NCAA Latest: Villanova getting a scare from Alabama

Alabama pulls away late for win over Virginia Tech

He held his stomach after a shot to the gut on a screen.

"There is a youthful exuberance with this team that is exciting to me", Wright said.

Virginia Tech took another big step this season by reaping a second straight NCAA bid for the first time since the 1980s. Alabama didn't make its first second-half field goal until John Petty hit a 3 with 15:01 remaining.

This is the second consecutive season Virginia Tech was ousted in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

Photo Credit: Harley TaylorStay up with The Tech Lunch Pail for the latest on Virginia Tech. Egor Koulechov finished with 20 points, four threes and six rebounds. Alabama basketball faces off against No. 1 seed Villanova Saturday, March 17th at 11:10 AM (CST).

"When we're playing (well) together, it brings a lot, it stretches the defense, it takes a toll on what the defense can do", Petty said Friday. The buzzer sounded as Ingram's shot went in, but officials put 0.3 seconds back on the clock.

Bridges, who averaged 17.9 points and has played his way into a likely National Basketball Association draft lottery pick, scored one point and missed all five of his shots from the field in the first half. The Wildcats average 87.1 points per game, which is the most in the nation and is on pace to be the team's most since joining the Big East in 1980-81.

Key stat: Virginia Tech hit 7 of 9 shots from beyond the arc in the first half. Sexton is likely a one-and-done star who averages 19.2 points and dropped 40 on Minnesota in November. This lead to Sexton making one of the two free throws.

But after settling back into the hotel room he flipped over the channel to catch the second half of the game - and had the same sort of reaction most of the country did. Freshman Alex Reese started in Hall's place against Kentucky, finishing with five points and four rebounds in 19 minutes in his first-ever collegiate starting assignment.

Williams was so mad about the call that he was whistled for a technical foul. Moreover, the Crimson Tide are among the NCAA's best at getting to the line, ranking 44th in free throw attempt (FTA) rate (0.281). For Williams and the Hokies, it wasn't. We want to play.

"The higher you go, the altitude changes".

"The maneuverability in our league is really hard", Williams said. We get only a handful - if that - of these kind of position-for-position duels every March. In 2015, top-seeded Villanova was knocked off by No. 8 NC State 71-68. The players were fully aware of the UMBC stunner that happened the night before, with Villanova guard Donte DiVincenzo saying, "We're a 1 seed so it was more attention for us".

The Cats turned a five-point lead into a 50-28 advantage 4 ½ minutes into the second half.

Radford, out of rural southwestern Virginia, must have felt as if it were playing against ace pop-a-shot players. Bridges scored the first 5 points of the half and then finished a thunderous alley-oop on a pass from Booth that made it 41-27 and sent the Wildcats wildly waving their arms in celebration headed into a timeout. Radford? Just 10 points on 4 for 20 from the floor. The game was over at the half with Villanova up 21.

Calling Villanova's Mikal Bridges a "bitch". They beat No. 12 seed IL in the first round. "We're a championship team for a reason. We just really focused on defending and rebounding because I know our offense is going to come".

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