Thursday, March 09, 2017

Still Alive, Alabama 75 Mississippi $tate 55

The quick turnaround in tournament play means a quick recap from me.  This won't be my usual long-winded rambling novel for a number of reasons.  For one, I slipped out of the office to watch it a bar down the street with no volume and while simultaneously tending to work related emails on my phone.  Second, I'm about to leave to go to the UAB v. La Tech game in the CUSA tournament.  So, this will be a rapid-fire, bullet points type recap.

-It wasn't a perfect game, but we controlled it from the tip, and was just what we needed headed into the next round.

-I felt a lot better at halftime than I did at the UT game.  The first half lead wasn't build on lopsided outside shooting.  Donta and Jimmie actually combined for 11 points in the post, and it wasn't garbage points, they were legitimate back to the basket post up, hook shot type posts.

-We got back to our identity, defense and rebounding.

-Extending the lead to start the second half was huge, given our difficulties of putting two halves together.

-Dazon had an awesome game.  17 points and at one point he was 7 for 7 from the field.

-14 pts and 4 of 6 from 3 point range from Collins.  Where did that come from?

-4 guys in double digits, Dazon, Collins, Donta, and AJ, a good balanced attack.

-This team has been frustrating at times, but they beat $tate 3 times and sent those bastards home with a 20 point loss to end their season, that counts for something in my book.

-Speaking of which, Xavian Stapleton is the poster boy for that program; running his mouth and trying to start fights while down 18.  We're real impressed with your 5 points in 18 minutes.  A lot of bark, no bite.

-It was great to see the law firm come in and get 5 points and a steal in garbage time.  Also nice to see Brandon Austin get some playing time again.

-Glad we were able to coast a bit and rest up for what it sure to be a physical game at the same time tomorrow against South Carolina.  I'll be there in person for that one.  Let's keep it going.

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