Preview: Alabama Crimson Tide

Tide will keep rolling on D, but can they score enough to make the tourney?

Updated: October 24, 2013, 10:20 AM ET
By John Gasaway | ESPN Insider

Trevor RelefordAP Photo/Jason DeCrowTrevor Releford is an excellent scorer, but will he get any help from teammates this season?

Alabama Crimson Tide

2012-13: 23-13 (12-6 SEC)
In-conference offense: 0.99 points per possession (eighth)
In-conference defense: 0.94 points allowed per possession (second)

There's never a dull moment in Tuscaloosa. In the offseason, starters Trevor Lacey and Moussa Gueye chose to transfer to NC State and Valparaiso, respectively. Lacey explained later that it "wasn't fun" being a shooting guard who at times was asked to function more like a point, and he definitely took note when coach Anthony Grant didn't exactly try to talk him out of transferring.

Then in June, Devonta Pollard was charged with conspiracy to commit kidnapping. Pollard was a top-30 prospect out of high school and the jewel of this team's 2012 recruiting class. We'll never know what he might have done with a sophomore season, but simply in terms of head count, all of the above means Grant is down to nine scholarship players.

That roster question aside, you generally know what you'll get from Bama every season. The Crimson Tide will play excellent defense and compile a very good record in SEC play but, unfortunately, will not win any NCAA tournament games. This description applies to each of the last three seasons -- will it hold true again in 2013-14?