Alabama keeps NCAA hopes alive with buzzer beater in SEC tournament

Tricia Pearson
March 10, 2018

Auburn basketball coach Bruce Pearl and Alabama strength and conditioning coach Lou DeNeen got in a verbal altercation following Friday afternoon's game in the SEC tournament.

The Wildcats have been playing much better basketball over the past several weeks, although there will be one key absence on the court in this one. He had 25 points Alabama's most recent meeting with Auburn, a 90-71 Tigers win two weeks ago.

Sexton took the inbounds pass with 4.4 seconds remaining from underneath his own basket, raced down the floor and softly lifted a finger roll over the outstretched arms of the Aggies' defense to give the Tide the buzzer-beating win.

Up next Alabama will face No. 1 seed Auburn Friday at 12pm.

"It's kind of a neutral site for both teams and it'll be a very good mixture of both Bama fans and Auburn fans", junior Taylor Krippner said.

For Alabama, it was Collin Sexton who played the role of hero.

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"We can't really look at the negatives of our past because it's not going to do anything", Krippner said.

"We are an NCAA Tournament team in my opinion", said Alabama coach Avery Johnson. We got stuck against their zone in the second half, but they just persevered. "When they made their run, it bothered us more than it should have". "Something we can learn from is that the game's not over until the buzzer goes off".

And then the Crimson Tide dropped the hammer so hard on the Tigers in the second half that it reduced Bruce Pearl to exhausted clichés and postgame peacocking on an Alabama strength coach. We got stuck against their zone in the second half, but they just persevered ... With another impressive win or two, Sexton and company could sneak into the tournament as one of the final at-large bids - or if they can string three more wins together, they'll take the SEC tournament outright and punch their ticket to go dancing without being at the whim of the selection committee.

Maten and the Bulldogs put Missouri in foul trouble early.

Tennessee put on a dominant performance as Mississippi State early last week, with the Vols shooting 62.2 percent from two-point range to earn the 22-point win.

Sexton scored 27 points in 33 minutes on Thursday. The Aggies grabbed 17 offensive boards and scored 19 second-chance points.

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