Alabama’s basketball program has had an up-and-down season, but the Crimson Tide find themselves firmly on the bubble in the final days before Selection Sunday.
While Alabama still has a chance to make a run in the SEC Tournament and take hold of its destiny, it will likely need some help to make the Big Dance.
In Joe Lunardi’s latest Bracketology projection, he dropped the Tide to a “first four out” designation ahead of their first round SEC Tournament game vs Texas A&M.
So what does Alabama have to do to get back into the field of 68?
First off: Beat the Aggies.
“If they don’t win (vs Texas A&M), I’m pretty sure they’re done,” Lunardi said on a media conference call Thursday. “Let’s get that under their belt and maybe revisit the idea (of making the tournament). Alabama did not have a good day yesterday because they rate a little below some of the other teams that also lost. That just makes today really big for them.”
But even if Avery Johnson’s crew can beat Texas A&M in the SEC’s 8-9 game, Alabama still has an uphill battle.
“They tell us conference affiliation doesn’t matter, and it really doesn’t,” Lunardi said. “But I could see to get that 8th team from the SEC, a lot of things are going to have to break their way.”
Alabama and A&M faced off in College Station in the final game of the regular season — a game the Aggies won 68-66.
The two tipoff again in St. Louis on Thursday at 1 p.m. ET. A win would mean a date with Auburn and a potential chance to secure a spot in the Big Dance.