Alabama Guard Retin Obasohan (32) dishes off a pass inside over Charleston Southern Guard Sheldon Strickland (4) during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game with Charleston Southern, Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013, at Coleman Coliseum in Tuscaloosa, Ala. (AP Photo)
The Alabama men’s basketball team had an impressive victory Saturday night over Charleston Southern. Read about it here in my Sunday story in the TimesDaily and Decatur Daily.
What was impressive was PG Trevor Releford (hip) was on the bench, F Nick Jacobs (shoulder) was hurt during the game and was limited, G Levi Randolph scored one point and the Bucs were the top scoring team in the country (92 ppg).
Somehow, the Crimson Tide buckled down on defense and survived some offensive lulls.
“It was great to see guys step up,” coach Anthony Grant said. “(Rodney) Cooper tonight was huge from the shots he made and rebounding the ball. He’s been struggling, but he broke through that. He just needed to see the ball go in.”
“Retin (Obasohan) did an outstanding job running our team,” Grant said. “He was asked to play a different role with Trevor Releford out. He really affected the game.”
If you missed my Saturday story on Obasohan, check it out here. It’s about him emerging as an offensive threat.
Alabama Guard Algie Key (0) grabs a rebound inside a swarm of defenders during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game with Charleston Southern, Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013, at Coleman Coliseum in Tuscaloosa, Ala. (AP Photo)
Moving forward, Alabama could be in trouble. Releford’s 16 ppg and leadership are going to be needed. His hip trouble has been going on for a long time.
I even saw him come out of the doctors office a couple weeks ago. And, according to Grant, he’s not getting better. That means this is something he must deal with for the rest of the year and probably need surgery later.
“When you lose a guy with that experience and talent it’s going to take time to adjust,” Grant said. “We got better as the game went on. For the entire game our defense was very solid. That was the key for the game.”
Jacobs’ separated shoulder is going to be recurring. He’s going to need a long time off.
There’s little time to rest with No. 11 Wichita State coming into Coleman Coliseum on Tuesday night.
“It will be a challenge,” Grant said. “We have two days to prepare. We’ll have to take the lessons we learned for the this game and get ready for the next one.”
Alabama Guard Levi Randolph (20) goes way up top to draw a block from Charleston Southern Guard Saah Nimley (5) during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game with, Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013, at Coleman Coliseum in Tuscaloosa, Ala. (AP Photo)