TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — We’re pushing through the early part of the offseason after Alabama’s championship run, and we’re here to answer any questions you may have.
The players are locked in on the spring semester while the coaching staff is looking ahead to the 2019 recruiting cycle.
Here’s our question of the day — go here for other Alabama football and recruiting questions and answers.
For this question, though, we’re taking a break from the football team and focusing on Alabama basketball.
Will Alabama basketball make the NCAA Tournament this year?
Outside of completely losing out down the stretch, it’s hard to envision a scenario where Alabama basketball doesn’t make the NCAA Tournament this season.
The Crimson Tide currently own five wins over ranked opponents this season. Alabama’s lone loss against a Top 25 team came against Minnesota. As you’ll recall, Alabama finished that game with three players.
This past Saturday, Alabama pounded No. 15 Tennessee 78-50. It was the largest win over a ranked opponent in program history.
Alabama closes the season vs. LSU (Tuesday), at Kentucky (Saturday), at Auburn (Feb. 21), vs. Arkansas (Feb. 24), vs. Florida (Feb. 27) and at Texas A&M (March 3).
Alabama has played well at home, but has really struggled on the road at times this season. If Alabama can split its remaining games, it will be in the dance.
As it stands, CBS Sports analyst Jerry Palm has Alabama as a No. 8 seed playing Florida State in Detroit.
ESPN analyst Joe Lunardi has the Crimson Tide slated as a No. 7 seed playing Houston in Charlotte.
. @AlabamaMBB: 5-1 vs ranked opponents.
*tied for the best record against ranked teams this season.
The Tide's only loss was to Minnesota when they ended up playing 3-on-5 due to their entire bench getting ejected. pic.twitter.com/HQmCVuJ79w
— SEC Network (@SECNetwork) February 12, 2018
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