Kira Lewis Jr. likes Nate Oats' style, both his personal "swagger" and the aggressive, fast way his teams play.
The Alabama point guard figures some of that attitude will translate to the...
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Junior college forward James Rojas has signed to play with Alabama.
Rojas, whose signing was announced on Tuesday, is the Crimson Tide's sixth signee and second...
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Alabama point guard Kira Lewis Jr. says he's staying put after considering a transfer.
The freshman entered his name into the NCAA's transfer portal after the...
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Alabama will pay new basketball coach Nate Oats $2.45 million annually under his five-year deal.
The university released a memorandum of understanding with Oats to...
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Nate Oats helped turned Buffalo into an NCAA Tournament regular. Now, he's trying to restore Alabama to that status.
The Crimson Tide hired Oats on Wednesday after he...
AMES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa State and coach Steve Prohm have agreed to a three-year contract extension through the 2024-25 season.
The Cyclones announced the deal on Tuesday, ending speculation...
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Alabama guard Dazon Ingram says he plans to play his final college basketball season elsewhere.
Ingram announced his decision to leave as a graduate transfer Monday...
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Alabama athletic director Greg Byrne is looking for a new basketball coach with a clean record and a college background.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Avery Johnson brought attention, more fans and several highly rated recruits to Alabama's basketball program. He could not, however, win enough to stick...
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — As late as it was in the season, Alabama coach Avery Johnson couldn't help but worry over his team's three-game Southeastern Conference losing streak. He also can't help...
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Alabama survived in a game it couldn't really afford to lose.
Kira Lewis Jr. scored 19 points and the Crimson Tide turned back a big comeback attempt in a 68-61...
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama has beaten one top 5 team and pushed another to the brink on the road. The Crimson Tide has also suffered some humbling defeats.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Alabama Crimson Tide started turning the ball over so much that coach Avery Johnson joked that they went into their Harlem Globetrotters' look.
Riley Norris scored six points in the final 2:13, and Alabama beat Vanderbilt 77-67 Saturday night for a second straight victory for the Crimson Tide.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Alabama has a reputation of losing large first-half leads. Against No. 20 Mississippi, Alabama's lead didn't just hold up, it grew.
The Crimson Tide built a 16-point lead by halftime and extended that advantage to 28 points on the way to a 74-53 blowout win over Ole Miss.
"Fortunately tonight, we were just a consistent basketball team," Alabama coach Avery Johnson said.
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — After losing on a buzzer-beating 3-pointer in its second consecutive defeat on Saturday, Alabama needed a pick-me-up performance against Missouri.
Who better to turn morale around than the coach's son?
Avery Johnson Jr. scored 14 points to lead Alabama to a 70-60 road victory over Missouri on Wednesday.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — LSU point guard Tremont Waters was sitting on the floor when he broke Alabama's back.
Waters capped his 19-point, seven-assist performance by rifling a pass under the hoop from a seated position to set up Darius Days' dunk, and LSU defeated Alabama 88-79 on Tuesday night.
NACOGDOCHES, Texas (AP) — Kira Lewis Jr. had 17 points and eight assists, Donta Hall added 12 points and 14 rebounds, and Alabama beat Stephen F. Austin 79-69 on Sunday night.
Hall was 6 of 7 from the field and notched his fifth double-double of the season for the Crimson Tide (9-3), who won their fourth straight.
Stephen F. Austin rallied late in the second half, but Alabama stopped the momentum with a 9-2 run that ended with Lewis' pair of free throws to make it 77-67 with 1:52 left in the game.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Alabama coach Avery Johnson called it blood, sweat and no tears game. It may have also been the best way imaginable for the Crimson Tide to go into the Christmas break.
Donta Hall had 17 points and 11 rebounds, and paced by a huge first-half run Alabama pulled out a 73-64 victory over Penn State on Friday night.
John Petty had 13 points and five rebounds, and Tevin Mack totaled 11 points and four rebounds for the Crimson Tide (8-3), who have won three straight.
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) — The sentimental story line may have been a homecoming for a pair of Alabama players. But a career-high scoring effort and perfect shooting from the field by Donta Hall was the difference for the Crimson Tide in their 84-75 victory Tuesday night over Liberty in the neutral-site Rocket City Classic.
Hall, a 6-foot-9 senior, sank all six of his shots from the floor, racking up 21 points for Alabama (7-3).
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Alabama coach Avery Johnson has landed a three-player signing class for 2019.
The Crimson Tide announced Wednesday the signing of forward Juwan Gary and guards Jaylen Forbes and Jaden Shackelford. All three are from outside the state of Alabama.
The class was ranked No. 11 by ESPN.com and the three signees are rated as four-star prospects.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Alabama coach Avery Johnson called it a mature performance as Kira Lewis scored 21 points in the second game of his career to lead Alabama to an 81-73 victory over Appalachian State on Sunday night.
Donta Hall added with 12 points and 12 rebounds. John Petty and Herbert Jones scored 13 and 10 points, respectively, for the Crimson Tide (2-0).
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Alabama's first outing without Collin Sexton was a fruitful one as the Crimson Tide pounded Southern — Avery Johnson's alma mater — 82-62 on Tuesday night.
Johnson, who graduated from Southern in 1988 as the program's all-time assist leader, was honored with the Distinguished Alumni Award from the Jaguars' Alumni Association. His team put on a show for him during the contest.
Donta Hall scored 20 points and grabbed five rebounds while John Petty added 17 points.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Alabama guard Riley Norris will miss the start of the season after having a procedure done on his heart.
Alabama announced Monday that Norris is week to week after having what was deemed a successful cardiac ablation procedure last week. Norris is expected to make a full recovery.
The Crimson Tide opens the season Tuesday night against Southern.
Last season: Alabama made its first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2012 and won its first tourney game since 2006 before losing to eventual champion Villanova in the second round.
Nickname: Crimson Tide.
Coach: Avery Johnson.
Who's gone: PG Collin Sexton left after one season and was the No. 8 overall NBA draft pick by the Cleveland Cavaliers. He averaged 19.2 points, second in the SEC. F Braxton Key, who started 17 games, transferred to Virginia.
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama coach Avery Johnson manages to find a silver lining to losing Collin Sexton to the NBA.
Sure, that means replacing one of the Southeastern Conference's most dynamic players, but it also forces the Crimson Tide to build more offensive diversity.
"Collin was an alpha dog," Johnson said. "He's going to score 20 points a game and sometimes teams can load up their defense to try to shut him down. I'm hoping this year that we'll be a lot more versatile on offense.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Alabama has signed highly rated point guard Kira Lewis and he will be eligible this season.
The 6-foot-3 Lewis graduated early from Huntsville's Hazel Green High School and reclassified for the Class of 2018. Lewis has enrolled for the fall semester.
Lewis is a five-star prospect who was rated by 247Sports as the No. 5 point guard and 26th-best overall recruit.
Crimson Tide coach Avery Johnson on Thursday called him "an upper level talented player" who's quick and can shoot.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Alabama sophomore forward Braxton Key is leaving the team and plans to transfer.
Crimson Tide coach Avery Johnson said Friday Key has been granted his release. He says Key "certainly has a bright future, but he has to do what's best for him."
Key started 17 games last season after missing the first 10 with a knee injury. He averaged 7.0 points and 5.3 rebounds per game.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Avery Johnson and his wife went to watch one of his former NBA teams play recently and couldn't help but think Collin Sexton would fit right in at the next level.
Now, Alabama's fleet-footed freshman point guard is aiming to prove them right after helping deliver the Crimson Tide to the NCAA Tournament in his lone season.
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Collin Sexton and a highly rated freshman class helped deliver Alabama back to the NCAA Tournament.
The Crimson Tide might have to earn its next trip without the high-scoring point guard.
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Avery Johnson has spent plenty of time trying to convince Alabama freshman star Collin Sexton to take ownership of his play and the Crimson Tide, a message the coach has repeated frequently during his team's uneven season.
It finally seems to be getting through. The fact it took until March hardly matters.
"(Sexton's) giving more speeches to our team, which is showing leadership," Johnson said.
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Auburn's offense was flowing at the end of the first half. Desean Murray hit his third 3-pointer and ripped off five straight points to put the Tigers up 41-31 over the Crimson Tide at halftime.
Then, the Collin Sexton show started.
Sexton scored 31 points and Alabama used a strong second half to defeat No. 16 Auburn 81-63 Friday in the quarterfinals of the Southeastern Conference Tournament.
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Collin Sexton wasn't quite ready to put Alabama's postseason chances in the hands of the NCAA Tournament selection committee.
Instead, the standout freshman took the Crimson Tide's fate into his own hands — a plan that kept the school's NCAA hopes alive for another day.
Southeastern Conference coaches believe the depth of their league should give all 14 teams reason to believe they could win the postseason tournament that starts Wednesday in St. Louis.
"You just never know," Alabama coach Avery Johnson said. "I wouldn't be surprised by anything that happens in the tournament because of how balanced the league is."
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Alabama's once-flourishing NCAA Tournament hopes lately have taken quite a beating.
A four-game losing streak has left coach Avery Johnson and the Crimson Tide (17-13, 8-9 Southeastern Conference) urgently trying to find a way to salvage the program's first NCAA bid since 2012.
Johnson is still striking a positive tone for a team that just a few weeks ago was celebrating a 28-point romp over No. 16 Tennessee.
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Four straight losses were enough for Kentucky.
PJ Washington scored 16 points, Kevin Knox added 13, and Kentucky beat Alabama 81-71 on Saturday to end a four-game slide.
"They played desperately," Kentucky coach John Calipari said. "We gave away some games this year and we have to start taking games away from people, which means desperation."
Avery Johnson heeded his wife's advice instead of breaking out the old psychology books.
The Alabama coach, who has a degree in psychology, has been trying to build consistency in a team that has followed up big wins with a few humbling defeats. Wife Cassandra cooked up a nice, Cajun-style meal for the team Sunday night and suggested her husband visit with each player individually and "just let them see Avery."
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Alabama big man Donta Hall started the game with a dunk, and did the same to open the second half.
It was that kind of night for both No. 15 Tennessee and the Crimson Tide.
Hall had 17 points and 11 rebounds and Collin Sexton scored 16 points to lead Alabama to a 78-50 victory Saturday night over the Volunteers, putting a big chill on the Southeastern Conference's hottest team.
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Alabama coach Avery Johnson had a "conversation" at halftime with his team, a "great talk" about reducing turnovers and making better decisions.
His message was loud and clear. It was well-received, too.
Collin Sexton scored 17 points, Donta Hall notched his fourth double-double of the season, and Alabama rallied from a 10-point deficit to thump No. 23 Florida 68-50 Saturday.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Alabama coach Avery Johnson said he'll throw three or four different defensive looks at an opposing team during a typical game.
Oklahoma — and its freshman sensation Trae Young — got seven of them.
Not all of them worked, but most of them did. The result was one of Young's worst offensive games of the year and an 80-73 upset victory for the Crimson Tide over No. 12 Oklahoma on Saturday in the Big 12/SEC Challenge.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Braxton Key rediscovered his shooting touch at the right time for Alabama.
Key scored 16 points in his best game of the season and Dazon Ingram made two free throws with 21 seconds left to lift Alabama to a 68-62 victory over Mississippi State on Saturday night.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — After being blown out at Georgia three days ago, Alabama coach Avery Johnson decided to mix up his starting lineup against South Carolina.
John Petty scored 15 points, Donta Hall added 13, and Alabama blew out South Carolina 76-62 on Tuesday night. The Crimson Tide bench scored 35 points to lead Alabama's efficient night on the offensive end.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Avery Johnson saw his Alabama players hit shots, divvy the scoring load four ways and basically do the things they didn't last time out.
John Petty made five 3-pointers and scored 18 points to help the Crimson Tide knock off No. 5 Texas A&M 79-57 on Saturday night in the Southeastern Conference opener for both teams.
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) — It was a neutral-site game, except for Alabama sophomore guard John Petty.
A two-time Alabama Mr. Basketball as a Huntsville prep star, Petty returned to his home town and scored 18 points, including a pivotal 3-pointer in a Crimson Tide rally, to help Alabama to an 80-79 victory over Mercer on Tuesday night in the Rocket City Classic.
Freshman sensation Collin Sexton led Alabama (8-3) with 21 points, Dazon Ingram added 11 and Alex Reese 10.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Central Florida was the first team to have an answer for Alabama star freshman Collin Sexton in its 65-62 upset victory Sunday over the No. 24 Crimson Tide. It came from an effort to keep the Southeastern Conference scoring leader out of the paint.
"A lot of times when our guards would drive to the basket they made a major concerted effort to step up and try to slow down Dazon (Ingram) and Collin (Sexton) in those situations," Alabama coach Avery Johnson said.
NEW YORK (AP) — Minnesota coach Richard Pitino never saw anything like it.
Nor had Alabama coach Avery Johnson.
"That was one of the most bizarre things I've ever been a part of," Jordan Murphy said after he scored 19 points and and grabbed 14 rebounds to lead No. 14 Minnesota to an 89-84 victory over No. 25 Alabama, which finished the game with just three players, in the championship game of the Barclays Center Classic on Saturday.
NEW YORK (AP) — To hear Avery Johnson speak, the importance of preseason tournaments for his young team can be distilled to one word.
"Exposure," Johnson said after No. 25 Alabama's 71-59 win over BYU in the Barclays Center Classic on Friday.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Alabama did what it needed to to remain unbeaten.
Freshman Collin Sexton scored 29 points and No. 25 Alabama beat UT-Arlington 77-76 in a come-from-behind victory Tuesday night.
"By any stretch of the imagination it wasn't pretty, but we did whatever it took to win the game," Alabama coach Avery Johnson said.
Sexton scored the last five points for Alabama, including three free throws.
"Every time I step on the court I have to give it my all," Sexton said.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Alabama coach Avery Johnson has signed three four-star recruits.
The Crimson Tide coach announced Monday the signing of guards Jared Butler and Diante Wood and center Javian Fleming. Johnson says all three "were important to us" after building relationships with them over time.
Butler is a point guard from from Reserve, Louisiana, who is ranked as the No. 75 overall player by Scout.
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Taking a cue from the unbeaten Alabama football team, Crimson Tide basketball coach Avery Johnson found a way to win with a depleted roster.
Dazon Ingram scored 20 points, and short-handed Alabama used long-range shooting to beat Memphis 82-70 on Friday night in a season opener at the Veterans Classic.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Nick Saban has been known to recruit a few good players, so it shouldn't come as a surprise he wants Avery Johnson on his team.
No, not Alabama's football team — the 52-year-old Johnson is a little long in the tooth for that.
But Saban likes the former NBA point guard to be on his squad during offseason staff basketball games at Coleman Coliseum. Saban likes to win, something Johnson knows a little about.