What’s wrong with Alabama basketball?

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2/5/22 MBB Kentucky Alabama Head Coach Nate Oats Photo by Crimson Tide Photos/UA Athletics
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By WVUA 23 Digital Reporter AJ Holliday

After Saturday’s loss to the Kentucky Wildcats, Alabama basketball dropped to 14-9, 4-6 SEC. The Crimson Tide are 4-6 in its last 10 games, and have dropped three of its last four contests. Having the toughest schedule in the country doesn’t help, but the Tide must play better and start stringing together wins to avoid missing out on the NCAA Tournament.

Since defeating Baylor on Jan.29, Alabama has lost its last two games by a combined 30 points. The game against the Wildcats was brutal for a lot of fans to watch because it seemed as if the rim had something against the Tide. Bama shot a measly 28% from the field overall and a woeful 10% (3-for-30) from the three-point line.

Here’s what’s wrong with Alabama basketball right now:

Lack of leadership

This was never a problem for the Tide last year as the leader of the team was Herb Jones, who now plays for the New Orleans Pelicans. Jones was the engine that made the car run. Every night you knew he would bring the energy, toughness and competitiveness that the team needed to win. This year, it seems like the team is missing that energy boost and that person to hold them accountable.

Really bad perimeter shooting

As we know, head coach Nate Oats’ game-plan revolves around the team being able to shoot a ton of threes, and take easy two-pointers at the rim. It worked well last year with streaky shooters such as John Petty and Josh Primo. The Tide are still shooting a lot of threes, averaging almost 30 a game, putting them at ninth in the country. But their only averaging 30.5% from behind the arc, which is 325th in the country. Shooting in conference play has been worse, as the Tide are first in three-pointers attempted, but last in 3-point percentage.

Turnovers, turnovers, turnovers

Its been eight straight games where Alabama has had double-digit turnovers. Bama is 3-5 in those games as well. It’s extremely difficult to beat a team when you’re constantly giving them free possessions. The Crimson Tide must take better care of the ball and capitalize off the other team’s mistakes.

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