Alabama basketball seeking revenge from early season loss to Clemson

The early portion of the 2023-24 regular season was a tough one for Nate Oats and the Alabama Crimson Tide men’s basketball team, suffering some non-conference losses including one to the Clemson Tigers.

The Tide will now have the unique opportunity to seek revenge for the home loss in the Elite Eight matchup on Saturday night from inside the Arena, in Los Angeles, California.

Despite an injury-riddled roster, Alabama is playing some of its best basketball of the season and has a chance to make Crimson Tide history if they can win and advance to the Final Four, the first in program history.

What went wrong for Alabama in early season loss to the Tigers?

Like most of the regular season, Alabama struggled defensively against Clemson. The Tigers shot over 50% from the field and pummeled the Tide from behind the arc making 11 out of their 21 three-point attempts.

PJ Hall, Chase Hunter, and Joseph Girard III combined to go 10-17 from three which put the nail in the coffin for the Crimson Tide.

On the other end of the floor, Alabama struggled to shoot the ball. The Tide shot just 34% from the field and 31% from three.

Why it will be different this time around

The chances of Clemson shooting over 50%  combined with Alabama shooting 30% from the field again are slim. Clemson is a great defensive team, but this Alabama team is firing on all cylinders and appears to be on a mission to make history.

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