Alabama basketball: What we learned from Crimson Tide’s loss at Mississippi State
After a dominant road win at Florida on Saturday, Alabama basketball stumbled on the road in a 67-63 loss at Mississippi State on Tuesday night.
Alabama continued to be unpredictable. This is a team that has wins over Florida and Oklahoma, but has lost to Mississippi State and Missouri.
Alabama dropped to 15-9 on the year, including 7-5 in SEC play.
Alabama was simply awful shooting the ball on Tuesday night. The Crimson Tide shot 37 percent (18-49) from the floor and 14 percent (3-22) from the three-point line.
Alabama went cold at the worst possible time, not scoring for a stretch of 2:16 as the game entered crunch time. During that time, Alabama made 1-of-9 field goal attempts. That’s not going to get it done against anyone in a close game on the road.
Donta Hall injury
Donta Hall left the first half of the game after re-aggravating his wrist injury. Hall was in a noticeable amount of pain. He returned at the start of the second half, and played for much of the game, but it’ll be something to watch going forward.
Hall had surgery last month, but missed less than a week of time. Alabama can’t afford to lose Hall because he is the anchor of the team’s defensive scheme. Hall finished the game with 8 points, 6 rebounds and 3 blocks in 25 minutes.
Up next for Alabama basketball
Alabama basketball will begin a two-game homestand when it hosts No. 15/14 Tennessee on Saturday, Feb. 10, at 5 p.m. CT on SEC Network. It will mark the only meeting between the two teams this season.
Alabama hosts LSU next Tuesday.