In Monday’s regular-season finale of AP Top 25 polls, the Alabama Crimson Tide basketball team cemented a final ranking of No. 6 in the country. This comes just two days before the SEC Tournament is set to begin in Nashville, Tennessee.

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Also featured in the top-25 polls was one other SEC team- Arkansas at No. 8. Besides the Crimson Tide and the Razorbacks, no other SEC teams were featured in the final poll.

Alabama closed out the regular season with a three-game winning streak, which included victories against Mississippi State in Starkville, Auburn at home in Tuscaloosa, and Georgia in Athens. These wins helped raise Alabama to a total record of 21-6 and a conference record of 16-2, the best SEC record since the 1986-87 season.

In addition to Alabama’s performance in conference play, the Crimson Tide finished the season with only one loss in Coleman Coliseum- Western Kentucky in December. The last time ‘Bama went undefeated at home in SEC play was the 2012-13 season.

To add to the many accomplishments of this team, the Crimson Tide claimed the regular-season SEC title for the first time since 2002- 19 years. This decisive title will translate to a one-seed in the SEC Tournament. Alabama will be awarded a bye until the quarterfinals round where they will play the winner of Kentucky-Mississippi Stare.

While the regular-season conference title is surely a big accomplishment, especially for coach Nate Oats in his second year in Tuscaloosa, a tournament victory is what is needed for an automatic bid into “March Madness” later this month.

Alabama’s third-round game against the winner of Kentucky-Mississippi State will tip-off from Bridgestone Arena in Nashville on Friday, March 12 at 11 a.m. It will be televised on ESPN and can be heard on 95.3 the Bear

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