To say Alabama basketball struggled to shoot within the Kentucky sport is an understatement.
The Crimson Tide went 18-for-64 from the ground and 3-for-30 from past the arc. That is 28% and 10% respectively.
Alabama’s earlier lows in every class this season got here in opposition to LSU in January when the Crimson Tide hit 34.4% from the ground and 20.6% from deep.
‘We simply had an actual poor taking pictures efficiency final sport,” Alabama basketball coach Nate Oats mentioned Tuesday. “Are guys going to have sufficient confidence to step up and take each open shot, whether or not they miss two, three, no matter it’s? There are a whole lot of inquiries to be answered.”
Oats added that he is favored how prime gamers equivalent to Jahvon Quinerly, Keon Ellis and Jaden Shackelford have responded. “Have been actually locked in,” Oats mentioned.
Charles Bediako has additionally been good in follow for Alabama (14-9, 4-6 SEC), and James Rojas and Noah Gurley are stepping up as leaders, Oats has seen.
The strategy to enhancing taking pictures has been intentional forward of Alabama’s sport in opposition to Ole Miss (12-11, 3-7), set for 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday in Oxford, Mississippi (SEC Community).
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Oats mentioned they have been getting a bunch of photographs up in follow. He mentioned Monday’s follow regarded good in that regard.
“I believe guys must see the ball undergo the web, and they should do it on game-type photographs,” Oats mentioned.
Which is why he is had assistant coaches working with shooters exterior of follow.
“With them simply coming in on their very own or taking pictures on the gun, or with the managers rebounding, I do not suppose they essentially go sport velocity, flying off a stagger, sprinting off a flare, no matter sort of photographs they could get in a sport,” Oats mentioned. “If an assistant’s in there with them, they’re getting totally different game-type photographs and going full velocity. Seeing the ball undergo the web.”
Oats mentioned his gamers must see that occur a whole lot of instances to allow them to notice they’re nonetheless able to being good shooters.
“Let’s not begin questioning ourselves simply because we had a nasty sport or two or a nasty month even,” Oats mentioned. “NBA gamers undergo lengthy taking pictures slumps. We simply occur to have a number of guys going by means of taking pictures slumps on the identical time.”
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