TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Alabama coach Avery Johnson spoke with reporters following the Crimson Tide’s 77-59 win over Ball State on Friday night.
Here are the highlights from Johnson’s time at the podium:
- Really good bounce back win for us tonight. One of the things we stressed was defending the three-point line. Teams had been shooting 40 percent from 3 against us.
- We started off slow offensively, but our defense was good. Then we got a big spark from the guys off our bench, particularly Shannon Hale and Avery Johnson, Jr.
- I’m proud of our team for this win.
- To Avery Jr.’s credit, he’s been working hard. We’ve had two pretty aggressive practices. We sat out some guys, and AJ and Shannon had to go the entire time. Shannon, AJ and Ar’Mond Davis are on the same team in practice pretty much every time. They’re playing well and learning each other.
- Corban Collins tweaked his ankle, but he should be fine.
- Having former players come back is critically important. One of the things we wanted to do when we took over was to make sure our former letterman felt really special. Some of those guys stop by practice from time-to-time. Some guys have agreed to come to some road games. In terms of building a program, that’s another step in the right direction.
- After starting slow, we took a timeout. We wanted to keep playing the same defense. We weren’t scoring, but they weren’t scoring either. I wanted to get Shannon Hale in the game early. I didn’t want him to sit. This game was a total team effort.
- Now the test is going to whether or not we can be a good road team. Even though we play in a neutral site (in Las Vegas), we’re still on the road.
- I thought Shannon Hale’s body language was better tonight. I’m trying to get him to not fluctuate so much. We need consistency out of him going forward. The Shannon Hale we got tonight is the one we need.
- We’re willing to tweak lineups as we go. As I’ve said before, we’re going to make some changes in the lineup especially in the second half.
- We have a lot of guys who are 3-point threats. We want to take quality threes. I thought we did a good job of setting up some of our shots as opposed to the Dayton game. We have a lot of guys who can shoot it when given good looks.