Monday, November 06, 2006

Crimson Tide predictions for the season

It's not often I'm considered an optimist, but I believe this year is going to be special for Crimson Tide basketball fans. Wins and losses predicted below:

11/10 Jackson State 8:30 PM W
11/17 Middle Tennessee State W
11/18 Iowa W
11/19 Villanova/Xavier W
11/25 Texas Southern 7:00 PM W
11/28 Louisiana-Monroe 8:00 PM W
12/2 Tennessee State 3:30 PM W
12/7 at Notre Dame 9:00 PM W
12/9 Alabama State 7:00 PM W
12/16 at Southern Miss 8:30 PM W
12/20 at North Carolina State L
12/23 Coppin State 3:00 PM W
12/29 Lipscomb 8:00 PM W
01/1 Oklahoma 2:30 PM W
01/6 at Arkansas 2:05 PM L
01/9 No. 7 LSU 9:00 PM W
01/17 at Vanderbilt W
01/20 Georgia 1:30 PM W
01/23 at Auburn 9:00 PM W
01/27 Arkansas 3:00 PM W
01/31 at No. 7 LSU 9:00 PM W
02/3 South Carolina 3:00 PM W
02/7 Mississippi State 8:00 PM W
02/10 at Mississippi 5:00 PM W
02/14 at No. 1 Florida 8:00 PM L
02/17 No. 22 Kentucky 3:00 PM W
02/21 at No. 24 Tennessee 8:00 PM L
02/24 Auburn 5:00 PM W
02/28 Mississippi 8:00 PM W
03/4 at Mississippi State 2:00 PM W

That's 26-4... good enough for a top 2 seed. While I'd like to believe we'll go 30-0 I figure we'll slip up a few times on the road.

The Paradise Jam will test us early, but IMO we're much better than the rest of the field. Iowa will probably give us our toughest test there.

I picked a NCST upset... I figure we'll drop one on the road. I probably could've chosen Notre Dame as the upset. We'll win one of those.

As for SEC play... I penciled in 13-3 in conference. Flip-flop Tennesse and LSU on the road if you like... I say we win one of those and we finally get the Vandy curse off our backs.

I'll predict SEC and NCAA tournaments when they get closer. Tentatively, I say we make it to the SECT finals and the Final Four in Atlanta. I'll be there for both.


Hville said...

I think the X-factor will be how well we play defensively at the beginning of the season. Like last year, we struggled out of the gate and lost the NCState and Notre Dame games with lackluster perimeter D. If that happens this year, then we will probably lose in the Virgin Islands, at ND, and at NCState.

I do like your optomism, though...

Just my 2 cents worth...

bobbyjack said...

We really shouldn't lose at the Paradise Jam. We're the most talented team there and it's not like it's a home game for any of the other teams. If we were to fall I'd peg Iowa as the culprit. The more I think about it, I think NCSt is the more winnable of the 2 non-conference road games. New coach, program in limbo... good place to gain some confidence with a road win.

It's going to be a fun year...

Anonymous said...

Like your site, your optimism, and our chances this year.

However, in the Paradise Jam, look out for Xavier. They don't have a bad team and could prove to be our toghest possible match-up.