Two weeks ago, the Alabama men's basketball team was unranked nationally despite leading the SEC standings and getting big props in NET rankings used by the NCAA Committee.

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Things have changed.

Last week Nate Oats' team was No. 24 in the AP.

This week, Alabama is No. 16 in both the AP and coaches polls.

Also Monday, SEC Player of the Year candidate Mark Sears reeled in yet another honor, this one from Dick Vitale:

No. 16 Alabama plays at No. 12 Auburn for chapter two of the Iron Bowl of Basketball Wednesday with a tip time of 6 p.m. CT. You can listen to that game both on Tide 100.9 and 95.3 The Bear.

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