At least no one saw it? Alabama's attendance comically low for NIT loss to Norfolk State
When you come so close to reaching the NCAA Tournament, only to come up short, it’s tough. That was the case for the Alabama Crimson Tide, as they finished as one of the first four teams out of this year’s March Madness bracket.
Instead, they were the No. 1 overall seed in the NIT, and played host to the lowest seed (Norfolk State) on Wednesday night in Tuscaloosa.
Shockingly, the Tide lost 80-79 to the Spartans in overtime — a sour end to a tumultuous season for coach Avery Johnson’s squad. However, if there’s any solace to take from the loss, it’s that there weren’t many people there to see it:
Attendance listed for Alabama’s NIT opener is 2,086.
— Michael Casagrande (@ByCasagrande) March 21, 2019
Yes, it’s tough to regroup after missing out on the NCAA Tournament. However, coaches always talk about how important it is to move past adversity, and the Tide clearly didn’t do that.
This season really limped to a disappointing finish, and there could be big changes coming in Tuscaloosa.
For the record, Alabama’s arena holds more that 15,000 people.