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Free Alabama-related Facebook cover pictures for download

First, I have to say this wasn’t my original idea. The Orlando Sentinel did the same and I’m just borrowing the concept.

So, below, you’ll see a few photos I took over the past few years. They are Daily Bama Blog classics and sized just right for use as Facebook cover photos under the new timeline profile pages. Just click on the photo to enlarge it, then  right click (for Windows users) and save the image. We’ll be updating the library over time. Enjoy.

BCS championship

Coleman Coliseum

ESPN GameDay before LSU game.

New for May 9

Here are two more for the collection. More to come. Stay tuned.

Baseball game.

Foster Auditorium.

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JaMychal Green scores game-high in Portsmouth Invitational

Former Alabama basketball player JaMychal Green’s first shot at impressing NBA scouts went very well Thursday night.

He scored a game-high 29 points on 14-of-18 field goal shooting at the Portsmouth Invitational. Green completed the double-double with 10 rebounds in his team’s 85-79 win.

The Portsmouth Invitational offers draft prospects a shot at impressing NBA scouts before this summer’s draft. Check out Green’s box score below.

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JaMychal Green makes Portsmouth Invitational debut tonight

The Portsmouth Invitational is an important proving ground for hopeful NBA prospects. Alabama product JaMychal Green joins that group this evening when he makes his tournament debut.

Green

Green’s Portsmouth Partnership team tips at 8 p.m. in Virginia. Notable teammates include Cincinnati’s Yancy Gates and VCU’s Bradford Burgess.

Green is hoping to improve his pro stock with a few big months.

He said Tuesday he’s hearing second-round speculation, but he thinks the first round is still in play.

Click here for the complete rosters from the event. The bracket is found here. Check out the list of Portsmouth Invitational alumni who were drafted right here.


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Quick Alabama basketball recruiting update on signing day

It was quiet. Very quiet.

Alabama did not receive any faxes on the first day of the spring signing period for basketball. Coach Anthony Grant’s program also didn’t add anyone in the early signing period.

The window remains open through mid-May so there’s still plenty of time for movement. And with the early departures of Charles Hankerson and Tony Mitchell, Alabama has three scholarships to play with.

Grant wouldn’t tip his hand when asked how he’d use those spots after Tuesday night’s team banquet.

“We’re actively recruiting right now and we’ll see what’s available to make our team better,” Grant said.


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Anthony Grant talks futures of Tony Mitchell, Hankerson

Things got busy last evening when we stole a few minutes of Anthony Grant’s time after the basketball banquet. This is the story that appeared in today’s newspaper …

TUSCALOOSA — It was banquet time in Coleman Coliseum.

Anthony Grant at basketball banquet (UA photo)

The basketball floor turned into a dining hall Tuesday evening as the Crimson Tide basketball team honored its first NCAA tournament run in six seasons.

There were still a few issues remaining from the season of peaks and valleys. Coach Anthony Grant discussed the recent departures of two players as they cleaned plates and guests filed out.

The premature exits of second-leading scorer Tony Mitchell and dependable reserve Charles Hankerson were announced Friday. Grant addressed both moves Tuesday.

He said he met with Mitchell, who was suspended for the final 11 games, and both agreed a change was needed.

“I think he’s got options where, potentially, he could put himself in the draft and look at those opportunities,” Grant said. “He’s indicated that it’s going to be an option for him, but at the same time keep the option open of possibly returning to school and playing again. I think right now it’s up in the air what final decision he’ll make.”

Mitchell, who did not attend the banquet and did not appear in the season highlight film, averaged 13.1 points a game. But his final Alabama season was cut short when his suspension was announced a day before an early February win at Auburn.

For Hankerson, the move “strictly a basketball decision,” Grant said.

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Grant: Mitchell weighing NBA, another school

The annual basketball banquet just wrapped up in Coleman Coliseum. They were cleaning the dishes when we got a few minutes with Anthony Grant.

He discussed a few matters moving forward and a few looking back. The departure of Tony Mitchell came up.

“I think he’s got options where, potentially, he could put himself in the draft and look at those opportunities,” Grant said. “He’s indicated that it’s going to be an option for him, but at the same time keep the option open of possibly returning to school and playing again.

“I think right now it’s up in the air what final decision he’ll make.”

Mitchell, who’ll be a senior next year, would have to sit out a year if he decides to transfer to another Division I school.

Update: Charles Hankerson is also looking for a new basketball home. He too decided to leave Alabama after his second season with the Tide.

Hankerson said he’s looking for something closer to his south Florida home. Miami is on his wish list, he said.

Update II: So, who won awards tonight? Here’s the list. It doesn’t include an MVP because one wasn’t awarded.

  • Student Athlete Award: Retin Obasohan (4.0 GPA).
  • Outstanding freshman: Levi Randolph
  • Hustle award: Andrew Steele

More to come later.


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Complete story on Tony Mitchell, Hankerson departures

It appears as if the complete version of my story on the basketball departures didn’t appear in any print editions today. So, instead of cheating you out of the complete version, let’s post it right here.

TUSCALOOSA — The Tony Mitchell saga wasn’t heading for a happy ending.

By Friday afternoon, it was official. He won’t be back for his senior season.

The troubled Alabama basketball star’s departure was announced in a Friday afternoon news release that also reported the transfer intentions for a go-to reserve. Charles Hankerson Jr. will also find a new basketball home before next season after playing his first two in Tuscaloosa.

Both requested and were granted releases from their Alabama scholarships.

For Mitchell, Friday’s news was the final headline following a season that began with such promise. The junior was second in scoring (13.1 points a game) and was easily the most athletic player on the floor. His dunks made the Swainsboro, Ga., native a regular on SportsCenter.

But his indefinite suspension came just before the Feb. 7 win at Auburn. He never returned but sounded positive in posting to his Twitter account on Feb. 16: “to all my bama fans tmitch is goin nowhere #bamatilidie,” was Mitchell’s posting late that night.

Four days later, coach Anthony Grant announced his suspension would span the rest of the season.

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Shaq films commercial at Alabama, remembers Sanderson ‘trying to scare me’

Basketball icon Shaquille O’Neal was on the Alabama campus this afternoon filming a PSA with UA students. (Remember he is a film school graduate).

Shaq doing interviews.

O’Neal directed the commercial aimed to cut down binge drinking among college students.

Austin High School graduate Crystal Deuel actually wrote the storyboard for the spot filming on campus. Shaq said this was a serious project that he hopes will make a difference.

He did had that deadpan humor when asked about his memories of playing in Coleman Coliseum against Wimp Sanderson’s teams.

“I remember Wimp had that look,” O’Neal said frowning extra hard. “He was trying to scare me. It was a tough place to play. The good thing about playing here was you guys knew how to recruit the greatest athletes. You didn’t always have a lot of big guys, but you had a lot of good athletes.”

Read more about all this in Saturday’s paper.


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BCS cable telecast still tops NCAA title game’s network audience

Less than 24 hours after the final buzzer, CBS announced viewership for Monday’s NCAA basketball title game rose five percent from last season.

It still couldn’t match the cable audience that watched Alabama beat LSU in January’s BCS title game.

An average of 24.2 million saw the Tide beat the Tigers 21-0 on Jan. 9. It was the second* BCS championship televised by ESPN on cable. Last year’s Auburn-Oregon matchup had 27.3 million viewers.

The average audience for Monday’s game totaled 20.9 million viewers, according to a CBS news release. Both games, interestingly, were played in New Orleans’ Superdome.

*Corrected from previous version.

Read more notes like this one in tomorrow’s newspaper.


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Somber locker room was final stop on rocky road for Tide hoops

It’s about time to put a bow on the Alabama basketball season and send it to the history books. Let’s take a look back at was and what could have been for the 2011-12 Crimson Tide …

GREENSBORO, N.C. — The moment redefines uncomfortable silence.

Inside a cramped locker room tucked deep below the massive Greensboro Coliseum sat the Alabama basketball team. Dazed confusion filled the space unoccupied by players, coaches and reporters scribbling notes.

It’s the world you only see through sound bites, but the extra sensory details are lost in two-dimensional recordings. The 58-57 NCAA Tournament loss Creighton delivered 15 minutes earlier came with the weight of reality — the 10-ton and invisible kind.

A season that began with huge recruiting scores, seven straight wins, and a top-12 ranking ended in an instant. The 21-12 record wasn’t the vision back in November. It certainly wasn’t the plan when the Tide rode the wave of momentum straight to the NIT title game a year ago.

JaMychal Green was back. Trevor Lacey and company were arriving. All the pieces were in place. Yet the whispers of a trip New Orleans for the program’s first Final Four never made it past hushed tones.

The suspensions of Tony Mitchell and Green will figure prominently in the obituary of the 2011-12 Alabama basketball team. But the freshman Lacey’s appraisal of his own season could be applied to the group as a whole.

“It’s been some ups and downs,” he said from his seat facing his teammates Friday afternoon. “No one, I’m not going to say everyone, but I know I wasn’t very consistent throughout the season.”

Even at full strength, the Tide had trouble sustaining success.

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Take a look behind scenes of Alabama’s NCAA experience

Now, for the 700th video in Daily Bama Blog history, we present a look at the pregame and postgame scene in Greensboro yesterday. Alabama, you might remember, lost to Creighton 58-57 in the NCAA tournament second round.

 


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Releford was seconds from ultimate glory

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It was quite a day for basketball across the country. The action was especially hot here in Greensboro. Take a read over today’s story from Alabama’s crushing NCAA tournament loss …

GREENSBORO, N.C. — It was a moment for the dreamers.

Down a point with 2.4 seconds to play in the NCAA tournament, Trevor Releford’s legacy and Alabama’s season hung in the balance. All the elements were there.

Yet, 15 minutes later, a shirtless Releford sat in his locker with a blank stare and a personal pizza on his lap. A joke from a teammate made him smile, but that moment of glory faded into hazy disbelief.

Controversy also swirled in the Greensboro Coliseum back hallways.

Creighton ended Alabama’s season with a 58-57 loss in the NCAA tournament’s second round when Releford’s attempt landed nowhere near the rim. But replays appeared to show Creighton’s Josh Jones made contact with the Alabama sophomore’s hand after the release.

“I feel like he did, but I can’t change it now,” said. “I was shooting my jumper, and you could tell how the shot landed, I mean, he didn’t block it.”

Releford, who scored a team-high 14, sat in shock on the floor as Creighton players celebrated. The last sequence capped a curious closing few seconds that took several minutes to complete.

The clock read 2.4 seconds before Releford’s shot because of a timeout called by Alabama coach Anthony Grant. The Tide inbounded with 4.4 seconds left beside its own bench. Two quick passes later, Grant called for the timeout.

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My view of Releford’s final shot

Here’s the view from press row as Trevor Releford attempted to win the NCAA tournament second-round game with Creighton. The Tide lost 58-57 to finish the season 21-12.

 


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Video of JaMychal Green talking final play, Alabama defense

JaMychal Green hit on a few topics in the locker room after Alabama’s 58-57 loss to Creighton in the NCAA tournament. Take a listen.

 


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Starting lineups announced for NCAA game

Here it is. More to come.

Alabama lineup: F JaMychal Green, 6-8, Sr., 14.0 ppg., 7.4 rpg.; G Trevor Releford, 6-0, So., 11.9 ppg., 2.7 assists; F Nick Jacobs, 6-8, Fr., 6.2 ppg., 3.6 rpg.; G Levi Randolph, 6-5, Fr., 6.5 ppg., 3.9 rpg.; G Andrew Steele, 6-4, Jr., 6.7 ppg., 2.8 assists.

Creighton lineup: C Gregory Echenique, 6-9, Jr., 9.8 ppg., 7.4 rpg.; F Doug McDermott, 6-7, So., 23.3 ppg., 8.2 rpg.; G Grant Gibbs, 6-4, Jr., 7.1 ppg., 5.1 assists; G Jahenns Manigat, 6-1, So., 6.6 ppg., 2.2 rpg.; G Antoine Young, 6-0, Sr., 12.5 ppg., 4.5 assists.

Noteworthy: Neither team has NCAA tournament experience since Alabama last played in 2006. Creighton hasn’t been since 2007. … The two programs have never met. … The Bluejays haven’t played in 12 days after winning the Missouri Valley Conference title on March 4. Alabama’s layoff was just six days… Only 13 of Alabama’s 32 opponents have scored 60 points while Creighton’s only dipped below that total once this season. Creighton is one of eight schools to make the postseason in each of the last 15 seasons. … Bluejay assistant coach Steve Merfeld was the head coach in one of the biggest upsets in NCAA history. His No. 15th-seeded Hampton team beat No. 2 seed Iowa State in 2001. Today is the 11th anniversary of that game. … Six different Alabama players led the team in scoring in 16 SEC games … The winner advances to play either North Carolina or Vermont.


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