Alabama: Another SEC West squad that will definitely improve and get to the Big Dance this season. The Crimson Tide were extreme underachievers last season, going from preseason Top Ten team to an NIT team. Much of that could be attributed to point guard Ronald Steele’s nagging injuries that bothered him the entire season. If he is completely healthy this season, look out. Richard Hendrix is ready to dominate the SEC in the post, and wings Alonzo Gee and Mykal Riley form a dynamite duo on the perimeter. That quartet is one of the best in the country, and should be enough to carry ‘Bama to the Field of 65.
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I disagree with Clemson and Kansas State making the NCAA tournament. Until Clemson proves they can play with the big boys of the ACC their place in the NIT is cemented. As for Kansas State... while Huggins left a lot of talent in his 'spectacular' one year run, there's going to be a dropoff in leadership from Huggins to Martin.