Did Alabama Move Up in the Latest AP Poll?
In the latest Associated Press (AP) Poll, the Alabama Crimson Tide Basketball team stays put at No. 4.
The Crimson Tide earned 1,347 points after their dominating 40-point victory over the 12-5 LSU Tigers. According to this week's AP Poll, Alabama is 35 points behind Purdue, (16-1) which is currently the number three team in the nation, and 110 points ahead of UCLA, which is the No. 5 team in the nation.
Even though the top four did not change, the rest of the AP Poll went through some changes. The Gonzaga Bulldogs moved up to No. 6 after defeating Portland 115-75. This move actually helps Alabama out because it proves that the Gonzaga loss earlier this year was not just a fluke.
The two biggest drops though came in the SEC. The more significant drop was the Tennessee Volunteers, who dropped from No. 5 to No.9. The drop comes because the Volunteers lost to an unranked Kentucky, at home, by a score of 63-56. The other significant drop was the Arkansas Razorbacks who fell from No. 15 to No. 25. This comes after losing to Alabama 84-69 and Vanderbilt 97-84.
Besides these few moves, there were minor changes in this week's AP Poll. Xavier and Virginia are now back in the Top 10, Arizona fell to No. 11 after losing to Oregon, UCONN dropped all the way down to No. 15 after losing to St. Johns, 85-74, and Providence fell to No. 22 after losing to Creighton, 73-67.
The final significant move would be the Auburn Tigers moving up to No. 16 after defeating Arkansas and Mississippi State in the same week. With the Tigers and the Crimson Tide winning, there is a possibility that the Iron Bowl will decide the SEC Regular Season Title.
This week Alabama has two tough games on the road. The first is against the Vanderbilt Commodores, on Tuesday, at 7:30 p.m. CST, on the SEC Network. The second is on Saturday, when the Crimson Tide take on the 13-4 Missouri Tigers, at 5:00 p.m. CST, on the SEC Network.