Alabama Crimson Tide vs. Villanova Wildcats Odds Preview 03/17/18

Saul Bowman
March 18, 2018

Which is why, so long as both Sexton and Petty continue to make plays, Alabama believes it can take down anybody, even a No. 1 seed.

The fact it took Sexton to embrace Johnson's message until March hardly matters.

No. 1 seed Villanova (32-4) buried Alabama (20-16) under a pile of 3-pointers for an 81-54 win.

"These coaches prepare us for stuff like this", Sexton said. He found his groove once the second half tipped, however.

Virginia Tech's season came to a close on Thursday night as the Hokies fell to Alabama, 86-83.

The Alabama Crimson Tide will play the Villanova Wildcats in the Second round of the NCAA Tournament East Region on Saturday, start time at 11:10 AM ET, at PPG Paints Arena, Pittsburgh, PA. Alabama vs Villanova live stream is on CBS stream. The Wildcats will face scrappy ninth-seeded Alabama (20-15) in the second round Saturday afternoon in the first game of the day. Truth is, back then, only one of them actually did.

For the Crimson Tide, they're a single win away from a first Sweet 16 bid since 2014.

Alabama shot 60.9 percent from the field in the second half (14-of-23), tying its season-high set on January 27 against Oklahoma, and outscored the Hokies 45-40 to secure the win.

"I saw Jalen probably over 20 years ago", Johnson said, alluding to Brunson's father Rick playing in the National Basketball Association. "I always have my eyes locked on my target and I'm going to hit it".

While Sexton has routinely scored between 15-20 points almost every game this season, averaging a team-leading 19.2 points on the year, Petty struggled to find his place in the mix, slowly adapting to his role as a primarily outside shooter.

Virginia Tech led 43-41 after the first 20 minutes, but the scoring pace stalled in the second half before a closing flourish. Sexton made one of two free throws.

"I shouldn't have had the towel in my hand, I think that made it look worse". In their first-round win over St. Bonaventure, he scored only eight points, but dished out 11 assists in the big victory. The Hokies forced 17 turnovers but couldn't slow down Petty and had trouble whenever Sexton got into the lane.

Junior Donta Hall had 10 points on 5-of-5 shooting from the field, and sophomore Dazon Ingram had nine points, seven rebounds, and four assists for Alabama.

"Virginia Tech shot the ball extremely well in the first half from the 3-point line", Alabama head coach Avery Johnson said.

It fell under a pile of 3-pointers from one of the nation's best teams. We had some breakdowns, but those mistakes were correctable.

Devonte Graham ignited sluggish Kansas midway through the first half, pouring in 29 points and lifting his top-seeded team. Although the game was tied at 21 at halftime, Williams told his staff he was heading back to his hotel room to begin preparations for the Tar Heels' second-round game Sunday game against Texas A&M. Obviously, we're glad, happy, that we're advancing.

"Honestly, I feel like it's going to be a good game for us". His players will be able to dote on making consecutive NCAA tournament appearances for just the third time in program history, but they were not able to put the big picture in perspective as Thursday night turned to early Friday morning.

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