Category Archives: Men’s Basketball

Men’s hoops gets votes, not in AP Top 25

Winning the 2K Sports Classic, including a dominant 77-55 win over Villanova to claim the title, was not enough to put the men’s basketball team in the top 25, although there were some votes for the Crimson Tide.

Alabama received 13 points in the AP’s poll, tied with Marquette and Wichita State. The No. 25 team, San Diego State, had 98 points. There were seven schools in between San Diego State and the three-way tie that included Alabama.

Of the teams ranked in the top 25, Alabama will play four of them. Missouri came in at No. 13, and the Tide will travel to Columbia to meet the Tigers on Jan. 8th.

Ahead of Missouri was Kentucky at No. 8, who will visit Coleman Coliseum on Jan. 22. Finally, Florida came in at No. 7 and will host Alabama on March 2nd.

Out of conference, Alabama will meet the Cincinnati Bearcats, who are No. 22 in this poll, on Dec. 1.

Tennessee received two points in the poll, and Alabama will meet Tennessee on Jan. 26.

For the time being, the Tide will try to make their case for the top 25 with home games against Charleston Southern and Lamar on Nov. 23 and 27, respectively.

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The top photo is courtesy of the University of Alabama’s Media Relations Department, and the bottom photo is courtesy of the University of Kentucky’s Media Relations Department.

BrettAtBama Radio: The Student Section

Yet again, Richard Lee and Alex Simpson will alongside me as I host The Student Section on 90.7 WVUA-FM today from 4-6 p.m.

This week, we’ll preview the Western Carolina game plus the other big games going on around the country, plus bring you some Alabama basketball talk and give you our Crimson Classics, as we go through Alabama football’s great history and bring some memorable games back to life.

Click here to listen from 4-6 p.m. for two hours of sports talk, or you can listen on you car radio, or any radio, in the Tuscaloosa area on 90.7 FM.

BrettAtBama Radio: The Student Section

Today from 4-6 p.m., as I do every Friday, I will be hosting The Student Section on 90.7 WVUA-FM.

With my co-hosts Richard Lee and Alex Simpson, we’ll be breaking down the Alabama-Texas A&M matchup, giving you previews of the Alabama basketball season plus the college football action coming up the next day, and give you our Crimson Classics, where we go back in time and talk about some of the great games in Alabama football history.

Be sure to click this link at 4 to hear it online, or if you’re in the Tuscaloosa area, you can hear it on the radio on 90.7.

What To Watch For: South Dakota State

I’m proud to announce a new series coming to the blog, called What To Watch For. In the day of every men’s basketball game, home or away, there will be a post detailing anywhere from 2-6 things to look out for as the Tide takes on its next opponent.

Today, as the nation begins its college basketball season, Alabama is no different as it takes on South Dakota State.

Click here to read the What To Watch For regarding today’s season opener.

Alabama coaches cash in

The University of Alabama Board of Trustees dealt with the athletic department budget today, and numerous coaches saw their stock rise. Here’s a breakdown of what changes occurred.

Men’s basketball head coach Anthony Grant got a $100,000 raise to $1.9 million and had his contract extended through March 31, 2019. His contract is now just one year shorter than that of Coach Saban’s.

Alabama gave its brand new men’s tennis coach, George Husack, a $110,000 salary. That is $10,000 more than Billy Pate, who left the Alabama job for Princeton.

Speaking of new coaches, Alabama’s new swimming and diving coach Dennis Pursley will receive $140,000 a year.

Women’s golf head coach Mic Potter was rewarded for winning the program’s first national championship last season with a $10,000 raise, moving his salary to $145,000.

Jenny Mainz, the head coach of the women’s tennis, received a $15,000 raise to $110,000 per year. Her team made the second round of the NCAA tournament last season.

Women’s soccer coach Todd Bramble also received a $15,000 raise after his team made the NCAA tournament last season. His salary is now $130,000.

Finally, the man over it all, athletics director Mal Moore, had his salary raised to $620,000 after a $31,500 raise. As it currently stands, his contract will still expire on June 30, 2014.

Twitter Thursday: Ole Miss

This week’s Twitter Thursday starts off with a freshman big man sharing in my pain as a journalist (who is inherently bad at math because, well, I’m a journalist).

Monday Night Football was all the rage on Twitter as the refs botched a call that cost the Green Bay Packers the game. The Alabama football players made their feelings known. Well known.

We also had a birthday this week, for Alabama forward Nick Jacobs. He went on a retweet spree to celebrate.

He even retweeted and responded to me.

Barrett Jones made a funny. Another funny.

Finally, Alabama celebrated another birthday, fellow big man Carl Engstrom.

BREAKING: Mitchell and Hankerson Jr. no longer on team

The Alabama basketball program took a hit today as junior forward Tony Mitchell and sophomore guard Charles Hankerson Jr. asked to be released from their scholarships, a request Anthony Grant honored. The general consensus is the two will seek to transfer elsewhere to finish their collegiate basketball careers.

The move ends the Tony Mitchell saga at Alabama, which involved a suspension for violation of team rules after the Feb. 4th game against Ole Miss and did not return.

Grant’s statement on the release: “We’re appreciative of the contributions they’ve made to our program and we wish them nothing but the absolute best as they pursue the next chapter of their lives and careers.”

The move opens up further scholarships for recruiting, as Alabama currently has no commitments for the Class of 2012, although in a tightly-contested battle for Devonta Pollard.