“WE WANT ‘BAMA!”
While Bruin football fans may not yet have the chance to chant that, Bruin basketball fans will get that wish this afternoon when Coach Mick Cronin leads the team in a Sweet 16 game against the Crimson Tide.
Today’s game is scheduled to tip-off at 4:15 pm PT and it will be broadcast on TBS.
Alabama earned the 2 seed in the East bracket and got to today’s game by winning the SEC regular season and tournament titles and by defeating Rick Pitino’s Iona Gaels, 68-55, and the 10 seed Maryland Terrapins, 96-77, so far in the NCAA Tournament.
Alabama’s head coach is Nate Oats. Oats was coaching at Romulus High School near Detroit when Bobby Hurley was impressed by Oats’ coaching while Hurley was recruiting Romulus guard for Rhode Island. Soon thereafter, Hurley was hired to be the head coach at Buffalo and hired Oats as an assistant. When Hurley departed for Arizona State, Oats became Buffalo’s head coach. After four seasons at Buffalo, Oats was hired to take over the Crimson Tide.
So, expect that Hurley will have briefed his protege on the Bruins.
Let’s look at the Alabama Starting Five.
Bama is led by sophomore guard Jaden Shackelford. Shackelford is from Hesperia, California and is averaging 14.3 ppg this season. Herbert Jones and John Petty, Jr. are the other two guys on Alabama averaging in double figures with 11.3 ppg and 12.5 ppg, respectively. Jones and Petty also lead Bama in rebound with 6.5 rpg and 5.2 rpg, respectively.
It looks like the Crimson Tide will be without their fourth player averaging in double figures. That’s Jahvon Quinerly who did play against Maryland in the Second Round.
The final two players who appear to be the Tide’s remaining starters are Keon Ellis and Juwan Gary. Neither seems to contribute much offensively or defensively. So, don’t be surprised to see these guys get the fewest minutes.
Petty and Shackelford have hit the most three-pointers for the Tide but neither is the highest percent three-point shooter on the team. Petty shoots 37.3% from three while Shackelford hits just 34.6%. Joshua Primo looks to be their best available three-point shooter with Jahvon Quinerly out. Primo shoots 39.4% from three.
The TuneIn player won’t embed here on Substack, but you can open another tab to listen. Today’s game is on TBS with Ian Eagle, Jim Spanarkel and Jamie Erdahl calling the game. If you would prefer to listen to Josh Lewin and Tracy Murray call today’s game instead you can listen to today’s game online.
Join your fellow Bruin fans discussing today’s game below.This is your UCLA Bruins vs. Alabama Crimson Tide NCAA Sweet 16 game thread.
Teams: UCLA Bruins (20-9) vs. Alabama Crimson Tide (26-6)
Series Record: UCLA leads, 3-2
When: 4:15 pm PT, Sunday, March 28, 2021
Where: Hinkle Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, IN
TV: TBS with Ian Eagle, Jim Spanarkel and Jamie Erdahl
Live Stream: NCAA.com and the March Madness app
Radio/Audio:AM 1150 in Los Angeles with Josh Lewin and Tracy MurraySatellite Radio: Sirius Ch. 138 and XM Ch. 210 (National feed)And, of course, here in The Mighty Bruin Game Thread!
Live Stats: NCAA March Madness
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