The Alabama men’s basketball team has already defeated Mississippi State once in this Southeastern Conference season, however even UA head mentor Avery Johnson yields that the winning formula from Jan. 19 is probably not going to work once more.
The Crimson Tide made only one of 15 3-point endeavors in that amusement and held off an incensed Mississippi State rally in the second half to win 83-79.
“We played well in the first half, but they are a dangerous, dangerous team,” Johnson said on Monday. “I don’t think anyone could have guarded Lamar Peters down the stretch that night. They have a lot of offensive weapons, and that’s why they have been ranked for most of the season.”
MSU has slipped out of the Top 25 this week in the wake of losing the first two games of a three-diversion homestand that finishes up with Alabama visiting Starkville. The Crimson Tide has won two straight SEC amusements coming into the challenge.
Johnson said Alabama would depend on “some things that worked” in the first diversion with MSU yet in addition would make alterations.
“You don’t want to skip a step,” Johnson said. “You break them down like it’s brand new. On the other hand, we utilize our video to see how we played them. It’s about 50-50.”
“We feel like (6-foot-10 MSU freshman) Reggie Perry had his coming-out party here (when he scored 18 points in 20 minutes), and he’s continued to be a dominant player since then, and he’s just one of the guys we have to worry about.”
Johnson was asked on Alabama’s Monday night radio show about the significance of the amusement at Mississippi State as far as a potential NCAA offer for the Crimson Tide in March.
“Like I said last week, there’s still a lot of meat on that bone,” Johnson said. “We have to take one bite at a time.”
Alabama was positioned No. 43 broadly by the NCAA Net Rankings on Monday. The Bracket Matrix, which monitors NCAA Tournament projections from 98 different sites, demonstrates that Alabama was as of now recorded as a piece of the NCAA’s 68-team tournament in 96 of those 98 projections as a consensus No. 10 seed.
“There is an expiration date on this season but we can postpone our expiration date for a long time if we do what we are capable of,” Johnson said. “This team has a high ceiling (and) we’ve just sort of scratched the surface.”