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Alabama 65, Auburn 57: No such thing as an ugly win over AU

By Chris DePew TideFans.com staff Feb. 27, 2016 After playing to the knife’s edge of season-crushing disaster, Alabama kept its postseason dreams alive by outscoring Auburn 15-8 over the last six minutes to escape with a 65-57 win at Coleman Coliseum. What did we learn today?: This offense has to be rebuilt before next season. […]

Can rivalry game renew Bama’s fighting spirit?

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By Chris DePew TideFans.com staff Feb. 27, 2016 Where to watch: Auburn (11-16, 5-10 SEC) at Alabama (16-11, 7-8) – 4 p.m. Central today, Coleman Coliseum, SEC Network Who to watch: Riley Norris. It’s not clear whether he has hit a wall after seeing his minutes ramped up considerably in his sophomore season, but his […]

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This week in the SEC: Teams in the middle forever blowing bubble chances

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By Chris DePew TideFans.com staff Feb. 23, 2016 A week ago, bubble banter was sprouting up across the SEC. The league seemed to be solidly on pace to at least match last year’s five NCAA tournament bids, and talk was building that the SEC could get six teams into March Madness for the first time […]

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This week in the SEC: Alabama’s suddenly making bracket racket again

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By Chris DePew TideFans.com staff Feb. 16, 2016 March in Tuscaloosa used to mean more than spring football. When the NCAA tournament expanded in 1975 to include at-large teams for the first time, the Alabama Crimson Tide snagged a bid and started making itself at home. Bama returned the next spring and after a few […]

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This week in the SEC: Title plans keep getting wrecked by road rage

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By Chris DePew TideFans.com staff Feb. 9, 2016 Way back in the stone ages, when watching Southeastern Conference basketball mostly meant channel surfing to find the Jefferson-Pilot syndication package, the late Joe Dean Sr. had a theory on how to read the SEC standings in light of the difficulty of winning on the road. Dean’s […]

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Rating the 2016 SEC recruiting classes

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Rating the 2016 SEC recruiting classes

The addition of Jamar King at the last moment brought Alabama up to a rating of “Excellent” in the “Needs Filled” category; otherwise, it would have been hard to rank the Crimson Tide No. 1 in the country overall over Florida State. Alabama, over the past few years, has finished with at least one position group’s worth of signees somewhere to be called best-in-class; in 2016, Alabama did it for at least one position group and maybe as many as three. Alabama got the nation’s best linebacker haul, picking up three 10.0-rated prospects on Signing Day: Ben Davis, Lyndell Wilson and Terrell Hall. But Alabama also was in the running for best OL class, headed by Jonah Williams

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This week in the SEC: Almost halftime, so let’s check the highlights

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Player of the half-year: Tyler Ulis, Kentucky – The 5-foot-9 sophomore point guard is the glue keeping the mercurial Wildcats together. His statistics (16.1 points, 6.2 rebounds per game) don’t capture the whole story of the energy he brings to the lineup, the superior decisions he makes and the grit he shows racking up more minutes than John Calipari would like.

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This Week In The SEC: The league wanted a challenge, and boy has it got one

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By Chris DePew TideFans.com staff Jan. 26, 2016 The SEC has been asking for a showcase event to prove it belongs in the ranks of the elite basketball conferences. Ready or not, it gets its wish Saturday. The Big 12-SEC Challenge takes place for the third time, but feels like a new creation. Where previous […]

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Auburn 83, Alabama 77: Obasohan lone bright spot in bitter loss

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Auburn 83, Alabama 77: Obasohan lone bright spot in bitter loss

Without Obasohan this team would be doomed to a losing record – and might be anyway. Credit to Auburn, which rode the momentum of its second (and final?) home sellout of the season and dust off all your favorite clichés about rivalries, but this is the first time Johnson’s team has lost against an opponent that didn’t have a clear talent advantage. Auburn is now 3-3 in the SEC, but still just 9-8 overall and unlikely to reach the postseason with a paper-thin bench and over-reliance on 3-pointers.

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All eyes on 3-point arc as Tide, Tigers resume hardwood grudge

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All eyes on 3-point arc as Tide, Tigers resume hardwood grudge

Perimeter defense. The Tigers live and die at the arc, leading the SEC in 3-point attempts (25.8 per game) and makes (9.7). Marshall transfer Kareem Canty has become Auburn’s go-to player, averaging 19 points per game and making just under four treys per game.

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