In Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, No. 9 University of Alabama Crimson Tide showed No. 8 Virginia Tech Hokies that a 6 point lead, a full bench of prepared athletes, and a score of 86-83 is all you need to move closer to a championship title.
Crimson Tide freshman Collin Sexton led the overall game with 25 points total while junior Donta Hall and sophomore Dazon Ingram both trailed right behind with a combination of 19 points. Ready and able freshman John Petty made a few appearances from the bench adding 20 points to the win.
Hokies Junior Justin Robinson gave a good effort with 20 points, while senior Justin Bibbs added 17, and freshman Nickel Alexander-Walker put in solid 15 points. Once Robinson, Bibbs, and junior Kerry Blackshear Jr. fouled out of the game, Virginia Tech knew they had to push Alabama to their limits.
The game was set up for Alabama at the start of the second half with matching low scores to make it interesting. Virginia Tech hoped to pick up the speed and get to the 80 point mark where they usually sit early on, but Alabama had other plans. With the highest lead for both sides being 6 points overall, the game was just as intense as any.
While Alabama undershot in free-throws, 3-pointers, and overall shots to the net, they gave the Hokies a game they won’t be able to forget.
The last time the Crimson Tide won a NCAA Tournament game was in 2012, and they plan to continue their winning streak till the bitter or sweet end.
Fans have high hopes that on Saturday, March 17th at 2PM, No. 9 University of Alabama will take on No. 1 Villanova University Wildcats and put on a show stopper.
By Cierra Loomis