Wednesday, Alabama ended a three-game road stretch against three top-10 teams with an 87-74 loss to No.4 Arizona. The Crimson Tide finished the stretch 0-3 but showed signs of being able to hang with the top teams in the nation.
Here are some key takeaways from the game.
Three-Point Shooting Woes
Once again, Alabama struggled to hit their three-pointers, but that didn't prevent them from continuing to throw up three-point shot after three-point shot. The Crimson Tide finished the first half 3-for-22 from deep for a mere 14%. Alabama's three-point shooting in the second half was better, but not by much. The Crimson Tide finished the game 8-for-40 from behind the arc, hitting just 20% of their three-pointers.
Huge Contribution From Sam Walters
On a night when Alabama struggled to get anything going from behind the arc, Sam Walters delivered his best game in a Crimson Tide uniform. Walters finished with a team-high 15 points, hitting three of his five three-point attempts. Walters also added six points from the free-throw line.
Took Advantage of Free Throws
With the three-pointers failing to fall for Alabama, the Crimson Tide relied on scoring their points from the free-throw line. Alabama made 22 of their 26 free-throw attempts, led by Mark Sears, hitting seven of his eight attempts.
Turnovers Plague the Tide
Alabama hung with the No. 4 team in the country for most of the night, but eventually, Arizona pulled away because of Alabama's inability to protect the ball. Alabama turned the ball over 18 times, leading to 26 points for Arizona.
Alabama returns home to host Eastern Kentucky on Saturday, December 23 at 3 p.m. CT on SEC Network.
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