LAS VEGAS, Nev. — What happened in Vegas, needs to stay in Vegas.

The inability to defend the 3-point shot seems to be the glaring issue with UAB’s defense.  It’s tough to beat any team when you’re trying to swap 2-pointers with 3-pointers, especially the #15 team in the country.

The team’s issues on defense are a reflection of the lack of identity on offense. UAB is a very capable defensive team when their offense has rhythm and shots are falling. The press works best off made shots as we all know. The scoring droughts the Blazers have gone through this season make it near impossible to establish the defense they want.

Looking Forward

UAB has the luxury of facing the 351st ranked team in college basketball Tuesday night. Alabama A&M should give the Blazers a chance to lick their wounds and get some offensive confidence back.

This is a brutal non-conference schedule and we knew that going in. What happened in the first half of the first game will likely shape the first two months of play much differently than many expected.

I’d recommend curbing your expectations a bit and continue to support a team that will move closer to their potential as each game passes.