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*** Big win for Anthony Grant ... its also a respect win. Media, coaches, recruits are all part of the ecosystem that builds a basketball program and some were watching last night. Here's some mechanical thoughts.
*** Everything is driven by what Alabama does on the defensive end of the court. Simply put, their defensive production drives their offensive production. If Grant can get this team to play with the same defensive execution they played with last night, they will be in a lot of games. But and a big but, it's very difficult to play that hard, smart and at that tempo night in and night out. The key to this team, and all of Grant's team's for that matter, is playing defense like last night. I don't know that depth is going to be that great of a concern.
*** Alabama shot the ball extremely well from 3. Reason, because they didn't settle for perimeter shots. Very few perimeter shots came without penetration, an extra pass or unselfish play. Last night, the Tide perimeter players did an exceptional job of getting to the glass and finding the open man. Alabama is NOT a good perimeter shooting team, but they can be effective if they can get good penetration, kickouts and find open shooters. That's what happened last night. When watching the Tide play, key on how much ball penetration they get -- in many cases it will exactly be an exact representation of how well they are shooting the ball that given night.
*** This team is going to be in a lot of close games this year. Wins and losses in some are going to come down to free throws. A team doesn't need a heroic shot to close out a game -- many cases just needs to convert at the charity stripe over the last two minutes of a game. Alabama went 18 for 31 for 58% from the line against Villanova. Alabama is shooting only 66% from the line, and that's including going 14-14 in the season opener. The difference between being medocre and having a run in the tournament could very likely come down to their ability to shoot near or above 70% from the line. Watch this stat closely.
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Well said...The Alabama defense last night really controlled the tempo of the game and never let Villanova get into a rhythm shooting the ball last night. It's that kind of defense that can make Alabama a very tough team going forward. Got to get better from the Free throw line obviously, but overall a good early season performance against a big east opponent.
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Lucky I agree with all your points accept the great shooting part. While I know we aren't a "great" shooting team and struggled mightily with it last year, I think it's to early to say that about this years team. 3 out of 4 games this year we have because of big time shots. Yes defense had everything to do about our win last night but bottom line our guys were busting shots. Not only 3s but we were hitting 16 foot jumpers. Been a lonnnnggg time since I've seen guards consistently do that at Bama. I'm not saying we're all world or anything like that but from what I've seen we have improved dramatically shooting the ball. Lacey and cooper seem to be in the zone this year and when their slacking here comes Randolph and t-rev draining shots. That's depth and that's what the big time schools do in college basketball. Again I'm not saying we've got a bunch of ray Allen's out there behind the arc but a couple more performances like that and lets give credit where credit is due.
Cooper has that mid range game that Kennedy Winston had. Not sure he can get his own shot as good as Winston could, but the ability to knock that shot down consistently is something Coop has done since he has stepped on campus. It is very impressive because those are some of the tougher shots to make in the game.
I think we will put a lot of doubt in some coaches minds when it comes to zoning this bunch. We usually have 4 guys on the floor at one time that can knock down a 3.
I'll believe thay can consistently knock down threes when I see it. Outside shooting last year was atrocius and one game does not mean that we are suddenly a good outside shooting team.
I made that comment because there aren't really any great shooters on that team. Lacey is a "scorer" -- just not any knockdown shooters that will consistently make open shots. Releford is the closest IMO. This team is going to win by playing defense, being unselfish and maintaining their tempo. They are athletic, but not in the front court. Its an interesting team that should be an improvement from last year. It's time to measure Grant with this team. They should be a contender for a Sweet 16 berth IMO.
Through 4 games we are 31 of 76. That is a 40% clip. We only made 9 last night so that leaves 22 made in the other three games for an average of 7 made. We make 7-10 threes a night we are gonna be tough to knock off with our D.
Even if you go back to the back end of the SEC schedule when we were having personnel issues as I like to say guys like Cooper, Lacey and Randolph were starting to knock down that outside shot. Releford has always had it in him, I just think his shot selection hasn't been great. But he has had games with multiple 3's made.
I agree Lacey is definitely a scorer. I could see cooper stepping up and being the "Charvez Davis" for this team. He's got a smooth quick release. Last year we were 29 % beyond the arc if we can stay around 39 % this year watch out. I'm more worried about post play against the big boys than I am our shooting as of now.
Will have to see how we do night in & night out against tough zones that we will certainly see. & if they r gonna get to the line that many times. Must shoot a much better %. I also hate the term "cancer" used in terms of kids on a sports team. It is beyond stupid imho!!!!!!
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