Due to time constraints today I will not be able to post my initial impressions piece until later this week. Since we have the week off, I'll have more on the Arkansas game, a look at the SEC, and another bracketology update as the week progresses.
In the meantime, we'll leave you with some impressions from the media following Saturday's huge win over the SEC West leaders, the Arkansas Razorbacks.
Enjoy the win, enjoy the week off, and Roll Tide! There's lots of basketball yet to be played.....
Alabama — which had struggled in close games over the past month — did the things it needed to do in order to win, making key defensive stops and hitting clutch free throws.
As the horn sounded, Alabama forward JaMychal Green heaved the basketball the length of the court and ran to the bench in delight, chest-bumping teammates.
Think a first victory in five games wasn't significant?
Alabama pounded the Razorbacks with rebounding to rally for a 73-68 victory before an announced crowd of 13,151.
The Crimson Tide outrebounded Arkansas 38-24, including 23-12 in the second half when Alabama outscored the Razorbacks 15-4 in second-chance points.
A different team emerged from the locker room roughly 20 minutes later and took it to the Razorbacks, outscoring the visitors 44-30 and winning 73-68 to end a four-game losing streak.
So what exactly happened in that locker room that transformed Clark Kent into Superman?
Two of the central figures in Alabama's 73-68 victory over Arkansas on Saturday at Coleman Coliseum were a guard from Little Rock, Ark., and a guard from Montgomery.