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Alabama Crimson Tide vs. Virginia Tech Hokies ATS Preview 03/15/18

Alabama Crimson Tide vs. Virginia Tech Hokies ATS Preview 03/15/18

The SEC's co-Rookie of the Year finished with a game-high 25 points, scoring 10 straight for the Crimson Tide at one point.

Top NBA prospect Collin Sexton and the 9th-seeded Alabama Crimson Tide take on the 8th-seeded Virginia Tech Hokies in a first-round East Region NCAA Tournament game on Thursday.

Petty drained six 3-pointers - his most in two months - and Sexton added 22 of his game-high 25 points in the second half to power the No. 9 seed Crimson Tide over No. 8 seed Virginia Tech, 86-83, in their second-round matchup Thursday night at PPG Paints Arena. Alabama vs Virginia Tech tv channel is on TNT. We came here to advance. The star point guard amazes almost every time he takes the court. He scored 8 points on 4-of-5 shooting and was great filling in for Collin Sexton during his foul trouble.

Isaiah Canete scored 17 points for Stephen F. Austin (28-7), which led at halftime and for a large portion of the second half.

"I've never went from disliking a player as much as I did when I first got here to the respect that I have for him", Williams said after reinserting Wilson into the starting lineup.

"I don't think we're at the level of greatness they are", the Wildcat junior guard said. Though Alabama has Donta Hall and John Petty to make the difference, Sexton will have to play his best game to survive this game against a tough opponent. "Players have to make plays".

Southern finally ran out of answers in the fourth quarter of their first-round Women's NIT game, and Alabama ran away for a 69-56 victory at Coleman Coliseum.

Virginia Tech point guard Justin Robinson wasn't even invited to the press conference podium.

The turnaround on the court began last month when Williams grew disenchanted with the Hokies' defensive effort in an 84-75 loss to Miami on February 3. Four different players - Robinson, Justin Bibbs, Ahmed Hill and Nickeil Alexander-Walker - have hit at least 50 3-pointers this season, which will stretch the Alabama defense. "That kept us in the game, then we went through that spurt where we just couldn't buy a basket". We'll miss their character.

It was Alabama's first NCAA tournament win since beating Marquette 90-85 in 2006. If this game is close late, the advantage goes to Alabama. Hokies coach Buzz Williams earned a technical foul after throwing paper onto the court in frustration. "I thought she gave us that energy we needed".

"I love college football, so therefore - Big East we don't have it", Wright said with a grin Friday in Pittsburgh.

In-state foes like the Virginia Cavaliers, Virginia Tech Hokies and the Radford Highlanders are all dancing in this year's march madness.

From there on out, Tech was facing an uphill battle.

The Crimson Tide's victory came almost a dozen years to the day of its last NCAA Tournament win when Mark Gottfried's Alabama squad knocked off Marquette 90-85 as a No. 10 seed on March 16, 2006.

Experience matters in March, and the Hokies have the benefit of last year's NCAA Tournament to prepare them for this year's game.

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