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Not long past 5:00 PM CST time on Sunday, the 2024 NCAA Tournament bracket will be revealed. The last few weeks have been rough for Nate Oats’ team with four losses in the last six games. Thankfully, the full-season record has been strong enough to expect Alabama will not drop below being a Big Dance 5-Seed.

There is no science to Bracketology, despite the best predictors putting massive work into their efforts. Nobody can provide a 100% correct bracket prediction, but the four sources included below provide solid information

Joe Lunardi – Bama as a 4-Seed in the West Region vs. Charleston, then a possible second-round game against the winner of BYU vs. Grand Canyon

Jerry Palm – Bama as a 4-Seed in the West Region vs. Yale, then a possible second-round game against the winner of BYU vs. VCU

1-3-1 Sports – Bama as a 4-Seed in the Midwest Region vs. Vermont, then a possible second-round game against the winner of San Diego State vs. VCU

Bracketville – Bama as a 4-Seed in the West Region vs. Vermont, then a possible second-round game against the winner of BYU vs. Grand Canyon.

Lunardi has North Carolina as the top seed in the West Region. If both advance past the second round, the Tar Heels and the Crimson Tide would meet in the Sweet Sixteen. Palm has Iowa State as the top seed in the West Region. In the Midwest Region, 1-3-1 has the 1-Seed as Purdue. The Boilermakers beat the Alabama Crimson Tide 92-86 in early December. Bracketville also has North Carolina as the 1-Seed in the West Region.

Alabama Crimson Tide fans seeking Big Dance optimism were not reassured by Nate Oats’ comments after the recent loss to Florida. Oats said, “If we decide to take 24 minutes off from the defensive end it’s gonna be hard to beat anybody in the NCAA Tournament.”

Further explaining, Oats highlighted the need for the Crimson Tide to get in transition and how hard it is to do that after an opponent’s made basket. “You don’t play hard on defense, you’re taking it out of the net a lot of the time, you can’t get out in transition as much, we’re not as good. The snowball went on and on and on for at least 24 minutes today.”

 

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