We had seen this movie before: Alabama fights for a sizeable lead, the lead slowly evaporates, Alabama forgets how to play basketball, and Alabama loses the game. But in its Southeastern Conference opener, Anthony Grant’s Crimson Tide team was able to hold off Vanderbilt’s comeback long enough to escape with a 68-63 victory.
This win over the Commodores gives Alabama an undefeated conference record (1-0), and extends their home conference win streak to 13 games. But a 5-point win over an SEC opponent in the SEC opener becomes decreasingly impressive when you realize that the Crimson Tide blew a 16-point lead to barely hold on and win against Vanderbilt, whose leading scorer Eric McClellan did not travel to Tuscaloosa for undisclosed reasons.
“I was not happy with the energy in the second half and some of the things that we allowed to happen in the second half,” Alabama head coach Anthony Grant said. “So, I’ll have to go back and evaluate the film.