Alabama basketball has had a remarkable start to its season. Leaving lots of jaws on the floor, the Tide has taken down two top teams already, the first being North Carolina and the second Houston.

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After Houston took down No. 2 Virginia on Saturday, the Cougars credit their strongest win this season thus far to the lessons learned after losing to the Tide.

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“I’m not sure we are able to do that without the Alabama experience,” Head Coach Kelvin Sampson said. “Young guys, they all think they are superman, but it’s not about being superman. It is about being on a super team.”

With young players on the Alabama team such as Brandon Miller and Noah Clowney, some fans were curious to see how the team's chemistry would shift. However, the bond the team has created has led them to high-value wins this season even with the odds stacked against them.

Versus Houston, Alabama dominated offensively when they scored 44 points in the second half. This left the Cougars out of sorts for the remainder of the game, ultimately causing them a loss.

“Just keeping our composure when you get a big lead and just be mature and try not to go away from what we’ve been doing, which we did against Alabama,” J’Wan Roberts said. “We watch film and we learn. We grew from that.”

So, taking the Tide game into consideration moving forward, the Cougars took down the Cavaliers. Virginia is the highest-ranked team Houston has faced during the regular season since 2008 against No. 1 Memphis.

Alabama continues to show resilience and grit in their games, and has many more lessons to be taught this season.

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