TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — When it comes to the University of Alabama basketball team’s NCAA Tournament chances, about the only thing for certain is that if it loses its next game they’ll be somewhere between slim and none.
Or between none and none.
Having lost its last five games, Alabama (17-14, 8-10 SEC) will face Texas A&M (20-11, 9-9) in St. Louis on Thursday at 1 p.m. ET (SEC Network). The winner advances to play Auburn, seeded first in the SEC Tournament.
The teams split their two games during the regular season, both winning on their home floors.
Alabama dominated 79-57 over then-No. 5 Texas A&M back on Dec. 30 in Tuscaloosa, the league opener for both teams. They closed the regular season against each other with Texas A&M holding on for 68-66 victory in College Station on Saturday.
Texas A&M is considered a lock to make the tournament, but Alabama is not. Here’s how numerous bracketologists rate the Crimson Tide.
ESPN (Joe Lunardi): In. On Saturday night he had Alabama among the last four teams in the tournament, the No. 10 seed in the South, playing Miami in Detroit. By Monday morning that had slightly changed, with the Crimson Tide facing No. 11 UCLA in the East play-in game with the winner facing TCU in Wichita.
Been without power and internet the bulk of last two days. So if you don't like where we have your team, it's not my fault! 🤓
— Joe Lunardi (@ESPNLunardi) March 4, 2018
Teamrankings.com: Out. Gives Crimson Tide a 25 percent chance of making the field.
Yahoo Sports (Brad Evans): Out. Alabama is fourth “On the Bubble” list behind USC, Syracuse and Louisville. Two weeks ago the Crimson Tide were a solid No. 9 seed.
CBS (Jerry Palm): Out, and not listed among the next four in.
USA Today: In as of Monday. Alabama was the No. 11 seed in the South, paired against Miami in Nashville.
BracketMatrix.com: In. The site averages out projections from 80 different brackets, of which 52 still have the Crimson Tide in the tournament. It lists Alabama as the third-to-last at-large team to make the field, as a No. 11 seed.
The NCAA Tournament field will be announced Sunday.