USA TODAY Sports projects Alabama as a team that could break their Final Four drought

The Alabama Crimson Tide has never been to the Final Four of an NCAA Tournament. They’ve made nine sweet 16s and one elite eight, but have never been crowned as region champions. As the No. 1 overall seed in the 2023 Tournament with the best player in the country Brandon miller running the show it seemed as if that was destined to change, but a Sweet 16 loss to San Diego State ended those hopes.

This year’s team enters the Tournament flying a bit more under the radar as a four seed. Alabama tips off their 2024 March Madness campaign today at 6:35 p.m. C.T. against the Charleston Cougars. Alabama did land a very fortunate draw in their bracket with a potential round two game against St. Mary’s and likely North Carolina in the Sweet 16, the lowest-ranked one seed.

USA TODAY Sports writer Dan Wolken thinks that Alabama is one of the top teams that can break their Final Four drought. Wolken says of the Alabama side, “Nate Oats has been sniffing around some deep tournament runs, but it’s going to be a real challenge with this group because of its defense. Ranking just 112th in the KenPom efficiency stats, Alabama needs its outside shooting to be elite every time it takes the floor to have a chance against quality teams. It’s not impossible, but it’s hard to do − and Alabama comes into this tournament having lost four of its last six games.”

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