Alabama Basketball peaking when it matters most

Charleston v Alabama
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Alabama is clearly playing its best basketball of the season as it prepares for its second-ever Elite 8 game.

The Crimson Tide advanced to the Sweet 16 with a sneakily impressive first weekend performance; despite facing two double-digit seeds, Alabama displayed grit, resilience, and versatility in its two wins.

Bama leaned on its season-long strengths of offensive pace and three-point shooting to take down College of Charleston in the first round, then showed the ability to win a defensive struggle against a scrappy Grand Canyon team. 

Facing numerous doubters in the Sweet 16, Alabama put it all together against top-seeded North Carolina in Los Angeles. In one fell swoop, the Tide put forth its most complete performance of the season, finally beat an elite opponent, and ultimately notched what may have been the most important win in program history.

Now, it moves on to face Clemson for a chance to move on to the Final Four.

Alabama Basketball not done yet

The Crimson Tide looks to continue making history, and will do just that with a win over Clemson tonight. Bama Hoops has never reached the Final Four, and it has never had a better opportunity to do so than the one it has now. 

The fact that Clemson beat Alabama in the regular season, along with the two schools’ recent football rivalry, serve to add interesting storylines but won’t have an impact on the game. 

If Alabama can play high-level basketball on both ends of the floor like it did against North Carolina, it should be able to assert itself against another ACC opponent in the Tigers. Bama is playing with a carefree confidence that is allowing it to thrive in Nate Oats’ player-friendly system, and it is proving to have near-limitless potential.

This Alabama Basketball team will already go down in the history books and will be remembered forever for what it has accomplished to this point. However, the Tide is not done rolling just yet.