Alabama fans have been waiting for this day for a long time. The basketball team made it an annual tradition to stay around the bubble before ultimately falling short of the NCAA Tournament.

But not in 2018.

Avery Johnson's team played one of the top schedules in the country this year and beat some pretty good teams, but a late-season skid put the team right back on the bubble. Freshman Collin Sexton's game-winning basket against Texas A&M and then a blowout win over Auburn in the SEC Tournament gave the Tide a spot back in the Big Dance.

The six-year drought is over and 8-seed Virginia Tech awaits. The game will tipoff tonight around 8:20 p.m. in Pittsburgh so it'll be a long day of anticipation in Tuscaloosa. As if you needed more motivation, the program put out a hype video this week and it will have you ready to go.

Let's go.

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