Auburn's Bruce Pearl explains heated exchange after loss to Alabama

11 Marcha, 2018, 00:34 | Author: Thomas Hicks
  • Alabama's Collin Sexton right makes a no-look pass to teammate Donta Hall left around Auburn's Jared Harper center during the second half in an NCAA college basketball quarterfinal game at the Southeastern Conference tournament Friday Mar

Updates with new lead, quotes. The stretch was keyed by three consecutive 3s by Sexton.

"I want the team right now to understand that there's as good a chance, no matter what, if we can advance past the first one, there's a pretty good chance that the second one may not be the higher seed or the better seed", noted Pearl, "It's a tough draw because there's so many upsets". Kentucky made sure of that by doing its best to keep Collin Sexton out of the equation. Then, Alabama knocked top seed Auburn out of the tournament with a furious second half in Friday afternoon's opening quarterfinal.

In the Crimson Tide's last outing, they blew out the No. 16 Auburn Tigers, 81-63.

The Alabama Crimson Tide has silenced any doubters who don't believe they belong in the NCAA Tournament.

"All you can do is allow what you do on the floor to speak for itself", Alabama Coach Avery Johnson said. Desean Murray had 15 points and eight rebounds.

By the time halftime arrived, it was all Sexton. Hall is Alabama's leading rebounder with 6.9 per game. He had 28 points in Alabama's win over Texas A&M on Thursday, including the game-winning basket at the buzzer.

While Auburn heads home to await its NCAA T ournament destination, Alabama continues its SEC T ournament run.

Wenyen Gabriel replied with his seventh 3-pointer of the game (without a miss, by the way), followed by two Knox foul shots and a Washington free throw to make it 71-56.

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"We came out with a lot of energy, hitting shots", Heron said. "At the start of the second half, they came down and flipped the table on us really quickly".

Many bracketologists already had Alabama as one of the last four teams into the NCAA Tournament before this game.

At first it looked like Hall might've landed on his neck.

Over the first 25 games, the Tigers jetted to a 22-3 record and as high as No. 7 in the polls before the McLemore injury.

United Kingdom is 42-2 in SEC Tournament semifinal games.

But Kentucky still has to win three games in three afternoons to claim the school's 31 SEC Tournament championship. All we can do now is build a resume. Georgia's Yante Maten, The Associated Press SEC player of the year, was held to nine points on 2 of 10 shooting. Even Auburn coach Bruce Pearl acknowledged the point guard's ability to carry a team for long stretches.

"It's probably not sustainable, but let me say this: The people that have watched this, do we rely on 3-point shots to win?" coach John Calipari asked. "But the most interesting thing about the 5-12 matchups is anything can happen in those matchups".

Alabama (19-14) will face No. 4 seed Kentucky in Saturday's noon semifinal. That should be enough for Alabama to rest easy heading into Selection Sunday.

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