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Alabama Crimson Tide
2013–14 Alabama Crimson Tide men's basketball team
Alabama Crimson Tide athletic logo
UniversityUniversity of Alabama
ConferenceSEC
LocationTuscaloosa, AL
Head coachAnthony Grant (5th year)
ArenaColeman Coliseum
(Capacity: 15,316)
NicknameCrimson Tide
Colors

Crimson and White

            
Uniforms
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NCAA Tournament Elite Eight
2004
NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen
1976, 1982, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1990, 1991, 2004
NCAA Tournament appearances
1975, 1976, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1994, 1995, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2012
Conference tournament champions
1934, 1982, 1987, 1989, 1990, 1991
Conference regular season champions
1934, 1956, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1987, 2002
 
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Alabama Crimson Tide
2013–14 Alabama Crimson Tide men's basketball team
Alabama Crimson Tide athletic logo
UniversityUniversity of Alabama
ConferenceSEC
LocationTuscaloosa, AL
Head coachAnthony Grant (5th year)
ArenaColeman Coliseum
(Capacity: 15,316)
NicknameCrimson Tide
Colors

Crimson and White

            
Uniforms
Kit body thinsidesonwhite.png
Home jersey
Kit shorts blanksides2.png
Team colours
Home
Kit body thinwhitesides.png
Away jersey
Kit shorts whitesides.png
Team colours
Away
NCAA Tournament Elite Eight
2004
NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen
1976, 1982, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1990, 1991, 2004
NCAA Tournament appearances
1975, 1976, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1994, 1995, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2012
Conference tournament champions
1934, 1982, 1987, 1989, 1990, 1991
Conference regular season champions
1934, 1956, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1987, 2002

The Alabama Crimson Tide men's basketball program has a history of being among the best of the Southeastern Conference (SEC). In the conference it trails only Kentucky in basketball wins, SEC tournament titles, and is third behind Kentucky and LSU in SEC regular season conference titles. Alabama is coached by Anthony Grant, who began his tenure with the Crimson Tide before the 2009-10 season.

The men's basketball program spent most of its history in the shadow of the football team, but has risen in stature over the past four decades. Under former coach Mark Gottfried, the team achieved a No. 1 national ranking briefly in 2003, and competed for a NCAA Regional Tournament Championship in 2004. The program was notable as a regular conference basketball contender in the 1980s and early 1990s under the direction of coach Wimp Sanderson and in the 1970s under coach C. M. Newton. Alabama has eight NCAA Sweet 16 appearances. In the 2003-04 season, the men's team defeated a #1-seeded team in the NCAA Tournament, and reached the Elite Eight round where they lost to the eventual national champion, Connecticut.

History[edit]

Former Coaches[edit]

Former coaches with at least five years with the Crimson Tide include: Hank Crisp (1923–1942, 1945–1946); C. M. Newton (1969–1980); Wimp Sanderson (1981–1992) - Alabama's winningest coach (69.2%); David Hobbs (1992–1998); Mark Gottfried (1998–2009).[1]

Other coaches include John Dee, Floyd Burdette, and Charles A. Bernier.

C. M. Newton[edit]

In 1968, legendary football coach Paul "Bear" Bryant, who was also Alabama's athletic director, called Kentucky coach Adolph Rupp looking for someone to turn around Alabama's basketball program. Rupp recommended C. M. Newton, a former backup player at Kentucky who had been at Transylvania University for 12 years.[2] In twelve seasons at Alabama, Newton led the Tide to a record of 211-123. The Crimson Tide won three straight SEC titles under Newton (1974, 1975, and 1976), the only program besides Kentucky to accomplish this feat.[2] Newton also guided Alabama to four NIT and two NCAA tournament berths, prompting the school to name a recruiting suite in his honor in 2006.[3]

Just as he did at Transylvania, Newton recruited Alabama's first black player, Wendell Hudson, in 1969, integrating his second team in as many coaching stops.[4]

Wimp Sanderson[edit]

Newton resigned as head coach after the 1980-81 season to become assistant commissioner of the SEC. He was succeeded by his top assistant, Wimp Sanderson. He had been at Alabama since 1960 as a graduate assistant to Newton's predecessor, Hayden Riley; he was named a full-fledged assistant in 1961. In 12 years as head coach his teams averaged 21.8 wins a year, with a 267-119 record, and they won 4 SEC tournaments. They played in one NIT and eight NCAA tournaments making the "Sweet 16" five times. Sanderson is the only coach in Alabama history to win 200 or more games in his first 10 years. He was the SEC Coach of the Year in 1987, 1989 and 1990, and was the National Coach of the Year in 1987.[5]

Sanderson was best known for wearing garish plaid sports jackets on the sidelines. At one point, Coleman Coliseum was known as "the Plaid Palace," and the midcourt logo was painted in a crimson-and-white plaid pattern.

David Hobbs[edit]

Hobbs was hired at Alabama as an assistant coach for Wimp Sanderson in 1985 and spent seven years as an assistant in Tuscaloosa helping the Crimson Tide win one SEC Championship and four SEC Tournament crowns while the Tide made four appearances in the NCAA Tournament's Sweet 16. As an assistant, he had the opportunity to coach such All-SEC performers as Robert Horry, James "Hollywood" Robinson and Latrell Sprewell.

When Sanderson left Alabama following the 1992 season, Hobbs was named head coach. In his first season, the Tide finished 16–13 and advanced to the NIT. In 1994 and 1995, Alabama recorded 20-win seasons and advanced to the NCAA Tournament behind the play of future NBA All-Star Antonio McDyess. In 1996, Hobbs led UA to a 19–13 mark and a berth in the NIT Final Four. He resigned his post following the 1998 season after compiling a 110–76 (59.4%) career record and producing nine All-SEC players.

Mark Gottfried[edit]

Mark Gottfried (1998–2009)
SeasonOverall RecordSEC RecordPostseason
1998–199917-157-11NIT 1st Round
1999–200013-166-10None
2000-0125-118-8NIT Championship Game
2001-0227-812-4NCAA 2nd round
2002-0317-127-9NCAA 1st Round
2003-0420-138-8NCAA Elite Eight
2004-0524-812-4NCAA 1st Round
2005-0618-1310-6NCAA 2nd round
2006-0720-127-9NIT 1st Round
2007-0817-165-11Declined invitation to CBI[6]
2008-0912-72-3Resigned mid-season.
Overall record: 210-130 (.618)

Mark Gottfried served as the Crimson Tide's head coach from the 1998-1999 season until mid-way through the 2008-2009 season.[1] Gottfried played 3 seasons of basketball at Alabama under Wimp Sanderson, and the Crimson Tide advanced to the Sweet Sixteen in each of those seasons. He was hired by Alabama in March 1998 after coaching at Murray State for three seasons.

The Crimson Tide achieved the highest pinnacle ever for the school in both the NCAA Championship Tournament and the Associated Press Poll reaching the Elite Eight in the tournament in 2004 and reaching the No. 1 spot in the nation in the AP poll in 2002, both under Mark Gottfried's command.

Gottfried led the Tide to its only SEC Championship under his watch during the 2001-2002 season, although the team never won a conference tournament championship during his tenure. For his efforts in 2002, Gottfried was named SEC Coach of the Year by both the Associated Press and his fellow Southeastern Conference coaches. Perhaps his biggest accomplishment as coach at Alabama was leading the Crimson Tide to five consecutive NCAA tournaments from 2002–2006, another first for the school that occurred under his watch. Gottfried resigned on January 26, 2009 with 11 regular season games still remaining on the team's schedule.

After Gottfried's resignation Athletic Director Mal Moore named long-time Alabama assistant and former player, Philip Pearson as interim head coach to serve out the remainder of the 2009 season.

Anthony Grant[edit]

On March 27, 2009 Anthony Grant agreed in principle to become the twentieth Crimson Tide head men's basketball coach.[7] Grant came to Alabama after serving as the head coach at Virginia Commonwealth University from 2006 to 2009.

After a mediocre first season, Grant led the veteran 2010-11 team to a SEC West title and a 2nd place finish in the 2011 NIT. The 2011-12 team endured the suspensions of several star players to finish with a 21-12 record and a birth in the 2012 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament, where they lost in the second round to Creighton. This was the Crimson Tide's first trip to the NCAA Tournament since 2006.

Players[edit]

2013–14 Alabama Crimson Tide men's basketball team
PlayersCoaches
Pos.#NameHeightWeightYearHome town
G0Key, AlgieAlgie Key6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)175 lb (79 kg)JrDecatur, Georgia
G2Tarrant, RickyRicky Tarrant (i)6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)190 lb (86 kg)JrPleasant Grove, Alabama
F3Kessens, MichaelMichael Kessens (i)6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)215 lb (98 kg)SoNyon, Switzerland
C4Engstrom, CarlCarl Engstrom7 ft 1 in (2.16 m)285 lb (129 kg)RS JrYstad, Sweden
F10Taylor, JimmieJimmie Taylor6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)235 lb (107 kg)FrGreensboro, Alabama
F11Hale, ShannonShannon Hale6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)200 lb (91 kg)FrJohnson City, Tennessee
G12Releford, TrevorTrevor Releford6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)195 lb (88 kg)SrShawnee Mission, Kansas
F13Goode, JulianJulian Goode (w)6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)225 lb (102 kg)SrAtlanta, Georgia
F15Jacobs, NickNick Jacobs6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)265 lb (120 kg)JrAtlanta, Georgia
G20Randolph, LeviLevi Randolph6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)205 lb (93 kg)JrMadison, Alabama
F21Cooper, RodneyRodney Cooper6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)215 lb (98 kg)JrHurtsboro, Alabama
G32Obasohan, RetinRetin Obasohan6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)210 lb (95 kg)RS SoAntwerp, Belgium
G33Wilson, IsiahIsiah Wilson (w)6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)175 lb (79 kg)SrTroy, Alabama
F35Slaughter, DakotaDakota Slaughter6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)215 lb (98 kg)JrFishers, Indiana
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • (W) Walk-on

Source: Rolltide.com 2013–14 Roster[8]

Arena Information[edit]

Front view of Coleman Coliseum

The Crimson Tide basketball team practices and plays in Coleman Coliseum, 15,043-seat multi-purpose arena on the UA campus in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. The arena was built for $4.2 million and opened in 1968 as a replacement for the aging Foster Auditorium. A renovation in 2005 led to additional seating being added. The arena now officially seats 15,314 people.

Coleman Coliseum was named for Jefferson Jackson Coleman, a prominent alumnus. Until his death, in 1995 he was the only person that had attended every Alabama bowl game, starting with the Rose Bowl game on 1926 January 1. Prior to 1990, the building was known as Memorial Coliseum.

Fan support[edit]

Mark's Madness[edit]

Mark's Madness was a student organization named after former Crimson Tide coach Mark Gottfried.[9] It was created by a group of Alabama students in January 2000 in an attempt to create a more exciting atmosphere in Coleman Coliseum.[10] Alabama’s home record spoke for itself. During the Gottfried era, the Crimson Tide was an astounding 137-27 (.835) in Coleman Coliseum.[9] "Mark's Madness" was the largest student organization on campus during its time.[9] The end of Mark Gottfried's tenure also meant the end of Mark's Madness.

Crimson Chaos[edit]

After Coach Anthony Grant was hired, a group of senior students approached the UA Marketing Department in the summer 2009 about resurrecting the student section. During the first exhibition game of the 2009 season, it was announced that the new name of the student organization for supporting Alabama basketball would be "Crimson Chaos".

As Crimson Chaos entered its second year, it officially registered as a University of Alabama student group and adopted a new format. In addition to supporting Men's Basketball, Crimson Chaos is expanding to all University of Alabama sports, being the official student group of Athletics at The University of Alabama.[11] The group also tried new things to make the atmosphere in Coleman Coliseum as intimidating as it was in previous years. These changes included the addition of the Roll Tide Roller Coaster.[12] Crimson Chaos' newly created environment helped the Tide complete an undefeated season at home (2010-2011), with a 19-0 record, including wins over then #12 Kentucky, Georgia, and rival Mississippi State.

Post-season results[edit]

NCAA tournament[edit]

Alabama has appeared in the NCAA Tournament 20 times. They reached the Sweet Sixteen eight times[13][14] and the Elite Eight once in 2004. Alabama has an overall NCAA Tournament record of 20–19.[15]

YearSeedRoundOpponentResult/Score
1975-First RoundArizona StateL 97–94
1976-First Round
Sweet Sixteen
North Carolina
Indiana
W 79–64
L 74–69
1982*#4Second Round
Sweet Sixteen
St. John's
North Carolina
W 69–68
L 74–69
1983#6First RoundLamarL 73–50
1984#9First RoundIllinois StateL 49–48
1985#7First Round
Second Round
Sweet Sixteen
Arizona
VCU
North Carolina State
W 50–41
W 63–59
L 61–55
1986#5First Round
Second Round
Sweet Sixteen
Xavier
Illinois
Kentucky
W 97–80
W 58–56
L 68–63
1987#2First Round
Second Round
Sweet Sixteen
North Carolina A&T
New Orleans
Providence
W 88–71
W 101–76
L 103–82
1989#6First RoundSouth AlabamaL 86–84
1990#7First Round
Second Round
Sweet Sixteen
Colorado State
Arizona
Loyola Marymount
W 71–54
W 77–55
L 62–60
1991#4First Round
Second Round
Sweet Sixteen
Murray State
Wake Forest
Arkansas
W 89–79
W 96–88
L 93–70
1992#5First Round
Second Round
Stanford
North Carolina
W 80–75
L 64–55
1994#9First Round
Second Round
Providence
Purdue
W 76–70
L 83–73
1995#5First Round
Second Round
Pennsylvania
Oklahoma State
W 91–85 OT
L 66–52
2002#2First Round
Second Round
Florida Atlantic
Kent State
W 86–78
L 71–58
2003#10First RoundIndianaL 67–62
2004#8First Round
Second Round
Sweet Sixteen
Elite Eight
Southern Illinois
Stanford
Syracuse
Connecticut
W 65–64
W 70–67
W 80–71
L 87–71
2005#5First RoundUW-MillwaukeeL 83–73
2006#10First Round
Second Round
Marquette
UCLA
W 90–85
L 62–59
2012#9Round of 64CreightonL 58–57

NIT play[edit]

Alabama has appeared in 11 National Invitation Tournaments. Their combined record is 21–14.

YearSeedRoundOpponentResult/Score
1973-First Round
Quarterfinals
Semifinals
Third Place Game
Manhattan
Minnesota
Virginia Tech
North Carolina
W 87–86
W 69–65
L 74–73
L 88–69
1977First Round
Quarterfinals
Semifinals
Third Place Game
Memphis State
Virginia Tech
Houston
Villanova
W 86–63
W 79–72
L 82–76
L 102–89
1979-First Round
Sweet Sixteen
Elite Eight
Final Four
Third Place Game
St. Bonaventure
Virginia
Texas A&M
Purdue
Ohio State
W 98–89
W 90–88
W 72–68
L 87–68
W 96–86
1980-First Round
Sweet Sixteen
Penn State
Murray State
W 53–49
L 70–62
1981-First Round
Sweet Sixteen
St. John's
Duke
W 73–69
L 75–70
1993-First RoundUABL 58–56
1996-First Round
Sweet Sixteen
Elite Eight
Final Four
Third Place Game
Illinois
Missouri
South Carolina
St. Joseph's
Tulane
W 72–69
W 72–49
W 68–67
L 74–69
L 87–76
1999-First RoundWake ForestL 73–57
2001-First Round
Sweet Sixteen
Elite Eight
Final Four
Championship Game
Seton Hall
Toledo
Purdue
Detroit-Mercy
Tulsa
W 85–79
W 79–69
W 85–77
W 74–63
L 79–66
2007#5First RoundMassachusettsL 89–87
2011#1First Round
Sweet Sixteen
Elite Eight
Final Four
Championship Game
Coastal Carolina
New Mexico
Miami(FL)
Colorado
Wichita State
W 68–44
W 74–67
W 79–64
W 62–61
L 57–66
2013#1First Round
Sweet Sixteen
Elite Eight
Northeastern
Stanford
Maryland
W 62–43
W 66-54
L 57-58

All-time leaders[edit]

Individual[edit]

Points

PlayerTotal
GameMike Nordholz (1966)50
SeasonReggie King (1979)747
CareerReggie King (1976–79)2,168

Field Goals Made

PlayerTotal
GameMike Nordholz (1966)22
SeasonReggie King (1979)289
CareerReggie King (1976–79)842

Free Throws Made

PlayerTotal
GamePaul Ellis (1972)18
SeasonJim Fulmer (1957)189
CareerReggie King (1976–79)484

Three-Pointers Made

PlayerTotal
GameMykal Riley (2008)8
SeasonEric Washington (1996)113
CareerEric Washington (1994–97)262

Scoring Average

PlayerAverage
SeasonJack Kubiszyn (1957)24.6
CareerJerry Harper (1953–56)20.1

Field Goal Percentage

Player%
SeasonBobby Lee Hurt (1984).664
CareerBobby Lee Hurt (1982–85).631

Free Throw Percentage

Player%
SeasonJim Farmer (1987).887
CareerRonald Steele (2004-2008).867

Three-Point Percentage

Player%
SeasonGary Waites (1991).515
CareerMark Gottfried (1985–87).485

Rebounds

PlayerTotal
GameJerry Harper (1956)33
SeasonJerry Harper (1956)517
CareerJerry Harper (1953–56)1688

Assists

PlayerTotal
GameRonald Steele (2004)18
SeasonTerry Coner (1986)241
CareerTerry Coner (1983–86)664

Blocks

PlayerTotal
GameRoy Rogers (1996)14
SeasonRoy Rogers (1996)156
CareerRobert Horry (1989–92)285

Steals

PlayerTotal
GameAnthony Murray (1978)10
SeasonAnthony Murray (1978)79
CareerTrevor Releford (2011–14)203

Former players[edit]

Alabama has seen its stars go on to win nine NBA Championships, six All-Star selections, six All-Defensive Team honors, three All-Rookie honors and more than $390 million in career earnings in the NBA. All told, Alabama players have gone on to suit up in nearly 10,000 NBA games and scored more than 90,000 all-time points.

Tide Alumni Currently in the NBA[edit]

PlayerYears at UANBA Team
Alonzo Gee2006–2009Cleveland Cavaliers
Gerald Wallace2001Boston Celtics
Mo Williams2002–2003Portland Trail Blazers

Source: Rolltide.com Tide Alumnus list[16]

Former All–Americans[edit]

All-time record vs. current SEC teams[edit]

OpponentWonLostPercentageStreakFirst Meeting
Arkansas2728.491Won 41948
Auburn8958.605Won 11924
Florida7362.541Lost 71927
Georgia9347.664Won 51922
Kentucky37102.266Won 11923
LSU10167.601Lost 11916
Mississippi State11773.616Won 31913
Ole Miss11654.682Lost 21921
Missouri42.667Lost 21977
South Carolina2413.649Won 21923
Tennessee7666.535Won 11914
Texas A&M73.700Won 11958
Vanderbilt6765.508Won 11924
Totals831640.565

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Listings by UA Career Won". Retrieved 2007-02-03. 
  2. ^ a b Recognizable Class - Published in Kentucky Alumnus
  3. ^ C.M. Newton Recruiting Suite to be Dedicated Wednesday
  4. ^ C. M. Newton Bio at the Basketball Hall of Fame
  5. ^ "Wimp Sanderson". Alabama Sports Hall of Fame. Retrieved 2007-02-25. 
  6. ^ Hoops season is over for Tide. al.com]
  7. ^ Deas, Tommy and Hurt, Cecil (2009-03-27). "Anthony Grant : 'We have agreed in principle'". The Tuscaloosa News. Archived from the original on 4 April 2009. Retrieved 2009-03-27. 
  8. ^ 2013–14 Roster. Rolltide.com
  9. ^ a b c "Marks Madness". Retrieved 2007-02-04. [dead link]
  10. ^ "Marks Madness - History". Retrieved 2007-02-04. 
  11. ^ http://store.cstv.com/store_contents.cfm?store_id=485&product_id=185922
  12. ^ Roll Tide Roller Coaster
  13. ^ Alabama's records for the 1987 tournament were vacated by the NCAA.
  14. ^ Johnson, Gary; Straziscar, Sean; Senappe, Bonnie; Williams, Jeff; Buerge, Kevin (October 2007). Official 2008 NCAA Men's Basketball Records Book (PDF). National Collegiate Athletic Association. p. 51. ISSN 1089-5280 
  15. ^ "Alabama in the NCAA Tournament". 
  16. ^ "Bama in the NBA". Retrieved 2007-02-03. 

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