Although the University of Alabama basketball team didn’t appear to take too much of a hit from its 67-63 loss at Mississippi State on Tuesday, the word “bubble” is beginning to be heard in bracketology circles again.
The Crimson Tide, 15-9 (6-5 SEC) with an RPI of No. 42, haven’t quite dipped back down to that level, but the margin for error to make the NCAA Tournament is getting smaller with just seven regular-season games remaining.
It the middle of a tough stretch, with three of the next four opponents ranked, Alabama hosts No. 15 Tennessee (18-5, 8-3 SEC) on Saturday at 6 p.m. (SEC Network).
Alabama basketball is 4-1 against ranked teams this year. 🤔
— Alabama Crimson Tide (@crimsontidefam) February 3, 2018
Alabama’s remaining schedule prior to the SEC Tournament in St. Louis, March 7-11:
- Tuesday vs. LSU, 9 p.m. ET (SEC Network)
- Feb. 17 at No. 24 Kentucky, 2 p.m. ET (CBS)
- Feb. 21 at No. 8 Auburn, 8:30 p.m. ET (SEC Network)
- Feb. 24 vs. Arkanas, 7 p.m. ET (SEC Network)
- Feb. 27 vs. Florida, 7 p.m. ET (ESPN/ESPN II)
- March 3 at Texas A&M, 2 p.m. ET (ESPN/ESPN II)
Here are the latest projections from numerous college basketball experts:
ESPN (Joe Lunardi): As of Thursday had Alabama as a No. 9 seed in the East, playing Florida State in Pittsburgh.
CBS (Jerry Palm): On Friday, Alabama was listed as an No. 10 seed in the East, playing Providence in Charlotte.
Teamrankings.com: Lists Alabama as having a 72 percent chance of landing a bid (down from 80 percent before the Mississippi State loss), and projects the Crimson Tide to be a No. 9 seed.
SI.com (Michael Beller): As of Thursday, Alabama was a No. 9 seed in the Midwest, paired against Washington. No site location included.
USA Today: As of Thursday, Alabama was the No. 7 seed in the South, paired against Nevada at Dallas.
Yahoo Sports (Brad Evans): As of Wednesday, Alabama was listed as the top No. 10 seed.
HoopsHD.com: As of Thursday night had Alabama as a No. 8 seed in the East, facing North Carolina State in Boston.
Selection Sunday is set for March 11.