Bama Men Win Third Place at Nationals

The Bama men entered nationals as the number five seed. The men knew the weekend would be challenging, but had been playing some really good basketball of late. The boys opening matchup was against the four seed Missouri Tigers. The Tide came out with great confidence and energy. Missouri gave a great effort, but Alabama was able to impose their will and play their brand of basketball. It was an impressive opening round win. The final score was Alabama 60, Missouri 45.
On Friday, for the semi-final matchup, the men faced the number one seed in the tournament, the University of Texas-Arlington. UTA set an extremely high pace and put on the press early and often. The game started out close with Bama fighting off a lot of adversity. Texas Arlington was shooting lights out and started to pull away in the second half. The final score was UTA 68, Alabama 44. Even with the loss the Tide showed great fight and heart; the men fought off some tough calls and played through some injuries.
On Saturday morning the Crimson Tide were playing in the third place game against a very tough Illinois team. This game was a chance at revenge for the Tide, with Illinois winning the two previous matchups by a total of four points. The Alabama men came out with a message to send. The officials were calling a tight game and both teams were in foul trouble. The men took an early lead and carried it into the second half. Illinois got hot from three and wouldn’t go away. Bama had two of their starters foul out in the second half, so the bench had to continue to step up. The boys did not disappoint, and hit free throws down the stretch. The final score of the game was Alabama 57, Illinois 47.  The Alabama Men Ended the Season 13-11 overall and 9-9 in Conference.
The men finished the weekend 2-1 and in third place in the nation. Even though the weekend did not go exactly as well as the men wanted, they end the season on a high note. This year’s team has come drastically far from the first weekend to the last. The men proved to be one of the best teams in the nation and are primed for continued success in the future. So proud of this team! Roll Tide!