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Virginia Tech falls to Alabama in first round of NCAA Tournament

Kansas&apos Marcus Garrett gets past Kansas State's Amaad Wainright to put up a shot during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in the semifinals of the Big 12 conference tournament in Kansas City Mo. Friday Alabama Crimson Tide vs. Virginia Tech Hokies: NCAA Tournament First Round Preview and Prediction
Pete Mitchell | 17 March, 2018, 02:05

Preview: Villanova, perhaps the most impressive team in the opening round of this year's NCAA Tournament, will take on Collin Sexton and Alabama on Saturday.

Of course, the Crimson Tide's first NCAA Tournament victory in a dozen years didn't come easy, especially not in a first half when both Alabama and Virginia Tech were on fire from the floor.

Sexton, the talented freshman guard, scored nine points in the final 95 seconds of the game for the Crimson Tide, who won their first NCAA tournament game since 2006.

Virginia Tech had bullied Alabama guard Collin Sexton for much of Thursday's East Region first-round game, forcing the hottest player in college basketball to offer visible demonstrations of frustration. Villanova made 13 of its first 16 shots, led by 21 at the half and pushed that to 33 midway through the second half, then rested starters from there.

Hall finished with 10 points and three rebounds in 25 minutes, but it was the play of Sexton and Petty that pushed the Crimson Tide into the round of 32.

Alabama (20-15) moves on to face top-seeded Villanova on Saturday in Pittsburgh. Alabama shot 60 percent from the field and Virginia Tech shot 55.6 percent.

The Crimson Tide opened the game by knocking down eight of its first 10 field goals, but the Hokies' 4-of-5 shooting from the three-point line gave them the 22-20 edge at the 10:43 mark. In a tight back and forth game, Alabama used a 7-0 run late in the 2nd half to take a 70-64 lead and held on late for the victory.

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Freshman standout Colin Sexton led all scorers with 25 points.

The forward scored 10 points on 5-5 shooting, and provided a nice boost for Alabama. They are in Pittsburgh as the 8th seed in the east regional and will play 9th seeded Alabama on Thursday, March 15, 2018. "It has to be five of us against him, against his team". Four different Hokies made 3s in the first 20 minutes and Virginia Tech went 7 of 9 from deep. He finished the game with just eight points on 3 of 5 shooting, but his ability to spell Sexton was crucial. Check out OddsShark on Twitter and Instagram or head to YouTube for more betting picks and analysis on this week's top games.

Virginia Tech freshman reserve Wabissa Bede later made a 3-pointer to tie the score at 57 with 11:21 to go. Hokies coach Buzz Williams earned a technical foul after throwing paper onto the court in frustration. But he has the talent to be a game-breaking presence against any team in the country, and the Wildcats are a significant test.

Either way, Alabama doesn't have a lot of guys they can look to as scoring options outside of Sexton.

No. 1 seed Villanova (31-4) vs.

The big difference in this one is on the defensive end as the Hokies have been significantly lately with their matchup zone giving plenty of teams nightmares including a veteran Notre Dame in the first half of their ACC Tournament. Previous year as a No. 1 seed, the Wildcats were upset by No. 8 Wisconsin 65-62.

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