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Alabama Crimson Tide
Alabama Crimson Tide athletic logo

University University of Alabama
Conference SEC
Western Division
Location Tuscaloosa, AL
Head coach Anthony Grant (1st year)
Arena Coleman Coliseum
(Capacity: 15,316)
Nickname Crimson Tide
Colors Crimson and White

             

Uniforms
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Home jersey
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Team colours
Home
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Away jersey
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Away
NCAA Tournament Elite Eight
2004
NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen
1976, 1982, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1990, 1991, 2004
NCAA Tournament appearances
1975, 1976, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1994, 1995, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006
Conference tournament champions
1934, 1982, 1987, 1989, 1990, 1991
Conference regular season champions
1934, 1956, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1987, 2002

The Alabama Crimson Tide men's basketball program has been overshadowed for most of its history by football, even though it trails only Kentucky in SEC basketball wins, SEC tournament titles, and regular season titles. They are now headed by head coach Anthony Grant. In recent years, the men's basketball program has again risen in stature nationally under former coach Mark Gottfried, achieving a No. 1 national ranking briefly in 2003. Further, UA has once again become a regular conference basketball contender, much as it was in the 1980s and early 1990s under the direction of Wimp Sanderson and the 70s under C. M. Newton. Alabama has 8 NCAA Sweet 16 appearances and in the 2003-04 season, the men's team reached the Elite Eight in the NCAA tournament; they ended up losing to eventual champion, Connecticut.

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History

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Former Coaches

Former coaches with at least five years include: C.M. Newton (1969-1980); Wimp Sanderson (1981-1992) - Alabama's winningest coach (69.2%); David Hobbs (1992-1998); Mark Gottfried (1998-2009).[1]

C. M. Newton

In 1968, legendary football coach Paul "Bear" Bryant called Kentucky coach Adolph Rupp looking for someone to turn around Alabama's basketball program. Rupp recommended C. M. Newton, a former backup player at Kentucky who had been at Transylvania University for 12 years.[2] In twelve seasons at Alabama, Newton led the Tide to a record of 211-123. The Crimson Tide won three straight SEC titles under Newton (1974, 1975, and 1976), the only program besides Kentucky to accomplish this feat.[2] Newton also guided Alabama to four NIT and two NCAA tournament berths, prompting the school to name a recruiting suite in his honor in 2006.[3]

Just as he did at Transylvania, Newton recruited Alabama's first black player, Wendell Hudson, in 1969, integrating his second team in as many coaching stops.[4]

Wimp Sanderson

Newton resigned as head coach after the 1980-81 season to become assistant commissioner of the SEC. He was succeeded by his top assistant, Wimp Sanderson. He had been at Alabama since 1960 as a graduate assistant to Newton's predecessor, Hayden Riley; he was named a full-fledged assistant in 1961. In 12 years as head coach his teams averaged 21.8 wins a year, with a 267-119 record, and they won 4 SEC tournaments. They played in one NIT and eight NCAA tournaments making the "Sweet 16" five times. Sanderson is the only coach in Alabama history to win 200 or more games in his first 10 years. He was the SEC Coach of the Year in 1987, 1989 and 1990, and was the National Coach of the Year in 1987.[5]

Mark Gottfried

Mark Gottfried (1998-2009)
Season Overall Record SEC Record Postseason
1998-1999 17-15 7-11 NIT 1st Round
1999-2000 13-16 6-10 None
2000-01 25-11 8-8 NIT Final Four
2001-02 27-8 12-4 NCAA 2nd round
2002-03 17-12 7-9 NCAA 1st Round
2003-04 20-13 8-8 NCAA Elite Eight
2004-05 24-8 12-4 NCAA 1st Round
2005-06 18-13 10-6 NCAA 2nd round
2006-07 20-12 7-9 NIT 1st Round
2007-08 17-16 5-11 Declined invitation to CBI[6]
2008-09 12-7 2-3 Resigned mid-season.
Overall record: 210-130 (.618)

Mark Gottfried served as the Crimson Tide's the head coach from the 1998-1999 season until mid-way through the 2008-2009 season.[1] Gottfried played 3 seasons of basketball at Alabama under Wimp Sanderson, and the Crimson Tide advanced to the Sweet Sixteen in each of those seasons. He was hired by Alabama in March of 1998 after coaching at Murray State for three seasons. Under increasing negativity around the basketball program, Gottfried resigned on January 26, 2009 with 11 regular season games still remaining on the teams schedule.

The Crimson Tide achieved the highest pinnacle ever for the school in both the NCAA Championship Tournament and the Associated Press Poll reaching the Elite Eight in the tournament in 2004 and reaching the No. 1 spot in the nation in the AP poll in 2002, both under Mark Gottfried's command.

Gottfried lead the Tide to its only SEC Championship under his watch during the 2001-2002 season, although the team never won a conference tournament championship during his tenure. For his efforts in 2002, Gottfried was named SEC Coach of the Year by both the Associated Press and his fellow Southeastern Conference coaches. Perhaps his biggest accomplishment as coach at Alabama was leading the Crimson Tide to five consecutive NCAA tournaments from 2002-2006, another first for the school that occurred under his watch.

After the 2006 NCAA tournament Alabama would begin on a slide that would eventually lead to Mark Gottfried's resignation. The team's lone All-American, Ronald Steele was injured half way through the 2006-2007 season which ended any chances the team had making a run at the NCAA tournament. Steele decided to take a medical-redshirt during what would have been his senior season, to attempt a stronger physical comeback and the chance to play with his brother Andrew who had committed to play for the Crimson Tide. The surprising play of forward Richard Hendrix provided some optimism that the team might be successful without Steele, however the team would finish with 5-11 conference record and fall to Mississippi State after upsetting Florida in the infamous 2008 SEC tournament in which a tornado hit the Georgia Dome during overtime of the Alabama - Mississippi State game. The fans would gain optimism in the program once again as the return of Ronald Steele showed promise and the team was projected to win the SEC West. However the Tide would have an immediate let down, losing its first regular season game to Mercer. Ronald Steele who would suffer another injury during the season and decided to leave the team. Steele would later reveal that he did not leave the team because of his injury. This lead to speculation that he was not satisfied with the direction of the team under Mark Gottfried. With the combination of the Steele controversy and a loss to Kentucky in which the Tide had led most of the game, Mark Gottfried resigned.

After Gottfried's resignation Athletic Director Mal Moore named long time Alabama assistant and former player, Philip Pearson as interim head coach to serve out the remainder of the 2009 season.

Anthony Grant

On March 27, 2009 Anthony Grant agreed in principle to become the twentieth Crimson Tide head men's basketball coach.[7] Grant comes to Alabama after serving as the head coach at Virginia Commonwealth University from 2006 to 2009. In his three years at VCU, Grant lead the Rams to three straight regular season Colonial Athletic Association championships and two CAA tournament championships. Before his stint at VCU, Grant served as Billy Donovan's top assistant for 12 years at Marshall and Florida, helping the Gators to their first ever national championship.

Fan support

Mark's Madness

Mark's Madness is a student organization named after former Crimson Tide coach Mark Gottfried.[8] It was created by Alabama students David Knight, Daniel Shumate, Dave Garner, and Chris Yarbrough in January of 2000 in an attempt to create a more exciting atmosphere in Coleman Coliseum.[9] The group, consisting entirely of University of Alabama students, makes the atmosphere at home games lively, fun and exciting.[8]

The primary goal of Mark's Madness is to produce a difficult environment in Coleman Coliseum for opposing teams. Alabama’s home record speaks for itself. Since 2000, the Crimson Tide is an astounding 111-17 in Coleman Coliseum going into the 2007-08 season.[8]

Members of the group are among Bama's most loyal hoops fans and follow the Tide all over the country. The group purchases tickets to all SEC road games, as well as most non-conference games, which are available to members either for free or at a discounted price. In 2006, members Hunter Johnson, Jacob Batson, and Reed Watson drove without an overnight stop from Tuscaloosa to San Diego to catch Alabama' play in the NCAA tournament. In 2006, the group took over 30 students to South Bend, IN for a Thursday night game against Notre Dame. That same year, president Hunter Johnson made it all the way to St. Thomas, VI to watch the Tide win the Paradise Jam. And each year, a bus full of "Mark's Madness" members hit the road for at least one SEC game.[8]

Mark's Madness was unofficial during the first year, but became an official student organization the following season, attracting around 500 members. The organization continued to grow, as did the number of wins for the Crimson Tide. By year three, Mark's Madness became the largest student organization on campus with over 700 members. For the 2006-2007 season, Mark's Madness, now in its 7th year, reached its maximum allowed membership of 1,000 for the second straight year.[9] The group was named the New Student Organization of the Year for the 2000-2001 school year. "Mark's Madness" was the largest student organization on campus as of 2007.[8]

The end of Mark Gottfried's tenure also meant the end of Mark's Madness. The group officially disbanded once Mark Gottfried resigned and was informally known as "The Group Formerly Known as Mark's Madness". After the new coach, Anthony Grant, was hired, a group of senior students approached the UA Marketing Department in the summer 2009 about resurrecting the student section. After talks during the summer, construction of the new student section began.

Crimson Chaos

During the first exhibition game of the 2009 season, it was announced that the name of the new student organization would be named, Crimson Chaos.

Players

Current Tide players

Number Name Position Height Weight Year Home town Last School
1 Anthony Brock Guard 5-9 165 Senior Little Rock, Ark. Itawamba CC
2 Mikhail Torrance Guard 6-5 210 Senior Eight Mile, Ala. Mary Montgomery HS
5 Tony Mitchell Forward 6-6 185 Freshman Swainsboro, Ga. Central Park Christian HS
10 Ben Eblen Guard 6-1 180 Freshman Isle of Palms, S.C. Florida Air Academy
20 Greg Cage Guard 6-4 212 Senior Indianapolis, Ind. Bishop Chatard HS
21 Senario Hillman Guard 6-1 192 Junior Irwinton, Ga. Wilkinson County HS
23 Demetrius Jemison Forward 6-8 240 Senior Birmingham, Ala. Huffman HS
24 Charvez Davis Guard 6-3 190 Junior Montgomery, Ala. Northwest Florida State College
25 Andrew Steele Guard 6-3 215 Sophomore Birmingham, Ala. John Carroll HS
32 JaMychal Green Forward 6-9 220 Sophomore Montgomery, Ala. St. Jude HS
40 Justin Knox Forward 6-9 240 Junior Tuscaloosa, Ala. Central HS
44 Chris Hines Forward 6-8 220 Junior Evergreen, Ala. Southwestern Illinois CC

For 2009-2010 season, from RollTide.com[10]

Tide Alumni currently in the NBA

Name Team Class
Antonio McDyess San Antonio Spurs 1997
Gerald Wallace Charlotte Bobcats 2004
Maurice Williams Cleveland Cavaliers 2005
Alonzo Gee† Austin Toros 2009

† Denotes NBA Development League
Source: Rolltide.com Tide Alumnus list[11]

NCAA Tournament

Alabama has appeared in the NCAA Tournament 19 times. They reached the Sweet Sixteen eight times[12][13] and the Elite Eight once in 2004. Alabama has an overall NCAA Tournament record of 20-19.[14]

Arena Information

Front view of Coleman Coliseum

The Tide practice and play in Coleman Coliseum, 15,043-seat multi-purpose arena in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. The arena was built for $4.2 million and opened in 1968 as a replacement for the aging Foster Auditorium. A renovation in 2005 led to additional seating being added. The arena now officially seats 15,314 people.

Coleman Coliseum was named for Jefferson Jackson Coleman, a prominent alumnus. Until his death, in 1995 he was the only person that had attended every Alabama bowl game, starting with the Rose Bowl game on 1926 January 1. Prior to 1990, the building was known as Memorial Coliseum.

References

  1. ^ a b "Listings by UA Career Won". http://www.rolltide.com/fls/8000/files/mbasketball/history/Alabama_Head_Coaches_All_Time.pdf?DB_OEM_ID=8000. Retrieved 2007-02-03.  
  2. ^ a b Recognizable Class - Published in Kentucky Alumnus
  3. ^ C.M. Newton Recruiting Suite to be Dedicated Wednesday
  4. ^ C. M. Newton Bio at the Basketball Hall of Fame
  5. ^ "Wimp Sanderson". Alabama Sports Hall of Fame. http://www.ashof.org/index.php?src=directory&view=company&srctype=display&back=company&id=230&category=Basketball&submenu=Inductees&pos=0,15,14&PHPSESSID=4558f07a5692c8f5eb8069936dd5870d. Retrieved 2007-02-25.  
  6. ^ Hoops season is over for Tide. al.com]
  7. ^ Deas, Tommy and Hurt, Cecil (2009-03-27). "Anthony Grant : 'We have agreed in principle'". The Tuscaloosa News. http://www.tuscaloosanews.com/article/20090327/NEWS/903279935/1007?Title=Anthony-Grant-We-have-agreed-in-principle-. Retrieved 2009-03-27.  
  8. ^ a b c d e "Marks Madness". http://www.rolltide.com/ViewArticle.dbml?&DB_OEM_ID=8000&ATCLID=239867. Retrieved 2007-02-04.  
  9. ^ a b "Marks Madness - History". http://bama.ua.edu/~mmadness/history.html. Retrieved 2007-02-04.  
  10. ^ "2009-10 Alabama Men's Basketball Roster." rolltide.com. Retrieved on December 8, 2009.
  11. ^ "Bama in the NBA work=". 2005-02-02. http://www.rolltide.com/ViewArticle.dbml?&DB_OEM_ID=8000&ATCLID=239596. Retrieved 2007-02-03.  
  12. ^ Alabama's records for the 1987 tournament were vacated by the NCAA.
  13. ^ Johnson, Gary; Straziscar, Sean; Senappe, Bonnie; Williams, Jeff; Buerge, Kevin (October 2007) (PDF), Official 2008 NCAA Men's Basketball Records Book, National Collegiate Athletic Association, pp. p. 51, ISSN 1089-5280, http://www.ncaa.org/library/records/basketball/m_basketball_records_book/2008/2008_m_basketball_records.pdf  
  14. ^ "Alabama in the NCAA Tournament". http://www.rolltide.com/fls/8000/files/mbasketball/2007-08/mediaguide/153-163.pdf?&DB_OEM_ID=8000.  

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