Despite losing by 18 points earlier in the week on the road against the Auburn Tigers, Nate Oats and the Alabama squad responded with a resounding 109-92 victory in Baton Rouge Saturday afternoon over the LSU Tigers. Even though the Tide were just 1-1 on the week, they rose one spot in the Week 15 AP Poll to No. 15 in the nation.
Alabama currently stands at 17-7 on the season, however, the losses can be a bit misleading as they came against some of the best teams in the country like Arizona, Creighton and Purdue. The Tide’s out-of-conference schedule is only going to help them the deeper they go in the season and into the tournament. Plus, the losses aren’t even really being held against Alabama as ESPN’s March Madness expert Joe Lunardi currently projects the Tide to to be a three-seed.
At 9-2 in the SEC, Alabama and South Carolina share the lead for the conference with Auburn one game back. The Crimson Tide don’t play again until next Saturday when they host the Texas A&M Aggies before traveling to Lexington to take on the Kentucky Wildcats.