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Joe Dean Jr. thinks Alabama must win the SEC Tournament

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The field is set for the SEC Men's Basketball Tournament that gets underway Wednesday night at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville.

Thanks to a Trevor Releford half-court shot Alabama gets a bye into Friday's quarterfinal round.

Alabama finished the season tied with Kentucky and Ole Miss for second place in the SEC, but after the tie breakers the Tide will be the No. 4 seed in the SEC Tournament.

Here's the road to the SEC Championship game for Alabama, they'll play either Tennessee, South Carolina, or Mississippi State depending on how the first two rounds shake out on Wednesday and Thursday.

If Alabama wins the quarterfinal game on Friday they will most likely meet a Florida team that beat the Tide (64-52) back on March 2nd in Gainesville. A victory over the Gators might be what the Tide needs to do in order to earn an at large bid to the NCAA Tournament.

College basketball commentator Joe Dean Jr thinks the Tide would need to win the SEC Tournament, but doesn't think that's impossible "The good news for Alabama they got a four seed so they get the double bye until Friday, which means to get to the NCAA Tournament they only have to win three games. Now they're going to have to beat three very good teams to get there, but Alabama is capable, they have the 2nd best defensive team in the league."

Alabama finished up the regular season with a (20-11) record.

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