The opening game of the Maui Invitational (In Asheville, NC) didn’t bode well for the Crimson Tide (1-1), but it hopes to rebound following an 82-64 loss at the hands of the Stanford Cardinal (1-0).

Alabama shot just 35.8% from the field, including a pedestrian 24.8% from three-point land in the loss to Stanford. Guard Jahvon Quinerly led all Tide scorers with 14 points. Jaden Shackelford was able to push his double-digit scoring streak to 17-games, recording 10 points on just 3-13 from the field. Jordan Bruner and Herb Jones each recorded 8 points, while Petty managed just 7.

Turnovers hurt the Tide tremendously, but there is no argument that the biggest contributor to the loss was the inability to put down three’s. They were also unable to crash the glass effectively, finishing with an 18 rebound deficit to Stanford. They were only able to pull down four offensive boards for second-chance shots. To win this game they will need to hit more shots, protect the ball, rebound more efficiently, and be more sound on defense.

UNLV is coming off of a 78-51 loss to #18 UNC. Their leading scorer in that game was guard Bryce Hamilton with 15. He was followed by guard Caleb Grill as the only two scorers in double-digits with 10. UNLV shot just 29% from the field, hitting on only 18 of 62 shots. They were 8-37 from three, hitting just 21.6% in that statistic.

I was very wrong last night, making me 1-1 on the season with my predictions. Nonetheless, I will try again…

My Prediction: Alabama 76-63

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