Coming off of their fourth loss of the season, the Alabama Basketball team is clearly missing something more than just former All-American Brandon Miller. In the latest loss, poor shooting cost the Alabama Basketball team as they shot 4-22 from three-point range and 35-75 from the field. The defensive struggles have continued for this year's Alabama Basketball team as they allowed the Creighton Blue Jays to score 85 points.
This offseason the Alabama Basketball team lost Jaden Bradley, Jahvon Quinerly, and Nimari Burnett to the transfer portal. The season before they lost Juwan Gary to the Nebraska Cornhuskers among other notable transfers. Bradley went onto transfer to Top ranked Arizona, Quinerly joined the Memphis Tigers, and Burnett joined the Michigan Wolverines. These high impact players at top programs were replaced mostly by players from Mid-Major program a hit or miss strategy from Nate Oats.
The issue with recruiting players from mid-majors is you never know how they'll pan out against top-tier competition. An Alabama Basketball team that struggles with defense and rebounding could certainly use a Juwan Gary who's quietly become one of the top rebounders in the country since leaving Alabama as he's recording seven rebounds per game coming off of an 18 rebound performance against Kansas State. Jaden Bradley would have a great impact on this Alabama Basketball team defensively as he's been a solid player defensively for Arizona while being inconsistent offensively. Jahvon Quinerly has been a leader for the Memphis Tigers scoring 13.7 points per game while adding 5 assists per game and 3.4 rebounds per game. Quinerly's performances have led the Tigers to wins over 13th-ranked Clemson, 21st-ranked Texas A&M, and 20th-ranked Arkansas.
Alabama Basketball: Time for someone to step up
The Alabama Basketball team needs someone to step up in a big way to help end this stretch where they've lost four of their last six games. The next game on the schedule is against top-ranked Arizona and former Alabama Basketball player Jaden Bradley. This game will be a tough test for the Alabama Basketball team but, also an opportunity to get off the mat with a massive resume-building win. The top three scores for the Alabama Basketball team in Grant Nelson, Mark Sears, and Aaron Estrada all haven't played their best at the same time over this losing streak. The Crimson Tide need someone to step up defensively as they continue to struggle guarding opposing guards as Creighton had two guards finish with 20+ points while a third scored 12 points. If this Alabama Basketball team has dreams of a late run in March, they'll need to start beating some of these opponents like Arizona heading into conference play
Note: Stats Via ESPN