The Alabama Crimson Tide (13–19, 7–12 SEC) saw its worst season in recent memory come to a close on Thursday night against the LSU Tigers (19–12, 10–9 SEC) in the second round of the SEC Tournament in Atlanta.
The 68–56 loss marks the first time that the Crimson Tide have failed to win at least one game in the SEC Tournament since 2007. The six year streak was the longest active streak of any team in the SEC.
The loss also drops Alabama to 0–15 on the year away from Coleman Coliseum.
Alabama was unable to find an answer for the hot-handed Tigers and their sharpshooters from outside.
Senior guard Trevor Releford and freshman forward Shannon Hale led the Tide in scoring on the night each finishing with 11 points.
Releford’s final game in a Crimson Tide uniform wasn’t a very memorable one. The two-time All-SEC first team selection finished with one of his worst performances of the season.
Releford was just 2-for–11 from the field and finished with five rebounds, three assists and three steals.
Freshman forward Jimmie Taylor had a solid game finishing with nine points on 4-for–6 shooting and grabbed five rebounds.
Junior guard Levi Randolph was the only other Tide player in double-figures scoring 10 points on 3-for–9 shooting and finishing with a team-high six rebounds.
Four LSU players were able to finish in double-figures including freshman guard Tim Quarterman who notched 12 points off the bench.
The Tigers were extremely efficient from the floor shooting 50 percent on the night and 50 percent from outside.
LSU out-rebounded the Crimson Tide 39–31, but did lose the turnover battle 11–8.
Alabama was able to limit LSU junior forward Johnny O’Bryant III to just 11 points and six rebounds on the night.
Thursday night’s loss adds to a growing list of questions for the Crimson Tide entering the offseason.
Several Alabama fans have called for head coach Anthony Grant’s job after the disappointing season.
Although the Crimson Tide is expecting the best recruiting class in Grant’s tenure, the loss of Trevor Releford will open up a huge leadership and performance hole.
LSU will move on to face the Kentucky Wildcats (22–9, 12–6 SEC) in the SEC Tournament quarterfinals on Friday night at 6 p.m. CT. Television coverage will be provided by ESPN3 and via the WatchESPN app.
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