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Alabama (21-12) left out of NCAA Tournament

As expected after the loss to Florida in the semifinals of the SEC Tournament on Saturday, the Crimson Tide was not selected as one of the 38 at-large teams to play in the NCAA Tournament.

The SEC had three teams in the tournament: Florida, Missouri and Ole Miss. Alabama was 0-4 against those teams, 0-3 on the road and 0-1 in neutral sites.

Other Alabama opponents in the NCAA tournament include Cincinnati, Villanova and South Dakota State, teams which Alabama went 2-1 against.

Alabama was eliminated in the first round of the 2012 NCAA Tournament in a loss to Creighton, who moved on to lose to No. 1 seed North Carolina in the next round.

Alabama was left out of the 2011 NCAA Tournament and went on to advance to the finals of the NIT that season, beating Coastal Carolina, New Mexico and Miami (FL) in Coleman Coliseum before moving to Madison Square Garden.

The Tide beat Colorado in the semifinals 62-61 before losing in the finals to Wichita State 66-57 in the finals.

Alabama back in Joe Lunardi’s Bracketology, but out of tourney

In ESPN bracketologist Joe Lunardi’s most recent bracket, the Alabama Crimson Tide have made it back into the Next Four Out of the NCAA tournament, having dropped from that position earlier in the conference season.

Lunardi’s bracket has three Southeastern Conference teams in the NCAA tournament: Florida as a 1 seed, Missouri as a 9 seed and Ole Miss as a 11 seed. Kentucky is part of the First Four Out, joined by Temple, Indiana State and Maryland. The Last Four In are Virginia, Arizona State, Villanova and California.

Alabama is joined by St. John’s, Southern Miss and BYU in the Next Four Out.

Alabama coach Anthony Grant is not worried about his team’s standing in the NCAA tournament scene, but more concerned with the SEC tournament where the winner will receive an automatic spot in the NCAA field.

“We’re excited to be in a position where we control our own destiny going into the conference tournament,” Grant said. “Right now, the focus for us is to take it one game at a time and try to understand what we have to do each individual game.”

However, Grant is aware his team is in a tight situation.

“When you look at some of the losses we’ve had over the course of the season, we’re not in a position to take anyone lightly,” Grant said. “You have to come and be ready to play. Hopefully our guys are intelligent enough to understand that what we’ve done over the course of the year, we can’t afford to do that. We have to show up prepared and be ready to play our best.

“We can get beat by anyone.”

You can see Lunardi’s complete bracket by clicking here.