The Alabama basketball team is not making their tournament chances any better for themselves after a 73-52 loss versus the Florida Gators Tuesday night.
The Tide only made 11 of their first 47 shots and put up a 17-minute period without a field goal in the first half as they fall to a now 17-13 (8-9 SEC) record.
Alabama let the now 19-11 (10-7 SEC) Gators reach a 28-point lead in the second half, their largest of the game. Florida was led in scoring by Jalen Hudson’s 27-point performance.
The road teams have won both match-ups this season in blowout fashion as Bama won the previous meeting 68-50.
Collin Sexton scored 14 points. Sexton has only scored over 20 once in the last 8 games. Braxton Key had 11 and at one point had almost half the team’s first 24 points.
The Gators shot 48-percent from the field, but they did not even have to shoot that well as Alabama put up one of their worst overall offensive performances of the year with an embarrassing 13-percent first half performance.
Crimson Tide fan favorite and sparingly used Lawson Schaffer was put in the game for 14 minutes. Schaffer went 0-2 from the floor, but did have one amazing behind the back pass off of a steal that led to a Collin Sexton lay-up.
By the 6:22 mark in the second half, both Avery Johnson and Florida coach Mike White had pulled each team’s starters.
All Alabama fans want to know now is the team’s chances of making the big dance. The Tide’s chances a week ago were favored at 84-percent but, after four consecutive losses, those chances have decreased to 64-percent.
With a now sub .500 record in conference play, the team needs to put up an impressive showing at Texas A&M Saturday.