Bama reaches end of regular season in need of fresh start


March 3,

Where to watch: Alabama (17-13, 8-9 SEC) at Texas A&M (19-11, 8-9) – Today 1 p.m. Central, Reed Arena,

Who to watch: Dazon Ingram. After a long stretch of offensive futility, the sophomore from Theodore is finally showing signs of the form that made him last year’s best guard. Half of his 14 3-pointers have come during the past five games and his scoring average of 10 points per game is only fractionally behind last season’s pace. For to get back on track and start rebuilding its NCAA tournament case, he and have to solidify the chemistry that has never quite been as they’ve traded off between the point and off-guard responsibilities all season.

What to watch for: Some creativity on offense. The scouting report on the Crimson offense is plainly no secret. Far too many possessions are marked either by passing the ball aimlessly around the perimeter or a lone guard ordering a clearout before driving solo to the basket and shooting the ball up to the rim, where an army of defenders has gathered to swat it harmlessly away. Opponents are taking care to cut off Donta Hall before he can get in position for lob passes and he hasn’t been able to create away from the basket. If Avery Johnson has any creative workarounds, now is the time to break them out with Bama desperately needing at least two wins and possibly more to salvage this season and spare himself an offseason on the hot seat.

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