Alabama Eliminates Top-Seeded Stanford
This time, there was no fantastic finish for Stanford.
Dan Grunfeld missed a three-pointer at the buzzer and the Cardinal became the first No. 1 seed to exit the NCAA tournament on Saturday, upset by Alabama 70-67.
Kennedy Winston scored 21 points and eighth-seeded Alabama shot 10-of-14 from the free throw line in the final minute.
The Tide (19-13) advanced to the round of 16 for the first time since 1991, and Alabama will play next week in Phoenix against Syracuse.
And I missed it. Last season, Alabama was briefly ranked #1 in the country until collapsing and barely making the NCAA tournament. I’m surprised they’ve made it back to the Sweet 16 this year with a team that, on paper at least, isn’t as talented. Roll Tide!
While Alabama is known as a football power, it has now been twelve years since the Tide won a national championship in that sport. Its baseball, basketball, and gymnastics teams have actually been much better than the football team of late.