When the threes aren't falling for the Crimson Tide - which will be often this year due to a thin backcourt - the defense isn't there for the team to be able to win competitive ballgames.
This was the closest any SEC team came to losing an exhibition game, and for that very reason. 'Bama managed just 29.4 percent from three and allowed Augusta State to shoot 38.9 percent from the field. Alabama lost the turnover battle 23-18 as well.
Two facts were encouraging for the Tide, though.
First, free-throw shooting was solid. The squad hit 90.9 percent of its shots from the charity stripe. With that kind of mark, close late-game situations will always be winnable.
Secondly, scoring was balanced. Seven players scored at least six points, but only one in double-digits. That honor went to JaMychal Green, who shot 5-of-7 to score 12 points and grab a team-high five rebounds. His defense is still lacking, though, as he didn't register a single block or steal.
This serves as a pretty big wake-up call for Alabama. If the defense doesn't improve, this team is going to have a long season.
PLAYER OF THE GAME: JaMychal Green (12 pts, 5 rbs, 71.4 percent FG, 100.0 percent FT)
STAT OF THE GAME: Alabama with more turnovers, less blocks/steals than opponent
ALABAMA GRADE: D+