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94 feet of intensity.
You hear it in all sports.
Defense win championships, and like the Tide on the gridiron, the hardwood Alabama team puts its focus there.
Last season the Tide defense was the best in Alabama history, along with being the best unit in the SEC and one of the best in conference history since defensive statistics began being recorded.
Alabama ranked in the top 10 in the five major defensive categories, averaging just under 10 steals a game while holding opponents to less than 39 percent from the field.
It has been the constant since Anthony Grant stepped on campus and has been the savior of this team through re-occuring offensive dry spells in games last season.
The effort on defense will allow the Crimson Tide to be in every game it plays outside of coming across a team vastly more talented than them.
One question will be how the talented newcomers fit into this defensive machine. Alabama has been starting two freshmen alongside the trio of Tony Mitchell, Trevor Releford and JaMychal Green.
Can Rodney Cooper, Levi Randolph and Trevor Lacy off the bench bring the smarts and effort needed to shut opposing teams down?
I think so. Grant would recruit a kid who isn't going to put forth that effort.
Alabama will miss the defensive rebounding and shot blocking of Chris Hines and the hard-working Andrew Steele.
The final thing is who will be another presence inside along Green? Seven foot center Moussa Gueye was to be that part, but the sophomore tore his ACL in a preseason pickup game.
Can Alabama's other seven footer, sophomore Carl Engstrom fill that void?