Top-ranked Alabama advances to the Sweet 16 with a dominant win over Maryland
Brandon Miller heated up, as did Alabama, which avoided the fate of two other top scorers NCAA Tournament The Seeds sidelined Maryland 73-51 behind a dominant second half on Saturday night.
Crimson Tide (31-5) They have advanced to second in the Sweet 16 competition in the past three tournaments and ninth overall. Alabama meets fifth-seeded San Diego State in the South Region semifinals in Louisville, Kentucky, on Friday.
Before the game, even two of the top-seeded teams, Purdue and defending national champion Kansas had gone down, and no. Top seed Houston edged Tide opponent Auburn by 10 halftime points at Legacy Arena before pulling away.
Alabama and Miller got off to a slow start, but the All-American and NBA Most Valuable Player finished with 19 points after being denied goals in their first-round match. Miller suffers from a hip injury and missed his first shots of the tournament.
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Jahvon Quinerly scored 22 points on the one-year anniversary of his left knee injury early in a second-round loss to Notre Dame, which still tied him earlier this season. I made 4 or 6 3 heads.
Charles Pediaco had 10 points and 10 rebounds. Alabama starts off the bench with two minutes left to cheers of “Sweet 16” amid a friendly crowd.
Julian Reese scored 14 points for Maryland (22-13) before losing. Jahmir Young scored 12.
Alabama, the top seed overall, faced little drama, unlike the top seed. 1 sec.
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no. 16th seed Fairleigh Dickinson held off top seed Purdue 63-58 on Friday in only their second upset. then no. 8 Arkansas beat the Jayhawks 72-71 earlier Saturday. Houston eventually pulled away from Auburn while the Tide waited for their chance.
The first half was more impressive for Maryland, other than trailing 28-23, for a team that only lost 63 points in the game.
The Big Picture
Maryland: 2002 National Champion Terps They fell short of making their 15th trip to the Sweet 16 in head coach Kevin Willard’s first season. They also lost to Alabama in the second round two years ago under former head coach Mark Turgeon. Maryland’s defense was on point enough that they held the lead for most of the first half despite stretching nine consecutive touchdowns.
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Alabama: Depth shown so far. The Tide dominated the game despite not getting much of a kick off starters Mark Sears and Noah Clowney or Nick Pringle, the star of the opener against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.
Alabama faces San Diego State in its first Sweet 16 appearance since 2004, which was also the Tide’s only racing year for the Elite Eight. Crimson Tide did not reach the Final Four.