Avenging a loss? Men’s basketball facing off against Georgia tonight
Alabama vs Georgia Basketball Preview
By WVUA 23 Digital Reporter Hunter De Siver
Being on the other side of confetti can be the one of the toughest moments of a young athlete’s life.
On Jan. 10, the Georgia Bulldogs took down the Tide 33-18 in the CFP National Championship. Heisman trophy winner Bryce Young threw a game-sealing pick-six that had a similar daggering feeling of Saints cornerback Tracy Porter’s interception in the 2010 Super Bowl.
After the interception, you could hear a pin drop in a school filled with 40,000 students. That next day was just as quiet.
Alabama’s basketball team became popular last year during their huge win streak that earned them a No. 2 seed in March Madness. After losing in the Sweet 16, fans realized how much potential this team has.
Tide hoops started off strong this year but has been relatively inconsistent. They have several wins against ranked teams, but they also have several losses against unranked teams.
Alabama recently ended a three-game losing streak (lost their spot in the AP top 25 rankings during the streak) by defeating former No. 13 LSU at Coleman Coliseum in a 70-67 thriller. The Tide then had a comeback victory against Mizzou on Jan. 22, the team that started the three-game losing streak. Alabama is currently 13-6.
It is safe to say that Georgia’s basketball team is not in the same stratosphere as Kirby Smart’s empire.
As the last-place team in the SEC (5-14 record), Georgia is mainly looking forward to tonight’s game, so that way they can beat Alabama in football and basketball.
Alabama has had too many close games against teams that they should be winning by significantly larger margins.
If Alabama wins by less than 10 points tonight, it is considered a W by the NCAA, but an L by Alabama fans.
The Tide need to dominate tonight. Georgia won’t have anymore momentum in any other basketball game this season than they will tonight.
This game will take place at UGA, meaning fans will be barking and taunting the Tide’s championship loss all night long.
If players like Jaden Shackelford, Jahvon Quinerly and Keon Ellis play like they have recently, Alabama shouldn’t have difficulty covering the 14.5 spread.
The game begins tonight at 5:30 p.m. on SEC Network.