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We are not just a football school – Alabama Basketball Team Writes a New Page in the Football Dominated History Book

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In the heart of the Deep South, where football reigns supreme, the University of Alabama has long been synonymous with gridiron glory. The Crimson Tide’s storied football program boasts national championships, legendary coaches, and a fervent fan base that paints Saturdays in crimson and white. But in recent years, another tide has been rising—a basketball tide led by sharp-shooting guard Latrell Wrightsell.

Wrightsell’s journey to the Final Four epitomizes Alabama’s transformation from a football-centric institution to a dual-sport powerhouse. As he stepped onto the hardwood, he carried with him the weight of expectations—the same expectations that have fueled Alabama’s football dynasty. But Wrightsell, with his silky jump shot and unwavering determination, has shattered the mold.

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In a recent tweet by:

@NextRoundLive “I feel like we set a standard at Alabama that we’re not just a football school. We’re a basketball school, too,” Wrightsell declared after the Final Four victory. His words echoed through the rafters of Lucas Oil Stadium, resonating with fans who had witnessed the Crimson Tide’s improbable journey.

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Under the guidance of Coach Nate Oats, Alabama’s basketball program has undergone a renaissance. Oats, known for his up-tempo style and relentless work ethic, has instilled a new culture—one that values speed, precision, and fearlessness. Wrightsell embodies this ethos, his three-pointers lighting up scoreboards and igniting the crowd.

Wrightsell’s path to the Final Four was not without hurdles. A head injury during the Round of 32 threatened to derail his season. Yet, like a true warrior, he fought back. Coach Oats provided updates, and the Alabama faithful held their breath. Would Wrightsell be available for the biggest stage of his career?

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On Tuesday, as the team prepared to face the UConn Huskies, Wrightsell returned to practice. Limited but determined, he took the court. “He’s got day-to-day evaluations,” Coach Oats revealed. “Our hope is that he’s gonna be able to play on Saturday.” The stakes were high—the first-ever Final Four appearance for Alabama men’s basketball.

Wrightsell’s availability against UConn was critical. His presence would stretch the defense, create spacing, and draw attention away from UConn’s shot-blocking center. The Crimson Tide needed every weapon in their arsenal to pull off the upset.

 

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