If there was any doubt about Alabama's ability to survive the singe-elimination pressure of postseason basketball, the Crimson Tide erased it Sunday with an 80-79 win over No. 3 seed LSU in the SEC Tournament title game. The victory capped an impressive three-day run for the top-seeded Crimson Tide, who had last won the league tournament in 1991.
Alabama's bonafides as a postseason contender came into question by some skeptical of the program's reliance on 3-point shooting and the potential of a poor shooting game dooming it in a do or die situation. But the Crimson Tide responded by putting their solid defense on display and getting critical defensive stops in a semifinal win over Tennessee on Saturday and in the final seconds against LSU.
The Crimson Tide made just 7-of-28 attempts from 3-point range against Tennessee and 12-of-36 against LSU -- just a 29.7% clip over two days. That figure was well below the team's season average, but it didn't stop Alabama from hoisting a trophy in the end, and that's a good indicator of what the Crimson Tide may be able to accomplish in the NCAA Tournament.