End of the Avery Johnson era? Alabama falls to Norfolk State in OT of NIT opener
Alabama was the No. 1 overall seed in the NIT after being left out of the NCAA Tournament.
The Crimson Tide then drew No. 8 seed Norfolk State for their first-round matchup, and the game was played in Tuscaloosa. However, it didn’t go according to plan for the Tide.
After going to overtime, Norfolk State ended up pulling away from the Tide and won by the score of 80-79.
Sophomore G Herbert Jones led the way with 18 points for the Tide. Alex Reese scored 17 points and grabbed seven rebounds off the bench.
Derrik Jamerson Jr. led all scorers, pouring in 25 points for Norfolk State. He also grabbed seven boards in an incredible bench effort.
The Tide’s season is now over, and fans have been frustrated with coach Avery Johnson for a couple of years now. After Wednesday’s disappointing effort, it could spell the end of an era in Tuscaloosa.
Johnson is on thin ice, and this loss certainly won’t help matters. It also doesn’t help that Johnson said he would build for the future with this game and then proceeded to play seniors Donta Hall and Riley Norris heavily.
Overall, it was an ugly loss for the Tide, and we’ll see what happens next. It’s going to be quite an offseason at Alabama.