MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Alabama has fired men's basketball coach Anthony Grant, who led the Crimson Tide to just one NCAA Tournament berth in six seasons.


Athletic director Bill Battle said in a statement that he informed Grant of his decision on Sunday. Battle says he feels "it is in the best interests of the basketball program to make a change in leadership."


The Tide is 18-14 and lost to Florida Thursday in its first game of the Southeastern Conference tournament. That followed Grant's first losing season in 2013-14.


Grant was 117-85 in six seasons at Alabama with two NIT appearances and a trip to the NCAA Tournament in 2012.


Attendance has waned along with the on-the-court success the past two seasons.