Alabama has an okay RPI ranking of 63 and they have some okay, but not great wins under their belt including Villanova, Kentucky, and Tennessee. The Tide has the record and conference standings of a NCAA Tournament team at (19-9) overall and (10-4) in the SEC.
What's holding Alabama back is some really really ugly losses to Mercer, Tulane, and Auburn. The Tide had seemed to overcome the Mercer and Tulane games, but then laid an egg on the road at Auburn a couple of weeks ago.
So the question is what must the Tide do to make the tournament?
First off beating Florida in Gainesville would go a long way. Florida has lost three SEC games, but they have all been on the road. If Alabama wants to make a statement they have to do it in Gainesville.
What happens if Alabama plays close but falls short? Well I'm one of the only one out there that will think the Tide still has a shot at making it without beating Florida. If Alabama losses close to Florida, but wins out after that they will finish the regular season with a record of (21-10) and 2nd place in the SEC. That will not be enough to get them in, but a strong showing in the SEC tournament is a must. Alabama would need to get to the championship game which would give them two more wins and then they would have to win or lose to Florida only in a close game.
I think if Bama finishes (23-11) with a couple close losses to Florida at the end then it will be enough for them to make a play-in game. With all that being said I'm not sure if this Alabama team is capable to doing that.
Alabama Tonight Blogger- Patrick Pierce @Patrickp13
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