March Madness begins on March 19 and the question for Alabama is: do they deserve to be there? Nothing is more nerve-racking than being labeled a bubble team.
Things have really changed for the Alabama Crimson Tide in six days. They were alive in their chase for an at-large berth into the NCAA Tournament with a 19-9 record and an 11-4 mark in the SEC. They were in control of their own destiny.
Heading to Gainesville and beating Florida on the Gators’ home court would have made a huge statement to the selection committee. In the SEC, you don’t get opportunities for center stage wins. Alabama had a big chance against Florida on March 2, but lost to the Gators by twelve points.
Alabama is well coached by Anthony Grant, who served for ten years as an assistant to Gators coach Billy Donovan.
Alabama can make a weak case for making the NCAA Tournament because the teams have been expanded to 68 and Alabama is ranked 62nd nationally.
However, they have lost their last two games. They are sliding down the list in their conference (three-way tie for third) and falling off the radar of the selection committee. With a SOS ranking of 81 and sitting at 19-9 and 11-6 in conference play, they may not make the tournament.
The stats look a little worse when you consider they are 0-4 against RPI top 50 teams and a dismal 7-3 vs. RPI 51-100.
Considering the big picture, plus only having three players averaging double figures, Alabama isn’t much on paper. Their bubble may burst.