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Chris DePew, TideFans Staff
Four days ago, Nate Oats wrapped up his fourth season as head coach of Buffalo with a tough loss in the second round of the NCAA tournament.Three days ago he was checking voicemails after landing back in upstate New York and discovered one from Alabama athletic director Greg Byrne.
With Avery Johnson officially out after four seasons as Alabama’s basketball coach, a few scattered thoughts... Defections are coming, but that would have happened either way:
In an unsatisfactory yet entirely appropriate ending to a lost season, top-seeded Alabama blew yet another double-digit lead at Coleman Coliseum and fell 80-79 in overtime to No. 8 Norfolk State in the first round of the NIT.
In two previous NIT trips, Avery Johnson stuck with his conventional strategies and rotations - and got a pair of lackluster losses for his trouble with teams that clearly were uninterested in playing any more basketball.
For the fourth consecutive season, the Crimson Tide crashed out of the SEC tournament on a Big Blue wave, as fourth-ranked Kentucky dispatched Alabama 73-55 in a quarterfinal matchup in Nashville.
By Chris DePew TideFans.com Staff March 15, 2019 Where to watch: Alabama (18-14 - #60 Pomeroy Rating) vs. No. 4 Kentucky (26-5 - #8), Today 6 p.m....
By Chris DePew TideFans.com Staff March 14, 2019 Having already erased an earlier 16-point deficit, Alabama scored the last seven points of the game in the last...
By Chris DePew TideFans.com Staff March 14, 2019 Where to watch: Alabama (17-14 - #60 Pomeroy Rating) vs. Ole Miss (20-11 - #43) - Today 6 p.m....
Faced with the latest in what seems like an unending string of win-or-else games, Alabama once again opted for “else,” fading badly in the second half to conclude the regular season with an uninspiring 82-70 loss at Arkansas.
Whether it is an over reliance on 17-year-old Kira Lewis late in the year or teams getting more tape on Avery Johnson’s offensive sets, Bama’s last best chance to correct course will be against the Hogs, who are giving up 72.9 points per game and haven’t held anyone besides Vanderbilt under 70 points since the end of January.