Poor shooting again haunted the Crimson Tide, and sixth-seeded Richmond upset No. 3-seeded Alabama, 71-64, in the first round of the National Invitation Tournament on Tuesday at Coleman Coliseum.
Meanwhile, the Crimson Tide routinely missed in bunches, including the five straight early in the second half and five in a row over a almost 4-minute run as Richmond led 67-61 entering the game's final 30 seconds.
The game will tip at 8:15 PM CDT and will be televised by ESPN2. "We showed some signs of improving with our overall record, but at the same time, if we had a better non-conference record we could be right there knocking on the door (of the NCAA Tournament)". "We are excited", Johnson told reporters after learning his team would be playing more basketball this season. We think we had a nice end to the year. They won seven of their last 10 games down the stretch and finished with a 5-4-1 ATS record during that same timeframe.
The Spiders responded, scoring on their next three possessions to retake the lead 42-39 as Alabama missed its next five straight field goals. Tennessee, which made its last NIT appearance in 2013, is second with 13.
Richmond used a 16-7 run to take a 36-27 advantage with the second of two first-half 3s from ShawnDre' Jones with 2:17 left before halftime.
Iowa is the top seed in the Crimson Tide's quadrant, while the other NIT No. 1 seeds include Syracuse, California and Illinois State.