Tuesday, September 29, 2009

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From al.com

Now all they need is some lighting in the upper bowl of the arena. It's dark up there.

If I was CAG, this would be my starting lineup for the 2009 Alabama basketball season

PG- Brock
SG- Hillman
SF- Torrance
PF- Green
C/PF- Knox

Due to our lack of size I think putting Torrance in as a SF would be beneficial as we'd have 3 guys on the court that can handle the ball (the jury is still out on Hillman, but I think he'll be okay in a controlled offense).

It's pretty obvious that for us to win this year we have to play uptempo. We're too thin in size to play a lot a half court offense. Hopefully Brock continues to be the threat he was last year from outside, Torrance improves even more in this area, and Hillman can develop a mid-range shot.

Like Mitchell, I went from thinking this team is a darkhorse for the NCAA to thinking this might be a year of us taking our lumps. The loss of Jemison is huge, not due to stats, but depth. Knox and Green have to play smart and not be the fouling machines they were last year.

I didn't address the bench... wasn't an oversight... just wanted to keep this post about the starting lineup I think we should go with.

At some point I'll come up with a revised W/L prediction. Actually, I'll put it to the rest of the contributors here and will compile one big ass post about it.

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Bad news for the basketball team

Demetrius Jemison is done for the year. Wasn't told what happenned, but it was some sort of injury. I don't know if this is true or not... just passing along info.

If true, this is a huge blow to our team. We're short enough on big men as it is.

Edit (9:12PM)- a link from al.com speculating on it.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Time Change for Dec. 12 game against Purdue

It was previously reported that this would be a 3 p.m. tipoff. However, according to both rolltide.com and Purdue's official website, the game will start at 8 p.m. central time and be televised on ESPN2.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Mississippi State 2009-2010 basketball schedule

STARKVILLE, Miss. - In a season where expectations are high and national preseason rankings are likely, Mississippi State's 31-game schedule features six teams that garnered NCAA Tournament berths and another that won the CollegeInsider.com title.
It's also an action-packed slate that welcomes 15 teams to Humphrey Coliseum, starting with the season opener against Rider at 8 p.m. on Nov. 13 and concluding with SEC foe Tennessee on March 6.

Sandwiched in the middle are eight non-conference games away from the Hump, including the Dec. 22 showdown with Centenary that will unfold at Mississippi Coliseum in Jackson, marking the seventh time in the last eight years the Bulldogs have played in the state's capital city.
Mississippi State, which finished 23-13 last year en route to the SEC Tournament title and the program's 10th trip to the NCAA Tournament, also plays at Houston (Dec. 19), San Diego (Dec. 31) and Western Kentucky (Jan. 4).

In addition, the Bulldogs face Richmond in the opening round of the South Padre Island Invitational on Nov. 27, followed by either Old Dominion, which won the CollegeInsider.com crown last spring, or Missouri on Nov. 28.

Link to rest of press release.
Link to schedule

Pretty soft non-conference schedule with only UCLA, Houston, and possibly Missouri on it. They're not exactly going to be tested going into conference play.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Grant lands 4-star PG

Rivals.com is reporting that Trevor Releford, a 5-10/170 lb point guard from Bishop Miege High School in Shawnee Mission, Kansas has committed to play for Alabama. Releford, currently no. 98 in the Rivals Top 150, reportedly chose Alabama over Missouri, Oklahoma and Tennessee. He joins Charles Hankerson and Shawn Kemp, Jr. as Bama's other 2010 commitments.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Details of CAG's contract

Better late than never I suppose.

Grant will receive a $50,000 signing bonus, plus a handful of incentives:

* $25,000 if Alabama wins a Southeastern Conference championship.

* $25,000 if Alabama reaches the NCAA tournament.

* $50,000 if Alabama reaches the Sweet 16, or $100,000 if it reaches the Final Four, or $250,000 if the Crimson Tide wins a national championship.

* $25,000 if he is named SEC coach of the year.

* $50,000 if he is named national coach of the year.

* $25,000 for unspecified academic performance.

Read it here

Sounds like a fair deal for both sides. IF CAG is extremely successful here we'll be compensated when the bigger dogs come calling.
The biggest shock to me was:
1) We had a rowing coach and
2) He makes $60K doing it.

Monday, September 07, 2009

LSU's 2009-2010 basketball schedule

BATON ROUGE -- For the first time in LSU history, all 16 Southeastern Conference games will be televised either regionally or nationally as the men’s basketball schedule was announced on Thursday by LSU Coach Trent Johnson, the SEC and its television partners.

The schedule is highlighted by a Thursday-Saturday February SEC homestand with both Tennessee and Kentucky. Also the Maravich Center will be the host site for the first two rounds of the Dick’s Sporting Goods NIT Season Tip-Off and non-conference games against Utah and Rice.

Read the rest of the press release here.
The schedule link

They have the NIT and games at Wash St and Xavier. Not overly challenging, but not a cupcake schedule either.

Thursday, September 03, 2009

Auburn's 2009-2010 basketball schedule

AUBURN - Auburn will play 11 games against 2008 postseason tournament teams, including home games against SEC Champion LSU, Kentucky, Mississippi State, South Carolina, Niagara and Alabama State. Other home games vs. Virginia, Alabama, Ole Miss, Georgia and Arkansas as well as a road game at 2009 NCAA Tournament participant Florida State, a neutral site game vs. North Carolina State in the Glenn Wilkes Classic in Daytona Beach, Fla., and a game at Missouri State also highlight the schedule.

The Tigers final season opener in Beard-Eaves-Memorial Coliseum is Nov. 13 against Niagara, which loses only one player from last season*s NIT team that won 26 games. In addition, all 16 of Auburn*s SEC regular season games as well as the SEC Tournament games will be televised.
The Tigers have seven games against NCAA Tournament teams in Tennessee, both LSU and Mississippi State twice, at Florida State and Alabama State. The four games against NIT teams include Kentucky, Florida, South Carolina and Niagara.

The article
The schedule (in case you want to skip past the fluff).

A pretty soft non-conference schedule. If they lose more than 2 games they'll be in trouble the rest of the year.