next, selection Sunday.  The NIT Selection show will air Sunday at 7:30 pm on ESPNU.  Most bracketoligist had us in the 3 to 5 seed range before today.

14 comments:

finebammer said...

well, another typical ending for 'one-and-done' anthony. and apparently, he's not done with us. i hope this team makes the NIT for the players sake but i could personally care less about it.

it's funny. i knew 'bama was gonna lose this game. i think everybody here did. but knowing it doesn't ease the pain. 0 of the last eleven against those florida fucks. and yeah, we swept Pearl. but guess who's still playing? March Madness?? Pearl 2, Grant zippo.

and guess who thinks we need to keep him?? yeah. Billy. sure Billy, if after beating him 10 times in a row, if you didn't say that Jeremy Foley would can YOUR ass.

"With the loss, our championship aspirations are finally, officially extinguished."



sit back, relax, let the ridiculousness of that statement wash over you.

CTider said...

Will Bill and Anthony be watching Auburn and UAB play meaningful postseason basketball tomorrow on the couch together?

Msmilie said...

The game didn't go our way today, but, objectively speaking, this has been a hell of a tournament so far. Auburn upsets Texas A&M (Had a feeling that was coming after the Bama loss. Just seemed like the cherry on top of a very bad day.), and Vandy, who looked like a surefire dark horse coming into the tournament is sent packing after game one by Tennessee. Ole Miss is also trailing South Carolina. If the Rebels lose that game, the SEC may go from 6 tournament teams to 4 very quickly. And it could be more if LSU falls to Auburn tomorrow.

For the players' sake, I hope they get at least one more game. Despite the struggles, I do like this group of guys. Regardless of what happens with the coaching situation, I hope they stick it out with one another.

256Bradley said...

idk guys maybe us calling 4 Grants head is a lost cause. in the waterdowned SEC all u need is 2 or 3 players who GETS da game of basketball Grant has yet 2 find them. recruits r avoiding us at all cost cant say we dnt have enough tickets. Pearl getting da job done n his guys aren't even on campus yet. oh well iam still a die hard BAMA bball fan looking forward 2 next year

DJC said...

I hate to be this way, but I hope we're done. The NIT is great for young, upcoming teams, but that's not us. Obviously I'm not there day to day, but I have a hard time believing that Levi and Coop and crew are all that fired up about playing in a meaningless tournament. I know we can't turn it down, and if we actually host a game that I can make it to I'll be there to support the guys, but honestly I'm just ready for it to be over so we can get some answers about the future.

Drifter said...

I was going to go, but if Grant is still coach, I'm backing out in protest.
Desperate times call for desperate measures.

CTider said...

I didn't go to a game this year and I won't be back as long as Grant is the coach.

Msmilie said...

I remain skeptical they make the NIT, but for the players who do want to keep playing I hope they do. If Grant is receiving a seventh season as most seem to think he will at this point, I'd rather the guys have an opportunity to keep playing as any "answers about the future" have seemingly already been put out there.

Bama's chances to make that tournament will hinge on what happens today. The projections I've seen have Bama as a 5 seed in the NIT as of this morning, but Tennessee and South Carolina could become more attractive options should they win their games today. Obviously, Florida would also be an option if they upset Kentucky today, but fail to win the SEC tournament (not likely as the Gators trail by 15 with 3 minutes to go). And Vandy, by virtue of their sweep over Alabama (not to mention a quality non-conference win over Purdue), would also be a possibility. Bama's RPI (in the 80s) and the lack of a quality non-conference win hurt their chances.

The simple fact this is even a discussion point is why it's hard for me to believe the issue regarding Grant has been settled yet. There is zero excitement for basketball right now. Even fans of Grant such as myself have had to come to terms with the fact that he hasn't gotten it done in six years so how can we expect differently in year seven? As I've said previously, if he is brought back, I will support him and the program to figure this thing out. However, it's very difficult to maintain any optimism based on the results of this season.

CTider said...

No NIT would make it harder for Battle to retain Grant, considering how awful you have to be to not even make the NIT in back to back years.

citadeltidefan said...

I know it probably won't mean anything. But at least it might give some of a bit of solace knowing we did all we could to get Grant fired. It did for me just sent an email. So here is Battle's email if anyone wants to voice their concern about Grant:
bbattle@ia.ua.edu

citadeltidefan said...

I heard on WJOX's roundtable today that they had heard that administrators we're shocked at the fanbase's outright anger at supposedly keeping Grant. They also said that they thought maybe a further amount of protest could force the admin to change their decision. Some food for thought..again Battle's email: bbattle@ia.ua.edu

needtoknow said...

Do the administrators live in a fu___ing rat hole? How can they not know?

citadeltidefan said...

Apparently they do. Battle is the worst AD in the SEC...probably the most clueless and disconnected administration of any major conference team.

CTider said...

Battle should have watched the Auburn game today. That would make his decision pretty easy.