Saturday, February 24, 2007

How Did We Get So Bad?

# 25 Alabama Suffers Huge Loss to Auburn

Alabama's tournament dreams suffered a possible fatal blow Saturday night as Alabama lost a must win game to the Auburn Tigers 86-77. Alabama still has an outside chance of making the NCAA tournament, but will need to win at least a few more games, counting some in the SEC Tournament to receive a bid.

The most disappointing part of this squad is not that they lose, but how they lose. The lack of intensity, effort, and all around lack of leadership is obvious to the common fan. Auburn is certainly not as talented, and really has nothing to play for right now, but outhustled and outplayed Alabama the entire game. The lack of intensity was nothing new for this team and it mirrors its head coach's intensity level. While I am not one to bash Alabama players or coaches on a regular basis, this team has been a huge disappointment. Preseason talk of the University's first final four team is laughable as we sit here on February 24.

Auburn's Quan Powell and Korvotney Barber scored 17 points each as the Tigers improved to 16-13 on the year and won for just the second time in 23 years in Tuscaloosa.
Alabama was led in the game by sophomore Richard Hendrix's double double performance of 17 points and 13 rebounds. Freshman guard Mikhail Torrance added 14 points and 3 assist for Mark Gottfried's club.
Alabama stays at home this Wednesday night against the Ole Miss Rebels.

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