Alabama basketball has to get mad before it can get even

2018 Men's Basketball - Charleston Classic
Men’s Basketball – Charleston

Nov. 16,

Where to watch: Alabama (2-1 – #73 Pomeroy Rating) vs. Ball State (1-2 – #99) – Today 12:30 p.m. Central, TD Arena (Charleston, S.C.),

Who to watch: Dazon Ingram. The junior from Theodore has yet to start this year after missing the opener with an ankle injury. Ingram isn’t as flashy as freshman Kira Lewis, but he does have a knack for drawing fouls and getting to the line. More importantly, he’s a bigger player and a much more experienced defender. Lewis got burned on a handful of screens against and was a full-blown liability in the Charleston opener against Northeastern, finishing with a 0 efficiency rating despite scoring seven points. With Ingram on the floor, can hide Lewis on a weaker guard, and given the ineffectiveness of Galin Smith as a starter it isn’t hard to picture Ingram starting and playing as a combo forward.

What to watch for: A bad mood and the ability to take it out on the opposition. If lodging depended on effort, would have spent the night at a Motel 6. Did yesterday’s blowout loss to make anyone angry? Angry enough to verbalize that the outcome and effort were unacceptable? Angry enough to channel that frustration into attacking the basket, instead of hoping for the best with close-range floaters that never seem to consistently fall? No one has stepped up to claim this as his and thus hasn’t really developed a team personality in the early going. has forged leaders before in this program, and it needs to happen again if Alabama is going to do anything with this season.

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