The University of Alabama men’s basketball team is on a four-game winning streak heading into Tuesday night’s game at Ole Miss. That equals the Crimson Tide’s longest winning streak in SEC play since Avery Johnson’s first Alabama team reeled off five straight wins in February 2016.
However, Johnson was quick to point out that Alabama might be on a winning streak but it is not on “a roll.”
“We have to do more than that to be on a roll,” Johnson laughed while answering a question at his Monday press conference. He later clarified that it would take “at least seven or eight wins” before he would consider UA as being on “a roll.”
“I think there is another level or two for us to reach before we are playing at our full potential,” Johnson said. “It’s not just about talent. It’s about roles. If you are a shooter and can take a 3, take a 3. If you’re a big guy, rebound. That’s where we can continue to improve.”
While Alabama is officially not on a roll, it is playing well enough to shore up its position in the two most significant NCAA “bracketology” projections issued on Monday.
Jerry Palm of CBSSports.com projects Alabama as a No. 9 seed in the West Regional, facing No. 8 seed Creighton in the opening round. That would be the same seeding and matchup that Alabama drew in the 2013 Tournament, the last NCAA appearance for the Crimson Tide.
Joe Lunardi of ESPN currently projects Alabama as a No. 10 seed in the West Regional, facing TCU in an opening-round game in Nashville.