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Where Alabama basketball ranks in ESPN’s BPI entering final two weeks of regular season

Nate Oats and the Alabama men’s basketball are entering the final two weeks of the regular season and an SEC title is still within their reach.

Before tip-off on Wednesday night against Ole Miss, 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. 6

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Jordan Prather-USA TODAY Sports

Alabama is without question one of the nation’s best overall teams. The Tide arguably has the best offense in the country, but their defense, or lack thereof, may be their downfall.

Strength of Schedule: No. 2

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John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports

Alabama has played an extremely tough schedule in the 2023-24 season and it has affected them both positively and negatively. On the positive side, they have one of the most impressive resumes in the country, but on the flip side, their overall record could be much better if the Tide had played a slightly less difficult non-conference slate.

Strength of Record: No. 10

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Butch Dill-USA TODAY Sports

Despite the difficult schedule, Alabama has one of the better strength of records in the country and has proven time and time again that it can play with the nation’s elite.

Projected Tournament Seeding: 2.5

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Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports

Despite its 19-8 overall record, Alabama is firmly in the NCAA tournament and is likely to be a top-three seed. Anything below a four-seed would be surprising at this point.

NCAA Title Win %: 6.2

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Butch Dill-USA TODAY Sports

As wild as it sounds, Alabama currently has the fifth-best chance of cutting down the nets as NCAA tournament champions with a 6.2% chance.

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