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Alabama's record, latest national rankings say plenty about season that's gone south

  • Alabama head coach Anthony Grant reacts to a call during an NCAA college basketball game against Missouri, Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014, in Tuscaloosa, Ala. (AP Photo/AL.com, Vasha Hunt) MAGS OUT

    Alabama head coach Anthony Grant reacts to a call during an NCAA college basketball game against Missouri, Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014, in Tuscaloosa, Ala. (AP Photo/AL.com, Vasha Hunt) MAGS OUT  (The Associated Press)

  • Alabama guard Trevor Releford (12) shoots against Missouri during an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014, in Tuscaloosa, Ala. (AP Photo/AL.com, Vasha Hunt) MAGS OUT

    Alabama guard Trevor Releford (12) shoots against Missouri during an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014, in Tuscaloosa, Ala. (AP Photo/AL.com, Vasha Hunt) MAGS OUT  (The Associated Press)

  • Alabama's Levi Randolph (20) dunks in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Missouri, Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014, in Tuscaloosa, Ala. (AP Photo/The Tuscaloosa News, Dusty Compton)

    Alabama's Levi Randolph (20) dunks in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Missouri, Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014, in Tuscaloosa, Ala. (AP Photo/The Tuscaloosa News, Dusty Compton)  (The Associated Press)

Alabama's record says plenty about the season's challenges.

But so do the latest national rankings.

The Crimson Tide enters Wednesday night's visit to Mississippi assured of its first losing regular-season record since 1999-2000.

Most of the blame can go toward deficiencies such as rebounding and scoring beyond star guard Trevor Releford. Playing No. 1 Florida twice plus No. 2 Wichita State and No. 6 Duke doesn't help either.

The Tide dropped those four games by an average of just 7.5 points.

Coach Anthony Grant said Tuesday that a win or two in those games "makes all the difference in the world" in the Tide's confidence.

Grant needs a strong finish and an SEC tournament run to avoid his first losing mark in eight seasons as a head coach.