It was all great for Alabama basketball at halftime, then it was all undesirable as Auburn owned the second 50 % in Tuscaloosa.
Alabama basketball shed in just one of the worst approaches possible Tuesday evening, as a second-50 % collapse gifted Auburn a victory. The Crimson Tide played a powerful first 50 %, combining rough defense with productive offense. The halftime guide was Alabama 34 – Auburn 23.
The Alabama basketball defense neutralized Auburn’s 3-place match in the first 50 %. The Tigers shot only 23 p.c outdoors the arc and only 32 p.c in general. All those Alabama basketball lovers, well acclimated to sense issues, observed two troubling indicators. Even with a size advantage, rebounds have been almost even at halftime. Donta Hall obtained only two first-50 % shots, just one of them remaining an early, unwell-advised perimeter jumper.
Credit score goes to Auburn for preventing back in the second 50 %. The exact description simply cannot be applied to the Alabama Crimson Tide. In the first 13:26 of the second 50 %, the Tide designed 3 industry plans. In the course of that 13-in addition moment span, it skipped 10 shots and turned the ball above 8 occasions. A 12-place guide of 35-23 went to a just one-point deficit. In the whole second 50 %, Donta Hall obtained just one shot.
What transpired? The solution is easy though it is difficult to stomach. The Crimson Tide players cannot be blamed for failing to execute a undesirable program. The issue was Avery Johnson was poorly outcoached by Bruce Pearl. Avery’s second-50 % program was to choose advantage of the Tide’s dimensions edge and thrust the ball inside of. As a general program, it was a great just one. How it was intended to materialize was regrettably flawed.
Alabama is even larger, but Auburn is more quickly. Avery chose to attack the basket in 50 % court docket sets, from the perimeter and off the dribble. The consequence was regularly forced, normally off-stability shots in the paint, having minor likelihood to go in the basket. Only when did Donta Hall roll off a choose for a catch and dunk. Most of the endeavours have been correctly just one-on-just one dribble penetrations making it possible for Auburn’s more quickly defenders to harass the Tide shooters.
The offensive program did not do the job. On the other finish of the court docket, Auburn tried out some thing comparable. Only Auburn had a quickness edge making it possible for it to get to the basket effortlessly. Riley Norris had to sit simply because he could not defend the dribble penetration. He was not the only Tide defender who struggled.
The consequence was Auburn gained although missing 18-of-25 3-point attempts. Shutting down Auburn’s rainbows is meant to necessarily mean victory for their opponent. But not if the opponent shoots 35 p.c in the second 50 % and commits 11 turnovers. And not although Auburn also wins the rebound battle and makes layups.
Can the Crimson Tide still gain an NCAA bid? In our impression, it will choose a 3-match successful streak. Perhaps beating Arkansas and just one SEC Tourney earn, adopted by a shut reduction, may possibly be more than enough.
Even with the disappointing reduction, at minimum Alabama basketball does not have Bruce Pearl as its coach. He is a great coach but …