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SEC Tournament 2013: Florida Gators Slip Past Alabama, Sink Crimson Tide's Dreams of Madness

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The Alabama Crimson Tide without a doubt have the best college football team in the entire country, but the same cannot be said about their basketball counterparts. Despite some late season heroics, the Crimson Tide’s dreams of March Madness look grim after a devastating loss to the Florida Gators in the SEC semifinals.

Had they beaten the Gators, and it looked like they might have been able to early in the game, Alabama would have greatly increased their chances of making the big dance. But the Crimson Tide blew a halftime lead and ultimately the game to the SEC regular season champs and their hopes of making it to the NCAA tournament hang in the balance, and it’s not the good end of the scale.

One thing that will seal the fate of the Tide would be a win by the Ole Miss Rebels in their SEC semifinal game against Vanderbilt as the Rebels remain the most likely bubble team to get an invitation to the NCAA tournament based on how they’ve played overall this season.

As for the Gators, Florida trailed at halftime and couldn’t penetrate the Tide’s stout defense early on in the game, but Billy Donovan’s squad showed their resilience as they were able to comeback. The win propels the Gators into the SEC Championship game and raises their seed stock for the NCAA tournament, which will be officially selected on Sunday.

Florida doesn’t need to worry about making it to the big dance, but the Tide may be NIT bound after their latest loss, unless some magic madness comes their way between now and Sunday’s selection.

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