Hokies, Hoos or someone new? Who's your NCAA team?

She hit one late in the first period and two more early in the second quarter to cut Bama's lead to a single point.

Alabama will also need another boost from their bench versus Villanova similar to what they got against Virginia Tech.

But as the biggest attractions in this season's loaded rookie class, Petty and Sexton have finally found their groove and it's meant only good things for the surging Crimson Tide.

And it seemed as if he was rewarded with an isolation on the left perimeter with just over two minutes remaining, his team clinging to a five-point lead. The Wildcats won the 2016 national championship but exited in the second round as No. 1 or No. 2 seeds in 2014, 2015 and 2017.

Virginia Tech and Alabama put on a show so good that several thousand disinterested Villanova fans put down their phones and started watching compelling basketball. The Tide and the Jackets traded 1-2-3 innings in the 1st but in the top of the 2nd a lead off walk would come back to bite the Jackets as a 2 run home run would give Alabama a 2-0 lead.

The proof came during the second half. Alabama shot an impressive 59.3 percent from the field (16-of-27), but Virginia Tech's 7-of-9 performance from beyond the arc and 68 percent shooting from the floor (17-of-25) gave the Hokies the 43-41 lead at halftime. As Robinson's floater went through the basket, the referee called a charge. "You're going to get beat on one or the other, you know?"

The fourth-year head coach slammed his towel down on the scorers' table, resulting in a technical foul. She's a tremendous 3-point shooter. Wright State (25-9), 12:40 p.m., truTV: Rick Barnes wins wherever he goes, and he's done surprisingly well at Tennessee, where he has taken a faceless bunch, gotten them to play defense, and become a nationally ranked team. Egor Koulechov finished with 20 points, four threes and six rebounds. Devin Wilson shot the last shot of the season, rolling around the rim before Tyrie Jackson tipped it in as the buzzer sounded. Alabama has been considered a sneaky team that could make a surprise run in the tournament since recently taking down Auburn, and if they do in fact eliminate Villanova, chances are Sexton will be a main reason why.

Justin Robinson led Virginia Tech (21-12) with 19 points in the loss.

Desi Rodriguez added 20 points while Myles Powell had 19, Angel Delgado pitched in 13 with nine rebounds and Ismael Sanogo had a double-double with 10 and 10 for the Pirates (22-11). They averaged 87.1 points per game and had an average margin of victory that was nearly 17 points. As a bonus, he and the Hokies will be playing in Pittsburgh, not far from Wilson's hometown, McKees Rocks, Pennsylvania.

"And Villanova, what more can we say?"

As for Justin Bibbs, the senior from Dayton, Ohio, finished his career as a Hokie.

Player of the game: Sexton.

Avery Johnson Jr., Galin Smith and Herbert Jones produced in key moments. Alabama vs Virginia Tech tv channel is on TNT.

"I don't know that we prepared for the event as much as we should have", Williams told reporters Wednesday.

But defense became this team's identity late in the season, and it was part of their downfall at PPG Paints Arena.

  • Leroy Wright