A tough loss after a comeback effort fell just short against Missouri and an unconvincing win in Columbia against South Carolina has dropped Alabama Men's Basketball from a 1 seed to a 2 seed in the NCAA Tournament in ESPN's Joe Lunardi's latest Bracketology.

Ohio State, who was last projected as a 2 seed as well, jumped over Alabama for the final top seed in Lunardi's predictions. Since the release of the last edition of predictions, Ohio State earned wins over Maryland and a huge win in a top 10 matchup against Iowa.

The Crimson Tide's close win over South Carolina last night gave them a 97% likelihood of clinching the SEC regular season title, something they have not done since 2002. This alone however would likely not be quite enough to secure a top seed in March.

With five games remaining, the Tide likely need to win at least 4 out of 5 and possibly win or at least have a very good performance in the SEC Tournament to have a shot at a No. 1 seed.

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The good news, however, is that the Crimson Tide have the toughest parts of their schedule out of the way. In their five remaining regular season games, they will face 12-6 Georgia at home, 8-7 Texas A&M on the road, 5-10 Vanderbilt at home, 15-5 Arkansas on the road, and 11-9 Mississippi State on the road to close out the season.

No doubt their toughest remaining matchup will fall in Fayetteville, and if the Tide are able to win out in the regular season this would likely give them a very good shot at locking up a top seed barring a complete collapse in the SEC Tournament.

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