Alabama Crimson Tide Can Throw the SEC Race Wide Open with Win against Florida Gators

By Taylor Sturm
Kelly Lambert-USA TODAY Sports

The Alabama Crimson Tide have won five of their last six, and the lone loss was by three points in triple-overtime to a resurgent LSU squad. The Crimson Tide are considered to be in the “last four out” for the NCAA tournament, even though Alabama is second in the SEC, one game behind the first place Florida Gators.

However, Alabama has a chance to change all that on Saturday, when the Crimson Tide travel to Gainesville to take on Florida.

Florida will be coming off a tough loss to Tennessee, but Alabama should note that the Gators’ loss had more to do with Tennessee’s form lately than Florida’s talent level. Florida will have back key bench players such as Will Yeguete, Casey Prather, and Michael Frazier who have been injured recently.

If anything, after the loss, Florida will be more dangerous. The Gators will be determined to get a win streak going into the NCAA tournament, and Billy Donovan will have this team in top form for the game on Saturday.

An Alabama win would give room for Kentucky, Missouri, and Tennessee, as well as themselves, to seize an SEC title that has looked like it belonged to Florida since a week into SEC play. A win for Alabama means that on March 9, when the Gators travel to Rupp Arena to take on Kentucky, it would likely be a game that decides the SEC regular season title.

It’s strange to think that as disappointing as the Wildcats have been, Kentucky may still win the SEC.

However, no one should expect Florida to lose. The Gators have beaten the next team they played after losing by an average of 24.5 points, expect Florida to roll over the Crimson Tide in Gainesville.

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