Has Alabama Ever Won a March Madness National Championship? (What Was Their Best Tournament Run?)

Alabama NCAA Tournament history, including past National Championship appearances in March Madness.
Alabama NCAA Tournament history, including past National Championship appearances in March Madness. / (AP Photo/Butch Dill)

A rising powerhouse in college basketball, the Alabama Crimson Tide are no strangers to participating in March Madness. The school has enjoyed plenty of success in the men's NCAA Tournament, including several deep tourney runs.

With the team still playing in March once again, many are wondering if capturing the national championship would be a first for Alabama. Here's what you need to know about the Crimson Tide's March Madness history.

Has Alabama Ever Won March Madness?

The Alabama men's basketball team has never won the modern version of March Madness. The school was, however, retroactively named champions of the 1929-30 season.

That championship was awarded by the Premo-Porretta Power Pole, an end-of-year ranking that predates the NCAA Tournament.

Has Alabama Ever Made the Final Four?

The Crimson Tide have never made the men's NCAA Tournament Final Four. The furthest Alabama has ever reached in March Madness is the Elite 8.

How Many Times Has Alabama Made the Elite 8?

Alabama's men's basketball team made the Elite 8 during the 2004 NCAA Tournament, which remains the school's only appearance in the quarterfinal round. That squad entered March Madness as the No. 8 seed in the Phoenix Region.

They defeated 9-seed Southern Illinois, 1-seed Stanford and 5-seed Syracuse before falling to No. 2 UConn, who went on to win the championship..

How Many Times Has Alabama Made the Sweet 16?

Alabama has made the Sweet 16 on 17 occasions, though one of those 17 appearances was retroactively vacated by the NCAA.

The full list of years in which Alabama reached the Sweet 16 is as follows; 1975, 1976, 1982, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1994, 1995, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2012, 2018, 2021, 2022 and 2023. That 1987 appearances was vacated for using two ineligible players during the tournament.

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