Crimson Tide on the rise in AP & Committee Rankings with six games remaining

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Alabama Basketball had as good a week as it could have asked for, winning its only game while gaining some separation atop the SEC.

Alabama picked up an impressive win over Texas A&M while unveiling its new jerseys. The win on Saturday was the cherry on top, with Auburn and South Carolina losing their respective games and giving Bama a full game lead on Tennessee and 1.5 game leads on Auburn and South Carolina.

The winning streak has landed Alabama Basketball at 13th in the AP Poll, rising two spots since last week. The bigger story is the team's spot in the committees' rankings, coming in at ninth, which would make Bama a three seed in the NCAA tournament.

Alabama has two tough games this week with both providing a major chance to further cement their standing in the conference and nationally. On Wednesday, the team will take on the 24th-ranked Florida Gators, who are currently riding a three-game win streak and have won eight of their last ten games. The Gators have an offense that can play with Alabama's, scoring 84.8 points per game which ranks 12th in the nation.

The team will then travel to Rupp Arena to take on the 17th-ranked Kentucky Wildcats. The Wildcats are fresh off of a statement win at Auburn where Coach Calipari let the media know how he feels about the criticism the team has faced:

The Wildcats' offense is the fourth-ranked unit in the country scoring 88.2 points per game. Kentucky vs Alabama should deliver the feeling of an NCAA tournament game, as Bama will be playing a tough team in one of the toughest environments in the country.

If the Crimson Tide can hold serve, things are shaping up for what will be a winner-takes-all matchup against the Tennessee Volunteers. The Vols dominated the Tide in Knoxville, winning the matchup 91-71 and holding the Tide to a season-low scoring total.

The next matchup will be in Coleman Coliseum, where the Tide has played its best basketball with a 27-1 record at home over the past two seasons. If the Tide hopes to win this matchup, it will need to shoot the three better after shooting a dismal 19% from three in the first matchup.

Alabama Basketball: Last six games will be tough

Alabama's final six games of conference play will be about as difficult a stretch as a team can have.

Four of the final six games will be against ranked opponents with the other two coming against tough teams in Arkansas and Ole Miss. The team also will have to travel to raucous environments in Kentucky, Florida, and Ole Miss where the crowd will certainly play a major factor.

The team has done an incredible job to get to where they are, but these final six games will truly show us the make-up of this team.