Villanova rolls past Alabama and into Sweet 16

Villanova rolls past Alabama and into Sweet 16

Villanova rolls past Alabama and into Sweet 16

The Crimson Tide, who beat Virginia Tech for the first NCAA Tournament win in 12 years, matched their worst loss in tournament history.

Villanova looked every bit of a national title contender to start the second half, zipping the ball around the perimeter and finding open shooters.

Villanova (1) had little problem blowing out Radford (16) in the opening round by a final score of 87-61. The question is whether the Crimson Tide will be able to find enough offensive help for Sexton to keep up with the Wildcats. The Wildcats shot 17-for-41 from deep against the Tide.

Villanova plays Friday in Boston against the Marshall-West Virginia victor. Alabama is now an 11-point underdog and ESPN's BPI gives the Tide only a 6.8 percent chance to win. He found his groove once the second half tipped.

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Lagerald Vick added 14 points for the Jayhawks (28-7), who trailed the Ivy League champs 21-11 with about 7 minutes left in the first half. "I feel like we're one of the really good defensive teams in the country". The Wildcats put on an impressive display of 3-point shooting in the first two rounds.

Penn State scored the first two points of the game and never trailed as Notre Dame didn't hit its first field goal until almost five minutes in.

"And so we need to continue to get reps at that, and I wish - I thought tonight was a great - a great game, and just didn't come out on the end we wanted to". "They got going, and we just took off from there".

On the season, Alabama basketball averages 72.4 points, 36.3 rebounds and 12.5 assists per game.

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Entering Saturday, the 6-foot-7 Bridges, a certain lottery pick in the NBA's June draft, averaged 21.7 points in his last 10 game while shooting almost 60 percent from the floor.

Villanova entered the tournament as one of the favorites to win it all, and with top overall seed Virginia and trendy pick Arizona having already exited, the Cats might now be the clear favorite. All five starters ended up scoring in double figures for the Wildcats, who were led by Jalen Brunson and his 16 points. The five-star freshman finished with 17 points on 7 of 14 shooting, including eight points in the second half before Alabama elected to play its bench players to finish the game.

Jay Wright's men shot 39.7% from the floor and hit unbelievable 17 triples on 41 attempts (41.5%), while their perimeter defense did a great job in limiting the Crimson Tide to miserable four made shots from downtown. The last time the two teams met on the hardwood came in the 2012 2K Sports Classic championship game, when Alabama ran away with a 77-55 victory on November 16 in Madison Square Garden. We did a much better job defending them from the 3-point line in the second half.

"The more attention that was brought to me, I just knew that I was going to have to make the right play", DiVincenzo said.

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