In Monday’s latest AP Poll, the Alabama Crimson Tide’s basketball team (17-5, 12-1) rose three spots to No. 8. This comes just days after ‘Bama broke the SEC record for points in an SEC game with their 115-82 rout of the struggling Georgia Bulldogs.

This marks the fourth straight week of being ranked inside the top 15 throughout the country for the Crimson Tide.

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Due to their recent victory, along with LSU upset over the now No. 19 Tennessee Volunteers in Baton Rouge Saturday, Alabama’s magic number has now dropped to just two.

Don’t underestimate any opponent, but it is very possible that the SEC regular-season title can be clinched this week.

Alabama will be traveling to College Station on Wednesday for an 8:00 p.m. date with the Texas A&M Aggies, a team that is second-to-last in the conference with only two conference wins.

On Saturday, the Tide will host the 6-10 Vanderbilt Commodores, the last-place team in the SEC. This game will tip-off at noon.

While the race to win the conference title and the automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament are far from over, it has been a very popular sentiment among college basketball analysts that Alabama could be looking at a two-seed in the “Big Dance.”

Trailing three and a half games behind Alabama in conference standings is LSU, a team ‘Bama beat twice, and the No. 24 Arkansas Razorbacks, a team that the Crimson Tide beat in Tuscaloosa in January but historically struggle with in Fayetteville. ‘Bama will meet the Razorbacks here on Wednesday, Feb. 24.

LSU will next play on Wednesday in Oxford against Ole Miss, while Arkansas will host the Florida Gators on Tuesday.

Alabama’s midweek game against Texas A&M and their weekend match with Vandy will both air on SEC Network and will be available to listen to on 95.3 The Bear.

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