Alabama Crimson Tide Basketball Coach Anthony Grant Making Impact in SEC

Joe TroncaleContributor IFebruary 7, 2011

University of Alabama Head Coach Anthony Grant
University of Alabama Head Coach Anthony GrantAndy Lyons/Getty Images

When Anthony Grant took over the reins of Alabama Crimson Tide basketball, everyone knew he was a great coach at Virginia Commonwealth. His team upset Duke in the NCAA tournament. He had a great recruiting reputation when he was at the University of Florida. But I doubt that even his most ardent supporters expected him to have led the Tide past Kentucky and Tennessee at this point in the season. 

Alabama (17-7) has won all but one of its SEC games thus far, losing only to Arkansas. 

Coach Grant has the team playing solid defense and the offense is scoring nearly 68 points per game. Rebounding is strong with the Tide 39th in the country at this time.

More importantly, however, they have won some very tough games on the road against Mississippi State, Auburn and, most recently, Tennessee in overtime.

Upcoming are games with ranked teams such as Vanderbilt as well as Coach Grant's former coaching home, the University of Florida.

Regardless of the outcome of the rest of the season, Alabama basketball appears to be headed in an extremely positive direction. With Coach Grant's recruiting skills and coaching abilities, the future looks bright for Alabama basketball.