Bama Hoops Drops in Latest AP Poll
In Monday’s latest AP Poll, the Alabama Crimson Tide (14-4, 9-0) slipped one spot to No. 10. This comes just two days after ’Bama fell to the No. 24 Oklahoma Sooners 66-61 in the Big 12/SEC Challenge. This non-conference victory for Oklahoma shot the Sooners up to No. 9, leapfrogging them over the Crimson Tide.
While Alabama may have dropped their first game since December 19, the Crimson Tide remain perfect in SEC play. A feat that has not been accomplished since the 1955-56 basketball season for Alabama.
2021 has been a season of leaps and bounds for the Crimson Tide- for now, the second week in a row, ’Bama sits in the top 10 of the AP Poll. This the first time that the team has remained in the top 10 in consecutive weeks since the 2006-07 season.
Head Coach Nate Oats’s squad will put their ranking to the test again on Wednesday when they will resume conference play against the LSU Tigers in Coleman Coliseum. The game is scheduled for 6 p.m. on ESPN2. It will also be broadcasted live on 95.3 The Bear.
Looking forward to later in the week, Alabama will be traveling to Columbia, Missouri on Saturday for a matchup with the No. 18-ranked Tigers. Mizzou was previously ranked No. 12, but a loss last Tuesday in Auburn caused a drop in ranking.
With around a month left, the Crimson Tide has nine games, including this week’s, before the regular-season conference title is crowned. If Alabama can win this, they will have an automatic bid in March Madness. They are currently in first place in the SEC with a three-game lead over the Florida Gators.