Alabama completed a three overtime, roughly three hour basketball game today that all but ended any chance they had at qualifying for the NCAA tournament. After a dismal start to the season, Anthony Grant's team had clawed their way back onto and through the bubble, and it looked as though with a win today and a win over either Ole Miss or Florida and Georgia they just might make it in.
But in Alabama basketball fashion they choked. They were lucky to extend the game to three overtimes. After a dominating performance through all but the last minute of regulation, Grant's team fell short, yet again, to another weak opponent. Grant doesn't appear to have lost his team, but I can't understand why. They fail in every aspect of their game except defense, and when they finally starting hitting jump shots they quit playing defense.
Today's loss at LSU was another break in the strings that have Grant loosely tied to his job, and I can't imaging him staying much longer if the Tide remains a consistent NIT team. Shame of it is I like the man, and I really pull for him, but something is missing, and it's hard to put a finger on it. Alabama doesn't have many impressive wins this year, but they have some very impressive losses. Auburn is one and now LSU is another. That is plenty reason to keep them out of the tournament and as hard as it is for me to say, they don't deserve to be there.