Bubble Watch: Alabama Crimson Tide Must Win SEC Tournament to Make NCAAs

By Taylor Sturm
Kelly Lambert-USA TODAY Sports

The Alabama Crimson Tide sits at a 20-11 record on the season and finished fourth in the SEC, a disappointing season for a team that was expected to be the best team out of the SEC West.

The Crimson Tide has struggled in close games all season long. They are one of the teams in the country that have sat firmly on the NCAA tournament bubble for a while. Many believe that the Crimson Tide have an opportunity to still make the tournament if they lose in the SEC tournament — wrong.

The Crimson Tide does not have any marquee wins. their best wins came against the Kentucky Wildcats, the Villanova Wildcats, and the Tennessee Volunteers; all of which are bubble teams. The Crimson Tide have no wins against a team that is already considered a lock for the NCAA tournament, which will considerably damage their standing in the eyes of the selection committee.

Bad losses kill a team’s NCAA tournament chances, and the Crimson Tide have quite a few bad losses. Losses to Mercer, Tulane, and Auburn will reflect badly on Alabama’s season. An NCAA tournament-bound team cannot have losses like these without big wins to counter them, but the Crimson Tide has exactly that problem.

Anthony Grant’s team must win the SEC tournament if they want to make the NCAA tournament. Levi Randolph is playing better, and, if Trevor Lacey and Trevor Releford can play like they did in November (the Crimson Tide went undefeated), Alabama has a chance of slipping into the tournament after such a disappointing season.

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