The secret is out. Alabama was pummeled by Jax State in a secret scrimmage today at Coleman Coliseum by the eye-opening score of 92-66. Twitter user @sabanfaux tweeted the box score on social media.
A few things that stood out to me: 1] Turnovers continue to be an issue. The team had 25 turnovers today 2] The team was dreadful from the field (21-55 overall, 3-18 from 3) 3] Tevin Mack and John Petty shot a combined 3-13 from the field for a combined 9 points. That's not going to get it done once the games start to count 4] Herbert Jones and Galin Smith appeared to be the only two guys that showed up to play. Herbert was 5-7 from the field, finishing with 18 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists and a steal. Galin was 6-7 from the field, finishing with 15 points and 4 rebounds 5] The veterans Dazon, Donta, Riley, Daniel Giddens and AJ Jr. were a combined 2-11 for a combined 6 points (not good) 6] Kira Lewis appeared to have a solid game, finishing with 10 points on 3-8 shooting, adding 2 rebounds, 2 assists and a steal. He also only turned it over once. Dazon turned it over five times. It seemed that Dazon was in line to start the season at point, but if he can't take better care of the ball, I say bite the bullet and let Kira jump in the deep end and see how he swims.
I think it's important not to take the results of this scrimmage too seriously. It's a scrimmage, and with no media or fans present, it's impossible to know exactly how the scrimmage was set up in terms of player groupings, defensive and offensive gameplans, etc. But it is discouraging to see the team shooting poorly, and key guys like Tevin, JP and the vets having virtually no impact from a stats standpoint.
Alabama plays an exhibition on Tuesday night against Montevallo. I'm now much more interested to see that game.