Alabama's season ends under barrage of Villanova 3-pointers

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 Basketball: Tide looking to shock the world versus Villanova
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18 March, 2018

The Jayhawks have been thin all season and can't afford to lose the one man that can neutralize Delgado (13.3 points, 11.5 rebounds).

Not exactly the last impression someone wants to make before turning pro, and probably not the type of image the University of Alabama wants to project to the rest of the country after making it back to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2012.

Buckeye facts: OSU also fended off a pesky mid-major in the first round, but in the process, its difficulties defending the 3-pointer were exposed with South Dakota State knocking down 13. Coming off of the bench, he had a huge contribution to the way Alabama finished on Thursday.

At least Nick Saban is nice enough not to run up the score on the sacrificial lambs of college football.

No. 1 Villanova (31-4) vs. According to a team spokesman, the team was in the locker room changing into their uniforms, and didn't make it out to the court on time. "[Alabama was] penetrating in too deep; they got too many layups".

And it seemed as if he was rewarded with an isolation on the left perimeter with just over two minutes remaining, his team clinging to a five-point lead. "I see him everywhere", Villanova coach Jay Wright said. This might not be easy; Wright State is a decent unit led by an unusual player, Loudon Love, a 6-9, 275-pound center who looks like he should be playing offensive tackle in the Big Ten. So start March Madness fresh each round and compete for your chance to win a trip to the 2019 Final Four.

Saturday's second-round game featuring the Alabama Crimson Tide vs. Villanova Wildcats is scheduled for a 12:10 p.m.

Villanova ranks ninth in steals allowed per game (4.6) while Alabama ranks 167th (6.6). There was a lot to be learned, and much to be remembered for next season.

As for the team, a 22-12 season isn't bad at all.

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Support was virtually nonexistent for Sexton, however, as no other Alabama player scored more than nine points in the game.

"These coaches prepare us for stuff like this", Sexton said.

The loss brings an end to an up-and-down season for Alabama. Johnson has built a solid foundation in Tuscaloosa, and now it's time to take the next step.

"When I get in that type of mode, I feel like no one can stop me from shooting the ball", Petty said.

Williams had tinkered with his team's defensive approach after giving up 84 points to Miami in a loss February 3, and it paid off with low-scoring wins over Clemson, Virginia and Duke over the final month of the season.

7 Rhode Island in the Midwest, and like the Tide against Villanova, the Rams were never really in the game, which Duke won 87-62. We're responsible for them 24 hours a day.

Johnson is a good coach, who knows what he's doing at Alabama despite all of the disorganization on Saturday. "(Devin) finished in last place as a freshman, he finished in last place as a sophomore, and then to be able to play in the NCAA Tournament, in essence, at his home, I think that's really cool", Williams said.

"Hopefully I've been a positive role model to set an example for them, whatever they do in the future of their lives. Avery did a great job getting a bunch of young guys here".


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