Alabama keeps NCAA hopes alive with buzzer beater in SEC tournament
- Author: Julie Sanders Mar 10, 2018,
Mar 10, 2018, 3:58
Unlike the past eight years, when Auburn's loss in the conference tournament signaled the end of its season, the Tigers won't have to wait until the fall to redeem themselves. Maybe the entire world. The No. 8 seed Aggies led by as many as seven points early in the first half, but Alabama surged ahead in to take a 35-28 halftime lead - only to need Sexton's last-second shot to hold on for the win. But it's the take-no-prisoners persona - the "Young Bull", as he's been dubbed - that's turned him from an overlooked high school junior to a possible lottery pick in the National Basketball Association draft.
It involved Alabama strength coach Lou Deneen. "Everybody needs to settle down and I think the girls need to relax". "Monday through Sunday. And if there's an eighth day of the week, I'd take him then, too".
Regardless of your opinion on the Crimson Tide's NCAA tournament status, everyone agrees they have a massive opportunity in front of them to beat Auburn in the quarterfinals. Kripper scored a 9.825 on the vault and a 9.85 on the beam to lead the Tigers. I hail from Tuscaloosa, Alabama, but now reside in Glen Burnie, Maryland.
At minimum, Alabama is still alive, and the Tide has Sexton to thank for that.
The freshman has electrified ScottTrade Center, scoring 58 points in do-or-die victories over Texas A&M and Auburn.
And if Sexton continues to create magic like this throughout the postseason, he will be a player that Crimson Tide fans will never forget. In 29 minutes, he added 23 points, 3 rebounds, 4 assists, 1 steal and 1 three with 5 turnovers. He hit another one 60 seconds later. The maroon and white battled back after trailing by 12 points with under 13 minutes remaining in the game, but their late effort wasn't enough. Auburn and its leader looked shell-shocked after the 81-63 loss.
The two morning games were decided on the last possession, with Collin Sexton and Alabama hitting a buzzer-beating layup to defeat Texas A&M and potentially play themselves back into the NCAA tournament, as well as Kassius Robertson missing a potential-game-winning three from the corner that allowed Georgia to pull off the upset over Missouri.
But he wasn't done there. They told them to run. "And when I run, my teammates found me, and I was open".
The reward for recruiting Sexton figures to be Alabama's first NCAA bid since 2012. "We had moments when we looked like a dominant team in certain stretches". For most of the season, the Tide significantly underachieved.
Sexton scored 27 points and saved the most important for the end after Alabama surrendered a 12-point lead.