TUSCALOOSA – The 2011-12 Alabama basketball team is about to find out how far it has come in the past year. On Tuesday, the Crimson Tide (2-0) traveled 1,750 miles to San Juan, Puerto Rico, for an eight-team basketball tournament that starts today. A 4 p.m. CST game (ESPN2) against Maryland (1-0) is the first challenge in the Puerto Rico Tip-Off.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Friday, Nov. 4, will mark the end of the fall practice schedule for the Alabama baseball team. For the final practice, the Crimson Tide will play its 19th intrasquad contest with a 5:45 p.m., first pitch on Friday night at Sewell-Thomas Stadium. At the seven-inning Crimson and Grey Game, fans will have the opportunity to walk away with autographs from their favorite UA baseball players, as well as winning authentic Alabama baseball team gear.
This week will mark the final week of the fall practice schedule for the Alabama baseball team. During the final days of fall workouts, the Crimson Tide will hold two team practices on Monday and Tuesday, followed by three intrasquad games on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – This week will be a short week of practice for the Alabama baseball team. The Crimson Tide will take the field three times, with a light practice on Monday followed by an eight-inning scrimmage on Tuesday. The week will conclude with the team’s fall Scout Day on Wednesday. With school in its Fall Break, the team will not have workouts from Thursday through Sunday, before returning to Sewell-Thomas Stadium on Monday to start the final week of fall practice.
TUSCALOOSA, Alabama – Alabama’s first-team offense and first-team defense get most of the glory on Saturdays, but there are heroes on the practice field who don’t play on the weekends. Those are members of the Crimson Tide’s scout team. “I think our scout team is better than some of the teams we’ve played this year,” senior center William Vlachos said. In this video, he went on to mention a few individuals who have stood out.
BIRMINGHAM, Alabama – This is how much LSU and Alabama are separated by in the first Bowl Championship Series standings: .0003 points. Just get to Nov. 5 already. Or does ESPN’s BCS contract include a clause that Skip Bayless must debate Craig James each week on the standings show to demonstrate every game counts? Except, of course, it doesn’t. There’s a plus-one in the top four of the first BCS standings – LSU and Alabama at 1-2 from the SEC and Oklahoma and Oklahoma State at 3-4 in the Big 12 – with teams who control their destiny.
Everyone should be happy. You’ve all gotten what you wanted. Sort of. The first BCS rankings of the season were released Sunday night with LSU No. 1, Alabama No. 2, Oklahoma No. 3 and Oklahoma State No. 4. That should make those who want a playoff happy. In essence, you have one. The top four teams represent two conferences and two upcoming matchups potentially serve as luck-of-the-draw national semifinals.
TUSCALOOSA – The University of Alabama debuted at No. 2 in the initial Bowl Championship Series standings that will determine which two teams play for college football’s national championship. The standings, based on a formula that considers rankings from several computer systems, the coaches’ poll and the Harris poll (which has former coaches and athletes as voters), were released Sunday evening. LSU is No. 1, with Oklahoma ranked third.
In the history of the Bowl Championship Series standings, the Southeastern Conference has the most appearances with 410 (since 1998). Here is a capsule look (conference alignment at time of game played / counting first week of 2011 BCS?Standings):
The standings are out, and LSU stands in the top spot. Alabama is rated No. 2, followed by Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Boise State. The margin is slim. LSU’s average is .9522. Alabama’s is .9519.
Stop the talking, college football, and just get to Alabama-LSU on Nov. 5 already. Let’s be honest: The first half of this season hasn’t been very interesting. The number of games that will impact who plays for the national championship can be counted on one hand. There may be some exciting regional games, but the national title race crawls along week by week with blowout after blowout. Alabama dominates. LSU dominates. Oklahoma wins. The rest of the the undefeated teams wait for a slip-up.
LSU still is ranked No. 1. The two Southeastern Conference schools are less than three weeks away from a Nov. 5 showdown at Bryant-Denny Stadium. Oklahoma still is ranked No. 3, followed by Wisconsin and Boise State.
TUSCALOOSA, Alabama – The Alabama football team has an obvious weakness, and that is pass defense. The Crimson Tide “only” is ranked fifth in the nation in that category. Everything is relative, of course. Alabama is ranked No. 1 in the nation in the other three key defensive categories: scoring defense (7 points per game), total defense (184.14 yards per game) and rushing defense (38.14).
TUSCALOOSA – Senior forward JaMychal Green didn’t hesitate when asked how the Alabama basketball team will be different this year. “I think we’re more athletic than we were last year,” he said. “I think we’re a better scoring team. We’ve got better 3-point shooters this year. We have more than one.” The 2011-12 Crimson Tide fired away as a full team Friday in its first practice as it began preparation for a Nov. 11 opener against North Florida. Fans who want a sneak preview can attend a Nov. 7 exhibition game against UAH.
BIRMINGHAM, Alabama – This was the same banquet room of the Harbert Center where third-year Alabama coach Anthony Grant speaks each season, but this was a different time and audience. This is fall, not winter. Basketball practice still is nine days away. This was the Kiwanis Club of Birmingham, not the Birmingham Tip Off Club. This was a group of businessmen more than boosters, and Grant – who is all business all the time – spoke more about team building, motivation and culture than he spoke about power forwards, perimeter shoot and full-court presses.