We've jumped to #4 in the AP poll which can have two easy-to-forget consequences that will play a role tonight and the rest of the season.
1. We have a target on our backs against every team we play here on out.
Luckily, we are legitimately good, maybe great, from a pure talent standpoint. And we have a deep bench that can help offset for any issues our more high profile players run into. (E.g., foul trouble, out due to being sick, having an off-day where nothing goes in, etc.)
2. Our team is young and the excitement of getting propelled up to this stage can lead to ego and/or complacency.
I am confident Coach Pearl will ensure that this does not happen. He's one of the best coaches, leaders, and mentors to student-athletes in the country for a reason.
Tonight will tell us a lot about this team. If we can go into Tuscaloosa and dominate Bama like we did LSU, then I really think this team is the real deal Holyfield with a real chance to end up becoming the greatest team in AU history, depending on what happens in March.
If we lose, sure it sucks but there's a lot more basketball to play for this team to grow even further.