Oats salutes Tide rather than lament missed free throws

Oats salutes Tide rather than lament missed free throws
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MARCH 20: The Alabama Crimson Tide take on the Iona Gaels in the first round of the 2021 NCAA Division I MenÕs Basketball Tournament held at Hinkle Fieldhouse on March 20, 2021 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Brett Wilhelm/NCAA Photos via Getty Images) (Source: Brett Wilhelm)

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WSFA) - Alabama coach Nate Oats says his team’s 88-78 overtime loss to UCLA in the NCAA Sweet 16 shouldn’t define an otherwise spectacular year.

The Crimson Tide were bounced from the tournament largely because they missed 14 of 25 free throws and couldn’t play at their preferred up-tempo pace.

Alabama finished 26-7, tied for most wins in program history, and swept the Southeastern Conference regular-season and tournament titles for the first time since 1987.

The Tide was in the Top 10 eight straight weeks.

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