I once tried to explain to a friend of mine just how difficult it is to be an Alabama basketball fan. The best I could do was compare the Alabama basketball program to the girl you meet who appears to be great on the surface. You go out a few times, things get off to a great start, but then, without warning, things go awry and you simply want it to end as quickly and painlessly as possible.
I have no desire to attempt an insightful recap of the game tonight. It was a horrible performance by Alabama, end of story. Yet another poor offensive performance punctuated by a defensive performance that allowed Dayton to shoot just under 50% (42% from 3-pt), sent the Flyers to the charity stripe 27 times, where they made 21. Dayton also out-rebounded our guys and routinely beat them up and down the floor. Horrible effort by the team.
And to add injury to insult, Moussa Gueye left the game in the second half with a leg injury. No word on the severity of the injury yet, but it looked like a knee injury. If Moussa and now Carl miss time, Alabama suddenly becomes much smaller.
This loss may come back to haunt Alabama in March. The non-conference schedule was already light on heavyweights, and in case you haven't noticed, the SEC, outside of Florida, has been stinking it up. Alabama can not count on the SEC for many quality wins, at least not in the conference's present state. Bottom line: the December 15th game at VCU is suddenly looking like a must-win. And this team, for the love of James Brown, must avoid any further "bad" losses.
And I would count this loss as bad. Dayton has been far from a great team so far this season. At best, they may only prove to be a middle-of-the-pack A-10 team when all is said and done. This is one that I'm sure Alabama would like to have back when March rolls around.
If depth becomes a concern, Grant's decision to sign only one player in the offseason suddenly becomes a questionable one. The team has ten days to rest up and get its mind right for what should be a difficult affair at VCU. Hopefully they can get back on track.