Alabama’s inconsistent and streaky season will likely end in the NIT after the the Crimson Tide were left out of the 2016 NCAA Tournament field on Sunday.
The Crimson Tide (18-14) were eliminated from the SEC tournament on Friday after losing 85-59 to the eventual-conference-champion Kentucky Wildcats, and will miss the NCAA tournament for a fourth consecutive season.
Prior to Alabama’s disappointing departure from the SEC tournament, the team finished the regular season with four losses in five games. It had a similar string of bad outcomes in January when the Tide lost five of six.
But along with its rough stretches, Alabama also managed to put together a few winning streaks in coach Avery Johnson’s first season. It started in February with a five-game winning stretch that included victories over Texas A&M, Florida and LSU.
Alabama has earned only one trip to the NCAA tournament in the past decade, in 2012, but lost in the first round to Creighton. The Crimson Tide played in the NIT last year, losing in the second round to Miami (Fla.)
Check out the entire 2016 NCAA Tournament bracket here.