NCAA Tournament Second Round: Previews and Predictions for Saturday's Games

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Alabama pulls away late for win over Virginia Tech

The Crimson Tide's rebuilding sprinted towards reality on November 10, 2016. "You know we talk about that when you see it with players", Johnson said Friday.

Now, less than 36 hours after beating Virginia Tech on Thursday night, 9th-seeded Alabama (20-15) will look for a repeat performance from its two dynamic freshmen when it takes on No. 1 seed Villanova (31-4) this morning from the PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh.

GOING DEEP: The Crimson Tide have not reached the Sweet 16 since 2004. Petty scored 20 points, including making 6 of 8 3-point shots.

"Coach just told me if I got a shot, don't worry, just shoot it and play my game", Sexton said on his confidence in the second-half. "All of the individual match-ups, I mean, that's great and all, but we're going to focus on playing Villanova basketball for 40 minutes". "So it's a tough situation for a defense". Brunson leads the Wildcats in scoring with 19.3 points per game and the projected lottery pick Bridges averages 17.9. Keenan Evans finished with 23 points on 10 shot attempts, six rebounds and five assists.

But since Sexton returned a week later, Petty has eclipsed double digits in scoring just six times, including the last two games.

But coach Buzz Williams believes the program is heading in the right direction.

Collin Sexton leads the Crimson Tide, averaging 19 points per game, into the NCAA tournament despite Alabama's struggles down the stretch. "They got problems at every position".

Johnson is a good coach, who knows what he's doing at Alabama despite all of the disorganization on Saturday. "Just to make sure we come into this game ready and that's what we did". If they can continue to shoot the ball well, they will have a great chance to pull off the upset. Playing is easy and fun! We didn't come here to just show up. They overwhelmed the Crimson Tide (20-16) with a barrage of 3-pointers. We'll miss their character. After Thursday's No. 12 seeds went a disappointing 0-2 SU and ATS, the Murray State Racers and the New Mexico State Aggies will try to do some damage in Friday's Round of 64 action. His tenacious defense also frustrated the Crimson Tide's ball-handlers throughout the game.

Pirate facts: Seton Hall got off and running against N.C. State and proved why it will be a hard out in the tournament with two senior guards in Desi Rodriguez and Khadeen Carrington to go along with Angel Delgado in the middle. Whereas Brunson often makes the deft, shrewd move in the right moment, Sexton can sometimes will a positive play out of thin air.

Now he'll go up against a confident, bull of a player in Sexton.

"It opens up a lot", Key said.

With 48 seconds to go in the game, Robinson was called for a questionable charge, that many people thought should've been a block on Alabama. Alabama basketball faces off against No. 1 seed Villanova Saturday, March 17th at 11:10 AM (CST). And they're just one really good team and Collin does a great job being aggressive and getting his teammates involved. "But I really appreciate everything he does for us".

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