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The University of Alabama will always be a football school, but the Alabama Crimson Tide men’s basketball team is currently demonstrating a dominance that the football team failed to match in the 2022 season.

Bama Hoops now sit first in the conference with a record of 17-2 (7-0 SEK). Even more impressive is that the Crimson Tide has won their conference games by an average of 21 points per game. The Tide is also moving 6-0 in real road games, including a win at No. 1 Houston and double-digit conference wins at Mississippi State, Arkansas, Vanderbilt and Missouri.

Bama is primarily run by freshmen and transfers, but the group has quickly grown into one of the nation’s most cohesive entities. The likes of Jahvon Quinerly, Nimari Burnett and Dom Welch are all recovering from injuries and could be hitters in March. Quinerly in particular has extensive postseason experience.

Alabama Football: Questions remain unanswered

The Alabama Crimson Tide football team still has unanswered questions about their 2023 coaching staff. Bama has defensive coordinator and safety coach positions that could be filled at any time.

Former defensive coordinator and inside linebackers coach Pete Golding left for Ole Miss, while safety coach Charles Kelly left for Colorado. Coach Nick Saban has previously hired former Southern Miss DC Austin Armstrong to coach inside linebackers in Tuscaloosa.

On the offensive side of the ball, many expect offensive coordinator Bill O’Brien to also depart. O’Brien’s contract expires next month and he has been identified as a top candidate in the New England Patriots’ search for an offensive coordinator.

Alabama Crimson Tide: The Ultimate NFL Factory

It’s common knowledge that football in Alabama has an incredibly strong NFL pipeline under coach Nick Saban. Almost every professional game that is televised serves as a showcase for former Alabama players. NFL games have also become a straightforward recruiting tool, as any blue chip high school player who tunes in can easily see the success of Bama players in the league.

The showcase continued on Saturday afternoon with some former Saban recruits enjoying big games on a playoff stage.

Most notably, Jalen Hurts and Devonta Smith teamed up to help the Philadelphia Eagles dominate the New York Giants 38-7.

Hurts threw for 154 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for 34 yards and another score. Smith caught six passes for 61 yards and a touchdown. Josh Jobe also made a tackle for the Eagles. On the other side, Giants safety Xavier McKinney had eight tackles and a sack.

Alabama’s NFL success isn’t slowing down anytime soon. For a given mock draft, the Alabama Crimson Tide is expected to get at least four players into the first round of the 2023 draft. These include Will Anderson Jr. and Bryce Young, who are predicted to be the top two picks overall.

Whether or not Anderson Jr. and Young actually finish in the top two spots, Bama is well represented in the draft.

Alabama Athletics has another big week ahead, with big news on the coaching staff and two more games for Bama’s top-five basketball team.