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Alabama Basketball Makes History: Advances to the First Final Four.

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Los Angeles, CA The curse has been lifted, and decades of frustration have crumbled in a single night. For the first time in its storied history, Alabama basketball is headed to the Final Four. The Crimson Tide’s thrilling victory over Clemson (89-82) in the West Regional final catapulted them into the annals of college basketball greatness.Decades of frustration have been crushed in one night. For the first time in program history, Alabama basketball is going to the Final Four. No. 4 Alabama beat No. 6 Clemson 89-82 Saturday night in Los Angeles to win the West Regional and advance to the Final Four. Nate Oats has led the Crimson Tide to a new level in his fifth year as head coach. 

Nate Oats: Architect of Triumph

Under the astute leadership of head coach Nate Oats, the Crimson Tide has scaled new heights. Oats, in his fifth year at the helm, has orchestrated a remarkable journey for the team. Reflecting on the momentous achievement, he said, “It’s surreal. Eleven years ago, I clinched a state championship at Romulus in the Detroit area. Now, here we are.”

Mark Sears: From Struggle to Stardom

Despite a challenging first half, Mark Sears, Alabama’s scoring dynamo throughout the season, exploded in the second half. The Tigers couldn’t contain him as he poured in 23 points, including an impressive 6-for-7 from beyond the arc. Sears, a true Alabamian, summed up the emotions: “To achieve this with my fellow teammates—it’s nothing short of amazing.”

Nick Pringle: The Unyielding Hero

Battling through a heel injury, Nick Pringle emerged as another hero for the Crimson Tide. His 16 points and 11 rebounds secured his third double-double of the season. Pringle’s dominance on the offensive glass disrupted Clemson’s momentum, and his finishing at the rim was a game-changer.

Jarin Stevenson: The Unexpected Star

In a tournament where different players have stepped up at crucial junctures, Jarin Stevenson shone brightly. Against Clemson, Stevenson’s 19 points (5 of 8 from beyond the arc) were pivotal. It’s a remarkable turnaround for a player who had zero points in the teams’ first encounter back in December.

The Turning Point

The Tigers briefly held a one-point lead early in the second half, but from that moment onward, it was all about the Crimson Tide. Their relentless spirit, combined with individual brilliance, propelled them to victory.

As the Alabama faithful celebrate this historic achievement, the Final Four awaits—a stage where legends are born and dreams realized. Roll Tide! 🏀🔴⚪

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