For the second time in the last three years, the Alabama Crimson Tide are SEC Tournament after dominating Texas A&M on Sunday. Coming into the 2023 SEC Men’s Basketball Tournament, Alabama Basketball was the team to beat. Alabama had run through the Southeastern Conference in the regular season, winning the outright regular season championship and securing a number one seed in the SEC and NCAA Tournament. Alabama came into the Sunday SEC Championship with a bitter taste in their mouth as they had lost to the Aggies last Saturday at Reed Arena in College Station. Head Coach Nate Oats won’t allow his team to admit it, but the Crimson Tide wanted revenge on Sunday against the Aggies.
Alabama started the game with a bang rattling off an early double-digit lead over Texas A&M in the first half. It was the Brandon Miller and Jahvon Quinerly show in the first half for the Crimson Tide as they led Alabama in scoring with a combined 21 points. Behind those two guys in the first half, Alabama took a 34-23 lead to the break. At that point, Alabama had ten points in the paint, marking that as the difference for the Crimson Tide in the first half of play.
Alabama opened the second half by holding the line and not allowing Aggie’s space to create the momentum needed to make a push at the Crimson Tide lead. Texas A&M would cut the Alabama lead to nine with about 13 minutes to go, but Brandon Miller for Alabama would nail a three-pointer to extend the Crimson Tide lead back to twelve.
From there, Head Coach Nate Oats led his Alabama Crimson Tide Basketball team to the 2023 SEC Men’s Basketball Tournament Championship for the second time in three years. Alabama had too much talent, with Brandon Miller and Jahvon Quinerly leading the charge for the Crimson Tide with a combined 45 points. There was a possession right after the under-12 media timeout where the Crimson Tide had four rebounds off Alabama misses leading to two-three throws and a monster three-pointer from Brandon Miller to give Alabama a 56-43 lead over the Aggies with 9:56 to play.
Not only was Alabama the most talented team today, but the Crimson Tide wanted the SEC Tournament Championship more than the Aggies. Every 50/50 ball went in favor of Alabama. Alabama set out on Sunday to make a final statement before the NCAA Tournament that the Crimson Tide are not only National Championship contenders but the favorites to cut down the nets in three weeks in Houston, Texas. Barring anything crazy from the selection committee, Alabama will play the first rounds of the NCAA Tournament in Birmingham, before playing in Louisville, Kentucky, for the NCAA Tournament Regional Finals. With a favorable road, Alabama will be on the warpath to reach the school’s first Final Four and National Championship.