Alabama basketball set a program record at the Colosseum on Saturday afternoon. The Crimson Tide’s 40-point win over LSU (106-66) was the Tide’s third-biggest win over an SEC opponent.
The game was anything but the disparity indicated by the final score. Ten Crimson Tide players spent 15 minutes or more in-game. Super freshman Brandon Miller played just 24 minutes, scoring 31 points and adding nine rebounds and an assist. The Crimson Tide passed, recovered, and passed an LSU team for most of the afternoon that still refused to stop.
Collapsing LSU lost its fourth straight SEC game after opening its SEC regular season with a win over Arkansas. LSU isn’t a great team, but it’s not terrible either. LSU defeated Wake Forest and lost on a neutral to currently ranked 11th-ranked Kansas by two losses.
On Saturday, Alabama made LSU look like a team better suited to Sun Belt opposition than facing one of college basketball’s best teams. LSU head coach Matt McMahon summed up the game well.
This was as thoroughly of a kick ass as I’ve ever been a part of. Not too many positives to take away I think the only thing is in the second half we didn’t lay down and were beaten by a hundred.
As some Alabama basketball fans happily claimed, it was Crimson Tide ‘Murder-Ball’ at his best.
Alabama basketball isn’t the only big story on Saturday
As impressive as the win in Alabama was, it might not have been the biggest SEC basketball story of the day. Alabama was expected to cross from LSU, and Tennessee, playing at home, should win by double digits against a failing Kentucky team. The Wildcats scored a shocker and won 63-56 in Knoxville.
In more places than Tuscaloosa and Knoxville, it was a Saturday full of college basketball surprises. Vanderbilt beat Arkansas in Nashville and won 94-87. In Gainesville, a Florida team beat 20th-place Missouri 9-7.
A Saturday of surprises
Outside of the SEC, there was a lot of excitement.
- No. 9, Arizona Wildcats lost to Oregon by 19 points
- No. 16, Miami Hurricanes lost to North Carolina State
- No. 18, Wisconsin Badgers lost to Indiana University by 18 points
- No. 19, Providence Friars lost to Creighton
- No. 24, Duke Blue Devils lost to Clemson
- No. 11 Kansas State lost to No. 17, TCU by 14 points
- No. 23, San Diego State Aztecs lost at home to New Mexico
Something special is being built in Tuscaloosa. How special it may not be known until April. If the end of a season can be predicted in mid-January, we can say that Nate Oats has a tight-knit roster filled with players who do a lot more than just talk about championships.