Bama climbs national rankings

TUSCALOOSA - The University of Alabama men's basketball team, 6-0, is ranked No. 2 in the Associated Press Top 25 College Basketball Poll released today. The spot at No. 2 marks the highest ranking ever for the Crimson Tide basketball team.

"I think it's significant from a historical perspective in that it is the highest, and our guys should feel good about that," said Alabama head coach Mark Gottfried whose team climbed one spot from No. 3 in last week's poll. "Yet I think our players understand that it doesn't really guarantee anything. And that's the perspective we need to have."

The AP top 10 included, in order, Arizona, Alabama, Duke, Pittsburgh, Oregon, Oklahoma, Indiana (coached by former Tide player Mike Davis), Texas, Connecticut and Notre Dame.

Since point guard Mo Williams joined the team last season, the Tide has climbed steadily up the national rankings. (Associated Press)

Alabama climbed one spot in the USA Today/ESPN Coaches Top 25 basketball coaches poll as well to No. 4. The Coaches' poll top 10 included, in order, Arizona, Duke, Pittsburgh, Alabama, Oregon, Indiana, Texas, Oklahoma, Connecticut and Missouri.

While its players take final examinations this week, the Alabama team is idle from competition until Saturday, December 14. Gottfried will return to his hometown of Mobile where Alabama plays Bowling Green in the Coors Classic, a double header hosted by South Alabama. Alabama and Bowling Green tip off at 5 p.m. CT.

Alabama's next home game is on Saturday, December 21st at 2 p.m. when it hosts Providence in Coleman Coliseum. Tickets are available and can be purchased at the Coleman Coliseum Athletic Ticket Box Office (205) 348-BAMA.

Tickets are selling at a fast pace for the January 4 home game against Xavier, ranked No. 13 in the AP poll and No. 11 in the Coaches poll. That match-up will feature two national player of the year candidates on the floor in Alabama's Erwin Dudley and Xavier's David West.

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