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18 March 2018, 01:21 | Bernice Figueroa
Virginia Tech falls to Alabama in first round of NCAA Tournament
Sexton vs. Brunson is arguably the best head-to-head player/position battle the NCAA Tournament will see in its first weekend.
"Honestly, I feel like it's going to be a good game for us", Sexton said.
The Hokies pulled within two, 70-68, to force a timeout at 3:13, but Alabama responded by knocking down a trio of field goals and a free throw to lead 78-72 with 1:06 left.
As strong as program as Villanova has become, it has advanced past the NCAA Tournament's second round just once this decade, and that was in the 2016 national championship run. "The Final Four is in San Antonio. In order to play, you've got to beat Carolina".
Chiozza, meanwhile, affects the game very differently, serving primarily as a distributor for the Gators.
It's an advantage Alabama's players have finally embraced after spending much of the season simply watching Sexton take games over.
"The maneuverability in our league is really hard", Williams said.
In the last minute, many noteworthy moments happened. When he was asked the other day how he looked at the latter experience, he said, "I don't look at that experience at all". I'm very familiar with his game, and again, I know the focus will be on the matchup Collin and Jalen.
Williams has been able to avoid that first round upset during his career.
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"He was probably just disappointed", Johnson said of the technical.
The plot is now thickening for Purdue and star center Isaac Haas.
A pair of defensive stops were sandwiched around five quick points from Bridges to push the Villanova lead to 37-27 in the first two minutes of the second half. Freshman reserve guard John Petty scored 20 points, draining six 3-pointers.
The Wildcats will play either Marshall or West Virginia in the East Regional semifinals in Boston on Friday. That club would go all the way to the Elite Eight, the lone time Alabama has advanced past the Sweet 16.
"Virginia Tech shot the ball extremely well in the first half from the three-point line", Alabama head coach Avery Johnson said."We couldn't guard them from three". Whichever guard can control the pace of the game and hit more big shots will likely be the one to lead his team to victory. Their extended zone defense with Grayson Allen at the top disrupted Rhode Island's rhythm, at one point forcing Matthews to put up an off-balance, one-handed airball from the 3-point line as the shot clock expired.
Alabama will also need another boost from their bench versus Villanova similar to what they got against Virginia Tech.
Last season, Villanova lost to an 8 seed in Wisconsin in this same round in a 65-62 contest.
Villanova got a brief scare that it might add '18 to the list against Alabama. Nine of the Wildcats first 10 attempts from the field were from beyond the 3-point arc (3-of-9) while the Crimson Tide were 5-of-10 on its early attempts from the floor.
Meanwhile, Alabama is led by an offensive force in Collin Sexton, who is projected to be a top-10 pick in the 2018 NBA Draft.
The Wildcats are upset prone because they live and die by the 3-pointer. "It's just not the best feeling in the world". "But they didn't miss shots". Donte DiVincenzo steadied the Wildcats when he hit three straight 3s and added one more right before the half to give them a 5-point edge.
The Pac-12 is out. Montana (26-7), 9:50 p.m., TBS: Michigan is riding high after winning the Big Ten tournament, plus it has Moritz Wagner, whose name sounds like a ski resort but who is actually a versatile 6-11 player from Germany. A first-half surge saw Villanova outscore their opponents 44-23. They haven't reached the Sweet 16 since 2004.
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