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Where Alabama basketball ranks in ESPN’s BPI halfway through SEC schedule

We have reached the halfway point of the SEC schedule for Nate Oats and Alabama, and the Crimson Tide sit atop the SEC standings with an impressive 8-1 record.

Up next for the Tide is a road matchup against the Auburn Tigers. Before tip-off on Wednesday night, let’s look at the latest update of ESPN’s Basketball Power Index.

According to ESPN, the BPI is a “measure of team strength that is meant to be the best predictor of performance going forward. BPI represents how many points above or below average a team is. Strength of Record (SOR) is a measure of team accomplishment based on how difficult a team’s W-L record is to achieve. Game predictions account for opponent strength, pace of play, site, travel distance, day’s rest, and altitude, and are used to simulate the season 10,000 times to produce season projections. Numbers update daily.”

Here is a breakdown of where Alabama ranks in the BPI.

BPI: No. 4

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Gary Cosby Jr.-USA TODAY Sports

With a strong out-of-conference schedule and a hot start in SEC play, Oats and the Tide sit inside the top five of the Basketball Power Index.

Strength of Schedule: No. 7

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Gary Cosby Jr.-USA TODAY Sports

You won’t find many schedules throughout the country as tough as what Alabama has played this season. The SEC is a really good basketball conference and with the likes of Purdue, Creighton, and Arizona in the non-conference slate, Alabama is battle-tested.

Strength of Record: No. 13

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Gary Cosby Jr.-USA TODAY Sports

Considering the schedule the Tide has faced this season, the 16-6 overall record is pretty impressive and indicates just how tough of a schedule Alabama has had.

Projected Tournament Seeding: 2.5

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Gary Cosby Jr.-USA TODAY Sports

Don’t let Alabama’s overall record fool you, the Crimson Tide are firmly in the NCAA Tournament field with a projected seeding of 2.5.

NCAA Title Win %: 6.9%

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Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

Believe it or not, Alabama currently has the fourth-best percentage of winning the NCAA title this season with a 6.9% chance.

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