For Alabama Basketball a must-win was sweet Wednesday night. Making it even sweeter was it being a fifth straight win over LSU. For good reason, Nate Oats does not like LSU coach, Will Wade. Many Crimson Tide fans agree. Two Januarys ago, Alabama lost to LSU in Baton Rouge. It has not lost to the Bengal Tigers since. Win five came from a 70-67 victory in Coleman Coliseum on Wednesday night.
After dropping its last three SEC games, the Crimson Tide had to win. Earlier in the week, Nate Oats pledged any player giving less than maximum effort would watch from the Crimson Tide bench. Oats and his players delivered the intensity and the toughness needed to beat a talented LSU team.
It is true LSU was down two key players. Balancing that deficit was the loss of Juwan Gary after just seven minutes of action. Gary took a clean, but powerful elbow to the face and could not return.
The Alabama Crimson Tide basketball team broke their three game losing streak by beating 13th ranked LSU on Wednesday night in Tuscaloosa by a score of 70-67. The team’s shooting woes got worse if anything, but effort, toughness, defense, and rebounding were on display in the thrilling victory after Nate Oats publicly challenged his team in that regard this week. Alabama improved to 12-6 overall and 3-3 in conference while LSU fell to 15-3, 3-3. The win was much needed and hopefully will propel the Tide on a winning streak. The Tide has now won five games in a row over Will Wade and his Tigers.
Coach Nate Oats said that Jahvon Quinerly came to him and said “Coach, what can I do to help, do you want me to come off the bench like last year?” Quinerly was one of the best guards in the country late last season coming off the bench and was the MVP of the SEC Tournament doing such. Oats agreed and said “we thought it might get him going and also maybe help JD (freshman guard JD Davison) as well.” The move did seem to energize Quinerly as he had his best game in a few weeks. Noah Gurley, Keon Ellis, Jaden Shackelford, and Charles Bediako joined Davison in the starting lineup. The start was the first of Davison’s career.
LSU men’s basketball team traveled to Alabama to take on the Crimson Tide. Unfortunately, LSU lost to Alabama 70-67 for their fifth straight loss in the series.
LSU was down in the second half but used a 14-1 run to erase the deficit. Eric Gaines missed a last-second three-point shot at the buzzer to tie the game. LSU has now lost two games in a row.
Alabama, one of college basketball’s high-flying teams in early December, is looking to rebound following three straight close losses. The Crimson Tide (11-6, 2-3 Southeastern Conference) fell out of the rankings this week after rising to No. 6 on Dec. 13, with a win over current No. 1 Gonzaga on the résumé. The defending SEC champions, who were picked to finish second in the league, hope they have corrected their recent struggles when they host No. 13 LSU (15-2, 3-2) Wednesday night. Alabama has five losses by six points or less, including the past three.
Wade was responding to a sequence of events that happened with just over eight minutes remaining in the second half.
Tigers guard Eric Gaines drove to the basket for a layup which was blocked by Alabama forward Noah Gurley. Wade thought the block was actually a goaltend (it was close).
After Tigers guard Brandon Murray was called for a foul, Wade stormed onto the court in protest and was hit with a technical foul.
Keon Ellis made two free throws with 5 seconds left, and Alabama survived a late comeback bid by No. 13 LSU to win 70-67 on Wednesday night and snap a three-game skid. LSU trailed by eight points with 1:08 remaining. Tari Eason, who finished with 26 points and 10 rebounds, dunked to draw the Tigers closer. Brandon Murray hit two free throws, and after four missed foul shots by Alabama, Murray made a 3-pointer with 8 seconds remaining to cut the Crimson Tide’s advantage to 68-67.