A few days ago Bama hammer predicted it was going to be a great week Alabama Crimson Tide Fan. What turned out exceeded expectations. It was an outstanding week! Considering no national championships were won during the week, it was perhaps the most spectacular non-national championship week at Alabama Crimson Tide in school history.
For the record, there were a few minor blemishes. On Monday, women’s basketball lost a game at No. 17, Utah. On Friday, men’s basketball lost to UConn and volleyball to Tennessee.
The rest of the week made up for the dropouts.
On Wednesday, Women’s Basketball Beat Wake Forest, 61-58 in the Pink Flamingo Championships. Also on Wednesday, Volleyball defeated the Tennessee Vols 3-1.
There was a late Thanksgiving night Men’s Basketball a high-value, potential NCAA tournament win, an 81-70 win over Michigan State in the Phil Knight Invitational.
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Friday night Alabama football went into overtime against the Duke Blue Devils. The 3-2 win in the NCAA Tournament Elite Eight gave the Crimson Tide their first-ever finish in the NCAA College Cup Final Four.
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Alabama football took care of business on Saturday afternoon, beating the Auburn Tigers for a 49-27 Iron Bowl victory. While the Crimson Tide was a huge favorite over the lucky five-win Auburn team, any Iron Bowl win is great.
Men’s Basketball ended the week with an even more impressive win at the Phil Knight Invitational. The Crimson Tide needed four overtimes to do so, but Alabama defeated North Carolina 103-101. Despite Tar Heels losing earlier in the tournament, UNC entered the event ranked 1st in Division One basketball.
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The win was only the fourth for Alabama Basketball over a No. 1 team. The most recent happened in the 2004 NCAA tournament when a Mark Gottfried-coached Alabama took Stanford to No. 1 in the second round of the Big Dance. North Carolina, now 5-2 on the season, finished runners-up in the NCAA tournament last season, losing to Kansas in the National Championship game.
Alabama Crimson Tide fans had a lot to thank for during Thanksgiving week. Even seeing Bryce Young and Will Anderson Jr. leave the Bryant-Denny field for what is probably the last time shouldn’t dampen the joy. Rather than contemplating what will never be again, it is fitting to celebrate what was, by two extraordinary young men.
What was the week’s biggest Crimson Tide win? Different answers may be correct, but I choose Alabama football Promotion to the College Cup.