Crimson Tide loses to Notre Dame 78-64
Alabama became another casualty in the long list of upsets that occurred at this year’s March Madness, dropping their first-round matchup to 11-seeded West Region Notre Dame Fighting Irish. , in the first round of the 2022 NCAA Tournament.
The Irish came out strong in the first half and took a five-point lead before heading into the locker room for the half-time break.
The second half was much the same, unfortunately for Tide fans, and Alabama turned the ball over 14 times during the game.
Cormac Ryan hit everything he put together and scored a career-high 29 points for the Irish in Notre Dame’s second straight victory in the tournament.
The Irishman shot 53.7% from the floor and made 10 of 16 three-pointers.
The loss to Jahvon Quinerly early in the first half certainly didn’t help matters for the Crimson Tide as his production was deeply missed within minutes of his injury.
Alabama shot just 40 percent from the floor overall and did no better than usual from beyond the three-point line, knocking down just eight of 24 of three attempts.
Keon Ellis led the Crimson Tide in scoring with 16 points, but four different Alabama players entered double digits in the loss. The Tide’s top scorer this season, Jaden Shackelford, scored 13, JD Davison scored 11 and Juwan Gary scored 10.
Charles Bediako fouled with 5:37 remaining in the game, but afterwards the Tide looked like they could make a run to cut the lead. Unfortunately, that never materialized as the Irish got another spark from a Ryan three-pointer and the onslaught continued.
The 2021-22 season is ending for the Crimson Tide, but there are still a ton of reasons to be excited about the program’s future. Nate Oats had his Alabama team in the NCAA Tournament for the second straight time, something the program hasn’t accomplished since 2004 and 2005, and we’re only a year away from an SEC regular season and of an SEC Tournament Championship.
While we expect some players to turn pro or transfer out of the program, it remains to be seen who might stay. You can be sure that you will be promptly updated whenever we receive information in this regard.
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