Alabama point guard Trevor Releford brought his A-game on Saturday afternoon, scoring 36 points on 14-of-18 shooting.
In a contest in which your leading scorer goes off like that, your team should expect to win. On the road at LSU however, that was not the case for the Crimson Tide.
Saturday’s contest between Alabama and LSU needed triple overtime to decide a winner and although the two school’s are used to their excitement and rivalry on the football field, this battle on the hardwood became an instant classic.
When all is said and done however, the 97-94 loss on the road for Alabama is just another blemish on a resume that cannot afford any more tough hits. The Crimson Tide fell to 18-9 overall and 10-4 within the conference following their loss on Saturday and now there is even more work to do if Alabama hopes to dance come March.
The ten conference wins are the best thing that Alabama has going for them at this point. Unfortunately enough, their conference schedule is not is eye-popping by any stretch of the imagination. Non-conference losses to both Mercer and Tulane are also holding the Crimson Tide back at this juncture in the season.
Alabama needs to win games at this point and now with back-to-back road tests against both Florida and Ole Miss approaching quickly, the water may be running deep for the Crimson Tide. Alabama must beat Auburn at home in their next contest or face the difficulty of hitting the road with back-to-back losses starring them down.
Can Alabama overcome Saturday’s loss and refocus on their quest for a berth within the NCAA Tournament?
Only time will tell.
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