In a stunning display of dominance, the Alabama Crimson Tide took Northeastern to task last night in Coleman Coliseum in front of hundreds of rabid Crimson Tide basketball fans.
With the season on the line, Bama responded in powerful fashion, thumping the Huskies 62-43 to advance to play Stanford, who edged Stephen F. Austin 58-57 two hours later. It literally took 15 minutes to find that score online, as no one apparently cares about the NIT at espn.com.
Sophomore Levi Randolph led the Tide in scoring with 13 points, joined by Trevor Lacey with 11. Retin Obashohan and Trevor Releford added nine points each. Every member of the Tide basketball team saw action, including four walk-ons.
Northeastern experienced travel delays due to weather, which included a 4:00am flight to Tuscaloosa the day of the game. But nobody really heard the story because so few people care about the NIT and were watching the broadcast when John Saunders was talking about it.
Alabama will play host to Stanford at 11:00am CDT in Tuscaloosa in the NIT’s second round. The Cardinal will be looking to avenge the 70-67 2004 loss to the Tide in the 2004 NCAA Tournament.