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Alabama Bracket Watch: February 6, 2018

Alabama Men's Basketball

There are just eight games left in the regular season for the Alabama men’s basketball team. The Crimson Tide currently sit at 15-8 on the season and 6-4 in conference play. With plenty of quality wins already, this team looks like it should be competing in the NCAA Tournament next month.  However, that is not set in stone just yet.

Alabama sits at number 39 in the RPI according to NCAA.com. The Tide are 4-1 against teams in the top 30 of the RPI, including wins over top 10 teams Auburn and Rhode Island. The picture below shows the “official” team resume, which separates every team’s games into four quadrants.

Quadrant 1 (the first one on the left) includes home games against RPI Top-30 opponents, neutral site games against Top-50 opponents and road games against Top-75 opponents. Quadrant 2 (next to that) is home games against teams ranked 31-75, neutral-site games against teams 51-100 and road games against teams ranked 76-135.

Alabama has several tough games remaining on the schedule that can make or break the season but that also mean even more opportunities to impress the selection committee. With less than five weeks until Selection Sunday, we take a look at where the experts have Avery Johnson’s squad if the season ended today.

ESPN – 9 Seed

Alabama has been in Joe Lunardi’s bracket for most of the season but started seeing more of the bubble over the last couple of weeks. Lunardi currently has the Crimson Tide as a 9 seed in the South Region. The first round matchup would be against Texas and played in Charlotte. Just pretend that the first neutral site game against Texas never happened. The top seed in Alabama’s region is Virginia so let’s hope something changes there.

“The Crimson Tide excel in forcing misses in the paint (ask Oklahoma about Donta Hall), and if this offense could hold on to the ball just a bit better, the news about this D might get out. For the time being, Alabama is lingering around the No. 8 line, and this defense would make any top-seeded coach’s stomach churn.” – John Gasaway ESPN Bubble Watch

CBS Sports – 9 seed

Alabama is in the exact same spot according to Jerry Palm. As the 9 seed in the South region, the Crimson Tide would face the projected Mountain West champion Nevada Wolfpack. Alabama is joined by fellow SEC teams Kentucky and Auburn in this region. Palm has the Crimson Tide as the number one team that is considered to be “on the bubble.”

The Athletic – 7 seed

The subscription based site has given Alabama its highest seeding of the week. Stewart Mandel has the Crimson Tide in the East region but still playing in Charlotte in the Second Round (which is technically the first round but whatever). The 2 seed that Alabama is matched up with is currently Duke, which may be a nightmare to play that close to the Blue Devils fanbase.

Caleb Turrentine is the editor for Bama Hoops Hype. You can follow him on Twitter for in-game updates at @BamaHoopsHype.

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