December 15, 2012; Richmond, VA USA; Alabama Crimson Tide head coach Anthony Grant (left) shakes hands with Virginia Commonwealth Rams head coach Shaka Smart (right) after their game at the Stuart C. Siegel Center. The Rams won 73-54. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Alabama Basketball: VCU Dominates the Tide 73-54

December 15, 2012; Richmond, VA USA; Alabama Crimson Tide forward Devonta Pollard (24) dunks the ball against the Virginia Commonwealth Rams in the second half at the Stuart C. Siegel Center. The Rams won 73-54. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

The Alabama Crimson Tide (6-3) dropped their third consecutive game in a grisly loss to VCU (7-3) on Saturday afternoon. The Rams jumped out to a big lead and never looked back.

Alabama came out cold on the offensive side of the ball for the second straight game. The Tide missed their first eight attempts, allowing VCU to hold Alabama scoreless from the field for almost ten minutes to start the game. Although Alabama only trailed 11-4 after their first basket, by halftime they would be down by 19 points. Sloppy play also killed the Tide in the early going. Alabama committed 13 turnovers in the first half and finished with 18.

Anthony Grant’s first trip back to Richmond since leaving for Tuscaloosa didn’t go as planned. At times it seemed like Coach Grant was getting beaten by his successor at his own game. VCU’s sound defense and consistency on the offensive side of the ball distanced them from the struggling Crimson Tide.

Alabama freshman Devonta Pollard finished with 13 points, 8 rebounds, and one assist. Levi Randolph also added 10 points for the Crimson Tide.

VCU was led by their renowned shooter Troy Daniels who finished with 16 points including a 4-11 effort from three point range.

This is one of those losses that may come back to haunt the Crimson Tide at the end of the year. VCU is a quality program and will likely make the NCAA Tournament. With a grueling conference schedule approaching, Alabama can’t afford to lose many more non-conference games.

The Tide looks to rebound against the Texas Tech Red Raiders on December 19 in Lubbock, Texas.

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