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Dec 11, 2021; South Bend, Indiana, USA; Kentucky Wildcats guard Sahvir Wheeler (2) celebrates with his teammates after being fouled in the second half against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at the Purcell Pavilion. Mandatory Credit: Matt Cashore-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 11, 2021; South Bend, Indiana, USA; Kentucky Wildcats guard Sahvir Wheeler (2) celebrates with his teammates after being fouled in the second half against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at the Purcell Pavilion. Mandatory Credit: Matt Cashore-USA TODAY Sports /
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NCAA Basketball Alabama Crimson Tide Marvin Gentry-USA TODAY Sports
NCAA Basketball Alabama Crimson Tide Marvin Gentry-USA TODAY Sports /

14. Alabama Crimson Tide

It’s been a brutal past three games for the program, taking on Gonzaga, Houston, and Memphis recently. A 2-1 record is perfectly fine, although they did get handily beaten against the Tigers on Tuesday night. But that game, along with the loss to Iona in the ESPN Events Classic showed that this team can be beaten when off from three-point range.

However, when the Crimson Tide is on from deep, almost no one in NCAA Basketball can beat them. That’s what happened to Gonzaga in Seattle, as the SEC program outran them in a big program-defining victory. Jaden Shackelford had a season-high 28 points versus the Bulldogs and leads the Tide overall with nearly 20 ppg on 42% three-point shooting.

Alabama is loaded with guards all over the roster, as Jahvon Quinerly (15.1 ppg and 4.3 apg) has been great as a full-time starter, while five-star freshman JD Davison has continued to improve and been effective off the bench. And even with some of the injuries the team has gone through, role players such as Juwan Gary, Noah Gurley, Keon Ellis, and Darius Miles, and even starting center Charles Bediako have all been impressive.

This is a team with a top 10 offensive nationally with 4-5 players that can give you 20 points on a given night. The defense isn’t elite but doesn’t have to be in this fast-paced offense and wins over Gonzaga and Houston have shown the collective ceiling they have. Right now, Alabama looks like a favorite to win the SEC this season, which automatically makes them a legit Final Four contender.

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