Bubble Watch: The Case for Alabama
The University of Alabama Crimson Tide, ranking 6th in the SEC with a 6-6 record, and an overall 15-10 has six conference games left of the 2018-19 season along with the SEC Tournament before Selection Sunday on March 17th.
Even though Alabama wasn’t mentioned in the selection committee’s early reveal of the top 16 teams, that isn’t stopping the Crimson Tide from pushing towards a their end goal; the NCAA Tournament.
If all the rankings line up, Alabama should go 4-4 which would give them an overall record of 19-12 and 10-8 in the SEC when concluding their regular season. These records would more than likely put Alabama in a situation they experienced as year ago which would lead to them needing a win in the SEC Tournament to solidify a spot in the NCAA field.
After falling five spots to No. 50 in the NCAA’s most recent Net Rankings, the Crimson Tide has a chance to improve in the NET standings drastically before they enter the postseason, especially if they can beat one or two of their last three opponents of the regular season.
They will face Louisiana State University, Auburn University and the University of Arkansas to conclude their schedule.
There is little space for error considering how tight the league is at this point, but Alabama’s chances for the NCAA Tournament will remain well off if they win the games that they should, stay in the upper half of the SEC like they have been and avoid any significant letdowns in the few matchups that are left.
Five wins may be enough to get the Crimson Tide where they want to be, but with six it will get them where they need be without a doubt.