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Three Things From Alabama’s Win Over UAH

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Alabama defeated UAH on Monday night in the Crimson Tide’s lone exhibition game before the 2017-18 season begins. Here are our 3 biggest takeaways from the Tide’s win.

Staying healthy is important.

The Crimson Tide were rolling with a limited rotation on Monday night. Only 9 players entered the game and that was with walk-on Lawson Schaffer playing six minutes. And as much as we love Lawson Schaffer, having a healthy team may be more important. Riley Norris, Braxton Key and Ar’Mond Davis were all out with injuries. That forced Dazon Ingram, Herb Jones and John Petty all to play 33 or more minutes. It’s good to have your best players playing a lot of minutes but it’s fresh legs that will really help win games later in the season. Of course, the injury bug has already hit the Tide so handling injuries correctly may be more important.

Daniel Giddens can play.

Many (including me) thought that the starting center role was Donta Hall’s to lose. Well Daniel Giddens may have already taken that spot with his performance on Monday night.

 

Giddens finished with 17 points, 10 rebounds and 5 blocks against the Chargers. He shot 8-of-12 from the floor and secured 7 (SEVEN!) offensive rebounds. If his job was to fill the role of Jimmie Taylor and Bola Olaniyan, he seems to have done that. And then some. Alabama outscored UAH by 22 during Giddens’ 19 minutes on the court. Of course, he would not be an Alabama big man without struggling at the free throw line. Giddens went 1 for 4 from the stripe on Monday.

This team’s success may be about the play in the paint.

Alabama outscored the Chargers 28-10 in the paint during the second half of Monday night’s game. The dominance helped the hosts pull away in the final 20 minutes. It was Giddens leading the way but Avery Johnson Jr. and Herb Jones showed the ability to drive to the basket to put points on the board. All the talk of the offseason was about the big time guards that were going to be on the court for Alabama. However, the Tide’s success may rely more on the play in the paint.

Caleb Turrentine is the editor for Bama Hoops Hype. You can follow him on Twitter for in-game updates at @CalebTurrentine.

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