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66: It’s the magic number

While it’s not surprising that a team that ranks 221st in scoring wants to slow things down against a Kentucky team that is cleary more skilled, the tempo for the Tide is more than just a desire.  It’s a desperate need.  Alabama currently tops the SEC in points per game allowed with only 56.8, thanks to a physical mentality and aggressive mindset on defense designed to offset their offensive inefficiencies.  For the most part, it’s paid off too, as the Tide has held nine opponents to 50 or fewer points nine times this season and Anthony Grant’s team has fared 10-2 in games where they’ve allowed fewer than 66 points.  They’re 0-5 when allowing more. 

It’s a number that served as a benchmark for the Tide, but it also has an interesting connotation for the Cats.  Kentucky’s lowest output this season is 67 in a loss to Connecticut.  The Cats have shot the ball well and found transition points fairly easily for the most part this season, but Coach Cal remains concerned about the defensive mentality that Alabama presents because of the one team they didn’t do so hot against. 

“(They are) really good defensively, really tough. Their inside guys remind me of the Georgia players. Very physical, get you near the basket, and if you’re playing half speed you’re going to get killed. Very active in the zone, they trap, they do good things and they run their stuff. They run good stuff. I’m trying to find a tape to build my confidence up and I haven’t found one yet because I start watching — and then I watched our game we played with them last year. The games we played with them last year, they were right (there), they had chances to beat us both games.”

Yep, I’m thinking it too.  It’s Jorts time.

Article written by Thomas Beisner

13 Comments for 66: It’s the magic number

  1. knightynight
    12:13 pm January 18, 2011 Permalink

    we played them last yr?

  2. LansingCat
    12:15 pm January 18, 2011 Permalink

    Who cares? What’s Drew doing right now? Has anyone heard from him? Is he in jail already?

  3. Coach Kanter's Falafel
    12:18 pm January 18, 2011 Permalink

    We’ll bomb them from the outside until they cry.

  4. Roggensak
    12:21 pm January 18, 2011 Permalink

    Go Cats!

  5. Disney Magic
    12:23 pm January 18, 2011 Permalink

    T. Jones had better pass out of the double/triple teams better than the past two games. Yeah he’s scored points and yes we won those games. But against better opponents and better defenses he has to pass the rock to the wide open man. Also need better spacing from the other guys. Notice a lot of times Jones gets the ball the “open” guy less than 5 ft away. Very easy for defender to get back into position after double team.

  6. NBA league pass
    12:30 pm January 18, 2011 Permalink

    1) first game of the SEC tourny had me puckered up until about 3-4 min left.

  7. Don
    12:47 pm January 18, 2011 Permalink

    We’ll win by double digits

  8. Don
    12:47 pm January 18, 2011 Permalink

    We’ll win by double digits

  9. coach K
    2:19 pm January 18, 2011 Permalink


  10. Columbia Cat
    2:28 pm January 18, 2011 Permalink

    Bama is undefeated at home, holding opponents to an average of 51 PPG. Oscar, what`s going to happen tonight?

  11. bung
    3:02 pm January 18, 2011 Permalink

    Mr. Beisner…we have found transition points off of turnovers pretty well. But we have a sporadic effort at best off of defensive rebounds. Last game 34 boards and 2 fast break baskets, both in the first half.

  12. Gregory
    8:30 am January 19, 2011 Permalink

    Well it looks like this scenario didn’t pan out.

  13. Coach John
    11:25 am January 19, 2011 Permalink

    Good job Beisner. You are right on with your numbers. If we had gotten to 67 against Alabama we would’ve gone to overtime with them and who knows what would’ve happened. We would’ve had momentum in our favor after coming back from 20 down. No one will probably read this since it’s the day after the game but you called this one with your research.