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Alabama Swimming and Diving Splits Crimson and White Intrasquad...

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Crimson Tide Swim & Dive:

The Alabama swimming and diving team split the second Crimson and White Intrasquad of the season in an early morning competition Saturday, with Team Crimson winning the women's race, while Team White won the men's competition.

Freshman Leonie Kullmann, junior Justine Macfarlane and senior Hannah Musser led Team Crimson to a 177-99 win with two individual wins apiece. 


Kullmann won the 200 freestyle and 400 individual medley, while Macfarlane won the 100 and 200 breaststrokes and Musser won the 100 backstroke and 100 butterfly.

Swimming for Team Crimson, sophomore Cameron Brown won the 1,650 freestyle, senior Paige Matherson won the 200 butterfly, senior Lindsay Morrow took top honors on the 50 freestyle and senior Temarie Tomley won the 100 freestyle.

For the Team White, sophomore Alexis Preski won the 200 individual medley, junior Sarah Helm won the 200 backstroke and freshman Lydia Jackson won the 500 freestyle.

On the men's side of the meet, senior Luke Kaliszak led Team White to a 150-121 win after posting individual wins in the 50 freestyle, 100 butterfly and 200 backstroke. 


Also leading the way for Team White was junior Laurent Bams, who won the 100 and 200 breaststroke. Also picking up individual wins for Team White were sophomore Wyatt Harrison (1,650 freestyle), junior Evan Heldman (200 freestyle), senior Will Freeman (500 freestyle) and freshman Michael Burris (400 individual medley).

Leading the way for Team Crimson, sophomore Zane Waddell won the 100 backstroke and 100 freestye, while senior Taylor Charles touched first in the 200 butterfly.

Team Crimson swept both the men's and women's relays. For the women, junior Katie Kelsoe, Macfarlane, Musser and Morrow won the 200 medley relay while Morrow, Kelsoe, Musser and Tomley won the 200 freestyle. 


For the men, sophomore Christopher Staka, senior Braxton Young, Waddell and junior Robert Howard won the 200 medley relay, while Waddell, Staka, freshman Tyler Sesvold and Howard won the 200 freestyle to close the meet.

Saturday marked the Crimson Tide's final competition prior to next week's final exams, which will be followed by its winter training camps.


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Alabama Women’s Basketball Returns Home for Sunday Matchup with Grambling State...

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Crimson Tide Women's Basketball:

The Alabama women's basketball team returns home for its first game in Coleman Coliseum in nearly a month when it hosts Grambling State on today. Tip is slated for 2 p.m. CT.

The Crimson Tide enters Sunday's game with a 3-0 record at home this season and is outscoring opponents by an average of 26.0 points per game (76.7-50.7) in Coleman Coliseum.

Alabama has won all six meetings in the series and is outscoring Grambling State by an average of 24.5 points per game (85-60.5).

The series began in 1992 and continued through the 1996 season. The other two meetings came in 1999 and 2015.

The Crimson Tide won the last meeting, 72-57, in Tuscaloosa on Dec. 20, 2015.

Alabama enters today's game with a 5-3 overall record following Thursday's win at Lipscomb.

The Crimson Tide is led in scoring by senior Hannah Cook, who averages 12.3 points per game. Fellow senior Ashley Williams is averaging a team-best 7.1 rebounds per contest, while sophomore Jordan Lewis leads the way in assists with 2.6 per game.

Sophomore Ashley Knight leads the team and ranks fourth in the SEC and 19th nationally in blocks per game with an average of 2.75.

Williams has been one of the best at getting to the free throw line and converting as she ranks fourth in makes (35) eighth in attempts (44) and eighth in percentage (.795) in the SEC.

As a team, the Crimson Tide is averaging 69.8 points per game, 12.9 more than its opponents, and is outrebounding the opposition 41.8-36.8.

Grambling State heads into Sunday's contest with a 3-3 overall record.

The Lady Tigers are riding a two-game winning streak with victories at McNeese State and home against Southeastern Louisiana.

Grambling State was selected to finish second in the SWAC, while junior Shakyla Hill was chosen as the preseason player of the year in the conference.

The Lady Tigers have four averaging double-figure points, led by redshirt sophomore Deja McKinney's 15.3 point-per-game average. Senior Monisha Neal is averaging a team-best 6.0 rebounds per game, while Hill is dishing out a team-high 5.3 assists per contest.

As a team, Grambling State is averaging 61.7 points per game and 33.2 rebounds per outing.

The Lady Tigers are coached by Freddie Murray, who is in his second full season as head coach. Last year, he helped Grambling State to its first postseason appearance since 2000 after finishing second in the SWAC in 2016-17.


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Alabama Men’s Basketball Falls to Arizona, 88-82...

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Crimson Tide Men's Basketball:

The Alabama men's basketball team fell short against the Arizona Wildcats, 88-82, Saturday night at the McKale Center. 

Freshman Collin Sexton led the offensive charge, scoring 30 points while shooting an impressive 15-of-16 from the free throw line.

Behind Sexton's performance, Alabama (7-3) shot a season-best 85.7 percent (24-of-28) from the line. The Crimson Tide connected on 38.7 percent (24-of-62) from the field and 41.7 percent (10-of-24) from beyond the arc. 


The Wildcats (7-3) finished with a big 43-30 advantage on the glass, including a 12-2 lead in second chance points.

Three other players joined Sexton in double figures. Junior Donta Hall had another huge night, recording his second consecutive double-double and his third of the year, scoring 15 points and pulling down 12 rebounds. Freshman John Petty contributed 13 points, while sophomore Dazon Ingram added 10 to go along with seven rebounds and six assists without a turnover.

"Overall, I thought our effort was good,"
Alabama head coach Avery Johnson said. 

"We showed effort and toughness pretty much throughout the game and I'm proud of our team from that standpoint. We didn't turn the ball over. We're coming off of a game where we had 24 turnovers and we did a much better job of taking care of the ball in a hostile environment. We have to rebound the ball better. When you shoot 38 percent from the field, you have to get more offensive rebounds."


The Wildcats' offense started to get into rhythm early in the contest. Leading 14-13, Arizona scored 10 unanswered points over a span of 2:45 to take a 24-13 lead. However, Alabama responded with a 13-2 offensive spurt to draw even at 26-26 with 7:10 left to play.

The Wildcats climbed back ahead, 38-33, with 1:47 left in the half, but the Tide was able to answer, as Sexton's banked three-pointer at the buzzer ended a 7-0 run and gave his team a 40-38 lead at the half.

Alabama scored six of the first eight points in the second half to finish off the 13-2 run that spanned halftime and increased its lead to 46-40 just under two minutes into the second stanza. It was the largest lead of the day by the Tide.

With Alabama clinging to a 58-53 lead with 12:28 remaining, Arizona went on a 9-2 run over the next 2:12 to regain the lead at 62-60 with 10:25 left. The Tide would draw even five different times over the next seven-plus minutes but would never regain the lead down the stretch.

With the score knotted at 76-76 with 3:18 left, the Wildcats went on a 8-1 run over the next two minutes and held on to collect their 45th consecutive non-conference home win.

Freshman center Deandre Ayton led Arizona throughout the night, finishing with 29 points and 18 rebounds in 36 minutes of action. Sophomore guard Allonzo Trier added 25 points and six assists.

Alabama will have a 10-day break between games for final exams. The Tide returns to action on Tuesday, Dec. 19, when it travels to Huntsville, Ala., to face the Mercer Bears for the second annual Rocket City Classic. Tipoff is scheduled for 8 p.m. CT and will be televised on SEC Network.


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Crimson Tide Gymnastics’ Crimson & White Preview Brings Fans to Their Feet...

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Crimson Tide Gymnastics:

On a wintry, snowy night in Tuscaloosa, 500 fans braved the elements to take part in Alabama gymnastics' Crimson & White Preview Friday night in Coleman Coliseum.

All 15 members of the Crimson Tide's 2018 squad took part in the event that was part exhibition, part pep rally and part
"Gymnastics 101."

The fans heard from fourth-year head coach Dana Duckworth along with the Tide gymnasts, while also getting a sneak peek at this year's routines. This was especially true on the floor exercise, with virtually every routine being new this season.

The Tide gymnasts follow tonight's event with final exams next week and then a training camp before breaking for the holidays.

Alabama opens the season on Jan. 5 at Michigan before returning to Tuscaloosa for a Jan. 12 showdown against Southeastern Conference rival Georgia.


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A Dozen Things That Might Not Matter At All...

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 A DOZEN THINGS THAT MIGHT MATTER BUT

MIGHT MEAN NOTHING AT ALL...! 


1.-All season, we seemed to be on a collision course toward Clemson vs. Alabama Part III. But did anybody expect to see that match-up in the semifinal? The Tide got in as a one-loss non-conference champion.


2.-The Alabama team that lost at Auburn to end the regular season maybe wasn't a playoff caliber team. But give them a few weeks to get linebackers like Christian Miller, Terrell Lewis and Mack Wilson healthy, and the outlook changes.


3.-Star DB Minkah Fitzpatrick's hamstring should be 100 percent by the time they play Clemson, and freshman Dylan Moses ought to be more comfortable starting in place of Shaun Dion Hamilton at middle linebacker, who went out for the season with an injury last month.


4.-Clemson was well positioned to earn the No. 1 overall spot in the College Football Playoff after handily defeating Miami in the ACC championship game. The Tigers have eight victories over teams with winning records, most in the nation.


5.-With the 2017 field now set, 15 of the 16 Playoff teams in the current format have had a top-4 Strength of Record. Ohio State in 2014 was the only exception.


6.-Give a lot of credit to two first-year starting quarterbacks, Georgia's Jake Fromm and Clemson's Kelly Bryant, and another in Alabama's Jalen Hurts, who many questioned after last season for a lack of development.


7.-Oklahoma's Baker Mayfield is by far the most decorated QB in the playoff, but those other three all have proven themselves this season.


8.-If it comes down to one of those 4 QB's being the deciding factor, sorry but even though I view Mayfield as another Manziel, I would have to say OU will probably become the 2018 College Football Natioonal Champion's...!


9.-Isn't it strange the final AP Top 25 of the regular season had, Alabama No. 4 and the Buckeyes No. 5. Clemson finished the regular season No. 1, followed by Oklahoma and Georgia. Just kind of strange the committee agreed with the writer's...!


10.-College Football Playoff semifinal opening lines from Westgate:
No. 4 Alabama (-1) vs. No. 1 Clemson
No. 2 Oklahoma (-3) vs. No. 3 Georgia


11.-Clemson, Oklahoma and Georgia all responded extremely well from their first loss of the season. All three teams had conference championship games and all three played their best football in those games.


12.-Alabama's response to its Iron-Bowl loss will need to be its best effort of the season, of course if Clemson thinks it will be a walk-through game, they just might be heading back to pat the rock a little early. A look back at the FSU game when the 'Noles had their starting QB for the whole game just might shed some light on the subject..!


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