Bama's lone senior, Solomon Davis, was honored in a ceremony prior to the game. Davis is an honor student, who was recruited by Coach Gottfried to rejoin the team when it became apparent that the squad needed help off the bench and in practice. Though he didn't play much, Davis did get into the game at the very end.
Alabama's Erwin Dudley drives the lane for two points in the first half against Auburn Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2002 in Tuscaloosa, Ala. (AP Photo/Michael E. Palmer)
A crucial player off the bench all season, Antoine Pettway cuts down the net, following Wednesday's title-clinching game.
Coach Gottfried took a few minutes to speak to the crowd after the game. He pointed out that credit for the championship belongs to the players for their hard work and character.
Alabama's Rod Grizzard, left, drives to the basket against Auburn's Derrick Bird (11) in the first half.(AP Photo/Michael E. Palmer)
Players, coaches, manager, trainers and doctors pose for an impromptu team picture following the game.
In the press room following the game, Mo Williams sports a new piece of jewelry. Most experts see the addition of Williams to the lineup as being key to Alabama stepping up to championship level.
Alabama's Erwin Dudley celebrates on the floor of Coleman Coliseum, sporting a brand new SEC championship t-shirt, after Alabama defeated Auburn 73-68, to claim the Southeastern Conference regular-season title. Dudley finished the game with 25 points.(AP Photo/Michael E. Palmer)
Coach Gottfried cuts down the net. Fifteen years earlier, Gottfried was a shooting guard on the last Alabama team to win the regular-season SEC title.