Friday, March 09, 2012

Bama's Finer than South Carolina, 63-57

It's March.  The theme of the day is "survive and advance."  That's exactly what the Tide did today, so I won't waste a lot of time recapping it.

For all the criticism of Darrin Horn he had a pretty good game plan against us.  He stayed in the 2-3 zone nearly the entire game, and urged his team to push the ball and take quick shots whenever feasible.  That is as good of a game plan for beating us as anybody has come up with.  Luckily for us, they just didn't have the players to pull it off.

The most disappointing aspect of this game to me was how we handled prosperity.  Our press forced some turnovers and easy baskets, but every time we got the lead to 8-10 pts we seemed to get lazy and let them back in it as opposed to finishing them off.  Kudos to Trevor Lacey for FINALLY hitting our first 3 of the game with less than 1 minute remaining and icing it away at the free throw line, but this team had multiple chances to put it away before then but lacked that killer instinct.

Up next, we face the Florida Gators tomorrow at 2:30 CST in the quarterfinals of the SEC tournament.  I will be there, but I'm not optimistic given our effort over the last 3 games.  That said, it could be worse, we could be Mis$$i$$ippi $tate, who just lost Georgia in the first round and is likely headed to the NIT..  LMAO!  Those bitches may go down as the most underachieving team in the history of college basketball.  Regardless of how this season plays out for us, that puts a huge smile on my face.


Rocky Mountain High Tide said...

No doubt, win and advance. During the last 3 games Releford and Steele haven't looked so great. It's become obvious that Releford isn't 100%. Therefore it is critical that Lacey stay healthy because he could carry this team offensively. In Steele's case I think it's just that teams figured out to defend his cut to the hoop and bang move. If he fakes that cut and starts hitting the mid-ranger jumper (which he certainly can), that'll open up those drives again.

I don't know what to think about the Gator game. On one hand they are certainly beatable and us having a game in the arena will us an advantage. I also don't see them shooting lights out against our D. But, the Gators are known for playing well in the SEC tourney and just seem to have our number. Must be the Billy D hex.

But bobbyjack has been completely wrong on his predictions (not really who will win but how the game will go) for like 10 games in a row and he thinks we're gator meat...and you always bet with the streak.

Rocky Mountain High Tide said...

How about those CSU Rams! It must be the McElwain effect. They've moved almost to lock status. If they make a run in the Mtn West tourney they could jump to the 9 seed, and we've been mentioned several times as an 8. Conversely we make a run and get a 7 seed and they end up at 10. Tide vs Rams in Omaha with the winner playing either KU or Mizzou?

bobbyjack said...

The other possibility... Bama vs nc state. 7/10