Alabama Basketball: Anthony Grant Has Alabama Firing on All Cylinders

Rick GillispieCorrespondent IINovember 16, 2011

NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 31:  Head coach Anthony Grant of the Alabama Crimson Tide shouts to his team against the Wichita State Shockers during the 2011 NIT Championship game on March 31, 2011 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Wichita State defeated Alabama 66-57.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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Alabama Coach Anthony Grant has his No. 15-ranked Crimson Tide firing on all cylinders after two games. On November 11, Alabama destroyed North Florida by 20 points before defeating Oakland on Monday by 17.

Alabama is lead by senior JaMychal Green. Green is leading the Tide with 18 PPG. Junior Tony Mitchell is also a key competent for the Tide. His 14.5 PPG and 9.5 RPG are another reason why Alabama is favored to win the SEC West.

Alabama will have a tougher battle in their next game. The Crimson Tide will tackle Maryland on Thursday in the Puerto Rico Tip-Off. Alabama is favored to meet Purdue in the tourney final.

Grant is in his third year as Alabama's head coach. He came in at 42-27 overall at Alabama and 118-52 overall in his career. With the help of Green and Mitchell, Alabama will easily make the NCAA Tourney as long as freshmen Trevor Lacey and Levi Randolph provide a spark. 

With the SEC needing more quality teams in the NCAA Tourney, the growth of Alabama is a blessing for the conference.