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Perimeter Prowess Sees Tide Trump A&M

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This game was a clear rout from the beginning, with the Bulldogs of Alabama A&M nowhere near the caliber of team that should be competing with this Tide side, so in terms of takeaways, there aren’t a lot of things that one can look at and really put any weight behind.  The bulldogs were undersized, outmatched, and not nearly sound enough defensively to put up much resistance to the Tide’s potent offense.

That being said, one aspect of tonight’s performance that can speak for itself regardless of any competition was the absolute clinic that Avery Johnson’s men put on from behind the arc. The Tide were unstoppable from deep – especially in the first half – knocking down 9 of their 14 attempts from behind the arc, an astounding 64 percent, considerably higher than their first half numbers from the charity stripe, which saw the Tide sink half of their eight chances.

Despite a bit of a heat check to start off the second half, the Tide found their rhythm once again midway through and the threes would not stop falling. John Petty set a new single game record for made three point baskets with six minutes left in the contest, finishing the game 10 for 13, an unreal 77 percent from beyond the arc.  This was the type of performance many fans expected from the highly recruited talent out of Huntsville, but certainly not this early into his career. The Tide as a team finished 16-27, a resounding 59% from deep, slightly better than their percentage from the charity stripe, where they shot 8 of 15, 53%.

The Tide have incredible talent in their front court, but I’d lose my credibility if I tried to say the Tide were looking to live and die by their big men this season.  The Tide’s ability to stretch the floor will be of paramount importance going forward, and they showed tonight that they sure can stretch it. If the Tide can continue to shoot even a fraction of what they did tonight, there is no limit to what this team can accomplish.

This is a guards’ game, and the Tide are making a loud statement that they possess one of the greatest backcourts in the country.  This team is dangerous, and keeping in mind that two of the Tide’s focal points from last season, Riley Norris and Braxton Key, are still recovering from injury, this team can only become more versatile in the weeks to come, and the range only deeper.

 

Johnathan Anderson covers Alabama Basketball for Bama Hoops Hype. You can follow him on Twitter for in-game updates and analysis.

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