The last decade has seen some high points but mostly disappointments when it comes to Alabama Basketball. Today, we will focus on some of the good times that Alabama experienced, by looking at the best wins from the previous 10 years for the Tide, Anthony Grant will no doubt hope that he can lead to the Tide to new heights in the coming years.
2002 'Bama 64 Kentucky 61-Alabama showed the Cats who the kings of the SEC would be in 2002 by taking care of business in Rupp Arena
2004 'Bama 45 UGA 42-Antoine Pettway hit a 3 at the buzzer to win in Athens
2004 'Bama 72 Arkansas 68-Alabama trailed by 20 in the 2nd half, rallied late to force overtime on an Antoine Pettway 3 pointer and won the game in the extra session in Fayetteville
2001 'Bama 100 Louisville 71 Not often that the Tide can stomp a traditional hoops powerhouse, but Denny Crum's Cards took a beat down in Coleman
2006-'Bama 92 Tennessee 71/'Bama 82 Florida 77- In the span of a week, the Tide behind a great performance by Ronald Steele ripped apart UT and became the last team to beat Florida before they won the National Title in 2006
First big win of the Anthony Grant era came at the hands of Baylor in Orlando, Florida. The Tide fought back and defeated a team that became one of the best in the country during the '09-10 season when they advanced to the Elite 8.
Anthony Brock drove all night from a funeral in Arkansas to reach Knoxville for an early Sunday Morning tip-off and it was well worth it. Interim coach Phillip Pearson's squad scratched and clawed their way to a lead for most of the game only to find themselves tied in the final seconds at 67. Brock made a mad dash and banked in a winning 3 at the buzzer from just inside half court to silence the sell out crowd at Thompson-Boling Arena.
This was the largest blow out in SEC Tournament History as a battle tested Alabama squad led by Chuck Davis, Earnest Shelton and Antoine Pettway completely dismantled Buzz Peterson's Vols in the Georgia Dome
Big stage, big game. Crimson ran wild in Madison Square Garden as Erwin Dudley and Mo Williams dismantled 2002 Final 4 particpant Oklahoma. The Tide built a substantial lead in front of Dick Vitale on ESPN and coasted to a win that would help propel them to the school's only #1 ranking a few weeks later and also turned out to be a key non-conference win to allow the Tide to sneak into the NCAA tournament.
Alabama, which struggled to just an 8-6 record headed into the game a week after losing Chuck Davis to a season ending injury. The Tide marched into Rupp Arena and silenced 24,000 Blue Haired fans and Ashley Judd behind strong play from Freshmen Jermareo Davidson and Alonzo Gee. The win was a spring board for the rest of the season, as 'Bama won 10 games in SEC play and made the NCAA tournament.
In a first round NCAA Tournament Game in Seattle, Alabama fought a defensive minded Saluki team in a classic 8/9 match up that was won on an Antoine Pettway floater in the lane propelling the Tide to a win and a match up with top seed Stanford.
In a 10/7 match up, Alabama's Jean Felix erupted for 31 points (1 rebound & no assists) as the Tide upset Marquette in San Diego. The game was delayed for about an hour due to a bomb scare/suspicous package. The only bombs to be found were the ones Felix was dropping from the 3 point line.
A historic night in Phoenix, Arizona as Alabama advanced to Elite 8 for the first and only time in school history by dispatching of the 2003 National Champion Syracuse. The Tide got off to a great start with Earnest Shelton dropping three shots from beyond the arc in the opening minutes to bust up the Orange's vaunted 2-3 zone. Chuck Davis was a beast in the low post down the stretch as Syracuse had to switch to man and could not contain Selma, AL native. Kennedy Winston & Antoine Pettway had steady games and the Tide advanced.
Alabama fought back from a double digit deficit in the final 7 minutes and upset Josh Childress and #1 seed Stanford in Seattle to advance to the Sweet 16. 'Bama shot extremely well from the free throw line to stay in the game and had some timely 3 point shooting from Kennedy Winston, Antoine Pettway and Earnest Shelton down the stretch to comeback and win to become the talk of the basketball world.
This is the only game Daniel Moore ever made a basketball print for. The win clinched the 2002 SEC Championship for Alabama, its first in 15 years. 'Bama fought back late from a double digit deficit and claimed the win at the buzzer as Antoine Pettway received as pass along the baseline from Earnest Shelton and hit a lay up before Udonis Haslem could recover and block the shot at the buzzer. The 15,000 fans in Coleman were sent into a frenzy (I still have a mark on my leg from hitting the seat in front of me and jumping into the air as I sat in row 20 from behind the basket where all of this took place). Fans stormed the court and with the majority hanging around for 30 plus minutes to listen to the post game show about the red shoe wearing, walk ons heroics