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One and done? NBA draft lures many away from basketball futures

The upcoming NBA draft is a puzzling thing to me. When I say “upcoming,” it’s actually not happening until June 25th, but the thirst for underclassmen to jump ship and declare in hopes of being the next Lebron James is staggering. It’s clear that many of those throwing their names in the hat for the […]

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Will Johnson succeed? I have no idea, but I like what I’m hearing

I have no idea if Avery Johnson will succeed as the new men’s basketball coach at the University of Alabama, but I like what I hear so far. Wednesday, with my own ears, I heard Coach Johnson say that his goal is to get Alabama to the Final Four. Like many Auburn fans hankering for […]

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Coaching search: Gregg Marshall says no, Bama’s bad week gets worse

With Alabama Athletics Director Bill Battle openly courting and failing to land Wichita State’s Gregg Marshall, the state of Alabama basketball appears to be in unprecented limbo. Battle is to be commended for swinging for the fences in trying to land Marshall, the Shockers’ head coach since 2007. But now that Marshall has turned down […]

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Tired of the malaise of Alabama basketball? Eager for signs of competitiveness again, like back in the good old days? That’s right. Those of us old enough to remember can recall years of ‘Bama basketball when come tourney time, you weren’t sitting on pins and needles hoping the NIT selection committee would call our name. […]

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Theology influences Auburn coaching hires

Bruce Pearl ‘repented’ and that landed him at Auburn “The one who conceals his sins will not prosper, but whoever confesses and renounces them will find mercy.” Proverbs 28:13 Understanding how a known liar ended up coaching at another SEC school is a big mystery. How a known liar ended up coaching at the one […]

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Pearl’s Auburn gets killed by basketball power Colorado; Bama moves to 2-0

When you think college basketball, you think the Colorado Buffaloes. Last night, one of college basketball’s powerhouse programs taught Auburn and Bruce Pearl a thing or two, handing the Tigers a narrow 31-point defeat in Boulder. The loss was Auburn’s first in the Bruce Pearl era. Yep, Kansas, Kentucky, Duke, North Carolina…Colorado. Pearl’s arrival in […]

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Alabama Basketball lands sharp-shooting transfer

ESPN is reporting that shooting guard Christophe Varidel is transferring to the University of Alabama for his senior season. The 6-3, 175-pound Varidel played his first three seasons at Florida Gulf Coast. Last season he played at Chaminade, where he was sidelined by an injury for most of the season. Playing in only five games, […]

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BREAKING: Bruce Pearl hired at Auburn

I have it on a very good source that Auburn University has extended an offer to former Tennessee basketball coach Bruce Pearl, and that Pearl has accepted the offer. Bruce Pearl will be Auburn’s new basketball coach. And I just threw up in my mouth a little bit. Pearl is still serving under an NCAA […]

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When it comes to basketball, Auburn gets it

War Eagle. There, I said it. What I’ve seen from Lee County in relation to the Tiger basketball program is enough to make even someone like myself say those blasphemous words, as Auburn Athletics Director Jay Jacobs is leading the charge to bring the Auburn basketball program back to relevancy. Last week, minutes after getting […]

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Alabama basketball play-by-play announcer deserves his freedom

If you love something, it is said you should set it free. If it returns to you, it’s yours. If it doesn’t, it never was. Such should be the case with Alabama basketball play-by-play announcer Chris Stewart. As the University subjects him to cruel and unusual punishment, you have to wonder when public outcry will […]

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An open letter to Bill Battle about the state of Alabama basketball

Dear Coach Battle, As the losses mount in this the fifth campaign of Alabama basketball under Anthony Grant, questions linger regarding the direction of the program and whether changes should be made. And rightly so, Coach Battle. Followers of the program…both of us at this point…are currently hearing the rumor that, regardless off the outcome […]

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Alabama wins a basketball game, defeats Ole Miss 67-64

Last night the Alabama Crimson Tide men’s basketball team took to the court for a 40-minute matchup with the University of Mississippi. After the contest, Alabama had more points, and thus was declared the winner! Trevor Releford led all scorers with 26 points, 21 coming in the second half, including the 3-point game winner at […]

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UA SGA does the right thing, misses UA-AU game

Like the rest of the world, I didn’t watch or listen to the Alabama-Auburn basketball game last night. Truthfully, I only vaguely remembered they were even playing late into the evening, and by then figured I’d save something for my day on Friday. As usual, Alabama sputtered and lost under Anthony Grant. I read this […]

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Iron Bowl of basketball? Do you hear the crickets?

Alabama vs Auburn: Battle to not be the worst in the SEC By Hunter Ford I have really tried, all week, to reach out and be an ambassador for Alabama basketball. I have talked face-to-face with friends about the Alabama basketball team, and the importance of the upcoming game with Auburn. Even my most ardent […]

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Bama plays, Bama loses, and Anthony Grant cashes in

Today, Anthony Grant will earn $5,013.69. That’s just today. For the week, $35,192.30. In these tough financial times, Bama’s 5th year basketball coach will earn $152,500 by the end of January. These are the sort of things a $1.83 Million annual contract will get you. What it won’t get you is results. 18 games into […]

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Auburn and Alabama basketball coaches should be canned

Auburn and Alabama should do something to make basketball fun again By Hunter Ford Why wait until the season is over to fire the incompetent basketball coaches at Alabama and Auburn? Fire them now. Football coaches often get fired before the season is over, just ask Lane Kiffin. The Crimson Tide and the Tigers are […]

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Basketball is flat in the state of Alabama

Alabama Crimson Tide not alone in basketball mediocrity in this state By Hunter Ford I watched Alabama play Georgia in basketball last Saturday. The late great writer from Atlanta, Lewis Grizzard, once described watching a football game between two mediocre teams as “like watching two mules fight over a turnip.” The Tide and Dawgs looked […]

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Hope For Bama Basketball? Tide could go 2-0 in SEC play

By Hunter Ford The Crimson Tide basketball team evened its record at 7-7 with a win over Vanderbilt, 68-63, at Coleman Coliseum Tuesday. More importantly, Alabama starts 1-0 in SEC play with a chance to go 2-0 when it plays Georgia, Saturday afternoon in Athens. Trevor Releford led the Tide with 16 points against the […]

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ALABAMA BASKETBALL: 5-6 Tide should self-impose death penalty

by ITK Saturday night, the Crimson Tide held a 12-point second half lead over visiting Xavier, only to let it slip away and lose in the end. Stop me if you’ve heard this one before. Against Oklahoma. And Duke. And Drexel. And South Florida. And Wichita State. And almost West Alabama for crying out loud. […]

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Basketball: SEC Big 12 Challenge matchups announced; Alabama faces Texas Tech Nov. 14

The SEC and Big 12 announced a partnership to create a SEC Big 12 Challenge in men’s basketball. Here is the 2013 schedule released today: 2013 SEC Big 12 Challenge schedule (times and networks are to be determined): Thursday, November 14 Texas Tech at Alabama Monday, December 2 Vanderbilt at Texas and Auburn at Iowa […]

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BASKETBALL: Grant lands power forward transfer

Alabama men’s basketball head coach Anthony Grant announced the signing of transfer Michael Kessens, a 6-9, 215-pound power forward who played his freshman season at Longwood University. Kessens, a native of Nyon, Switzerland, joins fellow transfer Ricky Tarrant (Tulane) as well as two-time JUCO All-American guard Algie Key (Barton CC in Decatur, Georgia) and freshmen […]

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Trevor Lacey granted release from UA

According to UA Media Relations, Alabama sophomore guard Trevor Lacey has decided to transfer from the men’s basketball program and has been granted his release. The announcement from Crimson Tide head coach Anthony Grant came today. “I enjoyed having the opportunity to coach Trevor for the two years he was here,” Grant said. “We certainly […]

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Gone Gueye: Bama’s big center to transfer

Bama’s 7-foot center Moussa Gueye will not return for his senior season at Alabama, citing style of play as the reason for his decision to transfer. A native of Dakar, Senegal, Gueye came to Alabama two years ago from Lake Land College in Matoon, Illinois. A knee injury before the 2011-12 season sidelined him for […]

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What’s next for Bama hoops?

Last night’s 58-57 loss in the NIT closed another painful chapter in Alabama basketball history. Ironically, it’d be the second year in a row that the Tide’s season was ended in the post-season by that score. (Creighton last year in the NCAA’s, Maryland this year in the NIT). The mood among the Alabama fanbase in […]

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Anthony Grant a Minnesota Golden Gopher?

Can you imagine, even for a second, the University of Alabama firing its head basketball coach after he led the Tide into the second round of the NCAA Tournament? Or got them into the big dance every other year? That’s exactly what happened at the University of Minnesota, as the Golden Gophers let their head […]

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Survive and Advance: Huskies drown in Bama’s Tide

In a stunning display of dominance, the Alabama Crimson Tide took Northeastern to task last night in Coleman Coliseum in front of hundreds of rabid Crimson Tide basketball fans. With the season on the line, Bama responded in powerful fashion, thumping the Huskies 62-43 to advance to play Stanford, who edged Stephen F. Austin 58-57 […]

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What’s next for Bama Basketball? Here’s a hint…

Tonight at 9:00pm on ESPNU, be sure to tune in to see who the Alabama Crimson Tide will be playing in the first round of the NIT, and if Andrew Steele will have the opportunity for another home game if the Tide plays host. Don’t bother tuning in to that boring show tomorrow night, where […]

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Alabama Basketball: 2013 SEC Awards & All-SEC Team

Alabama Guard Trevor Releford named to first-team All-SEC and All-SEC Defensive Team

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As another Tide team fails, Wimp Sanderson’s legacy still firmly in place in Tuscaloosa

Basketball at Alabama has always played second fiddle to football. The same could be said at almost every other school in the Southeastern Conference, but somehow at other places success has found the program. Not at Alabama. Not since the days of legendary head coach Wimp Sanderson anyway, and it ain’t getting better any time […]

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Alabama Basketball: Tide surrenders second half lead and falls to Florida

Alabama basketball fans are asking: ‘Are we better off today than we were four years ago?’

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