Bama makes NIT for 3rd straight year; will play Richmond on Tuesday

Bama makes NIT for 3rd straight year; will play Richmond on Tuesday

"I don't want to say it's a failed season", says A-10 player of the year TJ Cline before embarking for Pittsburgh last week, "but it might as well feel like one".

Richmond and Alabama have met on three previous occasions in series history, with the last meeting coming almost 30 years ago.

Tuesday, they return to their second National Invitational Tournament in the last three seasons.

OUR PREDICTION: The Crimson Tide are a flawless 5-0 against the spread in their last five games versus an opponent with a winning record and are 5-1 against the number in their last six games overall.

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"We played well this tournament, got some good momentum going, and whatever tournament we're in we'll be ready to play", Alabama junior wing Riley Norris said Saturday.

But while many fans are already eagerly anticipating next season, when Alabama will unveil a top-five nationally ranked recruiting class that includes McDonald's All-America guard Collin Sexton and five-star wing John Petty, Johnson Sr. isn't quite ready to look ahead just yet, not when there's still so much the Tide can still accomplish this season.

"If we don't make the NCAA Tournament..."



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