1982–83 Alabama Crimson Tide men's basketball team

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1982–83 Alabama Crimson Tide men's basketball
NCAA Tournament, First Round
ConferenceSoutheastern Conference
1982–83 record18–12 (8–10 SEC)
Head coachWimp Sanderson (3rd season)
Home arenaColeman Coliseum
Seasons
1982–83 Southeastern Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
#12 Kentucky 13 5   .722     23 8   .742
LSU 10 8   .556     19 13   .594
Ole Miss 10 8   .556     19 12   .613
Vanderbilt 9 9   .500     19 14   .576
Mississippi State 9 9   .500     17 12   .586
#18 Georgia 9 9   .500     24 10   .706
Tennessee 9 9   .500     20 12   .625
Auburn 8 10   .444     15 13   .536
Alabama 8 10   .444     20 12   .625
Florida 5 13   .278     13 18   .419
1983 SEC Tournament winner
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1982–83 Alabama Crimson Tide men's basketball team represented the University of Alabama in the 1982–83 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. The team's head coach was Wimp Sanderson, who was in his third season at Alabama. The team played their home games at Coleman Coliseum in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. They finished the season 18–12, 8–10 in SEC play, and finished in a tie for eighth place.

The key freshman signee was forward Alphonso "Buck" Johnson from Hayes High School in Birmingham, Alabama.

It was an odd year for Sanderson and the Tide. They opened the season with eight consecutive wins, including a victory over Patrick Ewing and 10th ranked Georgetown, who had reached the NCAA Finals the season before. Once conference play began, the Tide struggled, notably losing to Vanderbilt and Ole Miss each twice. Even so, the Tide still managed to post wins over nationally ranked Kentucky (#3) and top-ranked UCLA.

The Tide reached the SEC Tournament final and lost to Georgia. They received an at-large bid to the 1983 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament, and lost in the first round to Lamar[1].

Roster[edit]

1982–83 Alabama Crimson Tide men's basketball team
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Height Weight Year Previous school Hometown
G 3 Ennis Whatley 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
So Phillips High School Birmingham, Alabama
F/C 34 Bobby Lee Hurt 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)
So Butler High School Huntsville, Alabama
F 24 Buck Johnson 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)
Fr Hayes High School Birmingham, Alabama
G 44 Mike Davis 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Sr Fayette High School Fayette, Alabama
F 33 Cliff Windham 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Sr Livingston High School Emelle, Alabama
G 11 Eric Richardson 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Jr Carver High School Birmingham, Alabama
F Eugene Jones 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)
Sr
G Vance Wheeler 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Sr
F 41 Terry Williams 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)
Jr Elkmont High School Elkmont, Alabama
G 23 Rex Jones 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
So Bradshaw High School Florence, Alabama
C 51 Mark Farmer 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m)
So Arab High School Arab, Alabama
F 21 Jim Farmer 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
RS Fr Houston Academy Dothan, Alabama
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • (W) Walk-on

References[edit]

  1. ^ "1982-83 Alabama Crimson Tide Roster and Stats". College Basketball at Sports-Reference.com.