Basketball is a different animal than football. We don't recruit the same footprint and other teams being good in your conference around you is pretty important for seeding purposes and the like.Does not compute
And honestly it's really not even that much of a rivalry. In spite of our recent success Bama is still the more storied program with the only exception being the one time we managed to make a deep run into the tournament. We were arguably the worst program historically in the SEC until really recently.