Alabama's men's basketball team had a successful week, defeating Ole Miss and Arkansas for back-to-back SEC victories. The Tide was aided by two strong performances from 5-star freshman guard JD Davison. His strong effort earned him SEC Freshman of the Week honors.
The Alabama Crimson Tide entered Auburn Arena coming off its best performance of the season on Saturday, but in what has now become characteristic fashion, the Tide was unable to string together a consecutive performance and fell to Auburn 100-81.
The Alabama Crimson Tide entered Saturday's contest with the No. 4 Baylor Bears coming off its worst regular season loss in the KenPom Era. The Tide shook off Tuesday's lackluster effort and brought the fight to the defending national champions.
Just before tip-off, Alabama honored the late Luke “Fluffapotamus” Ratliff by presenting his mom Pam with a plaque and by dedicating the seat the super fan sat in to his memory.
Ratliff passed away in March due to complications from COVID-19 after attending nearly every game – home and away- that the basketball team played during his years as an Alabama student.
“He was more than just a fan,” Oats said. “He was a part of us. It felt like he was a part of the program.”
Excitement was in the air in Foster Auditorium as the Alabama men's and women's basketball program celebrated Tide Tipoff 2021. Shooting contests, skills competitions and James Spann stimulated the Crimson Tide faithful who are excited for the new season to get started.