Bracketologists still have Alabama as a solid NCAA Tournament selection

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — It’s like watching a bouncing basketball.

The young University of Alabama basketball team is up, and then just as quickly it’s down.

Coming off two road losses at tough environments, at Kentucky and Auburn, the Crimson Tide didn’t take too much of a hit in the latest bracketology projections.

That’s the good news.

Alabama only has three regular-season games, including Arkansas at home on Saturday (6 p.m. ET, SEC Network), to try and work out what went wrong this past week, especially at Auburn. Despite being shorthanded, the No. 12 Tigers never trailed and won going away, 90-71.

“In the second half, I felt like we weren’t hustling,” freshman guard Collin Sexton said in the postgame press conference. “They were just driving. When we did help, we didn’t rotate one more time. That’s why they got open 3s, and we weren’t boxing out. They were coming over our backs and getting rebounds and ‘and-ones.’

“I felt like we were too careless with the ball. I know in the beginning, I turned the ball over, and that just got them going. I would say that the turnovers started with me, and we had a few bad turnovers that led to transitions 3s. We just have to correct that next game.”

Rebounds were also a big issue in both games. The Wildcats held a commanding 44-27 edge and grabbed 20 offensive boards, resulting in 20 second-chance points, while the Tigers had just a 41-35 rebounding edge, but with 14 offensively.

“This is another game where we gave up too many offensive rebounds,” Coach Avery Johnson said. “When you don’t shoot it as well as you shoot it offensively, we aren’t getting enough of our misses back. That is why we are not one of the best defensive rebounding teams in the country. We are 266th coming into this game for a reason, and that is something we have to try to solve before the end of the year.”

Here are the latest listings from numerous bracketology experts:

ESPN (Joe Lunardi): As of Thursday had Alabama as a No. 8 seed in the South, playing Seton Hall in Charlotte. The Crimson Tide were a No. 7 seed last week, and bumped up to a No. 6 seed in the Midwest before the Kentucky game. : Lists Alabama as having an 80 percent chance of landing a bid (down from 92 percent a week ago), and projects the Crimson Tide as a No. 8 seed.

Yahoo Sports (Brad Evans) : As of Wednesday, Alabama was listed as the bottom No. 9 seed, with the designation of “sliding.” Last week it was the top No. 8 seed. (Michael Beller) : As of Thursday, Alabama was a No. 7 seed in the South, paired against North Carolina State. No site location included.

CBS (Jerry Palm): On Friday, Alabama was listed as a No. 10 seed in the East, playing Houston in Charlotte. : As of Friday morning rates Alabama as a No. 7 seed in the Midwest, facing St. Mary’s in Nashville.

USA Today : As of Thursday, Alabama was the No. 6 seed in the South, paired against the winner of a play-in game, Washington vs. Syracuse, in Dallas.

Selection Sunday is set for March 11.

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