Where does Alabama Go from Here?
On Saturday during the SEC vs. Big 12 Challenge, the No. 2 Alabama Crimson Tide got blown out by an unranked Oklahoma Sooners by 24 points. Losing by 24 is an understatement because, at one time during the game, Oklahoma was beating Alabama by 32 points.
So the question now is what happened to Alabama and how can they get back on track?
The Crimson Tide got dominated on both sides of the ball. Offensively, the team shot 37.9% while the Sooners shot 57% on their field goals. The big issue for the Crimson Tide was their shooting beyond the ark. A Nate Oats team shoots threes and plays good defense, the opposite is what happened for Alabama.
From beyond the ark Alabama went 6-22, which is less than 30% from the 3-point line. Oklahoma on the other hand made 9-13, which is 69% from beyond the ark.
On defense, Alabama might have played their worst game in Norman, Okla. Besides Oklahoma seeming like they could not miss a shot, Alabama got outrebounded on the defensive side.
Alabama is in the top 20 when it comes to their rebounding but Oklahoma got 30 offensive rebounds which led to multiple second-chance points. The final stat line for Oklahoma's starting point guard Grant Sherfield was 30 points, on 11-20 shooting, and six assists.
The good news for Alabama is that this was the best time for the Tide to lose if a loss had to occur at some point late in the season. Alabama needed a game like this to wake up and refocus.
Most Alabama football teams who won national championships lost at least one game so they could refocus. Another good thing for Alabama is that this lost was not a conference lost. The Crimson Tide can now refocus and get ready for conference play for the rest of the season.
This Tuesday, Alabama returns back to Coleman Coliseum, to take on the Vanderbilt Commodores, at 7:30 p.m. CST, on the SEC Network.