Given the choice, we can accept a loss in this one for the result earlier today, I think...
Alabama held an early lead, getting some results from pressure defense. But the Tide went cold late in the first half and again early in the second, and Florida State was able to get some runs going, particularly an 11-0 run from 15:43 to 10:48 of the second that turned a two-point game into a near-blowout. The Tide was never able to get it closer than seven the rest of the way.
FSU is a really big ballclub, which often has five players 6-4 and over on the court at one time -- Alabama only has five players that big on their whole roster. But it was when FSU went small and got extra ballhandlers on the court in the second half that they were really able to take the edge off of Bama's defense, while harassing the Tide in turn.
No Alabama player even scored in double figures, as the team was led by JaMychal Green and Mikhail Torrance with nine each. If you'd told me that only 111 combined points would be scored in the game, I'd have been pretty sure we were going to lose, because if Coach Grant's system is working, we'd expect scores in the seventies and eighties.
The Tide faces Michigan tomorrow in the third-place game of the Old Spice Classic. The Wolverines would be favored, but a win would at least give us something to hold over Brian Cook's head.