The Key to Alabama’s First Road Win
In Nate Oats' 100th career game with the Alabama Crimson Tide, rebounding was the difference in a 65-55 road win against the South Alabama Jaguars.
The Crimson Tide dominated the glass tonight by earning an astounding 58 rebounds compared to South Alabama's 36. This game also would have been much closer if the Tide did not win the offensive rebounding game. The Tide shot 32% from the field but had many second chances due to the Tide getting 24 offensive rebounds.
"Offensively we were not very good for long stretches of the game," said Oats. "Way too many turnovers and we could not make a shot for a while there. Offensive rebounding saved us which it has done for most of the year. It was huge Clowney had eight offensive rebounds and fifteen in total which is the main reason why he is in the starting lineup because he plays so hard and rebounds the ball."
Everyone contributed to getting boards from the Tide. The leaders of the rebounding game were Noah Clowney with 15, Brandon Miller with eight, Charles Bediako and Noah Gurley getting sever each, and Mark Sears and Nimari Burnett also contributed by getting four rebounds each.
Alabama's schedule does not get any easier. On Friday, the team returns to Coleman Coliseum to take on Jacksonville State at 8:00 p.m. CT. The Tide then have its toughest challenge yet as they travel to Portland, Ore., to take on the Michigan State Spartans, in the Phil Knight Invitational, at 9:30 p.m. CT next week.