Shockingly, Alabama cut into Minnesota's lead while playing down two men, but did not have enough in the tank to complete the comeback.
Three-on-five basketball? That is exactly what Alabama encountered against Minnesota on Saturday.
This isn't the the Iron Bowl but Alabama and Minnesota had to be separated just now after Nate Mason was ejected for talking smack.
With five players and no reserves, the Crimson Tide played with the remaining full squad until point guard Dazon Ingram fouled out.
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In a small gym in Brooklyn, Alabama took another big step as a basketball program. The Crimson Tide had only three players for most of the second half of the game, which they lost 89-84.
Petty, a freshman, led the way with 16. In fact, Alabama ended up playing better when they were playing 3-on-5 than when they had a whole team.
Honestly, how can Minnesota feel good about itself after barely winning a game against just three players?
Minnesota meanwhile, looked somewhat confused regarding how to both attack and defend with such an advantage, rarely doubling the ball on defense and turning down many open jumpers to feed the ball inside where Alabama could apply pressure.