Alabama basketball honors 1990-91 SEC championship team during Kentucky game

Maxwell Donaldson
The Tuscaloosa News

Alabama basketball honored the 1990-91 SEC championship during halftime of the Kentucky game on Saturday.

Coach Wimp Sanderson, known for wearing plaid jackets and winning teams, was at Coleman Coliseum and spoke during the halftime ceremony. Sanderson went 267-119, winning the SEC four times and making five Sweet 16 runs in the NCAA Tournament. 

Former players James ‘Hollywood’ Robinson, Bryant Lancaster, Marcus Campbell, Gary Waites, Melvin Cheatem, Ernest Brown, Philip Pearson and Dean Wilson were in attendance. 

Former staffers David Hewitt, Doug Bachus, Greg Glass, Cedric Moore, David Hobbs and Lane Odom were there as well. 

The 1990-91 team went 23-10 (12-6 SEC), earning a No. 4 seed in the Southeast Region for March Madness. The team placed fourth in the SEC during the regular season and won the SEC Tournament with wins over Auburn and Tennessee. 

In the NCAA Tournament, Alabama advanced to the Sweet 16 for the second straight season, with wins over Murray State and Wake Forest before falling to Arkansas. The team finished with the No. 19 ranking in the AP Poll. 

Former Alabama basketball coach Wimp Sanderson converses with newly introduced Alabama basketball coach Nate Oats Thursday, March 28, 2019, in Tuscaloosa, Ala. (AP Photo/Vasha Hunt)

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The team was led by Robinson, who averaged 16.8 points and 3.9 rebounds per game. Robinson made the All-SEC third-team and SEC the All-Tournament team. He was named Freshman All-America by Basketball Weekly.  

Cheatum scored 16.5 points with 7.8 rebounds. He was honored on the All-SEC second-team and SEC All-Tournament team. Robert Horry was third on the team in scoring with 11.5 points and the team's top rebounder with a 7.9 average. Waites scored 10.5 points and dished out 5 assists per game while being honored on the All-SEC second team. 

The team had four players go on to make it to the NBA, including Horry, who won seven NBA championships, the most for a player not on the 1960 Boston Celtics. Robinson, Latrell Sprewell and Marcus Webb joined Horry in the league. 

The 1990-91 team came to Alabama's shootaround earlier in the day to meet coach Nate Oats and the current roster. 

Alabama (14-9, 4-6 SEC) lost to No. 5 Kentucky, 66-55, and will take on Ole Miss on Wednesday (7;30 p.m. CT, SEC Network).