For the first time in 20 years, the Alabama Crimson Tide men’s basketball program is the top-ranked team in the nation, and Brandon Miller is a big reason why.
Wins over Florida and Auburn this week pushed the Crimson Tide up to the top spot for the first time since the 2002-03 season. Brandon was outstanding against Florida, scoring 24 points on 9-of-17 from the field and grabbing nine rebounds in a 97-69 win.
Against Auburn, he tallied 13 points, grabbed six boards and dished out three assists in the 77-69 victory.
After the win over Florida, Brandon noted that he and his teammates are just having fun and it’s translated to a camaraderie that makes them tough to beat.
“I feel like everybody on our team is dogs from me all the way down,” he said. “We just really have fun with it. I preached day one that we have the best chemistry, just starting from in the summer, everybody bonded off the court and I feel like that just transfers to on the court.”
The Bradley Beal elite alum now has seven games this season scoring at least 24 points and has logged at least six rebounds in 22 of 25 games. Brandon’s 18.8 points and 8.2 rebounds per game both lead the team and on the defensive end the freshman is averaging nearly a block and a steal per game. He’s also shooting an incredibly efficient 42.7 percent from three-point range.
That’s a big reason Alabama has remained unbeaten at 12-0 in conference play and why they were able to move past Purdue into the top spot in the latest AP Poll. Alabama (22-3) has six conference games remaining over the next three weeks, starting with a trip to Rocky Top this Wednesday to face No. 10 Tennessee.