Last week was kind of a weird one for college basketball.
For example, Saturday alone saw three top-10 teams all falter. No. 4 Duke lost to St. John’s, which had been riding an 11-game losing streak. No. 7 Kansas lost at home to Oklahoma State. No. 9 Arizona lost on the road at Washington, which is never an easy trip
Alabama and the SEC followed suit, sort of. Coming off an impressive win against No. 12 Oklahoma, the Crimson Tide turned around and lost at home to Missouri, only to demolish No. 23 Florida on the Gators’ home court, 68-50.
Missouri subsequently defeated No. 21 Kentucky, which put a slightly better light on the loss, as the Tigers are quickly climbing the league standings.
Nevertheless, there are only five SEC teams above .500 in league play, and Alabama is tied for third with Florida and Kentucky at 6-4. The two teams at the top, Auburn and Tennessee, have been the most consistent. They’ve both won five straight.
Overall, here’s how Alabama’s resume looks:
- Record: 15-8 overall, 6-4 SEC
- RPI rank: 38
- RPI top-50 wins (5): 5. Auburn; 6. Rhode Island; 14. Oklahoma; 30. Texas A&M; 48. Florida (road)
- Road record: 2-4 (2-3 vs. top-100 teams)
- Sub-50 losses (5): 59. Georgia (road); 72. UCF; 81. Ole Miss (road); 121. Vanderbilt, (road); 118. Minnesota
However, Alabama is 4-1 against teams that were ranked in the AP Top 25 when they played. It defeated No. 5 Texas A&M, No. 12 Oklahoma, No. 19 Auburn and No. 23 Florida and lost to No. 14 Minnesota when the Crimson Tide finished the game with just three players.
Alabama also defeated Rhode Island on Dec. 6, and the Rams haven’t lost since. They were No. 22 last week and pulled off road wins at UMass and VCU.
Most bracketology experts didn’t update their NCAA Tournament projections over the weekend, but there was a consensus among those that did regarding the Crimson Tide’s status:
- Yahoo Sports (Brad Evans): As of Saturday, Alabama was listed as the top No. 9 seed and called a “dangerous team.”
- Teamrankings.com: Lists Alabama as having an 80 percent chance of landing a bid, and projects the Crimson Tide to be a No. 9 seed.
- HoopsHD.com: Has Alabama a No. 9 seed in the Midwest, facing No. 8 Butler in Detroit.
Here are the latest listings from other college basketball experts who did not update their projections after Alabama defeated Florida on Saturday afternoon.
- ESPN (Joe Lunardi): As of Thursday, Lunardi had Alabama as a No. 9 seed in the East, playing No. 8 Michigan in Pittsburgh.
- CBS (Jerry Palm): On Friday, Alabama was listed as an No. 11 seed in the East, playing No. 6 Miami in Wichita, Kan.
- SI.com (Michael Beller): As of Thursday, Alabama was a No. 9 seed in the West, paired against Creighton. No site location included.
Selection Sunday is set for March 11.