Tide Headed to 4th Consecutive NCAA Tournament


Sunday, March 13, 2005

NCAA Selection Show 2005

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TUSCALOOSA – The University of Alabama is headed to its fourth consecutive NCAA tournament appearance. Alabama, 24-7, is the No. 5 seed in the Chicago Regional. It will open play on Thursday in Cleveland, Ohio, against the 12th-seeded University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 24-5 and the Horizon League tournament champions.

Gametime is set for 11:25 a.m. CT/12:25 p.m. ET on Thursday. The winner of that game plays on Saturday at 4:30 p.m. CT/5:30 p.m. ET.

Ticket information for the Crimson Tide’s ticket allotment will be announced on Monday. TIDE PRIDE members and season ticket holders are given priority.

The Alabama vs. Wisconsin-Milwaukee winner plays the winner of the first round game between Boston College and Penn. The second round game will be played on Saturday.

“I’ve always said the NCAA tournament is the greatest show on earth, and to be a part of it is a great privilege,” said Alabama head coach Mark Gottfried. “We’re excited. Our team is excited. I just think it’s a lot of fun to be a part of it, and, to do it here at my Alma Mater again, that’s special. It’s important.

“I think we’re playing a very good team. In the short amount of time I’ve had tonight since they announced the bracket, we’ve started to do our homework, and the first thing that jumps out at me is that they have won 17 of their last 18 games. They’ve played in the bracket buster game and had to travel to Hawaii right in the middle of their season. They beat Hawaii which I think is pretty impressive. They came right back, went on the road in the league and won again right after that. So this team is a very good basketball team, very well coached. I know Bruce Pearl well. I’ve known him a long time. He’s done a great job. They’ve got the player of the year in their conference, Ed McCants, so obviously we have our hands full, but we are going to go play and play hard.”

This is Alabama’s 18th NCAA tournament appearance. Alabama advanced in 1975, 1976, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1994, 1995, 2002, 2003 and 2004 previously. Alabama has a 19-17 overall NCAA tournament record. Its deepest run in the NCAA tournament was in 2004 when it advanced to the Elite 8. Alabama has made the Sweet 16 eight times, in 1976, 1982, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1990, 1991 and 1992.