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Blog: On the Hardwood

By Patrick Pierce

On the hardwood is a weekly college basketball blog recapping and previewing Alabama, Auburn, and UAB men’s basketball.

Alabama (6-2)

What you need to know:

  • The Tide is on a losing streak that started on the road at ranked Cincinnati last Saturday, and then a home loss to Dayton.
  • The Tide doesn’t play until Saturday December the 15th giving them 10 days off between games. Will the time off be the answer to getting the season going back in the right direction?  
  • Last chance for a tune-up with only 5 non conference games left before the start of the SEC season.


Trevor Releford is scoring 16.9 points per game.

Rodney Cooper is rebounding 4.7 per game.

Trevor Lacey averages 4.0 assists per game.

Bracket Madness:

Right now I’m projecting Alabama to make the NCAA tournament, but the Tide needs to get back on the winning track.  Alabama would probably be a 7 to 9 seed.

Auburn (3-5)

What you need to know: 

  • Junior forward Shareif Adamu was dismissed by Tony Barbee on Monday. Adamu started a couple of games and averaged 2.7 points and 2.0 rebounds per game.  
  • Auburn got a much needed win over Grambling State. Before that win the Tigers had lost 3 games in a row that all came down to the wire.
  • Winning Streak? Auburn is playing their easiest stretch of games and could go on a winning streak before the Dec 29th home game versus Illinois.   


Frankie Sullivan is scoring 18.5 points per game.

Rob Chubb is rebounding 7.8 per game.

Frankie Sullivan averages 3.0 assists per game. 

Bracket Madness:

Right now things are not looking good for Auburn as far as playing in March. It’s still early, but Auburn needs some resume wins along with a good showing in SEC play.   

UAB (5-5)

What you need to know:

  • The Blazers have been up and down in Jerod Haase’s first season, but beating South Alabama might have put UAB on the right track.
  • Up next is a big road game versus (6-2) Rutgers.


Jordan Swing is scoring 15.1 points per game.

Rob Rucker is rebounding 7.5 per games.

Terence Jones averages 4.2 assists per game.

Bracket Madness:

UAB needs to pick up a wins versus Rutgers and Dayton in the non conference and then go on a tear in C-USA play. Even if the Blazers dominate the C-USA I still think it would take them winning the C-USA tournament to make the big dance.

Alabama Tonight Sports Blogger – Patrick Pierce @Patrickp13    

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