The Crimson Tide has more than one way it can win. Hale was declared out less than an hour before tipoff with an unspecified medical issue, removing a crucial part of Bama’s offense.
The Tide’s offense has been more Jekyll than Hyde lately, cracking the 70-point barrier only once in the last five games. Retin Obasohan has settled in as a fairly reliable scorer over that stretch after an erratic start, but it’s hard to know who will join him on the score sheet in a given game.
In its first game since losing starting point guard Dazon Ingram to a season-ending injury, Alabama raced out to an 11-point lead, lost it down the stretch and then held on after Shannon Hale’s steal and game-winning dunk to topple Clemson 51-50 in Greenville, S.C.
Few fans would have been surprised and fewer would have blamed Johnson if he had put his team on blast following such a narrow escape from the No. 342 team in the RPI. Instead, he remained positive and praised his team's second-half effort and the way experienced players stepped up late, while acknowledging his young team needed to "detox" from a week's worth of praise that seemed to lead to swelled heads and soft efforts. Odds are his locker room speech didn't match the tone of his postgame radio interview. But however he did it, he pushed just enough buttons to hold the Tide back from an unqualified disaster.
Alabama is leaving the Magic Kingdom on a high after finding a magical shooting touch. The Crimson Tide shot a season-high 54.4 percent from the floor and got a game-winning layup from Retin Obasohan with eight seconds left to stun No. 17 Notre Dame 74-73 in the fifth-place game of the AdvoCare Invitational at Walt Disney World.
How effective Bama is in the paint. Notre Dame has 6-foot-10 center Zach Auguste to guard the basket but he got burned more than once in Friday's win over Iowa. In the Irish's stunning quarterfinals loss, Monmouth guard Justin Robinson scored 14 of his 22 points at the free throw line after getting repeatedly fouled on drives to the basket. That's a strategy Dazon Ingram has already successfully used for Bama.
A day after a discouraging loss to No. 23 Xavier, Alabama bounced back by limiting No. 20 Wichita State 31.1 percent shooting from the field and held on for a 64-60 win in a consolation game at the AdvoCare Invitational at Walt Disney World’s HP Field House.
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The Crimson Tide can play as fast as Coach Avery Johnson wants and use that tempo to beat solid teams. While the Ragin’ Cajuns aren’t elite, they are the Sun Belt favorites and a likely Top 100 RPI team that returns all five starters, including NBA talent-in-waiting Shawn Long. And ULL didn’t play a bad game at all, shooting 45.9 percent and outrebounding Bama 43-32. But the Tide was otherworldly, shooting 54.2 percent and sinking 15 of its 25 3-point attempts while committing just 10 turnovers. Six players scored 10 or more points for the Crimson Tide, including Justin Coleman, Shannon Hale and Riley Norris with 18 apiece. It’s the most points Bama has scored in 11 years and the first time in a decade it cracked 100 points against a Division I team.