At the beginning of the season, there was no doubt that the Alabama Crimson Tide were going to be the best team in the SEC West. The only discussion surrounded the SEC East and whether any team in the West could compete.
However, the SEC got caught up in the hype of the Ole Miss Rebels and the Marshall Henderson show – forgetting that Alabama was still even around. The Crimson Tide has taken the opportunity of all the attention being focused on the Rebels to slowly move back to second place in the SEC, top team in the West, and are now eyeing the top of the SEC.
Alabama is the only team in the SEC with hopes of catching the Florida Gators (the Gators and the Crimson Tide play March 2nd). Although the Gators should win easily, a few weeks ago it would have sounded absurd to even say that the Crimson Tide would be in a position like that.
The Crimson Tide is known for its talented Guards Trevor Lacey and Trevor Releford, but what has really turned Alabama into competitors in the SEC is the improving play of Rodney Cooper. He continues to get better and better at rebounding – something Guards are not normally known for.
Although Alabama may not win the SEC this season – Florida is way too talented and on an unwavering path to the Final Four – the Crimson Tide returns all starters and all but one player total next season. If Releford stays, Alabama looks like the team on the rise in the future of the SEC and are on a path to the NCAA tournament this season.