NCAA Tournament Recap: Thursday, March 15th

Kansas&apos Marcus Garrett gets past Kansas State's Amaad Wainright to put up a shot during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in the semifinals of the Big 12 conference tournament in Kansas City Mo. Friday

Alabama Crimson Tide vs. Virginia Tech Hokies: NCAA Tournament First Round Preview and Prediction

Ninth-seeded Alabama defeated the eighth-seeded Hokies 86-83 in a first-round NCAA Tournament game in front of 18,715 spectators at PPG Paints Arena.

Virginia Tech had bullied Alabama guard Collin Sexton for much of Thursday's East Region first-round game, forcing the hottest player in college basketball to offer visible demonstrations of frustration.

In 2018, his 8th seeded Hokies - playing in the program's first back-to-back NCAA tournaments since 1985-86, certainly appeared more ready for the event. They a clutch steal from Justin Robinson and he ended up crashing the lane for an apparent basket that was whistled off because of a charge.

In-state foes like the Virginia Cavaliers, Virginia Tech Hokies and the Radford Highlanders are all dancing in this year's march madness. His effective field goal percentage was 52.7, a few ticks higher than Sexton's (49.6), even though Sexton took four more shots per game and averaged nine more points.

Sexton picked up back-to-back offensive fouls early, resigning him to the bench for most of the first half.

Hall sat out Saturday's SEC tournament semifinal against Kentucky after the back of his head hit the court during a nasty-looking fall against Auburn in the quarterfinals. Donta Hall added 10 points, hitting all five of his shots from the field.

(Boise) - Kentucky took a 78-73 win over Davidson on Thursday and failed to hit a 3-poitner for the first time in a record 1,047 games.

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As for Hamilton's future, he's prepping for the National Football League draft after totaling 134 tackles with 4 1/2 sacks and 2 interceptions as part of the Crimson Tide from 2014-17.

Collin Sexton showed up late to the Big Dance but arrived just in time to help Alabama advance in the NCAA Tournament on Thursday night.

The Virginia Tech Hokies (21-11) are coming from a 71-65 loss to Notre Dame in the ACC tournament. Justin Bibbs led the way by making three.

Kerry Blackshear Jr. made one of two free throws to give Tech a 64-63 lead with 8:07 left. Tech had 11 points off Alabama's seven first-half turnovers. For a player that averaged less than 20 points per game during the regular season, Sexton is averaging 25.4 points per game since the SEC tournament got underway last week, and after seeing him lead the way for Alabama over the Hokies, Villanova better be prepared for what should be a hard battle.

"Just thought we did a better job of defending the three in the second half", Alabama coach Kristy Curry said. Players are now hoping it is a learning experience heading into the NCAA tournament.

Alabama: Sexton might be the thinking man's version of Oklahoma star point guard Trae Young.

After leading by two at the half, the Hokies were outscored 45-40 in the second half.

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