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Dazon Ingram believes Alabama should be looked at as more than a football school after its NCAA Tournament bid.

Alabama basketball: Dazon Ingram believes NCAA Tournament appearance speaks to rise of program

Matt Speakman

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Making room for basketball

Alabama basketball will make its first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2012. The team will be a No. 9 seed and face Virginia Tech on Thursday. It will be the first tournament appearance under coach Avery Johnson. Alabama guard Dazon Ingram did not hold back when talking about what it means for the program. He said it’s time to consider Alabama as more than a football school.

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John Petty finds his shot

It is no secret that Alabama shooting guard John Petty struggled down the stretch. Petty scored a combined 5 points in the first two games of the SEC Tournament. He went 1 of 11 from 3-point range against Texas A&M and Auburn. Against Kentucky, his shooting touch returned. Petty scored 18 points and knocked down 5 3-pointers.

Petty can be an X factor for Alabama and he feels that his shot has returned at the right time as Alabama prepares for the NCAA Tournament.

Things change quickly for Alabama

Alabama basketball was seconds away from missing a chance at the tournament. Thanks to guard Collin Sexton, the team defeated Texas A&M at the buzzer and earned an important win in the SEC Tournament. Coach Johnson witnessed firsthand how quickly things can change for a basketball program.

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