The Alabama Crimson Tide is one of the hottest teams in the nation … and yes I’m speaking about the basketball team led by Nate Oats, not the football group led by Nick Saban. The Tide are presently on an eight-game win streak with 7 of those games coming versus SEC opponents as Alabama Basketball sits at 7-0 in conference play, 2 games much better than LSU who is in second.

Not just is Alabama on an eight-game win streak, but they have actually won those 8 video games by a combined 142 points, with their last 3 wins over Kentucky in Lexington, Arkansas in your home, and LSU in Baton Rouge, being by a combined 81.

The Tide are scorching hot right now and showed that on Tuesday night versus a great LSU group as they set an SEC record making 23 of their 43 threes, and they put up 105 points at the same time.

It is due to the fact that of this that Alabama is presently 10th in the KenPom rankings, 10th in the NET rankings, 16th in the Coaches Survey, and 18th in the AP Survey.

In addition to all of their success as a group, John Petty has emerged as a potential Naismith Award Finalist as he is averaging 14.3 points, 5.2 rebounds, and 2.2 assists per game on 42.4% shooting beyond the arc, and 49% overall, he was likewise named the National Player of the Week recently and was when again named the SEC Player of the Week. Head Coach Nate Oats has actually also sealed himself as a contender for the Coach of the Year.

So all that being stated, are the Alabama Crimson Tide competitors for not only the SEC title but perhaps even the Final Four and a National Title?

The easy response is yes, they are. The Crimson Tide is quickly the existing favorites to win the SEC Routine Season and SEC Tournament Titles, and since of that, they have supplemented themselves as National Contenders.

Alabama is the only team in the nation to have a combined nine quadrant one, and quadrant 2 wins. They are 3-1 versus quadrant one challengers and 6-1 versus quadrant two opponents. To put that into perspective, Gonzaga has 7 quadrant one and quadrant two wins, and Baylor has 5, and those two have actually easily separated themselves as the two finest teams in the country.

That being said, not only is Alabama winning basketball video games, and doing so in persuading style, but they’re winning these games versus great groups.

With all this in mind, I think you ‘d be insane to say Alabama isn’t a contender to make it to their very first Final 4 in program history. The Crimson Tide are 26th in the country in regards to Points Per Game as they’re averaging 81.8 right now, are 21st in rebounds per video game at 41.2, and are one of the very best protective groups in the SEC also.

When you put all of that together, you have a group that could win their first regular-season conference title since 2002, their very first conference tournament title given that 1991, and maybe their very first Final 4 in program history.

As crazy as it sounds, that is where this Alabama group sits, they are a team that does not simply have aspirations of making the tournament, they have actually transcended themselves into a group with aspirations of hanging banners this season.