If you say Final Fours and National Championships, step on out and check crazy at the door, then come back in.
On my flight back I was thinking about it and this is what my expectations of Alabama basketball is right now, 1-3 years from now, and 5years down.
Right now- I want us to be competitive. Pull off a few upsets, steal a couple of road games, and play hard. As long as I see that I'm good with the 2010-2011 season. I'm the pessimist poster of this site concerning this season... I'm predicting 15-15.
1-3 years from now- NIT next season, possibly a low seed NCAA berth. It usually takes 3 years for a coach to install his system and I figure CAG's 3rd year will be where we see the most improvement. 2-3 years from now I expect us to compete for the SEC title and be somewhere between a 4-6 seed in the NCAAT.
5 years down the road- under the belief that CAG is here for the long term, I fully expect us to be one of the top 3 teams in the SEC, win a conference title or SEC tournament. I also expect us to play into the 2nd week of the NCAAs.
In a 10 year span my expectations for Alabama basketball is 7 years in the NCAAT (3 of those in as a 5 seed or higher), 2 NITs, and one rebuilding year. I don't think those are overly lofty goals. IMO we should at least aspire to what Wisconsin is in hoops. If we hit that watermark then we can reset our expectations accordingly.
We're not going to be Kentucky, UNC, Duke, UCLA, Kansas, Michigan St, Syracuse, or Pitt. We're a football school 1st with a fan base that'll show up according to who we play, if we're good, and if it doesn't interfere with football. It is what it is.