NCAA Tournament 2023: Alabama Soars Into Sweet 16


| LAST UPDATE 03/19/2023

By Bernadette Forster
Jahvon Quinerly NCAA Tournament
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The Alabama basketball team has been on a tear this season, and proof of that came in the form of an 82-63 win over Texas A&M that clinched their fourth SEC title in three seasons. The victory took place on the same court in Nashville that witnessed Jahvon Quinerly utter his famous "the job's not finished" quote two years prior. The Crimson Tide team that had fumbled and struggled was gone, replaced by a dominant force that would not be denied a statement-making win.

The Crimson Tide has had an unbelievable season, which has been built around the rocky road the team took to get here. After an incredible rise under head coach Nate Oats, the 2020-21 team that reached the Sweet 16 finished the year at 26-7. However, this season's team is built differently, and Oats has shared his view on how special this team is. He believes that this team is one of the best he has worked with, and it is evident in the performances that they are putting up every game.

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The Crimson Tide clinched their first-ever No. 1 overall seed in program history, with an overall record of 29-6, including a 16-2 record in the SEC during the regular season. This year's team has won more games in a single season than any other that came before it. This accomplishment in itself is remarkable, especially given the fact that the 2020-21 team was only able to amass 26 wins over the entire season, making this season's team stand out as one of the best Crimson Tide teams of all-time. Despite all the success, Quinerly remains grounded and focused on the next opponent on the schedule. He and the rest of the team understand that everything matters more when it comes to March, and there is an unmistakable feeling in the air that indicates as such.

The job is, indeed, not finished, and the Crimson Tide team is ready for the challenge that lies ahead. They are aware of how special this season can be, and they know that anything is possible when they come together and play as one. The stage is set for these players to leave their mark on March Madness forever, and they are not content with anything less than a national championship. Stay tuned.

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