My viewing habits: Alabama has been playing great but the Crimson Tideís biggest flaw was glaring in Thursday nightís 57-55 loss to Georgetown. The Tide canít shoot from the outside; they only hit 3 of 16 three-pointers. Georgetown dared them to shoot from beyond the arc. The Hoyas had this game in hand, but somehow let Bama rally from a nine-point deficit; and the Tide took a one-point lead with 13 seconds left. Then Hollis Thompson hit a long three-pointer with 1.8 left to give the Hoyas the win. The loss ended a 24-game homecourt winning streak for Alabama. Coach Anthony Grant, one of the best young coaches in the country, has to get his team to work on one of the sportís basics, shooting. Georgetown, also well-coached by John Thompson, looked like an NCAA team and that was debatable before the season started. Henry Sims a 6-11 senior, was basically a non-contributor for three years and now looks like a player.
Surprising scores, amazing margins:
Harvard 55, Vermont 48: Methodical, solid victory.
Central Connecticut 83, Bryant 51: My Northeast Conference spy tells me CConn could be a NEC juggernaut.
LIU 78, Wagner 73: The NEC defending champs make a statement.
Lehigh 78, Fordham 60: No sign of life in the Bronx yet.
Arkansas State 58, Saint Bonaventure 52: I had such high hopes for the Bonnies; this is an incredibly disappointing home loss to a team with a losing record. Star center Andrew Nicholson was held to six points.
Savannah State 65, Hampton 49: I considered Hampton a MEAC contender, time to reevaluate.
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