With 10 regular season game titles remaining, Alabama basketball ought to notch up wins quickly to maintain on to a possibility for an NCAA Tournament bid.
Avery Johnson stated it finest, summarizing the Alabama basketball decline to Auburn,
They had been just a much better group tonight. Often people today really do not want to hear the truth of the matter but which is it. They had been much better tonight. That doesn’t suggest we cannot be much better the following time.
Yes, but – the following occasions (not just against Auburn) are commencing to run out for Alabama basketball. The Alabama Crimson Tide is a poor 3-5 in its last eight game titles. There is explanation for some optimism with the Tide having a rather much easier agenda in its previous 10 regular season game titles.
Transferring on from remaining embarrassed by Auburn once more, in Auburn, is difficult for two good reasons. This is Avery Johnson’s fourth season. With great recruiting, coaches can normally create audio basketball teams in two seasons and certainly three. In year 4, this is an Avery Johnson developed group.
Avery’s teams are -4 in Auburn. The previous three losses have been by 20, 19 and 21 details. Alabama basketball under Avery has overwhelmed Auburn twice at household and blew out the Tigers previous season in the SEC Tournament. But Avery’s document against Auburn is 3-5.
Even if the game’s are not genuinely Iron Bowls, Crimson Tide fans need at minimum a successful document against Auburn. However, the juiciest plum at the conclusion of every season is an NCAA Tournament bid. The Tide can generate 1 once more this season.
Obtaining again to the Large Dance will possibly need going 6-4 to finish the regular season and at minimum 1 SEC Tournament win. Let’s verify out how the professionals predict the Tide will finish the regular season. Warren Nolan has the Tide finishing 3-7, beating only Georgia, Florida and Vandy at household. Ken Pomeroy has a far more optimistic evaluation, with the Tide narrowly successful a several key game titles.
Couple Alabama basketball fans question Avery has produced progress. He has recruited well. Donta Corridor has been designed into a solid participant. John Petty is a considerably improved participant in his second season. Alex Reese has revealed enhancement in his second season. Kira Lewis Jr., sometimes fantastic and occasionally taking part in like the 17-year previous he is, has considerable upside.
Is that sufficient progress for 4 seasons? Fans and Greg Byrne might occur to a different summary. A several months ago, Avery’s contract was reported to involve a $9M buyout. That’s a lot of dollars, even at cash-flush Alabama.
Obtaining again to the NCAA Tournament this season would solidify Avery’s task protection. Missing the Large Dance and dropping to Auburn once more in Tuscaloosa would make retaining Avery an unpopular selection.
The route to an NCAA bid involves successful the following recreation, at household against Georgia. A two-win streak is sorely desired and Vandy is vulnerable but the Tide document in Nashville is scary-poor.