Alabama’s Crimson Tide men’s basketball team competes in NCAA Division I men’s basketball. The team is a member of the Southeastern Conference (SEC). It ranks second in the league only behind long-time basketball powerhouse Kentucky in SEC tournament championships, third in terms of overall victories behind Kentucky and Arkansas, and fourth in SEC regular-season league crowns after Kentucky, LSU, and Tennessee.
The Premo-Porretta Power Poll named Alabama the pre-NCAA Tournament national champion for the 1929–30 season.
Something about the Home Ground
Coleman Coliseum, a multi-purpose arena on the University of Alabama’s campus in Tuscaloosa, serves as the home of the Crimson Tide Alabama basketball team.
The arena cost $4.2 million to build and opened in 1968 to replace the outdated Foster Auditorium.
The structure received a restoration in 2005, during which more seats were installed. Officially, the arena now accommodates over 15,000 people.
Coleman Coliseum was named after Jefferson Jackson Coleman, famous alumni and longstanding University of Alabama booster. Until his demise in 1995, he was the only individual to have attended every Alabama football bowl game dating all the way back to the 1926 Rose Bowl Game. Before 1990, the structure was referred to as Memorial Coliseum.
Enthusiastic Fan Support
1 – Mark’s Madness
“Mark’s Madness” was a student club named after former Crimson Tide coach Mark Gottfried. The name is also a wordplay on the Alabama Basketball Championship’s nickname, “March Madness.” It was founded in January 2000 by a group of Alabama students in an effort to invigorate the atmosphere at Coleman Coliseum.
The Crimson Tide went 137-27 (.835) at Coleman Coliseum during the Gottfried era. During its existence, Mark’s Madness was the biggest student group on campus. Mark Gottfried’s employment ended in early 2009, therefore ending the Mark’s Madness brand.
2 – Chaos in Crimson
In the summer of 2009, with the recruitment of Coach Anthony Grant, a group of senior students contacted the UA Marketing Department about recreating the student section organization. During the 2009 season’s opening exhibition game, it was revealed that the student group backing Alabama basketball will be renamed “Crimson Chaos”.
Crimson Chaos officially registered as a University of Alabama student club and adopted a new structure as it reached its second year. Along with supporting men’s basketball, Crimson Chaos evolved to promote other University of Alabama sports, eventually becoming the university’s official student club for athletics. Additionally, the group experimented with innovative ways to make Coleman Coliseum’s environment as terrifying as it had been in prior years, including the addition of the “Roll Tide Roller Coaster”.
The freshly electrified atmosphere generated by Crimson Chaos in Coleman Coliseum aided the Tide in completing an unbeaten season at home (19–0 in 2010–11), which included victories against Kentucky, Georgia, and Mississippi State.
Former Coaches and their Contributions to the Team
Newton, C. M.
In 1968, famed Alabama football coach Paul “Bear” Bryant, who was also the university’s athletic director, contacted Kentucky men’s basketball coach Adolph Rupp in search of someone to turn around the basketball programme at Alabama. Rupp suggested C. M. Newton, a former reserve player at Kentucky who had spent 12 years at Transylvania University. Newton coached at Alabama for 12 seasons, with a 211–123 record.
Under Newton’s leadership, the Crimson Tide won three consecutive SEC championships (1974, 1975, and 1976), the only school (apart from Kentucky) to achieve this accomplishment. Newton also led Alabama to four NIT and two NCAA Men’s Division I Championship tournament appearances.
Newton left his position as head coach after the 1980–81 season to become the SEC’s associate commissioner. He was preceded by Wimp Sanderson, his senior assistant.
During his 12 years as head coach, his teams averaged 21.8 victories per year, finished 267–119, and won four SEC tournaments. They competed in one NIT and eight NCAA tournaments, reaching the “Sweet 16” five times. Sanderson is Alabama’s first coach to win 200 or more games in his first decade. In 1987, 1989, and 1990, he was named SEC Coach of the Year, and in 1987, he was named National Coach of the Year.
Some other coaches who contributed towards the team’s fame are Hank Crisp (1923–1942, 1945–1946), Hayden Riley (1960–1968), David Hobbs (1992–1998), Mark Gottfried (1998–2009), Anthony Grant (2009–2015) and Avery Johnson (2015-2019).
Nate Oats was appointed Alabama’s next head coach on March 27, 2019.
Oats formerly served as the head coach of the Buffalo Bulls, guiding them to three NCAA tournament berths in the last four years. After a 16–15 start, Oats’ second season led Alabama to its first SEC regular-season and tournament titles since 2002 and 1991, respectively.
So, there we have it, the whole notable history of the Alabama Crimson Tide Men’s basketball team, laid in front of you. All you basketball fans are surely going to be motivated reading this team’s amazing run of play.