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I know it's been said, both sides have more than made a point, but I've just got to get it out here. I am sick of hearing excuses for CAG. I get there are reasons but at some point in a 4 year span, you just have to come up with results and not worry about excuses.
The fact of the matter is: I am not asking Grant to be an all world coach and beat the odds here. Just do not, year after year lose to teams that have less talent, resources, ect than you. I mean how many NBA players do Mercer, Dayton,Tulane, Tennessee, and Auburn have? If we go 4-1 instead of 0-5 against those 5 teams, we are in March Madness (maybe even if we went just 3-2 or 2-3). If we had the same record in the ACC, that would be different. However, we are not. Our biggest win this entire year was against a nine seed that lost in the first round of March madness. He has plenty of talent to do more than just make the field 1 time in 4 years and blow that game. How many NFL players di Nick Saban have when he came in and starting winning ball games? There are only 60 "NBA" players in a given year, that means that somehow, "SHOCKINGLY" I know, teams are winning ball games without just leaning on the talent of having 3 NBA players on a team. I mean again, I am not asking much here, just a little more then making the field 1 out 4 years and not having a single march madness victory under your belt.
I agree with a couple of things in both this post and Luckys. The team is probably not as physically talented as we think/recruiting rankings. Overall Bama is a small team, big guys can't score, and other than Obasohan, none of the guys have explosiveness/quickness for the next level. JMO. Lacey and Releford played well this season and I'm pretty sure next year this team will make the Tourney.
Something is missing with this team. I dont think the Trevors play well together and neither one of them is going to win a fitness contest. If the conditioning of this team doesnt dramatically improve we will suffer the same scoring droughts and collapses we have suffered from this year. The team just runs out of gas. We dont have the wind to run an effective press style of defense for the majority of the game. That press defense, at times, gives the opponent more than they can handle. But we only pressure the ball in streaks because of lack of depth and conditioning. The conditioning AND finding a guy who can create their own shot in the half court set when we need a bucket are the two biggest areas that need improvement. If we dont fix those two problems then it wont matter who, if anyone, CAG brings in as an offensive guru and it wont matter how much the incoming post players contribute because whatever contributions or improvements are made they will be mitigated by the same failures we suffered from this year. If we dont come out in noticeably better shape then you can take it to the bank...NIT 2014!!! Here we come!!!
Agree with some of it, but Tennessee has two NBA players in McCrae and Stokes.
And we weren't 0-1 against UT, we were 2-1.
December was the wrecking ball for this season. It's just that simple.
Not this year. Maybe down the road, but they are not NBA talent this year.
So, what was the problem the last 3 years we underwhelmed?
My question is why has the offense not improved at all since he has been there. I know he is a defensive guy and oru defense is great. But if our offense was just average i think we would be a really good team. The offense has not improved at all over his 4 years.
Not true, our ability to set illegal moving screens has skyrocketed since his arrival.
"Don't confuse association, with something we both really like." ---JB
I think it is more the players than the offensive scheme. In recent games, we have seen an offense centered around high ball screens and penetration. When the NCAA tournament comes back on Friday night watch how many teams run this same offense. The difference, from a success standpoint is due to the players. Take Duke for example, they have been running a high ball screen offense for as long as I can remember. The difference is they have Ryan Kelly setting the pick and Seth Curry standing in the corner waiting to shoot the lights out. Conversely, Alabama has Nick Jacobs and Moussa Gueye setting the pick and Rodney Cooper standing in the corner. And I know that this comes back to Anthony Grant and his inability to recruit talented post players. I wish Alabama would get away from recruiting athletes and focus on recruiting basketball players.
Being content with Anthony Grant is a positive diagnosis of Stage 3 Shulaitis which disproportionally infects Bama fans.
I disagree with almost everything in Lucky's post. I don't see how anyone could watch the Maryland game and think it was a good game. We showed lack of hustle, looked out of shape, had horrible fundamentals, no coaching adjustments, and all of our players seem to be digressing.
Furthermore, Marylands coach was a huge contrast to Grant himself. Grant sat there silent for the most part while the Maryland coach spent the whole game coaching up his team. It's very evident from watching Grant why our players don't improve. He doesn't say anything!
One must work hard at self delusion to convince oneself that there are any reasons things will be better next year. It is not an exercise in logic.
I think this is the first year that the results have been less than desired, jmo
not really, if we don't F it up in the November Tournament in year 2 of Grant we make the NCAA that year. Truth is we have had the talent to be in 3 straight NCAAs, but we only have 1 to show for it.
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