Alabama Basketball: Tide Falls By 1...Twice!

Jeremy U of AlabamaContributor IFebruary 4, 2010

TAMPA, FL - MARCH 13:  Justin Knox #40 of the Alabama Crimson Tide dunks the ball around Josh Tabb #25 of the Tennessee Volunteers during the quaterfinal round of the SEC Men's Basketball Tournament on March 13, 2009 at The St. Pete Times Forum in Tampa, Florida.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
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It is a tough night in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, following a home loss to the Florida Gators. In a heart-fought battle to the buzzer, Bama would fall by a lone point, again. 

Now, any honest Bama fan will tell you we hate losing. What we hate worse than that, is not winning. Especially when victory is so close that it can be felt on the tips of ones fingers.

However for the second week in a row, Bama had that victory snatched from her in the final seconds. This can be disheartening for anyone, let alone a team struggling to get back on top in the collegiate basketball world.

Less than a week ago Bama road-tripped to "that cattle college on the other end of the state" and suffered a 58-57 loss to the Eagles/Tigers/whatever they are. 

Then tonight, Florida pulled a 66-65 upset to hand Bama a 13-9 record. 

It was a fun game, watching the players improve dramatically on their scoring ability. Mikhail Torrence placed an impressive 22 points on the board. This while JaMychal Green boasted 14 for himself.

Also, the free-throw woes seem to have subsided, allowing the Tide to have a 66.7 percent free-throw completion rate. 

All of this seems to point to one thing: wins. When the Tide play this well, they should win. So, what's the problem? Glad you asked!

I am not one to point fingers and pass blame, so I will not. If there is anything negative I am saying about the team, it is that they are not as deep on the bench as Bama needs. 

I am a firm believer in the Crimson Tide, and for that reason I am excited about that which is to come. I believe Coach Grant has a system and a method that will raise the Tide to prominence once again. 

So, Bama fans, look forward with anticipation. Support our boys and remember, they will be champions long before they start winning on the court.