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Junior point guard Trevor Releford, who leads the team in scoring, sustained an ankle injury and is considered doubtful for Wednesday’s game at Mississippi State:
Christopher Walsh covers Alabama football for BamaOnline, 247Sports, and is the author of 18 books.
Some bonus quotes:
Coach Anthony Grant:
On Mississippi State winning three in a row and turning things around:
“They’re 2-0 in the league and that gets your attention right away. I’ve only watched the last two or three ballgames that they’ve played, but what stands out to me is the way that they defend. They throw a variety of defenses at you and what they’ve been able to do is hold opponents to the mid-30’s (percentage) from the field, low-20’s (percentage) from the three point line. They’re just doing a really good job of being active. Their defense is getting them out in transition and creating offense for them. They’ve got [Jalen] Steele, their veteran player and most experienced guy on their team, who’s done a great job in leading them from an offensive standpoint. They have a lot of young guys, a lot of freshman and sophomore that are playing with great confidence and going out and making plays, so they are a very dangerous team because they can throw a variety of defenses at you that you have to deal with. They are playing with a lot of confidence and freedom right now.”
On Trevor Releford missing a game earlier in season being beneficial now:
“As you mentioned, I think it was early December, late November that we played without him and I thought our guys responded well. The thing I tell our guys, it’s always better to be prepared for an opportunity and not have one, than to have an opportunity and not be prepared. I think our guys prepared in practice, I think they are ready for the opportunity if the opportunity presents itself. We hope that Trevor is going to be able to go, I’ll find out his status today in practice in terms of where he is after yesterday. I think right now I’d list him as questionable-to-doubtful, but we’ll evaluate that as we go through the day.”
Sophomore Guard Levi Randolph:
On the defense in the second half of the Tennessee game:
“I felt that our defense created a lot of offense in the second half. At halftime we talked about picking up our intensity and coming down and playing with great passion and getting our defense to transition into easy buckets.”
On Coach Grant’s emotion in the Tennessee game:
“I didn’t feel like it was out of character for him. I feel that Coach Grant usually shows a lot of emotion and has a lot of passion and love for the game. We see that every day at practice.”
I still think we should win this game. State is awful, they have only beaten Georgia and south carolina, so there 2-0 mark is a little skewed. Would not surprise me though if we are the 9th team that is held to under 60 though.
Thanks Chris. Sounds like MSU is in the same boat we are in right now as far as injuries go.
Thanks for the article, CW! This game just got a lot more difficult for us by not having our our team leader in scoring, steals, minutes played per game and top free throw shooter, not to mention our best ballhandler and penetrator of opposing defenses, plus our best finisher around the basket.
It won't be easy, but let's hope the good guys can pull this one out in that dump they call the Hump Dome. Really need this game, time for our talented sophs to step up, especially TLacey, Levi & Coop. Need a bigger game from Jacobs and Steele needs to provide similar results as the 2nd half against UcheaT. RTR!!!
This post was edited by bwolff on 1/15/2013 at 5:28 PM
That's not good. With him, this would be an easy win. Now, 50/50 game.
A win w/o Releford could help establish some team confidence, huge rallying point imo.
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