Alabama Basketball Podcast, Ep. 24: SEC Tournament Preview, Alabama on NCAA Bubble, and Avery Johnson’s Future
ESPN Bracketology expert Joe Lunardi said it best when asked what Alabama needs to do to get into the NCAA Tournament: "Just stop losing."
It seems simple but Alabama's difficult schedule in February resulted in five straight regular season losses to close out the season, and now Avery Johnson's squad might be on the outside looking in when the bracket gets revealed on Sunday. The Tide will have a chance to stop the streak when the SEC Tournament gets underway this week, but a tough Texas A&M team is up first.
To get you ready for a hugely important week for the program, we dove into what's ahead for Alabama in episode 24 of the Tide 102.9 Alabama Basketball Podcast. Here's what we have on the show:
- Segment 1 - Looking back at Saturday's loss to A&M. There were positive signs but the same end result for Alabama. We talk about the technical on Collin Sexton at the end of the game and give our opinion on whether the Tide will get it all together before the season is over.
- Segment 2 - SEC Tournament preview. How is Alabama's draw and how likely would it be to make it through to Sunday? We look at the third matchup with Texas A&M and why Alabama might be confident. We finish by giving our picks to win the tournament along with a darkhorse to watch out for.
- Segment 3 - NCAA Tournament talk and a look at the latest Bracketology projections. What does Alabama need to do to make the tournament? Will it take more than one win in St. Louis to do it?
- Segment 4 - We end by addressing some of the conversation on social media that Avery Johnson's job might be in jeopardy after the five-game losing streak. Do we agree or do we think it's way too early to have this discussion?
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