Alabama has been ranked as high this season as number four AP and number five Coaches in the December 3 polls. Scout.com had Bama as high as number three, but the Crimson Tide dropped to 10th in the latest Scout.com poll last week
The Crimson Tide is 9-1 going into a Wednesday night game at North Carolina State, which has a 7-2 record. Alabama will play for the first time in Raleigh at 5:30 p.m. CST in a return game from last year's Tuscaloosa match-up that NC State won 68-64.
Alabama played only one game last week, a 77-64 win against Southern Miss in the Coors Classic in Mobile. USM had a 7-0 record going into that game.
UCLA at 9-0 is the nation's number one ranked team in both polls. Both have North Carolina, 8-1, at No. 2 and Ohio State, 9-1, at No. 3. Florida is fourth AP and fifth Coaches and Wisconsin is fourth in the Coaches poll and fifth AP. Both have Duke at sixth, Pittsburgh at No. 7, Wichita State at No. 8, Arizona at No. 9 and Alabama at No. 10.