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

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 […]

Alabama 76, LSU 69: Tide polishes tournament resume on Career Night

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By Chris DePew TideFans.com staff Feb. 17, 2016 In a game with the highest stakes so far this season, Alabama got career bests from Retin Obasohan (35 points) and Riley Norris (16 rebounds) to stretch its winning streak to five games with a 76-69 win at LSU. What did we learn today?: The path is […]

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Crimson Tide needs to stick to the slow lane in Baton Rouge

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By Chris DePew TideFans.com staff Feb. 17, 2016 Where to watch: Alabama (15-9, 6-6 SEC) at LSU (16-9, 9-3) – 8 p.m. Central today, Pete Maravich Assembly Center, SEC Network. Who to watch: Retin Obasohan. Alabama has found ways to win lately even as its senior guard has cooled off from a stretch of five consecutive […]

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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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LSU 72, Alabama 70: Tigers get a scare, but Tide gets another loss

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LSU 72, Alabama 70: Tigers get a scare, but Tide gets another loss

Alabama battled valiantly all day against faster, deeper, more talented LSU, but was done in by an offensive rebound, as Tim Quarterman put back his own miss with 33 seconds left to give the Tigers a 72-70 win in Tuscaloosa.

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Bama’s upset dreams hinge on frontcourt revival

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Bama’s upset dreams hinge on frontcourt revival

Can the Crimson Tide avoid being dazzled by the Ben Simmons circus? The freshman sensation may well be preparing for his first NBA All-Star Game this time next year, but he is coming off a bad game too. Of course, bad for Simmons still translates into 10 points, 11 rebounds and five assists to remain among the top five SEC players in all three categories.

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