Is Alabama The Best Team In College Basketball? | Banned on college basketball

Alabama landed at No. 4 on this week’s AP Top 25, but Locked On College Basketball’s Andy Patton & Isaac Schade think they have even better odds.

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Eleven AP top 25 teams lost on Saturday, tying a record set back on Jan. 29, 2011. This caused a significant shake at the top of the polls, with the Alabama Crimson Tide as No. 1 overall team in the country after defeating Arkansas and blowing out LSU, 106-66, behind freshman Brandon Miller’s 31 points.

Alabama came in 4th in the updated AP poll, though Andy Patton and Isaac Schade — the hosts of the Locked on College Basketball podcast — believe they have reason to do even better.

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“Looking at their resume now, it’s easy to see that they are legitimately the No. 1 team in the country,” Patton said. “They’re fourth at KenPom, 15-2, none of their losses are bad at all, a location neutral loss to UConn and technically a neutral loss to Gonzaga even though that game was in Birmingham.”

Alabama’s losses may not weigh on them, but they currently only have one marquee win. However, the win they have is a big one – a win from behind over No. 1 Houston on the road.

“It’s a great win,” Patton continued. “Alabama trailed 15 at a point in the second half, stormed all the way back and secured a win. It’s one of the best wins of the entire season. But the rest of their résumé in terms of wins…they have some wins that haven’t aged particularly well. North Carolina doesn’t look as elitist as it did back then. Michigan State is a good team, they’re not a great team. Kentucky is everywhere, Arkansas is obviously dealing with some serious injuries and is currently in the middle of a three-game losing streak.

Patton and Schade eventually decide to place Alabama second in their top-five rankings, just behind Houston. Kansas finishes at No. 3, followed by UCLA, which remains undefeated in the Pac-12 game, and Purdue, which is clinging to a top-five spot after two wins last week.

Watch the full episode for more insight and analysis on Patton and Schade’s top 5.

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