Well. There’s not much to say about this one. After a hot 6-0 start, Alabama totally gave up and, other than a few sporadic free throws, didn’t make another basket for 14 minutes. They went into halftime with their lowest scoring output of the season with 18 points to Florida’s 37.
Nobody could hit a shot. Despite some decent offensive looks and decent enough defense and effort, Alabama’s shooting was so cursed for so long that it eventually affected the previous two aspects, and we saw a team that totally gave up. By midway through the second half, Coach Avery Johnson benched the entire starting unit and let Lawson Schaffer, Alex Reese, Galin Smith, etc. try to spark some sort of life into the team.
While Schaffer performed pretty well, he was no Tua Tagovailoa, and Alabama did no more than keep pace with a relaxed Gator squad, ending the game down 21 points, 73-52.
Alabama shot 30% from the floor and had 15 turnovers to Florida’s 6. Those two numbers murdered any chance the Crimson Tide had, despite the fact that they dominated the boards, outrebounding Florida 46-31.
Collin Sexton finally started to remember how to make baskets near the end of the game and ended up leading the team with 14 points. Braxton Key was second with 11 points-- many of his coming in the midst of the major scoring droughts— while also leading the team with 8 rebounds. Nobody else made it to double digits.
There’s little I can even say about this one. I’m not angry. Just disappointed.
You know, maybe not even disappointed. More like numb. We’ve gone from a dangerous team with a potential of a 6-8 seeding in the NCAA tournament to a more likely NIT team, again, in only a couple of weeks.
So, instead of trying to write anything, here’s some tweets of anguish, for those of you that enjoy masochism. Call it an offseason Meltdown thread.
Maybe Avery should try to get tossed. Nothing else is working.— Alabama Pro Updates (@BamaProUpdates) February 28, 2018
We don't have a halfcourt offensive system. We just have various offensive sets that's don't run into anything.— 2nd and 26 (@CPERRY_5) February 28, 2018
Alabama with a 30-second time out at the 8:53 mark, much to the relief of Parking Services.— Cecil Hurt (@CecilHurt) February 28, 2018
Hey look on the bright side, our best road win is looking better now! It's all fine!— 2nd and 26 (@CPERRY_5) February 28, 2018
#Alabama basketball realizes that they are not going to get a lottery pick by tanking, right?— C B (@CB969onRBR) February 28, 2018
Actually, they lose one.
The guy of course is Alabama basketball and the girl is the NCAA tournament. there will be other seasons just like there will be other girls, but it sure does feel like we are going to die alone with our 2 cats .— Ben Glasscock (@Benglasscock) February 28, 2018
It’s funny. What’s “trending” on my feed is “Tide”. I don’t know if it’s from kids eating Tide pods or Alabama’s basketball team. Either way, Alabama played like they ate A LOT of Tide pods tonight. After watching them, I think I’ll have one or two. pic.twitter.com/rllTQc9fre— Caleb Kerby (@Caleb_Kerby) February 28, 2018
Alabama Basketball’s NCAA tournament bid chances pic.twitter.com/6DoduS6pe9— Nick Rossetti (@The_Rossetti) February 28, 2018
#Alabama basketball has been so bad at making field goals, Nick Saban is offering them scholarships now— Chris Womack (@Chris_Womack) February 28, 2018
One of the worst decisions I’ve ever made has been emotionally investing in Alabama Basketball for the past decade. On the bright side I can finally relate to my wife.— Riggs (@RTDBall) February 28, 2018
Tonight, to protest the NCAA, Alabama decided to not do anything that resembles the sport of basketball.— Matthew Watkins (@mwatkins32) February 28, 2018
Watching Alabama basketball when they are on offense takes me back to Auburn football with Jeremy Johnson at QB.— Paul Wilson (@jpw1029) February 28, 2018