Wichita State lost in the semi-final of the Puerto Rico Tip-Off to Alabama tonight. Wichita State never lead by more than 3, and were behind most of the game. The game wasn’t as close as I thought it would be, but Alabama will be the most athletic team Wichita State faces all year. The Crimson Tide relied heavily on the play of Tony Mitchell and JaMychal Green. Mitchell had 26 points and 8 boards, while Green had a double-double with 15 points and 11 boards. Wichita State could not find an answer for those two players tonight.
Toure Murry led Wichita State in points with 21, followed by Ben Smith with 16, and Ragland with 14. Surprisingly, and a telling factor in Wichita State’s loss is that only two other players scored, for the entire game. Stutz had 5 points and Hall had 4. Williams and Kyles had zero points, and both started. For the Shockers to make any type of dent this season, Williams and especially Kyles have to play better than that. Zero points through the entire game is unacceptable for either player, and completely unlike Kyles. I’ll be positive and hope that it was just a bad game, and hopefully Kyles will play like he did the previous two games.
Alabama is ranked the #15th team in the country, and you can see why, with the lightning quick defense they play. A huge stat for the game would be that Alabama had 14 blocks in the game. Another stat to look at would be FG% which Wichita State was held to 33.8% for the game. Something that Wichita State did horribly, would be free throw shooting. The Shockers shot 60% from the line.
Overall the game was sloppy, and we didn’t get production out of a couple key players. However, Wichita State looked good in spurts, and if we get more consistent at the 3 point shot, we will be hard to deal with in The Valley. The Shox absolutely will not play a more athletic team all year long, until the post season. Alabama played a good game, and it will be interesting to see how they do in the SEC this year.