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Tough game but great win! Can't believe I'm saying this but TA wasn't so bad tonight. Man, when Aug puts his mind to it, he is unstoppable! Wish he played the whole game with the same urgency he had in the last part of the game.
Better late than never. Glad I was able to make it in time for the finish. My voice is suffering though. Parades and games on 4 straight nights is killing me.
Class of '14. Go Jags! South in your Mouth!
I'm going to have to start sitting in the student section. I don't think the people around me appreciate my methods.
It's a great spot to be. My 11 yr old son has made it his home and I join him during the 2nd half after my duties are done. His antics and enthusiasm has earned him three Chill giftcards over the past couple of weeks.
IT'S OUR TIME! GO JAGS!!
A couple of observations from where I was sitting:
1) I was impressed by the crowd. As we were driving to the game, we said, "With Mardi Gras going on, no one will be here tonight." But I was wrong. Then we said, "Most of these people are here for AcroDunk. They'll be gone after halftime." But that was not the case, either. As far as I could tell, most people stayed for the entire game.
2) I loved the significant minutes for Juricek, and I loved the 3-pointer. Rubit and Juricek were in there together for a little while. Gotta love the twin towers.
3) I thought the technical fouls after the two dunks were ridiculous. Apparently they were for slapping the backboard? Either way, if that kind of display got you a T in the NBA, 85 percent of the league would be suspended.
4) I noticed SuperFan in his old seat behind the basket. I think we decided at one point he had been banished to a remote location or banned altogether, but it's good to see the world is back in order.
This post was edited by Algernon 17 months ago
I'm a machine, jerk!
I'm not able to commute to the games from Bham, so I followed again on GameTracker. Excited that we have won 6 of our last 7. But I do have a few questions and maybe an observation or two. I'm not complaining, in fact I'm thrilled where we are given what we showed in ATL and BHM earlier. But since I firmly believe we are the second best team in the SB even with our depth taking a hit, I just wanted to see if some of you guys could help me out.
What has happened to our rebounding? Seems like Ammons isn't as active.
Are teams playing us different?
What is the story on Rubit? I hear he takes over the game, but I also hear he's playing hurt. He was 7 of 16 last night with only 5 rebounds.
These last few games against some of the lower tier teams at home have been nailbiters. Is it attributable to lack of depth or maybe just the ebbs and flows of a season?
I have two concerns as we hit these last five games. What will turn around travel to Murfreesboro and BG on Thursdays and Mobile on Saturdays do to what seems like a tired short-benched team?
What does our apparent lack of depth do to us for potentially playing three games in a row in early March?
Others on this board may be able to give you more in-depth analysis, but here are some answers to your questions from a non-expert who's been to almost every home game for the last decade:
1) I don't know what happened to Ammons. I used to be so impressed by his aggression. It had come to the point where I was referring to him to my friends as "The Kobe Stopper." This year, he's been almost invisible at times.
2) Rubit has been almost unstoppable lately. USA brings it up the court, force-feeds Rubit, and he delivers two points with incredible consistency. When he misses the basket, he usually gets fouled. When he shoots free throws, he usually makes them. Thursday against Troy, my mind was blown at how excellent USA's foul-shooting was. And that's coming off the FIU game when missed free throws almost cost USA the game. Back to Rubit: He tweaked his ankle on an odd-looking play last night. He got bumped really hard by a defender flying toward him, and then it looked like he slipped on a wet spot or something. He limped up and down the court from then on but still delivered down the stretch. Sometimes the defense is able to deny Rubit the ball, and then the USA offense scrambles for another option with little consistency.
3) Lack of depth? Most likely. A healthy and bought-in Roberson would make a world of difference, but we know that's not happening. Goldstein's ball-handling was criticized at times, but he is also sorely missed. I've found myself rooting for Antoine Allen. It looks like he's lost confidence in his shot. Now, that doesn't keep him from taking shots, but they're just not going in with any consistency. Dre Conner? I like him. He doesn't turn the ball over with reckless abandon, and he makes a big shot here and there. Trey Anderson? I used to hate to see that Anderson was coming in the game, but he's been contributing better this year. Javier Carter? I remember watching him as a freshman and thinking, "Man, if this guy stays for four years, he will be a dominant force." A dominant force he is not, but he's a key cog. Love his defense. Juricek? He's tall, and he made a 3 last night. That's about all I know about him.
I will be the happiest man in Mobile if they make a postseason run, but if Rubit's ankle gives out or if the opposing team can deny him the ball, I'm afraid it's not going to happen.
One of our big problems last night was giving up offensive rebounds. Several happened because Carter left his man to attempt to block a shot, the shot was missed (often due to his presence), but FAU was able to take advantage of him no longer being the opposite side of the basket.
I agree that Anderson contributed valuable minutes last night. He has cut down on his turnovers (he hasn't eliminated them altogether) and makes a shot every now and them. To me, his biggest contribution has been as a bigger body at the guard position to play defense.
Depth is our biggest issue.
This post was edited by cb960 17 months ago
Horizontally enhanced, vertically challenged, follically impaired...
CJP mentioned in the postgame that they are not rebounding the ball well lately. He didn't offer reasons, just that it must improve.
My opinion is that opposing defenses are fouling Rubit just about every time USA is on offense (although refs will only call them occasionally for fear of being criticized that they are not letting the athletes play) and Rubit simply doesn't have the energy to get the boards like he did earlier in the season. The loss of our outside firepower has made this a real problem as opponents know that he is the one factor they have to neutralize.
Rubit was heroic last night. He was visibly limping when he came back late in the game but brought the Jags to victory with his points in the last few minutes.
Ammons needs to get that old aggressiveness back, but, unless I'm mistaken he's the guy who was defending Gantt on that last possession and saved the win. He can still lockdown the opponents best scorer when needed.
This post was edited by Doug Konkel 17 months ago
Rebounding.. We were out rebounded by 2 last night. Watching I would have thought it were more. A couple of factors are 1) we are seeing more zone, match-up zone and other zone variation. The zones are very tight in the lane and provide position. 2) We have played 3 point shootings teams who hit or miss badly with wild caroms .
Trey: Always been considered a good passer by players but he never could handle the pressure of running the show. He is taller and can defend well though he is not real quick. Hate to watch the shot but he hits enough to make the defense honor his shot with attention.
Rubit: Remember when he did not practice for a week or two pre season with a dislocated toe? He has really bad feet. Really bad. He has played in pain every game this year. He is a warrior.
From the world of the ridiculous, MTSU fans are thinking that their guy, Marcus Knight, is the main candidate for POY.
Y'all were right about the crowd being bigger, but less vocal. The cheer leaders finally got into the USA cheer and the crowd chimed in. I was listening for the start of the constant scream that we (sometimes) put out late in the game to help our defense. For the most part, it wasn't there.
I couldn't believe Afro Man was not there, but I finally spotted him (wearing beads) and knew where he had been. Glad he showed up for the finish!
For the Red, White, & Blue: Go Jags!
When it got to the end though the crowd was all the way in , That USA chant was as loud as I have ever heard. The free throw screaming wasnt that great but hey there were a lot of new faces with the school system free ticket promo
The plan was with MOT starting early and Jags starting later, we could do both. Alas, one of the floats broke down and delayed the parade for 45 minutes, and we were cutoff from our car by the parade route or we would have made it before halftime at least.
Show them this. Their heads will explode. Aug POY and no all conference players from Middle.
Great game recap here with Juricek highlight: http://m.youtube.com/#/watch?v=sKMuKelcTpw&desktop_uri=%2Fwatch%3Fv%3DsKMuKelcTpw
Thanks for the highlights. That link takes me to the mobile site. Here's the desktop version if needed:
South Alabama edges out FAU 72-71 at home.
This was absolutely the best game I've seen Trey Anderson play. Hopefully he can keep it up. We all know Rubit is a beast. He draws double and triple coverage at times and opens up other players for some shots. If those players are hitting shots then the defense can't keep doubling up on Aug. When they back off the double coverage on Aug then we can just dish it back to him. It can create defensive headaches.
Kudos go out also to Barrington Stevens and Dre Conner. They seem be be coming into their own lately. Hopefully we keep this up throughout the rest of the season and tornament. I'm optimistic about the future of Viktor as well.
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