Is Alabama Basketball Better off Today Than Four Years Ago?
Four years ago, the University of Alabama parted ways with Anthony Grant after six seasons of leading the Crimson Tide men’s basketball program.
He went117-85 and took the program to one NCAA Tournament appearance along with three NIT appearances in his six seasons with Alabama.
Following Grant's departure, then athletic director Bill Battle swung and missed on Wichita State head coach Gregg Marshall then landed former NBA point guard and head coach Avery Johnson to lead the program.
After showing flashes of potential in his first two seasons, Johnson recruited Collin Sexton who helped lead the Crimson Tide to their first NCAA Tournament victory since 2006.
Going into the SEC Tournament, bracketologists Joe Lunardi from ESPN and Jerry Palm from CBS Sports have Alabama on the bubble but one of the first four teams out of the NCAA Tournament field in their latest projections.
In each of Johnson's first four seasons, the Crimson Tide has been on the bubble as to getting in or out of the tournament.
Another trend for the program under the former NBA head coach has been the brutal finishes to the season. This year, Alabama lost their last three games and six of eight to close the season. Last season, they lost five in a row going into the SEC Tournament. In Johnson's second season, the Crimson Tide lost three of their last four regular seasons games and in his first season, lost four of their last five regular season games.
Going into the SEC Tournament, Johnson is 74-60 in four seasons with Alabama with one NCAA Tournament appearance and two NIT appearances.
With questions concerning whether Avery Johnson is the guy to take Alabama basketball to greatness, fans had the opportunity to vote in a Gary Harris Show question of the day regarding whether the program is better off today than it was four years ago when he took over in Tuscaloosa.
Alabama basketball tips off at the SEC Tournament Thursday at 6 PM against Ole Miss on Tide 102.9/100.9.