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Bama learns nonconference lesson

Crimson Tide hoops program improves RPI by locking in better teams

Updated: June 1, 2012, 5:14 PM ET
By Alex Scarborough | TideNation

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- In 2011, the University of Alabama basketball team was on the outside looking in when the NCAA tournament field was selected. The Crimson Tide's non-conference schedule was found to be lacking and coach Anthony Grant's squad was sent off to compete in the NIT despite winning 21 games and going 12-4 in the SEC.

In 2012, the message was received loud and clear by Grant and the rest of the Alabama coaching staff. The Tide beefed up their non-conference schedule and positioned ...

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