Where exactly does Alabama basketball stand after week of turmoil

It’s been quite a week for the Crimson Tide basketball program. The low of Tony Mitchell’s suspension was followed by a blowout win at Auburn, then the shocking suspension of three more stars. Now Florida comes to town. Where does this team stand?

TUSCALOOSA — Written in pencil, the complicated formula behind the Alabama basketball roster added a new equation Monday.

After four suspensions rocked the Crimson Tide last week, two of those disciplined will “most likely” return for today’s 6 p.m., visit from No. 14 Florida.

Alabama coach Anthony Grant said starters Trevor Releford and Andrew Steele could return for the nationally televised game while Tony Mitchell and JaMychal Green remain “suspended indefinitely.”

Grant said the circumstances surrounding the four were different, but wouldn’t detail specific reasons behind the punishments. Mitchell, a junior and the team’s second-leading scorer, officially was suspended last Monday and missed the past two games. Green, Releford, and Steele were sent home from Baton Rouge on Saturday, leaving just eight players on the roster in a 67-58 loss to LSU.

This is the first taste of suspension for Releford, Steele and Mitchell. Green has two previous suspension in Grant’s three Alabama seasons. The coach would not speculate about any player’s future with the program.

Now, with NCAA Tournament hopes on life support, at least two of Alabama’s leaders appear in position for a return.

“I’m dealing with 18-to-22-year olds who have to make decisions in terms of what’s best for them and what’s best for the program, and what’s best for a lot of different people that are affected by their decisions,” Grant said. “Sometimes they don’t make the right decisions. So whether it’s Year 1, Year 3, Year 5, I think you’re going to deal with that in college athletics.”

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