The Crimson Tide basketball team heads into a pivotal few weeks of its season as it tries to pick up some key non-conference wins on its schedule.

This week's games against Rhode Island and Arizona might be even more important after Alabama dropped its first home game to the season against UCF on Sunday night. In the latest episode of the Tide 102.9 Alabama Basketball Podcast, we recap that three-point loss and share our takeaways.

We also get the latest Tournament Tracker update with a look at RPI, Andy Katz's Power 36, KenPom ratings, and a nugget from Joe Lunardi.

The podcast also dives into the matchup with Rhode Island and why it's such an important game for the Tide now.

Our bonus topics include an NBA mock draft and why the SEC might be one of the top basketball conferences this year.

Listen to the full podcast below and make sure you subscribe on iTunes.