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Jumbo Package: Tide Women face Dawgs in first round this morning

Your latest Crimson Tide news and notes.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL: JAN 20 Women’s Alabama at Tennessee Photo by Bryan Lynn/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Happy Thursday, everyone. The women’s basketball team will kick off SEC Tournament play at 11am CT this morning against a Georgia team that handed them their last loss of the season, a one-point overtime win in Athens. Should the Tide prevail, you have to like their chances of making the NCAA tournament field, though mighty South Carolina awaits in the next round of this particular bracket. Point guard Jordan Lewis is the engine.

“Coach (Kristy) Curry believed in me from the first day I was here,” Lewis said. “I thought it was important to be a part of something where somebody believes in you.”

During her freshman season Lewis started 36 games and ranked fifth in the SEC for assists, averaging 4.3 per game. This season, Lewis led the team as the starting point guard and averages 13.1 points and 3.7 assists per game.

Unfortunately, Lewis sustained a wrist injury in the middle of the season that set her back a little bit. However, on Jan. 20, she managed to become the 29th player in program history to surpass the 1,000-point mark.

Good luck. ladies. Maybe we can send one basketball team dancing, anyway.

McShay likes Alabama’s prospects.

“Every year it’s the same thing,” McShay said on a conference call. “With (Xavier) McKinney, Jedrick Wills at tackle, Jerry Jeudy, Tua Tagovailoa, Trevon Diggs, who was inconsistent at times but is so physically gifted as a former receiver with ball skills. You have (Henry) Ruggs, Anfernee Jennings, Terrell Lewis. It’s just insane how much talent Alabama has. You’re talking about nine, 10 guys that could go in the first three rounds this year.

“They were well-represented, let’s put it that way.”

Todd has six Tide players pegged as first rounders. None of this makes him any less of a doofus.

LSU players are convinced that their win over Alabama is a harbinger of change.

“Playing ‘Bama, that’s something you grow up thinking about,” Edwards-Helaire explained. “All those guys that I watched growing up, seeing the looks on their faces — even if it’s media after losing to Bama, and the whole nine yards — that’s what kind of struck a fire in me.

“Ultimately being from Baton Rouge and not doing it for myself, but doing it for those guys who are currently on a team and guys who were previously there, I think a made a lot of guys from that team proud and ultimately Louisiana.”

Order should be restored without much trouble this season.

Last, the Senior Bowl is moving locations, to South Alabama’s football stadium.

Alabama head coach, Nick Saban:

“The people of Mobile take great pride in hosting the Senior Bowl and this is an exciting move for both the city and the game. I attended a Senior Bowl practice at the University of South Alabama two years ago and came away very impressed with the facilities. I look forward to seeing our Crimson Tide players in Mobile every year.”

Yeah, it’s a slow news day, folks.

That’s about it for now Have a great day.

Roll Tide.