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Georgia State 83, Alabama 80: Tide blows 22 point lead in brutal loss

Georgia State 83, Alabama 80: Tide blows 22 point lead in brutal loss

After dominating the first half, Alabama fell apart over the final 20 minutes, blowing a 22-point lead as Georgia State hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer for an 83-80 upset at Coleman Coliseum.

UCF 70, Alabama 64: Crimson Tide can’t recover from icy start

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UCF 70, Alabama 64: Crimson Tide can’t recover from icy start

Alabama missed 14 of its first 15 field goal attempts and never fully recovered its offensive footing, falling 70-64 at UCF in the season’s first true road game.

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Tide needs Donta Hall back on his horse as they face down Knights

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Tide needs Donta Hall back on his horse as they face down Knights

Alabama, which has outrebounded every opponent so far, is one the country’s better teams on the offensive boards and when it comes to limiting the opponent’s rebounds. But the Knights feast on the glass, averaging 42.8 per game (15th nationally).

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Alabama 78, Murray State 72: Ja Morant stole the show but Tide earned the win

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Alabama 78, Murray State 72: Ja Morant stole the show but Tide earned the win

Murray State’s Ja Morant lit up the Coleman Coliseum scoreboard with 38 points but Alabama held his teammates in check and gutted out a 78-72 victory.

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Alabama 90, Wichita State 86: Crimson Tide finally opens offensive floodgates

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At least for one glorious afternoon, Alabama was finally that team. And it needed every bit of that acumen to hold off the feisty Shockers, who crashed the offensive glass to double up Bama’s second-chance scoring and all but refused to turn the ball over. Neither team played bad defense, bu both squads were so locked in that it became impossible to keep the ball out of the basket.

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Basketball Preview Part 3: Loaded SEC makes for another challenging schedule

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Basketball Preview Part 3: Loaded SEC makes for another challenging schedule

Last season, Alabama broke into the NCAA tournament field despite 15 losses and a losing record in SEC play. What put the Crimson Tide over the top was playing the nation’s third-toughest schedule as measured by RPI. And once again the schedule will pack a punch, although that comes mostly from a loaded SEC slate this time around.

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Basketball Preview Part 2: Size and savvy defines this year’s Crimson Tide

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Basketball Preview Part 2: Size and savvy defines this year’s Crimson Tide

Part 2: Entering year four of the Avery Johnson era, Alabama has firmly established an identity, even if it isn’t the frantic fast-breaking style Johnson would prefer in his heart. What the Crimson Tide has is a roster short on pure scorers but blessed with an abundance of tall, lanky athletes with impressive wingspans, plenty of game experience and a commitment to tenacious defense.

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Basketball Preview Part 1: Bama is back, but is it back to stay?

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Basketball Preview Part 1: Bama is back, but is it back to stay?

Alabama reclaimed its toehold in the world of college basketball prominence last season, returning to the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2012 and winning a game in the big dance for the first time in a dozen seasons.

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