Alabama Basketball Picks Up Second Win, Downs Ball State

Alabama basketball defeated the Ball State Cardinals, 77-59, on Friday night in Coleman Coliseum, moving to 2-1 on the season after an impressive victory.

Alabama basketball defeated the Ball State Cardinals, 77-59, on Friday night in Coleman Coliseum, moving to 2-1 on the season after an impressive victory.

This was a good bounce-back performance after a close loss to Dayton, and the team played well from start to finish.

Although the game wasn’t as lopsided throughout as the final score might suggest, Alabama controlled the game from start to finish. The Tide played particularly well in the second half,  capitalizing on several turnovers to pad an already sizable lead.

This game was by no means one of the most critical on the non-conference portion of the schedule, but picking up solid wins early in the season is important. Alabama should have expected to win this game, and played like they knew they were the better team from start to finish.

In terms of individual performances, the Crimson Tide had several key contributions from the bench. Avery Johnson Jr. played very well, scoring in double figures and hitting several 3-pointers. Armond Davis and and Shannon Hale both scored over 10 points as well. It’s still early in the season, and these performances shouldn’t be seen as proof that Alabama has an elite bench. At the same time, though, having multiple figures play this well is very encouraging.

As a team, Alabama looked unstoppable for stretches. They controlled the pace of the game, and routinely found open shots. Strong offensive performances like this one will be important for the rest of the year, especially if the team can couple this with a strong defense.

Up next, Alabama basketball will face the Valparaiso Crusaders on Nov. 21 as the team continues their non-conference schedule. Avery Johnson has this team off to a hot start (despite the loss to Dayton), and their development will be something to keep an eye on as the year continues.

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