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Posted at 10:26 AM ET, 03/ 1/2011

NCAA tournament 2011: What to do with Alabama

By Eric Prisbell

Let's hope Alabama makes it easy on everyone and either plays its way in or plays its way out. The Crimson Tide could be a Grade A headache for selection committee members and bracketologists nationwide. Look at this profile:

Alabama

Record: 19-9
RPI: 88
SOS: 139 (279 in nonconference)
Vs. top 50: 2-2
Vs. top 100: 3-4
Best wins: Kentucky (14), at Tennessee (34)
Worst losses: vs. Iowa (184), at Providence (149), vs. St. Peter's (124)
Road-neutral court: 4-9
As of today: Out of the field

This is what you'd call a flawed resume. There are five sub-100 RPI losses. Virginia Tech has just three of those and it has been on the bubble. What's more, Alabama has the 279th strongest nonconference schedule. Ugh. The committee frowns upon that year in and year out. The Tide has a losing record against the top 100 and the top 200 (8-9). The reason Anthony Grant's team is even in the mix is for one reason: an 11-3 mark in SEC play. If the Tide beats Florida tonight, it will own the outright lead in the SEC. It is difficult to keep the first-place team of a top-six conference out of the field, but how can you justify putting the Tide in there. Do you believe in Alabama? What would you do with this team?

By Eric Prisbell  | March 1, 2011; 10:26 AM ET
 
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Comments

The Tide has had a strange season. Ironically, they performed poorly against those weak non-conference teams, but then got things together for the SEC run. Of their 9 losses, 5 came in the first 10 games. They have lost only 3 games since Dec. 18, and I believe teams should be rewarded for turning a season around as they did. If they beat Fla and Ga this week, they will have a 21-9 record going into the SEC tourney (and will hold the regular season crown). If they lose their first tournament game, then maybe you have an argument for denying them a trip to the NCAAs. But if they win a couple, and definitely if they make it to the finals, they should be among the lucky 68.

Posted by: whabeeb | March 1, 2011 4:39 PM | Report abuse

The Tide has had a strange season. Ironically, they performed poorly against those weak non-conference teams, but then got things together for the SEC run. Of their 9 losses, 5 came in the first 10 games. They have lost only 3 games since Dec. 18, and I believe teams should be rewarded for turning a season around as they did. If they beat Fla and Ga this week, they will have a 21-9 record going into the SEC tourney (and will hold the regular season crown). If they lose their first tournament game, then maybe you have an argument for denying them a trip to the NCAAs. But if they win a couple, and definitely if they make it to the finals, they should be among the lucky 68.

Posted by: whabeeb | March 1, 2011 4:41 PM | Report abuse

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