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Alabama settles for NIT trip

By: AP
By: AP

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) - Alabama must settle for a No. 1 seed in
the NIT.

The Crimson Tide wasn't among the 68 teams making the NCAA
tournament Sunday, but instead will host Coastal Carolina on
Tuesday night.

Alabama (21-11) won the Southeastern Conference Western Division
and went 12-4 in league play but struggled early in the season.

NCAA selection committee chair Gene Smith says the Tide was
"seriously under consideration."

Alabama coach Anthony Grant says his team was obviously
disappointed but must "move on and understand we've got a great
opportunity to continue our season, continue to try to play for a
championship."

Coastal Carolina is led by former Auburn coach Cliff Ellis. His
team lost to UNC Asheville in the championship game of the Big
South Conference tournament.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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