Sunday, February 09, 2020

Bama's Bleeding Stops with Bulldogs, Alabama 105 Georgia 102 OT

Alabama snapped a 3 game losing streak by going on the road and beating Georgia in overtime, 105-102. Bama improves to 13-10 overall, 5-5 in the SEC.

I missed the first few minutes of the game, because the first bar we went to only had 3 TVs and there was one group watching a race, another group watching a soccer game, and another group watching the XFL game.  Unfortunately, that's where Bama basketball ranks in the sports world around here these days.

The first half was back and forth, with neither team playing any defense.  We weren't shooting particularly well, but the dribble-drive was working.  We led 45-41 at the half.  Another slow start to the second half allowed the Bulldogs to build a 12 point lead, but our guys kept fighting and responded in a big way.  We made a few 3s in a nice run to re-take the lead just 4 minutes later.  We should have won in regulation, but once again failed to finish the game strong.  Kira and JP missed several free throws down the stretch that gave UGA the opportunity to force overtime.  The same thing happened after we had a lead late in the overtime period, but thankfully UGA missed a 3 at the buzzer that would have forced a second overtime.

It helped that Anthony Edwards was not 100%.  We played pretty good defense on him, but he still ended up with a double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds.  Wheeler killed us going left with 24 points, and I wish we would have tried to force him to go right at some point.  With the exception of Beetle and to some extent JP, our defense was poor.  Their guards were getting to the rim at will, but thankfully we were able to to do the same.

Kira had a great game with 37 points, 7 assists, and perhaps most importantly only 3 turnovers.  We only had 14 turnovers, which is still too high but at least manageable.  JP had 21 points and 7 rebounds and I thought played a solid game overall.  Davis had 13 points and 8 rebounds.  Getting those kinds of numbers from him in the 5 spot is huge.  Beetle had 11 points and 6 rebounds and was one of the few playing good on ball defense.  I thought he made a little bit better decisions with the basketball, not over-dribbling quite as much as he has in recent games.  Shack was also in double figures with 10 points. 

Thanks to the Atlanta United FC being in town (and shout out to my Legion for giving them a hell of a game before falling 3-2), there were as many UGA fans as Bama fans where we ended up watching it.  They seem to be losing patience with Crean, and I can't say that I blame them.

Up next, a trip to the cattle college on the other side of the state.  Tip-off is set for 6pm Wednesday night on ESPN2.  My advice is to drink heavily, as it will probably not be pretty.


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