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Selection Sunday: Reviewing Alabama’s Final Resume

Alicia Devine - Bama Hoops Hype

College basketball fans around the country can finally rejoice at the arrival of this year’s Selection Sunday. And for the first time since 2012, Alabama basketball fans have a reason to look forward to it.

In Avery Johnson’s third season in Tuscaloosa, it appears that the Crimson Tide are in a good position to earn an at-large bid to the 2018 NCAA Tournament. Alabama sits at 19-15 after its appearance in the SEC Tournament semifinals for a second consecutive season.

Johnson’s team has been on a roller coaster ride this season filled with great wins and bad losses. One month ago, Alabama looked to be a lock for the big dance and possibly deserving of a 6 seed. And then a five-game losing streak to end the regular season suddenly had the Tide on the verge of another appearance in the NIT.

Alabama saved its season in St. Louis behind a record-breaking performance by Collin Sexton. The Crimson Tide added two quality wins to an already impressive resume before falling to Kentucky on Saturday.

“There’s nobody in the country, I think, that has a flawless resume, but, boy, we got some outstanding wins,” Alabama’s head coach said after that game. “And basically, everything that the committee said was the criteria for being one of the 68 teams, we think we’ve met the criteria. So we’ll see what happens.”

As the selection committee closes in on its field of 68, let’s take one final look at the Tide’s official resume.


Quadrant 1 Wins

The biggest thing that jumps off of Alabama’s resume is its quality wins. The selection committee is using a new criteria this year to separate games which will reward results on the road more than at home. As you can see in the image above, the Crimson Tide have seven quadrant 1 wins this season. That is tied for the seventh most of any team in the country. Alabama’s non-conference win over Rhode Island, now 13th in the RPI, is looking better every day. Twelve of the team’s 14 Q1 games came within conference play where the Tide racked up wins against Auburn (x2), Texas A&M (x2), Tennessee and Florida. Teams with a 19-15 record usually are not obviously in but these quality wins could push Alabama all the way to a nine seed.

Strength of Schedule

Speaking of quality wins, Alabama played one of the toughest schedules in the country this season. According to the RPI, the Tide’s schedule was the third toughest of any Division I team. Last season, Vanderbilt finished 19-15 with the nation’s toughest schedule and was given a nine seed. Alabama scheduled the 25th toughest non-conference slate and struggled throughout. However, a tough trip to Arizona and home meetings with Rhode Island, Texas and Oklahoma help push the strength of schedule to the front of Alabama’s resume.

Bad Losses

As Avery Johnson said, every resume has its flaws and Alabama is no exception. However, when you dive into the Tide’s bad losses, they may not be as bad as they seem. The worst loss, according to the team sheet above, happened in the famous game in Brooklyn. Alabama played the final nine minutes of the game with three players against a ranked team and only lost by five points. Minnesota ended up falling off the radar and has dropped all the way down 170 in the RPI. So it certainly looks like a bad loss but when it is your worst one of the season, I think you will be alright.

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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