Alabama vs. Auburn
In the midst of Nick Saban and his 2-Time National Champion Alabama football team receiving the ODK Iron Bowl Trophy, the Alabama basketball team was getting sweet revenge against Auburn in a bit of a sour way. Oh well, a win is a win.
Alabama (19-9, 11-4 SEC) started this game much the same way they started against Auburn (9-19, 3-12 SEC) in the first meeting, on the plain, by jumping out to an early 9 point lead. However, after the fast start, the Tide slowed down to a snails pace…..just as it did at Auburn.
After leading 15-6 at the 10:00 mark in the first half, Bama didn’t score again until the 2:38 mark on a Trevor Releford 3 pointer. Releford continued to be a major bright spot, after his 36 point explosion against LSU on Saturday, by chipping in 21 points on 7-13 FG and 4-9 3PT shooting. Still, Alabama could only equal it’s offensive output from the 1st half of the first game. 23 points.
Thankfully, the 2nd half output was totally different from that of the 1st game. Bama brought the house down in Auburn, scoring a robust 14 points in the 2nd half. This game, the Tide seemingly scored 14 points in about the first 2 minutes, on it’s way to crushing the Tigers and winning 61-43. Rob Chubb led Auburn with 13 points, but the Tigers shot only 30% from the field. Bama didn’t do much better at 39%.
Like I said, sweet revenge, with a bit of a sour taste. However, there were bright spots for a team that needs some brightness if they are going to get off the bubble and into the NCAA Tournament.
Nick Jacobs, played a lot more like I and I’m sure Anthony Grant envisioned him playing coming into the season. Jacobs, had his first career double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds. He also played 25 minutes while Moussa Gueye only played 14 minutes. Those numbers have been basically the opposite coming into this game. Not sure if it was by design before the game, just a hunch, or a change Grant felt he had to make to get this team some more consistent scoring punch. It worked and hopefully this is a sign of things to come from Jacobs.
Grant, going with reserve PG Retin Obasohan more is paying off also. Obasohan, scored 10 points as well. I’ve always liked what I’ve seen from him. He has a tenacity and an aggressiveness about him that is lacking in some of the other players at times. Now, he’s young, so you have to live with his mistakes, but I’m glad to see him get more playing time. I thought he should have had more minutes a lot sooner.
Bama, still has a long way to go. Defensively, this team is as sound as any other you’ll see, but offensively the lulls and cold streaks this team goes through has to stop. Especially, with a trip to Gainesville to meet the Florida Gators up next on Saturday. Obasohan and Jacobs can be a nice compliment to the Releford’s, Lacey’s, and Cooper’s of the team. 3 HUGE games remain in regular season, then the SEC Tourney in Nashville. Let’s see how the Tide finishes this thing off!