Three keys: Alabama vs. Creighton 

March, 15, 2012
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The University of Alabama will make its first appearance in the NCAA Tournament since 2006 when the Crimson Tide tips off against Creighton at 12:40 p.m. CT on Friday.

In 2006, Alabama won their first-round game over Marquette, but it’s going to take a strong defensive effort to slow down the Blue Jays and notch another victory. Here are three things that must happen in order for the Tide to get past the opening game:

Slow down McDermott

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