Alabama Crimson Tide Basketball: JaMychal Green, Team Fall to Dayton Flyers

Damon YoungCorrespondent IIDecember 8, 2011

DAYTON, OH - DECEMBER 7: Tony Mitchell #5 of the Alabama Crimson Tide falls backward while trying to rebound against the Dayton Flyers at University of Dayton Arena on December 7, 2011 in Dayton, Ohio. Dayton defeated Alabama 74-62. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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Alabama basketball fans were hoping for the Tide to bounce back.

Instead, as a followup to their worst home performance of the season, the Tide endured chants of "L-S-U" and "overrated" as they laid an egg at UD Arena against the Dayton Flyers.

If I didn't know any better, I would have thought Alabama coach Anthony Grant had suited up for his alma mater and was locking down his current team, but no, the credit all goes to the current crop of Flyer ballers.

For the first time this season, Alabama failed to show up defensively. Combine that with the Tide's inability to score consistently and you had a recipe for disaster on the road.

Oh, and one other thing, Dayton shot lights out from the behind the arc.

The Flyers were 10-19 from downtown led by by Chris Johnson's 20 points.

Any time Alabama pulled within serious striking distance of Dayton, they would drain another big three.

The Tide's best effort came when they went on a 13-1 run to close the gap to four points with 7:36 left in the game.

Instead of creating another stop to push the "Decibel Dungeon" to the brink, Dayton's Kevin Dillard drained back-to-back treys to push the Flyer lead out to 10 and they never looked back.

Alabama, after a 7-0 start and a rise to No. 12 in the rankings, has fallen prey to their first losing streak of the season.

The biggest lesson to learn from these two games is that Alabama can't survive a game without a strong defensive effort. In the case of the Georgetown loss, the Tide couldn't even overcome when they did play with great defensive intensity.

Against Dayton, Alabama's defense was non-existant until their second half run, and when a team is as erratic offensively as the Tide, the effects can be ugly.

To put this poor effort in perspective, Dayton had 38 points in the first half. Maryland only mustered 42 points the entire game against the Tide along with 44 for North Florida and 45 for Alabama A&M.

Granted the last two are not world-beaters, but the quality of the opponent should never effect the effort of a team.

Finally, Alabama was plagued once again by early foul trouble for JaMychal Green. Two quick fouls and Green sat, playing only four minutes the entire first half.

It was a bad night for the Tide in Ohio and an ugly two-game stretch. Alabama will have to wait until Sunday when they host Detroit to get back on track.