The Alabama Crimson Tide entered the season with the talent to finish in the top three of the SEC. That still may be the case, but the team has gotten off to a horrible start and they have a lot of work to do in conference play if they plan on dancing.
Alabama is 5-7. It has had its fair share of challenges, but seven losses before conference play is never a good thing. Not to mention, the Crimson Tide don’t have one marquee win. They aren’t even a bubble team right now. Probably not even an NIT team.
Trevor Releford has done his part by averaging 18.5 points per game. He is shooting lights out (51.9 percent from the field and 42.4 percent from behind the arc) and is probably one of the best players in the conference. If his team was doing better, he would–more than likely–be considered as one of the best players in the country.
Unfortunately, he cannot do it all on his own, hence the seven losses.
The SEC is a very competitive conference, which will not make life on Alabama any easier. Teams like Kentucky, Missouri and Florida should finish in the top three and teams like LSU, Tennessee, Ole Miss and Arkansas should battle it out to round out the top five. Where does that leave the Crimson Tide, though? Well, it leaves them way outside of the NCAA tournament and not even close to looking in.
That is, of course, unless if they can get going and win some key matchups in the SEC. But believe me, this team is going to have to do a lot if it plans on making the 2014 NCAA Tournament. Learning how to win close games would be a great start.