Nate Oats off and running to start frenetic basketball offseason

Four days ago, Nate Oats wrapped up his fourth season as head coach of Buffalo with a tough loss in the second round of the NCAA tournament.Three days ago he was checking voicemails after landing back in upstate New York and discovered one from Alabama athletic director Greg Byrne.
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Commentary: Thoughts on a basketball interregnum

With Avery Johnson officially out after four seasons as Alabama’s basketball coach, a few scattered thoughts... Defections are coming, but that would have happened either way:

Bama hires Nate Oats as Men’s Basketball Coach

Alabama AD Greg Byrne tweeted a welcome to Buffalo’s Nate Oats as the Crimson Tide’s new head coach. We will have full details soon...
Nov 17, 2015; Dayton, OH, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide head coach Avery Johnson (right) talks with guard Dazon Ingram (left) during the first half against the Dayton Flyers at University of Dayton Arena. Mandatory Credit: David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports

Avery Johnson needs to use NIT to focus on future

In two previous NIT trips, Avery Johnson stuck with his conventional strategies and rotations - and got a pair of lackluster losses for his trouble with teams that clearly were uninterested in playing any more basketball.

Alabama’s postseason fate may depend on upsetting Wildcats again

By Chris DePew Staff March 15, 2019 Where to watch: Alabama (18-14 - #60 Pomeroy Rating) vs. No. 4 Kentucky (26-5 - #8), Today 6 p.m....
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Arkansas trip is last best chance to reverse ugly trends

Whether it is an over reliance on 17-year-old Kira Lewis late in the year or teams getting more tape on Avery Johnson’s offensive sets, Bama’s last best chance to correct course will be against the Hogs, who are giving up 72.9 points per game and haven’t held anyone besides Vanderbilt under 70 points since the end of January.
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Norfolk State 80, Alabama 79: A change has got to come at the top

In an unsatisfactory yet entirely appropriate ending to a lost season, top-seeded Alabama blew yet another double-digit lead at Coleman Coliseum and fell 80-79 in overtime to No. 8 Norfolk State in the first round of the NIT.

This Week In The SEC: The S.S. Commodore is now a plague ship

By Chris DePew Staff Jan. 12, 2016 Everything and everybody said this was Vanderbilt’s year. After three straight years of NCAA Tournament misses, the Commodores were a...
Jan 13, 2018; Baton Rouge, LA, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide forward Galin Smith (30) blocks a shot by LSU Tigers guard Tremont Waters (3) as guard Herb Jones (10) defends the play during the second half at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center. Alabama defeated LSU 74-66. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

Alabama 74, LSU 66: Shorthanded Tide grinds out a gut check win

Alabama survived 19 turnovers and the absence of Donta Hall to secure its first road win of the season, a 74-66 victory at LSU.
Dec 29, 2018; Louisville, KY, USA; Kentucky Wildcats head coach John Calipari reacts during the second half against the Louisville Cardinals at KFC Yum! Center. Kentucky defeated Louisville 71-58. Mandatory Credit: Jamie Rhodes-USA TODAY Sports

Kentucky 73, Alabama 55: Tide falls meekly as UK approaches peak form

For the fourth consecutive season, the Crimson Tide crashed out of the SEC tournament on a Big Blue wave, as fourth-ranked Kentucky dispatched Alabama 73-55 in a quarterfinal matchup in Nashville.

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