Another Miserable Tide Basketball Loss

There are teams that seem to play at the level of the opposition. In three Southeastern Conference games, the 2007-08 Alabama team seems to be one that is able to play below the level of mediocre opponents. The Crimson Tide played a terrible game in losing for the third straight time in SEC play.

Alabama fell to 0-3 in conference play and 11-7 overall as the Tide went to Athens and lost to the Georgia Bulldogs, previously winless in SEC play. Georgia's 61-54 win evened the Bulldogs' SEC record at 1-1 and improved its overall record to 10-5.

Alabama returns to Coleman Coliseum to host Mississippi State at 2 p.m. CST Saturday, a game that will be regionally telecast on the Southeastern Conference's Raycom Network.

The Bulldogs are 12-5 overall and 3-0 in SEC play coming off a Tuesday night win over Kentucky.

The name of the basketball game is shooting, and Alabama was terrible, Georgia very good. From three-point range, Georgia out-scored Bama 30-9 as the Bulldogs were good on 10 of 22, Alabama only three of 20. From the free throw line, Georgia made 11-12 (the miss coming in the final seconds of the game), while Alabama was 7-14. Richard Hendrix continued his miserable free throw shooting, making three of nine.

Hendrix led Alabama with another double-double. He had 19 points and 10 rebounds. Mykal Riley and Brandon Hollinger had 10 points each for the Tide.

Georgia was led by Billy Humphrey with 13 points and Jeremy Price with 11.

Key late plays were Alabama being down by four points and Georgia running out of time on the shot clock, then getting a three-pointer from Humphrey with 1:05 to play, and then theTide down seven suffering its 19th turnover with 38 seconds to play.

Alabama dug a big first half hole in great part because of turnovers. Averaging only 12 turnovers per game going into the contest, Bama had more than that (13) in the first half. Additionally, the Tide gave up six three-point shots in the first 20 minutes.

Alabama was down 6-0 before getting a score in the game and trailed by as many as 15 points before scoring the final five points of the first half to be down by "only" 10 points, 35-25. Bama, which was never tied or ahead in the game, also fell behind by 15 points in the second half.

A key moment midway through the second half was Hendrix missing two free throws, then getting his third foul on a rebound opportunity on the play. That came with 13:30 to play and the Tide trailing 46-33. Hendrix had to leave the game for over five minutes.

Alabama Coach Mark Gottfried said, "You have to give them credit. At key times in the game they made key shots. We seem to have the kind of night where we were playing hard but couldn't do anything right – turnovers, missing shots, missing free throws. We just didn't play well and that's frustrating.

"We have to keep working hard and keep getting better. We had too many turnovers. We just didn't execute."

He said Alabama's "defense was pretty good. They shot 40 per cent. The effort was good. But we played sloppy.

"We have a tough one coming up. Mississippi State is playing good. I don't think we're going to play this poorly every night."

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