One Last Look At Levi's Last Game

For anyone who saw Alabama's 67-50 win over Mississippi State Saturday, the enduring memory may well be the extraordinary effort of Levi Randolph on a play that really didn't matter – until it was completed.



Alabama was comfortably leading Mississippi State at 55-39 and still making life miserable for Bulldogs with seven minutes to play. Dee Bost, the fine point guard who was forced to play all 40 minutes for Mississippi State, was forced into a turnover, the ball going into the back court where it would be turned over to Alabama.

But Levi Randolph, the 6-5 freshman guard from Madison, wasn't going to settle for that. Randolph raced to the backcourt, dove for the ball, and flipped it to Trevor Releford, who then passed to Charles Hankerson for a layup.

Alabama Coach Anthony Grant was impressed.

"He sold out," Grant said. "That type of energy, that's contagious. Your teammates feed off of that type of passion and enthusiasm that he demonstrated on that one possession. That, to me, was the biggest play of the game."

Randolph was certainly the player of the game.

He hit 6-9 shots from the field, including both of his three-point tries, and made all four of his free throws for a career-high 18 points. He also had a team-high seven rebounds, four assists, and three steals. He did not have a turnover.

The NBA uses a formula to evaluate player efficiency, a formula borrowed by college coaches.

The formula is:

((Points + Rebounds + Assists + Steals + Blocks) - ((Field Goals Att. - Field Goals Made) + (Free Throws Att. - Free Throws Made) + Turnovers)).

Plugging in Randolph's numbers, he had 32 on the good side (18 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists, 3 steals) and only 3 on the bad side (the three missed field goals since he didn't miss any free throws or have any turnovers), for an efficiency of 29.

That's best by an Alabama player this year.

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