Can the team that lost to St. Peter's be the SEC champion?
Can a team that lost to Iowa be the SEC's best?
The Alabama Crimson Tide have won 10 of their past 11 games and jumped to 7-1 in the league to make a strong case. They own wins over Kentucky and Tennessee, and two wins over the Mississippi State team that beat Florida. But they remain unranked because of some questionable non-league losses, which is proof that nobody really knows what to make of Anthony Grant's second season in Tuscaloosa.
That's why tonight's game is huge.
You can continue to doubt Alabama if you want.
For the record, I still do.
But if the Crimson Tide somehow beat Vanderbilt at Memorial Gym then we'll have no choice but to take them seriously. Vanderbilt is ranked 23rd and good, and winning at Memorial is typically a chore. So while I don't usually get too excited about a game between two schools ranked outside of the top 20, I'm most certainly looking forward to tonight's game that tips at 9 ET. If Vanderbilt wins, I'll continue to think what I think about Alabama. But if the Crimson Tide move to 8-1 in the SEC, well, I think that'll be my cue to start coming around.