Alabama Crimson Tide
Despite dropping nearly 20 three-pointers in an elite shooting performance, Alabama fell to 6-3 on the season after losing to Purdue. So far, they’ve lost to the top three teams they’ve faced and have a defense nowhere near as good as last season’s. Mark Sears is playing at an All-American level in the backcourt but collectively, the frontcourt has struggled on both ends.
Transfer forward Grant Nelson has given the Tide scoring but Mohamed Wague has been underwhelming, while Nick Pringle is recently coming off a suspension. The frontcourt could use a boost before SEC play and while he’s not the kind of defender that Charles Bediako is Tomlin would like come in and start for Bama.
Creighton has looked every bit as good of a Final Four contender as predicted in the preseason. The three returning starters have been great, while Utah State transfer Steven Ashworth is starting to come into his own as the starting point guard. The one potential weakness is at power forward, with Mason Miller and Isaac Traudt splitting the minutes there.
Collectively, those two aren’t combining to average more than Arthur Kaluma did a year ago. A case can be made that Tomlin would be the ideal fill-in for a team that’s in a win-now position. He’d be a good fit next to Ryan Kalkbrenner inside and give them a great athlete against opposing forwards.