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Bama rides unlikely stars to NIT quarterfinals

Monday - 3/25/2013, 5:42pm  ET

Alabama guard Retin Obasohan (32) shoots against Stanford during an NCAA college basketball game in the second round of the NIT on Saturday March 23, 2013 at Coleman Coliseum in Tuscaloosa, Ala. (AP Photo/, Vasha Hunt) MAGS OUT

AP Sports Writer

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) -- Levi Randolph and Retin Obasohan are two of the biggest reasons Alabama is still playing this season.

The mostly unheralded Crimson Tide guards have helped lead 'Bama into Tuesday night's National Invitation Tournament quarterfinals against Maryland.

Known more for his defense and rebounding, Randolph only led the Tide (23-12) in scoring three times in his first 64 games the past two seasons. He's matched that in the last four, including both NIT games.

Randolph scored 13 against Northeastern and 16 against Stanford.

Obasohan is a redshirt freshman from Belgium who saw little action in Alabama's first nine Southeastern Conference games. He had nine points in the NIT opener against Northeastern and career-highs of 14 points and 29 minutes against Stanford.

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