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How Alabama Feels About NCAA Resume After Win Over Auburn

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The Alabama men’s basketball team finished the regular season on a five-game losing streak and entered St. Louis on the cusp of missing out on another NCAA Tournament.

Now, after a drastic turn of events, the Crimson Tide feel safely in the big dance and will be playing in its second consecutive SEC Tournament semifinal on Friday. Alabama sits at 19-14 on the season and probably has the best resume of any team in the country that does not have 20 wins yet.

“We have just been trying to build a resume all season long,” Avery Johnson said on ESPN after Alabama’s win over Auburn. “If you’re looking for a team with an impressive resume, we think we’re one of those teams.”

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The professional bracketologists currently have Alabama inside the field of 68 but another win would certainly leave no doubts to where the Tide will continue its postseason play.

Joe Lunardi of ESPN had the Crimson Tide in a play-in game against Oklahoma prior to the game on Friday. He said that he was confident that this was a tournament team so the win over Auburn probably bumped Alabama further up the seeding list. UPDATE: Lunardi moved Alabama to a 9-seed on Saturday morning. 

Jerry Palm of CBS was not feeling sure about Alabama prior to the SEC Tournament. He had the Tide completely off his board but Friday’s game definitely grabbed his attention. Palm now has Avery Johnson’s team in the field as an 11-seed but maybe not in the most favorable position.

Collin Sexton is certainly helping Alabama’s case after two brilliant performances in St. Louis. The freshman has scored 58 points in just two games to help his team earn two more quadrant 1 victories. It is the most points that Sexton has scored in a two-game span during SEC play this season.

“We knew, when we came in this tournament, we had to win games, and we wanted to because we have a lot to prove,” Collin Sexton said on Friday. “I feel like everybody counted us out, and Coach told us, just go out there and play.”

While the first two wins have Crimson Tide fans feeling confident about making the NCAA Tournament, two more wins would allow the team to clinch the conference’s automatic bid. Alabama has not made an SEC Tournament final since 2002 and it has not won the tournament since 1991. However, the history is not stopping this tea from believing.

“We really don’t try to depend on someone else to tell us what our fate is,” Herbert Jones said in an interview after the win over Auburn. “So our sights are on winning the tournament.”

Avery Johnson thinks that his team has done enough but more wins would mean a better seeding and no one would argue that.

“All you can do is allow what you do on the floor to speak for itself,” Alabama’s head coach said. “Talk is cheap. I say that all the time. But we are an NCAA Tournament team, if you want to know my opinion. There shouldn’t be any doubt about that.”

Alabama will continue its run in St. Louis on Saturday when it takes on the three-time defending champion Kentucky Wildcats. John Calipari’s team has knocked the Crimson Tide out of the SEC Tournament in each of the last two seasons. The game is scheduled to tip off at noon CT and will be televised on ESPN.

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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