If there's one player in the SEC capable of captivating the nation and going on a phenomenal Championship Week run, it's Alabama freshman Collin Sexton. The Alabama Crimson Tide are averaging 72.6 points on 46.1 percent shooting and allowing 69.5 points on 40.8 percent shooting. They'll take the court again either Thursday or Friday in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, and while their play Friday against Alabama wasn't promising - the Tigers had their lowest point total of the year and suffered its worst loss of the season - they don't seem concerned about that bleeding over into March Madness.
Sexton finished with 31 points, 21 in the second half, as his three-ball set up his penetration angles and vice versa. Desean Murray went into halftime with a game-high 15 points and seven rebounds, but he did not score and grabbed only one rebound over the final 20 minutes. Donta Hall, a double digit forward for the Tide, had a pretty scary moment during the game. The Crimson Tide will look to build off the momentum and add another win over a ranked opponent to their resume when they face No. 16 Auburn on Friday in an SEC Tournament quarterfinal in St. Louis.
The Aggies had won three in a row entering the game, including a 68-66 victory over the Crimson Tide six days earlier.
This time Collin Sexton didn't wait to save the day for Alabama.
"I feel really good (about Texas A&M's NCAA Tournament chances)", Aggies Coach Billy Kennedy said.
"We just didn't have it in the second half tonight".
And while we know what we'll be getting from the guards, it's the frontcourt that should decide the game. Then the Tide outscored them 28-3 to start the second half, shooting 76.2 percent and outrebounding them 26-12 while the Auburn went 1 for 14 from three.More news: Meaford Has Much to Celebrate on International Women's Day
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"They are going to keep doubting us". Williams finished the game with six points, 10 rebounds, and seven blocks.
Lamar Peters scored 24 points and Mississippi State hit 10 3-pointers before cutting short the Tigers' long-range rally. After Auburn hit a free-throw, Sexton tied the game for Alabama with his third straight make from beyond the arc.
Tenth-seeded LSU (17-14) trimmed a once 19-point Bulldogs' lead to just two with 5:52 remaining. The game stayed close until the end, but the Tigers never retook the lead.
Bench scoring was controlled by Alabama with 12 points off the bench compared to Texas A&M's 10 points.
For Auburn, a victory against the Tide probably won't improve their tournament seeding.
No. 2 Tennessee vs.