NCAA Tournament Projections for Alabama with Four Games Remaining
After reeling off five straight wins to start the month of February, the Alabama men's basketball team had its first setback on Saturday.
While the loss to Mississippi State at home doesn't help the team's tournament chances, it appears that the Crimson Tide still controls its own destiny but the margin for error might be gone.
The 67-61 loss to the Bulldogs (RPI #151) was the team's first loss to an RPI team ranked 150 or worse, but Alabama still holds a solid RPI rating of 41 thanks to two top 25 wins and five top 50 wins. The only chance to add a quality win will be Wednesday night at Kentucky (RPI #12), although a road win at Georgia (RPI #81) would still be a nice addition to the resume.
As we head into the final two weeks of the season, here's how the top bracketology experts see Alabama's NCAA Tournament chances.
ESPN's Joe Lunardi
The long-time bracketologist is the most pessimistic on Alabama's tournament hopes. He said last week that he didn't think the Crimson Tide would hold onto a spot in the field of 68, but he still has the team in the final at-large spot.
CBS Sports' Jerry Palm
Palm dropped the Crimson Tide one line in his seedings for the tournament, but still has the team comfortably in as a 9-seed. Keep in mind that Palm says these aren't projections on how he thinks the committee will select the field of 68 but how he thinks it should be seeded.
Alabama moved from a 10-seed to one of the last four teams in after the loss to Mississippi State, according to USA Today.
With a difficult game in Lexington on Wednesday night, Saturday's game against Auburn is likely a must-win to keep the tournament chances alive.