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Alabama Basketball: Tide Sits as 'Next Four Out' in Lunardi's Bracket Update

The doom and gloom surrounding the Alabama Crimson Tide’s NCAA Tournament hopes following Saturday’s triple overtime loss to LSU has passed now that Joe Lunardi’s most recent bracketology update  puts the Crimson Tide in practically the same position they were in before the game in Baton Rouge.

Alabama was the 7th team left out before the loss, and they are the 8th team left out as of this morning’s update. There’s still a big hill for the Crimson Tide to climb in order to get in the NCAA Tournament, but they are in a little better shape than some thought. People were ready to kick dirt on the Crimson Tide’s at-large hopes after Saturday, but they are still clinging to life.

According to Lunardi, Alabama is currently behind Baylor, Arizona State, Indiana State, Southern Miss, St. John’s, Boise State and Maryland in the teams currently out of the NCAA Tournament. The last four in are currently Temple, Kentucky, Villanova and Ole Miss according to Lunardi.

The Crimson Tide currently sits at 62nd in RPI heading into tonight’s game against Auburn. The Crimson Tide will be looking to avenge their 49-37 loss to the Tigers on the road earlier this month. This is an absolute must win as Auburn enters the game with a paltry RPI of 216. A loss tonight would end the Crimson Tide’s at-large hopes once and for all.

Marc Torrence had a good piece on The Crimson White’s website where he spoke with Jeff Goodman of CBS and Dan Wolken of USA Today about Alabama’s NCAA Tournament hopes. Goodman thinks Alabama could get in without beating Florida on the road this coming Saturday. He believes if Alabama wins out other than Florida, and then wins a game in the SEC Tournament, then the Crimson Tide could earn an automatic bid.

I think it will tough sledding for Alabama to make it in without upsetting the Gators in Gainesville. If they do lose to Florida, then I think it may take a win over the likes of Missouri or Kentucky in the SEC Tournament to add another good win to the resume, along with winning the other three regular season games.

First thing is first, and that’s taking care of business tonight against Auburn. A loss tonight would render everything else moot.

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