Alabama Basketball bounced back from its loss to Ohio State with 99-91 win over Oregon on Saturday afternoon.
Defense may still be a concern for this Bama Hoops squad, but its potency on the offensive end of the floor cannot be questioned. Both teams shot over 50 percent from the field in this shootout, but Alabama’s 40-28 advantage on the glass and a 14-point discrepancy from the free throw line decided the game.
The Crimson Tide was led by its veteran backcourt in this contest, with Mark Sears notching 27 points and three steals and Aaron Estrada contributing 22 points and four assists. This backcourt, along with reserve Latrell Wrightsell Jr., figures to be one of the SEC’s best.
On the wing, Rylan Griffen had his best game of the season to this point with 17 points. Forward Grant Nelson didn’t have a great day offensively, but gave the Tide 11 points and eight rebounds.
With the win, Alabama Basketball leaves Destin with a 1-1 record in two competitive games against high-major competition.
This Bama team will have to get tougher, and must show significant defensive improvement when it gets into conference play. Once again, it was victimized by big, physical guards against Oregon.
Two former SEC players led the Ducks throughout the afternoon. Jermaine Couisnard (formerly of South Carolina) poured in 24 points and six assists, while Georgia transfer Kario Oquendo added 17 points and four blocks.
With a clear picture of what it needs to improve upon, Alabama Basketball heads back home for the next two weeks. Bama will host Clemson on November 28th and Arkansas State on December 4th before it hits the road again for its toughest stretch of the season. The Tide will see top-10 teams in Purdue, Creighton, and Arizona all away from the confines of home.
This team is talented and can score with anybody in the country, but it’s clear Coach Nate Oats has work to do.