2017–18 Alabama Crimson Tide men's basketball team

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2017–18 Alabama Crimson Tide men's basketball
Alabama Crimson Tide logo.svg
NCAA Tournament, Second Round
Conference Southeastern Conference
2017–18 record 20–16 (8–10 SEC)
Head coach Avery Johnson (3rd season)
Assistant coach John Pelphrey (2nd season)
Assistant coach Antoine Pettway (5th season)
Assistant coach Yasir Rosemond (1st season)
Home arena Coleman Coliseum
(Capacity: 15,383)
Seasons
2017–18 Southeastern Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
No. 19 Auburn 13 5   .722     26 8   .765
No. 13 Tennessee 13 5   .722     26 9   .743
No. 23 Florida 11 7   .611     21 13   .618
No. 18 Kentucky 10 8   .556     26 11   .703
Missouri 10 8   .556     20 13   .606
Arkansas 10 8   .556     23 12   .657
Mississippi State 9 9   .500     25 12   .676
Texas A&M 9 9   .500     22 13   .629
Alabama 8 10   .444     20 16   .556
LSU 8 10   .444     18 15   .545
Georgia 7 11   .389     18 15   .545
South Carolina 7 11   .389     17 16   .515
Vanderbilt 6 12   .333     12 20   .375
Ole Miss 5 13   .278     12 20   .375
2018 SEC Tournament winner
Rankings from AP Poll

The 2017–18 Alabama Crimson Tide men's basketball team (variously "Alabama", "UA", "Bama" or "The Tide") represented the University of Alabama in the 2017–18 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. The team was led by third-year head coach Avery Johnson and played its home games at Coleman Coliseum in Tuscaloosa, Alabama as a member of the Southeastern Conference. They finished the season 20–16, 8–10 in SEC play to finish in a tie for ninth place, they defeated Texas A&M and Auburn in the SEC Tournament before losing in the semifinals to Kentucky. They received an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament where they defeated Virginia Tech in the First Round before losing in the Second Round to Villanova.

Previous season[edit]

The Crimson Tide finished the 2016–17 season 19–15 overall and 10–8 in SEC play to finish in a tie for fifth place. They defeated Mississippi State and South Carolina to advance to the semifinals of the SEC Tournament where they lost to Kentucky. They received an invitation to the National Invitation Tournament where they lost in the first round to Richmond.

Off-season[edit]

Departures[edit]

Name Pos. Height Weight Year Hometown Reason for Departure
Corban Collins G 6'3" 190 RS Senior High Point, NC Graduated.
Bola Olaniyan F 6'7" 235 RS Senior Lagos, Nigeria Graduated.
Shannon Hale F 6'8" 233 Senior Johnson City, TN Graduated.
Jimmie Taylor G 6'10" 248 Senior Greensboro, AL Graduated.
Nick King G/F 6'7" 225 RS Junior Memphis, TN Transferred to Middle Tennessee.[1]
Brandon Austin G 6'5" 197 Sophomore Montgomery, AL Transferred to Samford.[1]

2017 recruiting class[edit]

US college sports recruiting information for high school athletes
Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight Commit date
Herb Jones
SG
Moundville, AL Hale County High School 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 183 lb (83 kg) Oct 6, 2016 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247Sports:3/5 stars    ESPN:3/5 stars   ESPN grade: 79
Alex Reese
PF
Pelham, AL Pelham High School 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 225 lb (102 kg) Oct 6, 2016 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247Sports:4/5 stars    ESPN:4/5 stars   ESPN grade: 82
Galin Smith
C
Clinton, MS Clinton High School 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 220 lb (100 kg) Oct 7, 2016 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports:3/5 stars    ESPNN/A   ESPN grade: NR
John Petty
SG
Huntsville, AL Jemison High School 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 180 lb (82 kg) Oct 10, 2016 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247Sports:4/5 stars    ESPN:5/5 stars   ESPN grade: 93
Collin Sexton
PG
Mableton, GA Pebblebrook High School 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 182 lb (83 kg) Oct 10, 2016 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:5/5 stars   Rivals:5/5 stars   247Sports:5/5 stars    ESPN:5/5 stars   ESPN grade: 95
Overall recruiting rankings: Scout: 6   Rivals: 6  247Sports: 7  ESPN: 8
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height and weight.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.

Sources:

Future recruits[edit]

2018–19 team recruits[edit]

Roster[edit]

2017–18 Alabama Crimson Tide men's basketball team
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Height Weight Year Previous school Hometown
F 0 Donta Hall 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 232 lb (105 kg) Jr Luverne HS Luverne, AL
G/F 1 Riley Norris Injured 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 207 lb (94 kg) Sr Albertville HS Albertville, AL
G 2 Collin Sexton 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 190 lb (86 kg) Fr Pebblebrook HS Mableton, GA
F 3 Alex Reese 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 250 lb (113 kg) Fr Pelham HS Pelham, AL
F/C 4 Daniel Giddens 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 245 lb (111 kg) RS So Ohio State Mableton, GA
G 5 Avery Johnson Jr. 5 ft 11 in (1.8 m) 190 lb (86 kg) RS Jr Texas A&M Houston, TX
G 10 Herb Jones 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 198 lb (90 kg) Fr Hale County HS Greensboro, AL
G/F 11 Tevin Mack Current redshirt 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 215 lb (98 kg) Jr Texas Columbia, SC
G 12 Dazon Ingram 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 208 lb (94 kg) RS So Theodore HS Theodore, AL
G 22 Ar'Mond Davis 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 193 lb (88 kg) Sr Southern Idaho Tacoma, WA
G 23 John Petty 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 180 lb (82 kg) Fr Jemison HS Huntsville, AL
G 24 Lawson Schaffer (W) 5 ft 11 in (1.8 m) 168 lb (76 kg) Jr Cullman HS Cullman, AL
F 25 Braxton Key 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 225 lb (102 kg) So Oak Hill Academy Decatur, GA
F 30 Galin Smith 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 233 lb (106 kg) Fr Clinton HS Clinton, MS
F 33 Landon Fuller (W) 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 222 lb (101 kg) So Brentwood Academy Brentwood, TN
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)
Strength and conditioning coach(es)

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • (W) Walk-on

Roster
Last update: 2017-07-24

Schedule and results[edit]

On November 25, 2017, Alabama would wind up having one of the strangest moments of NCAA basketball history, during their game against #14 ranked Minnesota Golden Gophers, Alabama's bench players would get engaged in a scuffle with Minnesota's players in the second half, which resulted in every one of the players there getting ejected during the second half. Not long after the ejections, Dazon Ingram fouled out with 11:37 left in the game, which resulted in them playing the rest of the game in a 4 vs. 5 manner due to NCAA regulations not allowing for a player to play after a team becomes shorthanded during a game. Not long afterwards, John Petty turned his ankle and couldn't return for the rest of the game, thus leaving Alabama with only three players with 10:41 left in the match. Throughout the rest of the game, Alabama were forced to play with only senior shooting guard/small forward Riley Norris, freshman power forward Galin Smith, and star freshman point guard Collin Sexton in a 3-on-5 setting throughout the rest of the game. While Minnesota was up by as many as 15 points under that style of competition, Alabama would fight through to diminish their deficit by as much as 3 points at one point due to Collin Sexton's leadership, which included a 40 point game from him. However, the Golden Gophers would ultimately win 89–84 over the shorthanded Crimson Tide, despite losing, Alabama would improve their rank to #24 due to their unique display and nearly upsetting Minnesota that night. The game would be considered one of the strangest games in college basketball history.[2]

Date
time, TV
Rank# Opponent# Result Record High points High rebounds High assists Site (attendance)
city, state
Canadian Foreign Tour
Aug 7, 2017*
6:00 pm
at McGill W 96–57 
 22  Petty   5  Key, Petty   2  Sexton  Love Competition Hall (350)
Montréal, Québec
Aug 9, 2017*
6:00 pm
at Carleton (ON) L 71–84 
 16  Petty   6  Giddens, Hall   8  Sexton  Ravens Nest Arena 
Ottawa, Ontario
Aug 10, 2017*
5:30 pm
at Ottawa (ON) W 81–71 
 15  Johnson   9  Key   4  Johnson, Petty  Montpetit Hall 
Ottawa, Ontario
Exhibition
Nov 6, 2017*
7:00 pm, SECN
Alabama–Huntsville W 74–65 
 17  Giddens   10  Giddens   4  Jones  Coleman Coliseum (11,317)
Tuscaloosa, AL
Regular season
Nov 10, 2017*
5:30 pm, CBSSN
vs. Memphis
Veterans Classic
W 82–70  1–0
 20  Ingram   11  Hall   5  Ingram  Alumni Hall (3,238)
Annapolis, MD
Nov 14, 2017*
7:00 pm, SECN
Lipscomb W 86–64  2–0
 22  Sexton   9  Reese   5  Sexton  Coleman Coliseum (12,325)
Tuscaloosa, AL
Nov 17, 2017*
6:00 pm, SECN+
Alabama A&M
Barclays Center Classic campus site game
W 104–67  3–0
 30  Petty   8  Jones, Reese   5  Sexton, Johnson Jr.  Coleman Coliseum (11,948)
Tuscaloosa, AL
Nov 21, 2017*
8:00 pm, SECN
No. 25 Texas–Arlington
Barclays Center Classic campus site game
W 77–76  4–0
 29  Sexton   9  Jones   4  Sexton  Coleman Coliseum (11,737)
Tuscaloosa, AL
Nov 24, 2017*
1:30 pm, Stadium
No. 25 vs. BYU
Barclays Center Classic
W 71–59  5–0
 16  Petty   9  Hall   3  Ingram  Steinberg Center (1,240)
Brooklyn, NY
Nov 25, 2017*
4:00 pm, Stadium
No. 25 vs. No. 14 Minnesota
Barclays Center Classic
L 84–89  5–1
 40  Sexton   8  Smith   5  Sexton  Barclays Center (3,459)
Brooklyn, NY
Nov 29, 2017*
7:00 pm, SECN+
No. 24 Louisiana Tech W 77–74  6–1
 22  Sexton, Ingram   9  Ingram   4  Petty  Coleman Coliseum (12,062)
Tuscalossa, AL
Dec 3, 2017*
1:00 pm, ESPNU
No. 24 UCF L 62–65  6–2
 20  Hall   7  Ingram   4  Ingram, Jones  Coleman Coliseum (13,534)
Tuscaloosa, AL
Dec 6, 2017*
7:00 pm, SECN+
Rhode Island W 68–64  7–2
 13  Hall   14  Hall   4  Petty  Coleman Coliseum (12,807)
Tuscaloosa, AL
Dec 9, 2017*
9:00 pm, ESPN2
at Arizona L 82–88  7–3
 30  Sexton   12  Hall   6  Ingram  McKale Center (14,644)
Tucson, AZ
Dec 19, 2017*
8:00 pm, SECN
vs. Mercer
Rocket City Classic
W 80–79  8–3
 21  Sexton   8  Ingram   4  Sexton  Von Braun Center (4,799)
Huntsville, AL
Dec 22, 2017*
8:00 pm, ESPN2
vs. Texas
Vulcan Classic
L 50–66  8–4
 14  Petty   8  Ingram   4  Sexton  Legacy Arena (16,146)
Birmingham, AL
Dec 30, 2017
5:00 pm, ESPN2
No. 5 Texas A&M W 79–57  9–4
(1–0)
 18  Petty   9  Jones   3  Petty, Ingram  Coleman Coliseum (14,218)
Tuscaloosa, AL
Jan 2, 2018
6:00 pm, SECN
at Vanderbilt L 75–76  9–5
(1–1)
 24  Sexton   6  Hall   5  Sexton  Memorial Gymnasium (9,519)
Nashville, TN
Jan 6, 2018
11:00 am, SECN
at Georgia L 46–65  9–6
(1–2)
 23  Sexton   6  Hall   3  Sexton  Stegeman Coliseum (10,523)
Athens, GA
Jan 9, 2018
6:00 pm, SECN
South Carolina W 76–62  10–6
(2–2)
 15  Petty   7  Hall   5  Key  Coleman Coliseum (10,909)
Tuscaloosa, AL
Jan 13, 2018
7:30 pm, SECN
at LSU W 74–66  11–6
(3–2)
 18  Ingram   10  Ingram   3  Ingram, Sexton  Maravich Center (13,600)
Baton Rouge, LA
Jan 17, 2018
6:00 pm, SECN
No. 17 Auburn
Iron Bowl of Basketball
W 76–71  12–6
(4–2)
 27  Petty   9  Key   4  Jones  Coleman Coliseum (15,383)
Tuscaloosa, AL
Jan 20, 2018
7:30 pm, SECN
Mississippi State W 68–62  13–6
(5–2)
 16  Key   8  Ingram   6  Ingram  Coleman Coliseum (15,383)
Tuscaloosa, AL
Jan 23, 2018
7:30 pm, SECN
at Ole Miss L 66–78  13–7
(5–3)
 14  Hall   8  Ingram   5  Ingram  The Pavilion at Ole Miss (8,099)
Oxford, MS
Jan 27, 2018*
1:15 pm, ESPN
No. 12 Oklahoma
Big 12/SEC Challenge
W 80–73  14–7
 18  Sexton   9  Giddens   3  Jones, Ingram  Coleman Coliseum (15,383)
Tuscaloosa, AL
Jan 31, 2018
8:00 pm, ESPNU
Missouri L 60–68  14–8
(5–4)
 23  Sexton   4  Hall, Sexton   2  Sexton  Coleman Coliseum (11,603)
Tuscaloosa, AL
Feb 3, 2018
3:00 pm, ESPN
at No. 23 Florida W 68–50  15–8
(6–4)
 17  Sexton   11  Hall   6  Sexton  O'Connell Center (10,845)
Gainesville, FL
Feb 6, 2018
6:00 pm, SECN
at Mississippi State L 63–67  15–9
(6–5)
 18  Sexton   6  Hall, Key   3  Sexton  Humphrey Coliseum (7,095)
Starkville, MS
Feb 10, 2018
5:00 pm, SECN
No. 15 Tennessee W 78–50  16–9
(7–5)
 17  Hall   11  Hall   4  Sexton, Petty  Coleman Coliseum (15,383)
Tuscaloosa, AL
Feb 13, 2018
8:00 pm, SECN
LSU W 80–65  17–9
(8–5)
 20  Hall   8  Hall   6  Sexton  Coleman Coliseum (11,154)
Tuscaloosa, AL
Feb 17, 2018
1:00 pm, CBS
at Kentucky L 71–81  17–10
(8–6)
 16  Hall   6  Hall   3  Petty, Sexton  Rupp Arena (23,220)
Lexington, KY
Feb 21, 2018
7:30 pm, SECN
at No. 12 Auburn
Iron Bowl of Basketball
L 71–90  17–11
(8–7)
 25  Sexton   8  Key   4  Petty  Auburn Arena (9,121)
Auburn, AL
Feb 24, 2018
5:00 pm, SECN
Arkansas L 73–76  17–12
(8–8)
 16  Key   8  Hall   6  Sexton  Coleman Coliseum (15,383)
Tuscaloosa, AL
Feb 27, 2018
6:00 pm, ESPN
Florida L 52–73  17–13
(8–9)
 14  Sexton   8  Key   3  Schaffer, Sexton  Coleman Coliseum (12,282)
Tuscaloosa, AL
Mar 3, 2018
1:00 pm, ESPN2
at Texas A&M L 66–68  17–14
(8–10)
 23  Sexton   8  Petty   7  Sexton  Reed Arena (10,755)
College Station, TX
SEC Tournament
Mar 8, 2018
12:00 pm, SECN
(9) vs. (8) Texas A&M
Second Round
W 71–70  18–14
 27  Sexton   9  Ingram   5  Sexton  Scottrade Center (15,129)
St. Louis, MO
Mar 9, 2018
12:00 pm, ESPN
(9) vs. (1) No. 16 Auburn
Quarterfinals
W 81–63  19–14
 31  Sexton   10  Key   5  Ingram  Scottrade Center (16,364)
St. Louis, MO
Mar 10, 2018
12:00 pm, ESPN
(9) vs. (4) Kentucky
Semifinals
L 63–86  19–15
 21  Sexton   7  Giddens   3  Sexton  Scottrade Center (18,729)
St. Louis, MO
NCAA Tournament
Mar 15, 2018*
8:20 pm, TNT
(9 E) vs. (8 E) Virginia Tech
First Round
W 86–83  20–15
 25  Sexton   7  Ingram   6  Sexton  PPG Paints Arena (18,715)
Pittsburgh, PA
Mar 17, 2018*
11:10 am, CBS
(9 E) vs. (1 E) No. 2 Villanova
Second Round
L 58–81  20–16
 17  Sexton   7  Ingram   3  Sexton, Schaffer  PPG Paints Arena (19,015)
Pittsburgh, PA
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll. (#) Tournament seedings in parentheses. E=East.
All times are in Central Time.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Phillips, Scott. "Alabama loses Nick King, Brandon Austin to transfer". CollegeBasketball.NBCSports.com. NBC Universal. Retrieved 1 June 2017. 
  2. ^ https://www.espn.com/mens-college-basketball/recap?gameId=400986392