NCAA Basketball: Alabama Crimson Tide vs Oklahoma Sooners- Possible Lineups and Predictions

Published 01/29/2021, 3:00 PM EST
Jan 12, 2021; Lexington, Kentucky, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide players celebrate after defeating the Kentucky Wildcats at Rupp Arena at Central Bank Center. Mandatory Credit: Arden Barnes-USA TODAY Sports


NCAA Basketball action will continue when the red-hot #9 ranked Alabama Crimson Tide look to extend their winning streak to 11 against the #24 ranked Oklahoma Sooners. Both teams are coming into this game with momentum on their side, but only one can leave the game with a win.

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The Sooners are 10-4 on the season and are coming off a massive win over the #5 Texas Longhorns. That win helped them get into the AP Poll for this week, as they had also beaten the ranked Kansas Jayhawks before they beat the Longhorns. But Alabama will be no easy feat.

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The Crimson Tide are coming off a win over the Kentucky Wildcats– their tenth win in a row. However, they have faced only one ranked opponent in this run and that came against the Tennessee Volunteers. Their early season losses were unspectacular, but will they keep their streak going against the Sooners?

NCAA Basketball: Alabama keeps on rolling despite the Sooners challenge?

The Crimson Tide will await the Sooners challenge on their home-court. That is quite exciting, as Alabama needs everything they can get to help tip the scales in their favor. This is a closely matched game, but Alabama needs a sure-thing to extend their stranglehold atop the SEC.

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Jan 23, 2021; Norman, Oklahoma, USA; Oklahoma Sooners guard De’Vion Harmon (11) and guard Austin Reaves (12) celebrate after a score against the Kansas Jayhawks during the second half at Lloyd Noble Center. Oklahoma won 75-68. Mandatory Credit: Alonzo Adams-USA TODAY Sports

The Sooners are just as exciting as the Crimson Tide. Both teams are gifted offensively and have a lot to look forward to this season. However, Oklahoma has been counted out from the start of the season and has been coming up in big moments. Could this be one of those?

The Crimson Tide will be lining up with Alex Reese, Joshua Primo, Herbert Jones, Jaden Shackelford, and John Petty Jr. Meanwhile, the Sooners will take the floor with Elijah Harkless, Austin Reaves, De’Vion Harmon, Alondes Williams, and Kur Kuath.

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Despite the game being on Alabama’s home-court, we are going for the Sooners. They are the team to bet on whenever they face a top-10 opponent, having beaten two already this season. The Crimson Tide may be taking a trip to the L column this game.

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Ishaan Bhattacharya

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Ishaan Bhattacharya is an NBA, NCAA Basketball, and Combat Sports writer at EssentiallySports. Currently, Ishaan is pursuing a Post Graduate Degree in Journalism from Xavier's Institute of Communication. Previously, Ishaan has written for The Indian Express, The Quint, Sportskeeda, and WrestleClub.

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