Collin Sexton, John Petty lead Alabama by Virginia Tech 86-83
Collin Sexton, John Petty lead Alabama by Virginia Tech 86-83
Alabama vs. Virginia Tech: NCAA Tournament live score updates
17 March, 2018, 02:05
The Virginia Tech Hokies are in the big dance for back to back seasons for the first time since 1985-86.
The eighth seed, Virginia Tech Hokies, will face the ninth seed, University of Alabama, at 9:20 p.m. on Thursday. The Hokies lost three players to fouls in a physical second half, and they couldn't get critical stops in the final three minutes to earn what would have been their first NCAA Tournament victory since 2007. Alabama was going to have the most talented player on the floor in freshman guard Collin Sexton, a sure-fire National Basketball Association lottery pick this summer, but the Hokies were deeper. Sexton was in foul trouble the first half but scored 21 of his 25 points after intermission (the other four starters combined for 25 points).
Alabama led by 10 points late in the first quarter, but Southern got a spark from Jaden Towner, who came off the bench to hit five 3-pointers on the way to a 16-point performance.
Alabama will play top-seeded Villanova on Saturday in the second round.
Recap all the madness from Alabama's win against Virginia Tech below. Both teams have shown that they have very high ceilings and are starting to play some of their best basketball even if they are still a little inconsistent. For the season, he led the Crimson Tide by averaging 19 points per game. Virginia Tech likes to dare teams to beat it from the outside because of the small lineup Williams plays, trying to pack the lane and prevent easy drives to the basket, and the Irish were able to take advantage from the perimeter. Of the Crimson Tide's 32 games with betting action, 21 have finished under the total.
As far as match ups go, the 8-9 games are always fun and that is what we have here in the Steel City between Virginia Tech and Alabama.
Alabama: Sexton might be the thinking man's version of Oklahoma star point guard Trae Young. The smart money here gives the points. "It has to be five of us against him, against his team". Sexton hit one of the ensuing free throws and then two more to give Alabama a seven-point lead. If Sexton starts slow and the Hokies' defense frustrates him, Virginia Tech will position themselves to jump to an early lead. Alabama has now shot at least 50 percent from the floor three of its last four games and outrebounded its last three opponents.
Villanova connected on 14 of 27 3-point attempts (.519) in its win over Radford. For Williams and the Hokies, it wasn't.
Evans shot 10-of-10 from the free throw line, grabbed six boards and passed out five assists in the victory. That allowed Sexton and Alabama to settle themselves.
Justin Robinson led the Hokies' offense with 19 points, while Justin Bibbs and Nikeil Alexander-Walker both reached double figures scoring 17 points and 15 points, respectively. They had seven Quadrant One wins, but a trio of Quadrant Three Losses.
No. 1 seed Villanova (31-4) vs.
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