Alabama men's basketball head coach Nate Oats has been named a finalist for the Jim Phelan Coach of the Year Award.

"The Jim Phelan Award, which is presented annually to the nation's top Division I coach, is named in honor of a legendary bow-tied coach who spent his entire career at Mount Saint Mary’s University," said the press release. 

He has led Alabama to a 26-5 overall record, including 16-2 in conference play, has beaten to then-No. 1 teams in the nation, and has been ranked all season long, reaching as high as No. 1.

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The 48-year-old is one of 20 head coaches to be named a finalist.

Oats joins Kennesaw State's Amir Abdur-Rahim, Howard's Kenny Blakeney, Clemson's Brad Bronwell, Pittsburgh's Jeff Capel, Northwestern's Chris Collins, UCLA's Mick Cronin, Drake's Darian DeVries, Charleston's Pat Kelsey, Miami's Jim Larranaga, Florida Atlantic's Dustin May, San Jose State's Tim Miles, Oral Roberts' Paul Mills, Purdue's Matt Painter, Houston's Kelvin Sampson, Marquette's Shaka Smart, Vanderbilt's Jerry Stackhouse, Kansas State's Jerome Tang, Texas' Rodney Terry, and Fordham's Keith Urgo.

The winner will be named later in the month.

The Alabama Crimson Tide men's basketball team will play in the quarterfinals of the 2023 SEC Tournament on Friday, March 10, 2023, at noon CST. The team's opponent has yet to be determined. Coverage will be on Tide 100.9 FM and the Tide 100.9 app which is free to download in the App Store.

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