January 24, 2008

Defense must stop bleeding

Mark Gottfried recognizes his head must be on a swivel to see all that ails Alabama's basketball team these days.

It has been an equal-opportunity struggle for the Crimson Tide: offense or defense, paint or perimeter, free throws or three-woes.

But as Alabama emerges from the quarter pole of the Southeastern Conference season at 0-4 in the league, Gottfried's emphasis is on defense.

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When the Crimson Tide (record) takes its home floor Saturday afternoon against rival Auburn, getting stops will be priority No. 1.

Where Alabama has struggled most defensively has been on the perimeter, where it allows an SEC-worst



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