Latest March Madness predictions for Alabama basketball during open week

Despite the loss to Auburn a week ago, Alabama basketball remains in a similar spot for March Madness predictions and NCAA Tournament projections.

The No. 3 seed spot seems to be the consensus spot right now for the Crimson Tide as it chases an SEC regular season title. Alabama, who sits tied for first place, also won the SEC a season ago.

There are plenty of games still to be played, though. Seven SEC games remain on the schedule before the conference tournament in Nashville. Alabama doesn’t have a week-day game this week, but it will face Texas A&M on Saturday (11 a.m., ESPN) at Coleman Coliseum.

Before the game this weekend, here are the latest NCAA Tournament predictions for Alabama and coach Nate Oats.

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ESPN: 3 seed (Memphis)

Projection date: Feb. 13

Joe Lunardi’s latest bracketology projections send the Crimson Tide to Memphis as a No. 3 seed again, facing No. 14 seed Morehead State in the first round. Then Alabama would play either No. 6 seed Clemson or No. 11 seed Nevada. The Crimson Tide lost to Clemson at Coleman Coliseum earlier in the season. In this prediction, Alabama is part of the West region (Los Angeles).

CBS Sports: 3 seed (Charlotte)

Projection date: Feb. 12

In Jerry Palm’s projection as of Monday, he kept Alabama as a No. 3 seed, facing No. 14 seed Louisiana Tech in the first round. With a victory, the next game would be between No. 6 seed Dayton and the No. 11 seed team. In this projection, Alabama is in the South region.

Bleacher Report: 3 seed (Pittsburgh)

Projection date: Feb. 12

Bleacher Report’s Kerry Miller slotted Alabama in a No. 3 seed as well, with a matchup against No. 14 seed South Florida. The winner would face No. 6 seed BYU or No. 11 seed Boise State. Alabama is part of the West region (Los Angeles) in this projection.

Nick Kelly is the Alabama beat writer for The Tuscaloosa News, part of the USA TODAY Network, and he covers Alabama football and men’s basketball. Reach him at or follow him @_NickKelly on X, the social media app formerly known as Twitter.

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