NCAA Tournament March Madness

#11 Alabama

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Projected seed: 3

Alabama has compiled a strong resume with an electric offense that tops charts, something that's always an eye-catcher going into the tournament. But we can't ignore that their defense has been more than vulnerable, a piece of the puzzle you canโ€™t afford to be without come to crunch time in March. While they have impressive victories over teams like South Carolina, Mississippi State, and Auburn, losses to heavy hitters such as Tennessee and Kentucky reveal a susceptibility against top-tier competition that could worry some. The narrow escape against Vanderbilt and the slip against a surging Kentucky squad could be signs of inconsistency. Still, Alabama has opportunities ahead to bolster its case โ€“ a strong finish against Florida and Arkansas could help, especially considering these are the types of games where they need to show defensive resilience to match their offensive firepower. Should they manage to bring even a semblance of balance, they could very well solidify themselves as a high seed and a legitimate threat. They're bubbling with potential, but whether they'll boil over or simmer down to the perfect concoction is the question as we march forward.

Date Opponent Ranking Outcome
11/6Morehead St105W105-73
11/10Indiana St33W102-80
11/14South Alabama205W102-46
11/17Mercer211W98-67
11/24(N)Ohio St66L92-81
11/25(N)Oregon71W99-91
11/28Clemson19L85-77
12/4Arkansas St140W89-65
12/9(N)Purdue1L92-86
12/16@Creighton12L85-82
12/20(N)Arizona4L87-74
12/23E Kentucky181W111-67
12/30(N)Liberty128W101-56
1/6@Vanderbilt243W78-75
1/9South Carolina15W74-47
1/13@Mississippi St21W82-74
1/16Missouri175W93-75
1/20@Tennessee5L91-71
1/24Auburn7W79-75
1/27LSU88W109-88
1/31@Georgia97W85-76
2/3Mississippi St21W99-67
2/7@Auburn7L99-81
2/10@LSU88W109-92
2/17Texas A&M44W100-75
2/21Florida23W98-93
2/24@Kentucky14L117-95
2/28@Mississippi58W103-88
3/2Tennessee5L81-74
3/5@Florida2346%
3/9Arkansas11487%