SEC Basketball Roundup: Collin Sexton's shot keeps Tide afloat

  • SEC Basketball Roundup: Collin Sexton's shot keeps Tide afloat

SEC Basketball Roundup: Collin Sexton's shot keeps Tide afloat

But they also couldn't deny the most obvious point about Sexton's use of the last 4.2 seconds that saw him go the length of the court to give the Crimson Tide a 71-70 win over Texas A&M in the Southeastern Conference tournament Thursday afternoon. He scored 31 points, 21 of them in the second half, as Alabama went on a 28-3 run after trailing by 120 at halftime. The Alabama Crimson Tide are shooting 32.5 percent from beyond the arc and 67.1 percent from the free throw line. Even when the Crimson Tide struggled to score in the first half, the freshman point guard provided enough to keep within striking distance.

The semifinal game will tipoff at noon CT on Saturday at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Mo., and will be broadcasted live on ESPN. One such thing came with the Crimson Tide down 70-69 with less than five seconds left. Alabama hasn't played in the NCAA tourney since 2012.

"Honestly", Sexton said. "I feel like we're just having fun".

"I think (the pressure) is motivating", Johnson said. The SEC's regular-season champion was handling rival Alabama after 20 minutes in the SEC Tournament quarterfinals Friday, up 10 but it felt like more. On the other hand, a victory over Auburn would pretty much guarantee Alabama a tournament spot. As soon as the ball was inbounded to start the second half, everything changed.

The future NBA Draft lottery pick couldn't miss, and Auburn (25-7) couldn't hit.

They finally tied the game on a 3-pointer by Admon Gilder with 1:14 remaining.

ST. LOUIS - With the SEC Tournament in St. Louis and heralded freshman Michael Porter Jr. returning, Missouri fans were hoping to be treated to a weekend-long show from the Tigers.

"If I'm drafting, I'm taking Collin over Trae Young every day of the week", Johnson Jr. said.

Assuming the Ags make the NCAA Tournament, and most projections before the loss had them squarely in it, they will need Starks to continue to play with confidence as he has since stepping into the starting lineup.

And while we know what we'll be getting from the guards, it's the frontcourt that should decide the game.

Georgia has looked like the team we thought it could be during the first two days of the tournament, with Maten finally getting consistent help around him. Desean Murray added 15, all in the first half. "At the start of the second half, they came down and flipped the table on us really quickly". "I used understandable English, no bad words, and we just talked about how we needed to improve in the second half, and they did it".