What is the ceiling of Alabama Basketball at full health?

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Alabama Basketball is closer to full health than it has been in a long time heading into the second round of the 2024 NCAA Tournament. 

Over the last month, Bama has not had its full array of shooters, with Latrell Wrightsell Jr. (head) and Rylan Griffen (calf) both missing extended periods of time with injuries. As a result, Alabama was left vulnerable and experienced its worst stretch of the season.

The Crimson Tide still will not be at 100 percent going forward. Unfortunately, freshman guard Davin Cosby will miss the NCAA Tournament with a fractured foot. However, Cosby plays just eight minutes per game and only joined the regular rotation after the injuries to his veteran teammates. 

Nate Oats was able to ease Wrightsell and eventually Griffen back into the lineup, and now it looks like the Tide is just about at full-go. With both of its spot-up shooters back on the court, Alabama hit 13 three-pointers on a 56.5 percent clip in its first round win over College of Charleston. 

Bama has been fairly inconsistent and tough to assess this season. When healthy, though, the Crimson Tide has proven to be one of the better teams in the country and perhaps the most explosive offensive team left in this tournament. 

So, how far can this team go?

A 109-point showing and a relatively easy win in the first round was enough to re-ignite the fan base, especially after seeing several other SEC powerhouses go down in the first round. This has been a frustrating year for the Tide in some ways, but the beautiful thing about the NCAA Tournament is that it breathes new life into those that advance with every passing round. 

With a clean slate, and a clean bill of health, the sky's the limit for this Alabama Basketball team.