Alabama just couldnt miss.Like some kind of fever dream of a basketball game, the Crimson Tides very first game as a ranked team was, honestly, outrageous.A 105-75 win at LSU was its eight straight thanks to an unconscious very first half that defied logic and never ever actually ended. The senior was the star early made his first 7 3-point efforts and finished 8-for-10 from long range.”An ensemble cast signed up with in from there to cross the 100-point mark for the very first time this season.Petty had 21 of his 24 in the first half when Alabama led by as numerous as 31 prior to halftime against an LSU team that had actually won 4 directly prior to Tuesday night. It made 6 of its very first seven from behind the arc to take an 18-4 lead. Primo made his first five from deep while Quinerly linked on his very first 3.
Alabama just couldnt miss.Like some kind of fever dream of a basketball video game, the Crimson Tides first video game as a ranked team was, frankly, outrageous.A 105-75 win at LSU was its 8 straight thanks to an unconscious first half that defied reasoning and never ever really ended. Alabama broke its own SEC record for 3-pointers with 23 and came a couple of short of the NCAA mark of 28. Alabama (12-3, 7-0 SEC) now matched its longest winning streak considering that 2002 while taking a two-game lead in the SEC standings. The 105 points matched a Nate Oats period high after striking that total in an overtime win at Georgia last year.It did so in excessive style on a night the lead reached 43 in the 2nd half. Freshman Darius Miles hit the record-breaking 3 with 3:00 to play on a night the Tide made 23 of 43 from deep. Thats an impressive 53.5% to break the record it set at Auburn in overtime in 2015. The Tide required 59 efforts to make the previous record of 22 in 2015 or 37.2%. They did it without one of its best shooters making a single 3. Jaden Shackelford was 0-for-3 from deep but led the team in plus-minus on the stat sheet.John Petty covered for him. The senior was the star early made his first seven 3-point attempts and finished 8-for-10 from long range. “Shooting the ball that well, it simply seems like another day in the health club, another day in the laboratory shooting,” Petty said. “When I feel like when I get in a zone like that, I simply feel like Im in the gym shooting by myself.”An ensemble cast participated from there to cross the 100-point mark for the very first time this season.Petty had 21 of his 24 in the first half when Alabama led by as many as 31 prior to halftime against an LSU team that had actually won four straight before Tuesday night.”I was a little worried going into the video game we would be a little big-headed or whatever, Oats stated afterward.It was quite the opposite, really. The No. 18 Tide came out shooting and never ever really slowed. It made 6 of its very first seven from behind the arc to take an 18-4 lead. It ultimately became a 17-0 run powered by Petty, and then freshman Josh Primo and point guard Jahvon Quinerly.The lead hit 20 by the second TV timeout and was 23 after Petty hit his sixth straight 3 prior to others got involved. Herbert Jones included 13. Primo made his very first 5 from deep while Quinerly linked on his very first 3. Both joined Petty north of 20 as both netted 22. The shooting barrage was nothing Oats had experienced as a coach.”Were betting first place in the SEC and come out with multiple guys shooting it like that? No, Ive never … that was sort of insane,” he stated. Alabama went to halftime making 14 of 19 from the perimeter with a 60-32 lead. When the hot shooting continued after halftime, that edge swelled to 89-46. Quinerly went 3-for-3 from deep to assist press the lead to its 43-point peek. The early arrival of walk-on minutes was the only thing to slow the offensive outburst that struck the 100-point mark with 3:17 left. Oats wasnt excessively enthused with how the 30-point win ended.”I was a little disappointed with how we closed the game in the last eight (minutes),” Oats said. “Well do a tidy up from this game. There may not be too numerous tidy up however well do a tidy up. … As quickly as we believe theres absolutely nothing more to improve, youre going backwards.”Alabama plays host to Mississippi State (9-6, 4-3 SEC) at 5 p.m. CT Saturday with a chance at tying the 2002-03 groups nine-game winning streak.This post will be updated.Michael Casagrande is a reporter for the Alabama Media Group. Follow him on Twitter @ByCasagrande or on Facebook.