DJC alluded it to in one of his post below, but I had to comment on the lack of marketing of the basketball program.
Football is king and always will be king at the University of Alabama. That's the way it is, but it doesn't mean basketball can't be marketed in conjunction with football.
Let's look at the preseason basketball schedule... why is it that our opening day matchup with Mercer on 11/16 is on Sunday at 6PM? Wouldn't it make more sense to schedule that on Friday night before the Mississippi State home game? Fans are going to be here so why not take advantage of that and draw more than a crowd of 1000 to opening game? People are going to leave Tuscaloosa Sunday morning heading back home. It's mind boggling not to take advantage of the football crowd coming in. We've got to market the team outside of Tuscaloosa. The population of metro T-town isn't big enough to bring in the crowds for non-conference games.
An aside... prediction of our record going into December: 3-2. We'll learn a lot about the team in Maui.