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A few final photos from New York

Now back in Alabama, here are a few snap shots from my trusty point-and-shoot camera. Enjoy.

NIT in New York

And a few additions to the panoramic gallery.

Panoramic photos updated April 1, 2011

And if you want to see my video from opening day at Yankee Stadium, here you go.

Alabama trails WSU at halftime

The NIT finals just went to intermission with Wichita State leading the Tide 37-34. Here’s what matters most:

  • Alabama forced 10 turnovers, but scored just nine points on resulting possessions.
  • WSU’s scoring is much more balanced. The Shockers have eight players in the scoring column. Alabama has 27 of its 34 points from JaMychal Green, Tony Mitchell and Trevor Releford.
  • WSU holds a 16-10 rebounding advantage after dominating Washington State 52-25 in Tuesday’s semifinal.
  • Bench points: WSU 16, Bama 2.
  • Tony Mitchell picked up his second foul with 10:36 to go. It was a bad intentional foul after having the ball stolen at the top of the key.
  • Shooting percentages: Alabama 50 (14-of-28). Wichita State 50 (13-of-26).
  • Neither team has missed a free throw. Bama is 5-of-5 and WSU is 9-of-9.
  • Teams are combined 3-for-14 from 3-point line. Charvez Davis has the Tide’s 3.

More later.

Live from New York, it’s the NIT finals!

It’s almost game time in a quiet and mostly empty Madison Square Garden. That must mean there are plenty of you out there hoping for some commentary from Alabama’s NIT championship game with Wichita State.

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Welcome back to Madison Square Garden

My view of the action.

It was already a successful day since the Yankees opened the 2011 World Series run with a 6-3 decision over Detroit. Now, it’s back to work.

Madison Square Garden is slowly taking on fans for the NIT final between Alabama and Wichita State. The Shockers had some impressive fans, and from talking to a reporter in the media room, it sounds like the city of Wichita is really embracing this team.

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Game day in the city

It’s a soggy morning in New York City. Fortunately, Madison Square Garden was built with a roof.

On the unfortunate side, Yankee Stadium was not. Undeterred, this sports writer is on the way to heaven — I mean the Bronx. It’s opening day and the angels or singing.

Brag time over. I’ll pass along a few photos on twitter when the Yankee/Tiger game starts at noon.

Then, I guess we can stop back at MSG for Alabama’s NIT championship game with Wichita State.

Video of Alabama’s NIT win over Colorado

Here it is — the much anticipated video of Alabama’s NIT semifinal win over Colorado. Enjoy.

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Welcome to Madison Square Garden

Not exactly a sellout.

The long adventure finally led me to the baseline side seat assigned to this sports writer. Hopefully I can get this posted before my battery runs out since there is no power on our row.

Anyway, it’s halftime at the first semifinal and you can pencil in Wichita State for he finals. It leads Washington State 36-19. The fans six inches behind me are jacked.

Check back in a little bit. More updates to come.

Update: Power restored. All is well.

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JaMychal Green returning for senior season

Here is the lead to one of the stories I’m working on for tomorrow.

NEW YORK — Alabama had just beaten Miami in the NIT quarterfinals when star forward JaMychal Green dropped the news to coach Anthony Grant.

Grant then had another reason to smile.

The forward and leading scorer from Montgomery said this week’s trip to New York would not be his last in a Crimson Tide jersey.

Green will return to Tuscaloosa in the fall for his senior season. The potential riches of the NBA can wait one more year for the St. Jude High School product.

Green promises the decision was based on deep thought, not an emotional response to a big win.

“Nothing is going to convince me to leave,” Green said Monday. “I talked to my mom and my dad and we made up our mind that we were coming back and play another year. I have more things to work on and get my education.”

Greetings from New York

This long overdue post comes courtesy of the McDonald’s across the street from Madison Square Garden. It’s the only place with WiFi and an open seat.

Anyway, come back soon for some video from the day that was. First was a news conference and player interviews. It was held in the same Marriott Marquis meeting room where Mark Ingram’s post-Heisman Trophy news conference was held.

Then it was on to practice 30-or-so blocks from Times Square at Baruch College. The gym was unique since it was four flights of stairs below Lexington Avenue.

More later.

A travel day for The Daily Bama Blog

It’s time to head north for the final four of the NIT, so blog updates might be sporadic at best today. A special thanks goes out to my family in New Jersey for agreeing to lodge this wayward sports scribe for a few days.

Anyway, read my take on the NIT semifinals or NCAA first-round loss debate by CLICKING HERE.

You can also read a little more about the Alabama defensive line RIGHT HERE.


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What’s better: NIT semifinal or first-round NCAA loss?

It’s an interesting debate that I hope to solve in tomorrow’s print editions in the case of Alabama’s basketball program.

Which do you think would be best for the Crimson Tide? Vote away.


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What ever happened to Justin Knox?


Remember him? Justin Knox played three seasons at Alabama before leaving the program following last season. There was a contentious transfer period involving a provision blocking a move to UAB.

So Knox went to North Carolina instead.

Interestingly enough, he’ll play for a spot in the Final Four against Kentucky on Sunday in Newark, N.J. His old teammates will be settling in just up the way in Manhattan for Tuesday’s NIT semifinal with Colorado.

Take a look below at Knox’s game-by-game stats. He’s averaging 4.5 points per game after scoring 6.3 and 5.7 in his last two seasons with the Tide, respectively.

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The updated NIT bracket, semifinal edition

Alabama plays Colorado at 8 p.m. CDT Tuesday after Washington State and Wichita State at 6. Times on the bracket are listed in eastern time.

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Video of Rammer Jammer, NIT quarterfinal celebration

Yes, Alabama beat Miami 79-64 to advance to the NIT semifinals in Madison Square Garden. The celebration went like this:

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Alabama leads by 10 at halftime

It was one wild opening few moments of Alabama’s NIT quarterfinal with Miami. The Tide leads 36-26 at halftime. Here’s what’s important:

  • Turnovers.
  • Miami was completely unable to deal with the Alabama pressure in the opening minutes.
  • The Canes committed 5 straight turnovers that Alabama converted into an 11-0 run that lasted 2 minutes.
  • In all, Alabama scored 15 points off the 11 Miami turnovers.
  • The Tide is shooting 46.4 percent (13-of-28).
  • Three straight 3s sent this place into a frenzy.
  • To be honest, the first 6 minutes were the best I’ve seen Alabama play all season.
  • Tony Mitchell has 10 points to lead the Tide.