Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Illinois game thread

If we play like this I'm going to intentionally stop previews.

Seriously... work got in the way. Was planning on attending, but got done with day job too late.

14 comments:

needtoknow said...

Levi is so unappreciated by Alabama fans. Lacey gets all the kudos for jumping ship. Levi stuck it out and just as good.

GEE said...

WOW haven't heard much about alabama defense. Offense win games too.Seem like we loose and having fun

Msmilie said...

They were fantastic on both ends of the floor.

Tripp Goude said...

Best we have played in over 2 years

finebammer said...

just never not a good time to jab the fans, right ntk???

Msmilie said...

The first 20 minutes of tonight's game was the best performance by an Alabama team that I've seen in a long time. The team played motivated basketball and really let it all hang loose. Great job by the coaching staff in not trying to do too much in a game like this, just cut the fellas loose and let them play. Defense was active and disruptive, the offense was a well-oiled machine that avoided the scoring slumps we've seen in the past. They rebounded the ball well, didn't turn the basketball over. That first 20 minutes was damn near perfect basketball. I don't know if this team can sustain it, but if they can bottle what they had tonight they'll be able to win more than one game in this tournament.

Levi has had some great games during his four years at Alabama, but I don't remember seeing him as aggressive as he was tonight, and playing with as much emotion. That dunk he threw down in the 1st half was nasty, and I thought took a lot of whatever fight Illinois had out of them. Levi was playing with a chip on his shoulder, and it showed. Coop also played an inspired game, knocking down threes and driving to the rim. Two fantastic performances for what will in all likelihood be their final home game. After the disappointment of Senior Night, it was great to see those guys walk off the Coleman floor a winner. And if Retin elects not to return for a fifth season, he also played hell of a good game in his final game in Coleman as well.

I thought everyone who got minutes played well. If Jimmie doesn't cramp up in the 2nd half, he may have well been on his way to a double double. In an overall tough season, Jimmie's development has been a bright spot indeed. The team lost a little of their edge in the last 10 minutes of the game, but it's hard to play at that type of level for 40 minutes. Justin Coleman knocked down some threes, Mike was active on both ends of the floor, Riley had a solid game (as his conditioning and overall game improves, he's got a chance to be a really good player). The thing that stood out about this team tonight is that the new coach, whomever that is, will have some talent on hand immediately if he can convince guys to stick around.

I give the crowd kudos for being there and being loud, but less than 3K fans in the stands for a game like this doesn't look good. Not only did this team deserve overwhelming support, but for any potential coaching candidates out there who tuned in to this game, the overall lack of support during a trying time for this program couldn't have looked very positive. However, for the ones who were there, they appeared to be loud and very passionate. Proving once again that the administration needs to do something concerning the seating before next season. Put people in those seats who want to be there, damnit. Hell, I saw more passion from a small crowd of 28-2900 people than I saw from some of the bigger crowds who were in there during the season. Finding a good coach is imperative for the program to improve, but there are so many other things that must be done, and can be done over the summer before the next season arrives.

finebammer said...

"but less than 3K fans in the stands for a game like this doesn't look good."

i really don't know what else could be expected. the athletic dept. has beaten this fan base literally into the ground.

"but there are so many other things that must be done, and can be done over the summer before the next season arrives."



breathing the same air here.


#RTR

RichTide said...

Had it not been Spring Break suspect the student section may have been full. The sparse crowd hurts our perception, but money talks and most coaches know in our world of constant distractions for our time, fans will show up for a winning product. The Barn is a good example.

Exceptional game. Reminded me of the Wimp era. Glad for the players, especially Levi and Coop. Unfortunately it was also a resounding validation of why Grant had to go. We had talent, they were handcuffed and reined in. Defense wins championships, but offense wins games. Brannen let the horses run and have fun and looked what happened to their shooting confidence.

Drifter said...

I'm getting old and don't go to every game, but I go at least once a year to salute the players. Kept putting it off and putting it off, and as the season progressed got more disillusioned. Finally said I'm not going if you know who was still at the wheel. Well, after Sunday, made plans to attend the NIT. Sure picked a good one!
Kudos to the team and coach Brannen for having a blast and letting me be a witness :)


BTW, I have a really cute picture of Battle mingling with the masses, if only I could share.

Drifter said...

This is not true.

Drifter said...

An IU guy (who has worked at both IU and Bama) just told me, if we get Crean, it will usher in a Golden Age of Alabama basketball.

Msmilie said...

Crean would probably be an upgrade from the last six years, but I think he's lost a little of the luster he once had when he was at Marquette. For one thing, he has struggled to rebuild Indiana into a player in the Big 10. And that's a basketball crazy school with resources at his disposal and a fertile recruiting area. He had the one good year with Zeller and Oladipo, and not much else. Factor in some of the bizarre things he's said and done on and off the court, and it's odd to me that Alabama would seemingly be so interested in him. That's a 50/50 hire in my opinion.

I don't think I'm alone in saying that I want Alabama to become an SEC contender and become nationally relevant as a basketball program. If the UA administration wants the same thing, I
think they need to find a guy who will be more than a 50/50 hire.

Msmilie said...

If Alabama doesn't defend, they don't go on a 20-0 run. You must be balanced on both ends of the floor if you want to win championships.

RichTide said...

Never said they didn't play defense last night. But they did play offense. Agree need both. And one feeds off the other. Easier to get the players to play hardnose D when they are having fun and loose on O. No way that game is a blow out with "pass it around the perimeter, throw up a last minute shot" offense.