Crimson Tide

Season Record21-6

Player to WatchHerb Jones

Key PlayersJahvon Quinerly, John Petty, Josh Primo, Herb Jones, Alex Reece, Jaden Shackelford

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Alabama is accustomed to being in the NCAA bubble conversation in February, but this season find themselves ranked in the top ten and in the discussion for a one seed. Coach Nate Oats has completely changed the culture. He demands a fast paced style and high effort on both ends of the floor, a ton of three pointers, and few midrange jumpers.

Player to Watch

Alabama has several players who will be critical to any tournament runs, but Herb is the glue. All he has done this season is shoot 53% from three and 75% from the free throw line, up from 7.1% and 62.5% last season, while defending the other team’s best player.

Case for Team

Alabama gets after it hard on both ends of the floor, and when they are shooting the ball well can beat anyone in the country. Oats favors a mature team, and he’s got it. Senior C Jordan Bruner just returned from a knee injury, which is critical for the interior defense.

Case Against Team

Oats really doesn’t have a featured point guard, which is so important come tournament time. Bruner isn’t and won’t be 100%. And, of course, any team that shoots a bunch of threes is vulnerable on any night where the shots don’t fall.