With the No. 9 University of Alabama Crimson Tide upsetting No. 8 Virginia Tech on Thursday night, the Crimson Tide hoped to keep the ball rolling past overall No. 1 Villanova University Wildcats, but they came to an abrupt end falling 81-58 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
In the spotlight, Villanova showed how a No. 1 seed takes care of business on the court.
Hitting five 3-pointers, Mikal Bridges scored 23 points and helped Nova make people notice that they’re the team to beat. After a tense and close first half, the Wildcats hit their first six 3s in the second and put on a thrashing show for everyone watching.
Bridges, who averaged 17.9 points and most likely played his way into a NBA draft lottery pick, scored 1 point and missed all five shots in the first half. Nova’s toughest competition was more the round than Alabama: the Wildcats lost in the first weekend as a 1 or 2 seed in 2010, 2014, 2015, and 2017.
The Crimson Tide, who beat Virginia Tech for the first NCAA Tournament win in 2 years, matched their worst loss in tournament history.
Collin Sexton led the Crimson Tide with 17 points and the only player in double figures did make 5 of Alabama’s 15 turnovers which hurt them more than they could have imagined.
While Alabama had a great regular season, all great runs have to come to a halt at some point in time, and the Crimson Tide hit their 2017-18 season end today.
In Boston, Massachusetts at The Garden, Villanova will play in the Sweet 16 on Friday, March 23rd at 2PM against the winner of the Marsh University vs. West Virginia game on Sunday, March 18th at 9:40PM.
By Cierra Loomis