NCAA Tournament Projections for Alabama Heading Into Final Week
The final week of the regular season is here and Alabama is still fighting for its first NCAA Tournament berth in four seasons.
Last week didn't do much in terms of changing the Crimson Tide's position. The loss at Kentucky wasn't pretty, but it was expected and doesn't hurt Alabama. And on Saturday, the team fought to beat Auburn and avoid a bad loss.
Now there's two games remaining, and it's not out of the question that the team needs to win both to make it into the tournament. Arkansas (RPI #124) comes to Tuscaloosa on Wednesday, and Alabama travels to Georgia (RPI #81) on Saturday to close out the year. Picking up one more road win could be crucial.
Let's take a look at where the top bracketology experts have the Crimson Tide projected as the final week begins.
CBS Sports' Jerry Palm
Palm continues to favor Alabama more than other outlets, but he still has the team squarely on the bubble. Right now, the Crimson Tide is a 10-seed with a potential matchup against Pittsburgh. There are at least four teams behind Alabama in Palm's bracket, but there is no margin for error.
Alabama is the final team in, according to USA Today's latest projection. That would place them in a play-in game against Temple on Tuesday.
ESPN's Joe Lunardi
The long-time bracketologist continues to drop Alabama down his list of bubble teams. Over the past month, the Crimson Tide has occupied each of his four bubble categories: Last Four Byes, Last Four In, First Four Out, Next Four Out. The team finds itself in that last third one, which equates to being the fourth team outside of the tournament. If Lundardi is correct, Alabama would need two wins this week in all likelihood.
The SEC Tournament could improve Alabama's chances in two weeks, but the team has a lot on the line before then.