Alabama Basketball: The Crimson Tide Take Aim on This Season's First Title

Damon YoungCorrespondent IINovember 19, 2011



These are accomplishments that mark success no matter how small they are, which is especially important when you are trying to re-build program.

Alabama basketball has an opportunity to capture a championship in only its fifth game of the season.

Yes, it's just the Puerto Rico Tip-off, but when you want to get where many other programs are you enter a tournament to win it and that's exactly the position Anthony Grant and company are in.

It started Thursday night with a dominating performance against Maryland.

Alabama defeated the Terrapins 62-42 with their strong defense, holding the Terps under 27 percent from the field.

The Tide continued things Friday evening by avenging their NIT loss to Wichita State and defeating the Shockers 70-60.

The shining star in this tournament has been Tony Mitchell. He's averaging 21.5 points in the first two games and really took over against Maryland, while JaMychal Green spent the majority of that contest on the bench due to foul trouble.

Ultimately it doesn't matter who is getting the points for Alabama, as the Tide come with relentless defensive effort no matter who has the hot hand scoring.

Their opponent in Sunday's Final? Purdue.

A team that has scored 91 and 85 points in their wins over Iona and Temple.

So what will give? Alabama's defense or the Boilermaker's potent scoring attack? Whoever it is walks away with some early season hardware and nice step up in this very young college basketball season.