ChrisD: Young Bama must keep momentum going against fading Mizzou

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Young Bama must keep momentum going against fading Mizzou
By Chris DePew, TideFans Staff


Where to watch: Missouri (9-7, 1-3 SEC – #71 KenPom rating) at Alabama (9-7, 2-2 – #45)
Today (Jan 18, 2020) @ 2:30 p.m. CST
Coleman Coliseum
SEC Network

Who to watch: Jaden Shackelford. Even though he got nine points and six rebounds in the start against Auburn, the spotlight of a big game seemed to get to the freshman, who had a season-high five turnovers and missed all of his 3-point attempts.

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4Q Basket Case

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We've taken several good steps this year.

Changed offensive philosophies entirely.

Choked a lead against Florida, but learned from that and fought back like champs when Auburn whittled what had been a 14-point lead, down to 3, and had all the momentum. That's mental toughness.

Were weak on defense (a hangover from previous years), but defended like madmen against MSU and Auburn.

Effort is now consistent. We have weaknesses (inside game and resultant rebounding problems) that won't be solved this year. And we remain streaky shooters. Second half performanace against Auburn notwithstanding, free throw shooting is inconsistent. But effort has always been there.

Love the hardhat thing. I think that may catch on and spread past the student section.

For the last several years and coaches, consistent focus has been a problem. As Chris points out, we'd follow up a good win with what the Australians call, "walkabout," a cross between sleep-walking and glassy-eyed navel-gazing.

Today would be a great day to slay that dragon. We're a 7-point favorite at home. This is a game we're supposed to win. A focused workmanlike performance would do the trick.
 
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CoolBreeze

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Nice posts. Yea, today is going to tell us a lot about where this team is mentally and whether we have turned the corner with this new coach. Gotta win the games we're supposed to win so let's do that in style.
 

rgw

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Following a big win with a win you should get is the signature of good coaching. I think we see that today.
 

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We've taken several good steps this year.

Changed offensive philosophies entirely.

Choked a lead against Florida, but learned from that and fought back like champs when Auburn whittled what had been a 14-point lead, down to 3, and had all the momentum. That's mental toughness.

Were weak on defense (a hangover from previous years), but defended like madmen against MSU and Auburn.

Effort is now consistent. We have weaknesses (inside game and resultant rebounding problems) that won't be solved this year. And we remain streaky shooters. Second half performanace against Auburn notwithstanding, free throw shooting is inconsistent. But effort has always been there.

Love the hardhat thing. I think that may catch on and spread past the student section.

For the last several years and coaches, consistent focus has been a problem. As Chris points out, we'd follow up a good win with what the Australians call, "walkabout," a cross between sleep-walking and glassy-eyed navel-gazing.

Today would be a great day to slay that dragon. We're a 7-point favorite at home. This is a game we're supposed to win. A focused workmanlike performance would do the trick.
Really great post 4Q. You pretty much summed it up. When I look at this team and think about the last two regimes it’s like night and day!