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NCAA Tournament bracket 2021: Alabama a 2 seed in East Region

The Tide are a lofty seed, and will begin against Iona.

SEC Men’s Basketball Tournament - Alabama v LSU Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images

The Alabama Crimson Tide are rolling into the NCAA Tournament!

The Crimson Tide, SEC regular-season and tournament champions, are a 2-seed in the 2021 Tournament. The Tide earned the high seed after a terrific season and now will hope to build their status as a budding program in the country.

Alabama’s quest to cut the nets will begin against 15-seeded Iona. Rick Pitino is the headman for the Gaels, so despite the talent difference, this will be a fascinating matchup from a coaching perspective. Nate Oats has earned his keep, but he will go against a legendary figurehead in the world of college hoops.

Iona went 12-5 in their truncated year in the MAAC. They earned the bid after winning four games in five days, defeating Quinnipiac, Siena, Niagara, and Fairfield to win the MAAC Tourney.

No times or locations have been announced yet for these games. But when they do, we’ll update you all.