Monthly Archives: March 2011

Alabama falls in NIT finals

Wichita State finished off the Tide for a 66-57 win in the NIT title game in Madison Square Garden.

The Shockers took control after JaMychal Green went to the bench with four fouls. Green and Releford were both named to the all-tournament team.

More later.

Alabama trails WSU at halftime

The NIT finals just went to intermission with Wichita State leading the Tide 37-34. Here’s what matters most:

  • Alabama forced 10 turnovers, but scored just nine points on resulting possessions.
  • WSU’s scoring is much more balanced. The Shockers have eight players in the scoring column. Alabama has 27 of its 34 points from JaMychal Green, Tony Mitchell and Trevor Releford.
  • WSU holds a 16-10 rebounding advantage after dominating Washington State 52-25 in Tuesday’s semifinal.
  • Bench points: WSU 16, Bama 2.
  • Tony Mitchell picked up his second foul with 10:36 to go. It was a bad intentional foul after having the ball stolen at the top of the key.
  • Shooting percentages: Alabama 50 (14-of-28). Wichita State 50 (13-of-26).
  • Neither team has missed a free throw. Bama is 5-of-5 and WSU is 9-of-9.
  • Teams are combined 3-for-14 from 3-point line. Charvez Davis has the Tide’s 3.

More later.

Live from New York, it's the NIT finals!

It’s almost game time in a quiet and mostly empty Madison Square Garden. That must mean there are plenty of you out there hoping for some commentary from Alabama’s NIT championship game with Wichita State.

CLICK HERE for the Twitter home of the blog where I will take you inside the action. You can also predict the score before tip off. Go now!

Welcome back to Madison Square Garden

My view of the action.

It was already a successful day since the Yankees opened the 2011 World Series run with a 6-3 decision over Detroit. Now, it’s back to work.

Madison Square Garden is slowly taking on fans for the NIT final between Alabama and Wichita State. The Shockers had some impressive fans, and from talking to a reporter in the media room, it sounds like the city of Wichita is really embracing this team.

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Game day in the city

It’s a soggy morning in New York City. Fortunately, Madison Square Garden was built with a roof.

On the unfortunate side, Yankee Stadium was not. Undeterred, this sports writer is on the way to heaven — I mean the Bronx. It’s opening day and the angels or singing.

Brag time over. I’ll pass along a few photos on twitter when the Yankee/Tiger game starts at noon.

Then, I guess we can stop back at MSG for Alabama’s NIT championship game with Wichita State.

Video of Alabama's NIT win over Colorado

Here it is — the much anticipated video of Alabama’s NIT semifinal win over Colorado. Enjoy.

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Alabama wins, headed to NIT finals

Trevor Releford’s layup with 12.6 seconds left sent Alabama past Colorado 62-61 and into Thursday’s NIT final.

Wichita State is next after it killed Washington State.

Check back for more later.

Bama leads CU at halftime in NIT semis

Time for just a quick update with Alabama leading Colorado 36-30 at halftime in Madison Square Garden. Here’s what’s important:

  • Alabama’s defense is getting to the Buffs. The Tide has 8 steals.
  • Colorado’s turnover count stands at 11.
  • Colorado’s season turnover average: 11.6 per game.
  • Tide is shooting 51.6 percent from the field (16 of 31).
  • Colorado not so sharp. It is 37.5 percent or 9 of 24.
  • The crowd isn’t big, but those who are here are into it. It’s hard to say which fan base is bigger.
  • Time to write for print. Final score will be on twitter.

Live NIT commentary on Daily Bama Blog

We’re closing in on tip-off in Madison Square Garden and both teams have wrapped up pregame warmups.

For all the live commentary and analysis my deadlines allow, check out our official home on Twitter. CLICK HERE for that. Post a score prediction here if you like.

I’m saying 68-63. Winner still undetermined.

Welcome to Madison Square Garden

Not exactly a sellout.

The long adventure finally led me to the baseline side seat assigned to this sports writer. Hopefully I can get this posted before my battery runs out since there is no power on our row.

Anyway, it’s halftime at the first semifinal and you can pencil in Wichita State for he finals. It leads Washington State 36-19. The fans six inches behind me are jacked.

Check back in a little bit. More updates to come.

Update: Power restored. All is well.

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JaMychal Green returning for senior season

Here is the lead to one of the stories I’m working on for tomorrow.

NEW YORK — Alabama had just beaten Miami in the NIT quarterfinals when star forward JaMychal Green dropped the news to coach Anthony Grant.

Grant then had another reason to smile.

The forward and leading scorer from Montgomery said this week’s trip to New York would not be his last in a Crimson Tide jersey.

Green will return to Tuscaloosa in the fall for his senior season. The potential riches of the NBA can wait one more year for the St. Jude High School product.

Green promises the decision was based on deep thought, not an emotional response to a big win.

“Nothing is going to convince me to leave,” Green said Monday. “I talked to my mom and my dad and we made up our mind that we were coming back and play another year. I have more things to work on and get my education.”

Video of Alabama's day in New York

Greetings from New York

This long overdue post comes courtesy of the McDonald’s across the street from Madison Square Garden. It’s the only place with WiFi and an open seat.

Anyway, come back soon for some video from the day that was. First was a news conference and player interviews. It was held in the same Marriott Marquis meeting room where Mark Ingram’s post-Heisman Trophy news conference was held.

Then it was on to practice 30-or-so blocks from Times Square at Baruch College. The gym was unique since it was four flights of stairs below Lexington Avenue.

More later.

A travel day for The Daily Bama Blog

It’s time to head north for the final four of the NIT, so blog updates might be sporadic at best today. A special thanks goes out to my family in New Jersey for agreeing to lodge this wayward sports scribe for a few days.

Anyway, read my take on the NIT semifinals or NCAA first-round loss debate by CLICKING HERE.

You can also read a little more about the Alabama defensive line RIGHT HERE.

 

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Set your DVR: ESPN releases early football TV schedule

There weren’t many answers for Alabama fans looking to lock in game times for the fall, but ESPN still released an early look at some of the games it’ll air on the family of networks.

CLICK HERE to see the entire list.

I found the top of the document the most interesting part. Alabama’s A-Day game is listed as the ESPNU game. The intriguing part: Arkansas’ spring game is on the mothership or ESPN.

That absence of Alabama regular-season games on the lineup doesn’t mean the Tide is shutout from ESPN. The networks don’t announce TV assignments for most SEC games until two weeks before kickoff.

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