Published: Fri, March 09, 2018
Sport | By Ruben Hill

Texas A&M Basketball: 3 takeaways from loss to Alabama in SEC Tournament

Texas A&M Basketball: 3 takeaways from loss to Alabama in SEC Tournament

On Thursday, the Crimson Tide picked up their first big win, knocking off eight seed Texas A&M following a buzzer beating lay-in by Collin Sexton. The Cowboys will face Kansas, the Golden Eagles battle Villanova, and the Irish will take on Duke Thursday, and each of those three wins would do more for them than a win over Auburn would do for Alabama. With under 5 seconds remaining in the game, freshman T.J. Starks gave the Aggies a one-point lead by drilling a deep 3-pointer. There are not many teams in the country that can get a player back for a tournament game the caliber of Herb Jones. Sexton then got the ball in his hands via an inbound pass and sprinted down the court and swooshed a game-winning floater just before the buzzer to give the Crimson Tide the 71-70 win.

Alabama broke a five-game losing streak that had left the Crimson Tide without a win since February 13, when their NCAA hopes were strong. Vegas is known to set the total high when the Crimson Tide are involved, as 69.0 percent of their games have ended under the O/U total.

Even during Alabama's struggles this season, Sexton has always been the type of player that has thrived in the big moment.

But after Alabama made seven consecutive shots to pad its lead, it missed the next 12, providing an opening that the Aggies (20-12) seized upon.

According to ESPN's Joe Lunardi, the Tide moved into the Last Four In line with this victory.

The Crimson Tide have been outscored by an average of 11.0 points in their last five games.

The absence of Davis forced the Aggies to look to Starks to step up in the scoring efforts. The game finished with a total of 134 points, which was 8 points below the projected point total of 142 points. We had a lot of things that didn't go our way. He scored six points, grabbed three rebounds, blocked two shots and recorded three steals.

Sexton scored 27 points and saved the most important for the end after Alabama surrendered a 12-point lead. The Tigers also lost contributor Anfernee McLemore to injury late in the season.

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