Collin Sexton's coast-to-coast drive preserves Alabama's hopes of an NCAA bid
- Author: Stacy Allen Mar 10, 2018,
Mar 10, 2018, 0:35
For Auburn to find success in its regular season finale, it will need to learn from mistakes made through the season. In his first start of the season, freshman Galin Smith put up eight points, while adding three rebounds and a block. The other is Alabama point guard Collin Sexton, a potential star who is as dynamic of a college guard as you'll see.
Moments earlier, Texas A&M appeared to have won the game when T.J. Starks drilled a three-point to give his team a 70-69 lead, erasing a 12-point second half deficit.
After starting the game down 10-0, the Bulldogs (18-14), who face fourth-seeded Kentucky in today's second quarterfinal, charged back with a 12-0 run of their own.
Alabama's hopes of reaching the NCAA tournament were on life support until Collin Sexton revived them.
"We can't really look at the negatives of our past because it's not going to do anything", Krippner said.
Part of Murray's struggles down the stretch have been due to the trouble presented by the size of numerous teams on Auburn's schedule the past month: Georgia, Kentucky, South Carolina, Florida, Alabama and Arkansas. It will be up to the selection committee to decide whether the Tide having a larger collection of marquee wins than most bubble teams outweighs also having more losses. "That is the reason I wasn't too disappointed that they didn't pick us first team". Or will they understand that winning another game is necessary to feel 100 percent sure about their NCAA Tournament chances? The Crimson Tide outshot the Aggies 48 percent to 39 percent which ultimately proved to be the difference in the game. "Something we can learn from is that the game's not over until the buzzer goes off".
Tennessee vs. Mississippi State, 6 p.m. Jones played Thursday, however, scoring six points in 25 minutes. The Aggies grabbed 17 offensive boards and scored 19 second-chance points.