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Brad Bohannon threw down the challenge before his Alabama team got to Hoover. If you want to play any games in an NCAA Regional, you have to play many games in the SEC Tournament.
After responding to that challenge with upset wins over No. 6 Georgia and No. 3 Arkansas, No. 11 Alabama's postseason push took a hit in Friday's 12-8 loss to No. 2 Texas A&M.
Now comes a short turnaround and what Bohannon described as "the biggest game of the year," an elimination game Saturday morning at 9:30 against Florida.
The quality wins here over Georgia and Arkansas, with three straight victories in all against the Hogs dating to the final regular-season series, have put Alabama right in the middle of the debate over which teams will secure the final at-large bids to the NCAA Tournament.
Does Bohannon think his team has done enough to earn one of those spots or is it necessary to beat Florida and advance to a semifinal later on Saturday?
"I mean, I haven't looked at that stuff in-depth enough," he said. "I know I'll feel better if we win another one. We're going to approach tomorrow like our season is over if we don't win, I can tell you that."