Alabama just can’t remember.
Like some sort of fever dream of a basketball game, the Crimson Tide’s first game was as a ranked team, frankly, outrageous.
A 105–75 win at LSU was its eight straight, thanks to an unconscious first half that defined the logic and never really ended. Alabama broke its own SEC record for 3-pointers with 23 and came just short of the NCAA mark of 28.
Alabama (12-3, 7-0 SEC) now matches its longest winning streak since 2002, while leading a two-game SECI inning. 105 points matched a Nat Oats era after hitting a total in an overtime win in Georgia last year.
It finished the fashion in one night and in the second half it reached 43. Freshman Darius Miles hit a record-breaking 3 to play one night with 3:00 remaining, with the Tide making 23 of 43 in the deep. This is an astonishing 53.5% to break the record held at Auburn last year. The tide required 59 attempts to make a previous record of 22 last year, or 37.2%.
He did it to make it a single without his best shooters 3. Jayden Shackelford was deep for 0 to 3, but led the team in plus-minus on the stat sheet.
John Petty covered for them. The senior was the star who quickly made his first 7 3-point attempts and completed an 8-for-10 from long range.
“Shooting the ball well, it just feels like another day in the gym, another day in lab shooting,” Petty said. “When I think of when I meet in that kind of field, I feel like I’m shooting at the gym.”
For the first time this season, an ensemble joined from there to cross the 100 meter mark.
Petty had 21 of 24 in the first half when Alabama led as many as 31 against an LSU team that had won four straight before Tuesday night.
“I was a little worried about going into the game whether we were a little big headed or whatever, Oates said later.
It was actually quite the opposite.
The number 18 tide came out firing and never really slowed down. It took six of the first seven from behind the arc to take an 18-4 lead. It eventually became a 17–0 run by Paytm, followed by Josh Primo and point guard Jahwan Queenerly.
The lead hit 20 until the second TV timeout, and he joined the second before Paytm scored 23 after the sixth straight 3. Herbert Jones added 13.
Primo made his first five from deep while Quernley connected on his first three. Both joined Paytm of 20, both netted 22.
The shooting barrage was nothing Oates had experienced as a coach.
“We’re playing for first place in the SEC and shooting like this with many people? No, I never… that was crazy, ”he said.
Alabama went from perimeter to 18 out of 18 with a lead of 40–32. After halftime, when the hot shooting continued, it increased to 89–46. Quernley went 3-for-3 from deep to help propel the lead to his 43-point peek.
The early arrival of the walk-on minutes was the only thing to slow down the offensive that left the 100-point mark with 3:17 left. Oates was not overly excited by how the 30-point win ended.
“I was a little disappointed to close the game in the final eight (minutes),” Oates said. “We will do a cleanup from this game. There may not be too much cleaning, but we will do a cleaning. … As soon as we feel there is nothing else to improve, you are going backwards. “
Alabama plays host to Mississippi State (9-6, 4-3 SEC) at 5 pm CT on Saturday with a shot to tie the 2002-03 team’s nine-game winning streak.
This post will be updated.
Michael Casagrande is a reporter for the Alabama Media Group. Follow her on twitter @ Biasiagrande Or on Facebook.