It's still early, but
With their 68-66 upset victory against No. 15 Michigan on Sunday, the Crimson Tide finished third in the Old Spice Classic in
"When you get a game that's highly contested during the month of November that speaks volumes about college basketball," first-year
Alabama forward JaMychal Green (32)
blocks a shot by Michigan guard Darius
Morris during the first half of their game.
(AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)
The Crimson Tide enters December with a 4-2 record. Their other loss was 71-67 to Cornell, the defending Ivy League champion, in their season-opener, but that is balanced by their 84-75 win against
Of the Tide's next eight games before Southeastern Conference play begins, six fall into the "should win" or "sure win" category. The notable exceptions are against Purdue at home on Dec. 12 and against
Sophomore forward JaMychal Green is flourishing. He was named to the Old Spice Classic all-tournament team after averaging 17.0 points and 7.0 blocked shots in the three games. Against
Senior guard Mikhail Torrance also is off to a good start, averaging 15.8 points.
After three consecutive seasons without a NCAA Tournament appearance, two consecutive seasons without a postseason berth other than the SEC Tournament and the midseason resignation of former head coach Mark Gottfried during last season, the Tide should contend in the SEC West, which, unlike the SEC East with