College basketball rankings: Alabama moves up to No. 4 in Top 25 And 1 after a big victory at Arkansas


Jalen Graham scored with 4:55 left on the clock and, just like that, Arkansas found itself in a one-possession game with Alabama inside a loud and rowdy Bud Walton Arena late Wednesday.

Momentum had shifted.

Or so it seemed.

But Alabama, like great teams often do, responded with a 19-6 run in the final 4:31 to pull away and win 84-69. So now the Crimson Tide is 14-2 overall and 4-0 in the SEC with massive road wins at Houston and Arkansas to offset losses to UConn and Gonzaga.

“We’ve been good at tough games,” said Alabama coach Nate Oats. “I thought the loss to UConn really showed our guys if you’re not tough, you’re not going to be able to win these big games.”

As I noted on Wednesday night’s Inside College Basketball on CBS Sports Network, Alabama checks every box as a legitimate national championship contender. The Crimson Tide have a great coach, talented guards and an undeniable star and future NBA Draft lottery pick in Brandon Miller. They’re good offensively, even better defensively and proven winners of big games. Taking all of this into account, I’ve moved Alabama to No. 4 in Thursday morning’s updated CBS Sports Top 25 And 1 daily college basketball rankings.

Arkansas is down to No. 20.

It’s starting to be fair to wonder just how good the Razorbacks are considering they’re A) 1-3 in their past four games with double-digit losses to Auburn and Alabama, and B) playing without their second-best transfer (Trevon Brazile ) and top NBA prospect (Nick Smith Jr.). Brazile is out for the season with a torn ACL. Smith has been sidelined with a knee issue that’s limited him to just five games. Arkansas coach Eric Musselman is obviously great, which is why I’m leaving open the possibility that the Hogs will turn this around. But the truth is that almost any coach missing two of his top four scorers is destined to go through a rough stretch, and the SEC title that seemed possible in the preseason is no longer a likely scenario now that Arkansas is 1-3 in the league. and projected by to finish 10-8 in SEC games.

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