Alabama basketball hopes tough schedule will prove to be beneficial in the postseason

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Alabama men’s basketball lost at home to No. 5 Kentucky, 66-55 on Saturday night.

It’s the Crimson Tide’s third straight game against a opponent ranked in the top-5. Last Saturday, Alabama upset No. 4 Baylor, before losing at top-ranked Auburn this past Tuesday.

Although his team didn’t get the victory against Kentucky, Crimson Tide Head Coach Nate Oats believes the tough schedule will be beneficial. Alabama has played seven opponents ranked in the top 25 this season, and has a 4-3 record in those games.

“People asked, ‘should you have played a lighter schedule?’ We didn’t lose to any of the good ones in the non-conference schedule,” Oats said following the loss to Kentucky. “I like to play the best and see if we can go head to head with the best. We’ve proven over the year that we can. It’s going to be hard to beat anybody shooting 28% from the field, let alone Kentucky.”

Alabama now has an overall record of 14-9 and falls to 4-6 in SEC play. The Crimson Tide travels to play Ole Miss on Wednesday night in Oxford, Miss.

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