Alabama is one of four programs that lays claim to the first double-bye in SEC Men’s Basketball Tournament history, locking up one of the top four seeds in the tournament with its thrilling win over Georgia and a little help from Tennessee in their home win on Missouri on Saturday.
But with the extra day off comes a little more uncertainty, as Alabama’s list of potential opponents increases from two to three. The winner of Mississippi State’s opening round game with Auburn will move on to play No. 5 seed Tennessee. The winner of that game will advance to take on the Crimson Tide.
Alabama is 1-1 against Tennessee this season, winning at home 68-65 on Jan. 12 but lost to the Volunteers in Knoxville just 14 days later, 54-53.
The Tide also split the season series with Auburn, winning at home 61-43 on Feb. 26 to avenge a 49-37 loss at Auburn Arena on Feb. 6. Alabama swept the season series with the Bulldogs, winning 75-43 in Starkville in its third conference game of the year before winning in Coleman Coliseum 64-56 on Feb. 20.