Nate Oats explains how he's using last year's Milwaukee Bucks as motivation for Alabama players
The Alabama Crimson Tide clinched the regular season SEC title on Saturday with a narrow win over Mississippi State.
The Tide still have 2 games left in the regular season, but don’t expect them to take it easy heading into the SEC Tournament.
On Monday, coach Nate Oats said on “The Paul Finebaum Show” that he’s been using last year’s Milwaukee Bucks as a cautionary tale for his team recently (via 247Sports):
“This is not the NBA, but you look at the NBA bubble,” Oats said. “I think the Bucks had the best record coming in, and they kind of coasted into the playoffs a bit and maybe rested some guys. I don’t want to do that these last two games. I want to push hard and get back to our main group playing as hard and as well as they can be playing. Let’s go 1-0 against Auburn, and let’s not even worry about Georgia until Auburn is done. We’ll have a day off after Auburn, and then we’ll come back Thursday to go 1-0 against Georgia. I think if you get that mindset, the end result will take care of itself.”
Alabama hosts rival Auburn on Tuesday night before finishing the season with a road trip to Georgia on Saturday. Then, they’ll enter the SEC Tournament as the No. 1 seed.
We’ll see if they can keep their positive momentum going now that we’ve hit March.