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CBB : ATS Matchup
Thursday 3/15/2018Line$ LineOU LineScore




ALABAMA (19 - 15) vs. VIRGINIA TECH (21 - 11)
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Thursday, 3/15/2018 9:20 PM
NCAA Tournament - First Round - PPG Paints Arena - Pittsburgh, PA
Board OpenLatest
722VIRGINIA TECH-1.5-2.5
ALABAMA - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games19-15+0.117-1511-2172.433.645.8%36.370.033.741.3%36.1
Road Games7-11-0.89-99-970.231.243.3%35.272.835.442.5%37.0
Last 5 Games2-3+0.43-22-366.625.640.4%38.872.031.843.2%36.2
ALABAMA Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)72.433.625-5545.8%6-2032.5%15-2367.2%36913196145
vs opponents surrendering71.233.225-5942.7%8-2234.3%14-1970.8%35913196134
Team Stats (Road Games)70.231.224-5643.3%6-2129.5%15-2172.8%35911206134
Stats Against (All Games)70.033.724-5941.3%7-2231.9%15-2268.1%361012207134
vs opponents averaging75.535.626-5845.0%8-2235.0%15-2171.6%37914186134
Stats Against (Road Games)72.835.424-5742.5%7-2231.3%17-2569.9%371013197125

VIRGINIA TECH - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games21-11-4.917-1113-1479.738.749.8%33.071.732.942.5%34.5
Road Games7-7-4.88-67-775.436.647.0%31.875.132.143.5%36.5
Last 5 Games2-3-13-20-566.032.042.0%
VIRGINIA TECH Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)79.738.728-5749.8%9-2338.5%15-2171.0%33616166122
vs opponents surrendering71.533.726-5943.4%8-2234.7%13-1871.6%35914186133
Team Stats (Road Games)75.436.626-5547.0%10-2440.3%14-1971.4%32617186131
Stats Against (All Games)71.732.925-6042.5%9-2634.5%12-1769.8%34914175134
vs opponents averaging74.134.626-5944.6%8-2235.1%14-2071.1%36914176124
Stats Against (Road Games)75.132.126-5943.5%9-2635.6%14-2069.9%361014166134
Average power rating of opponents played: ALABAMA 80.5,  VIRGINIA TECH 78.9
ALABAMA - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
2/3/2018@ FLORIDA68-50W8W143U29-5255.8%431919-5733.3%2512
2/6/2018@ MISSISSIPPI ST63-67L3L137U18-4936.7%291324-5246.2%3610
2/17/2018@ KENTUCKY71-81L4.5L142.5O26-5547.3%271328-6443.7%4413
2/21/2018@ AUBURN71-90L6.5L151.5O24-5246.2%351729-6842.6%419
3/3/2018@ TEXAS A&M66-68L5W142U21-5637.5%401323-5939.0%4612
3/8/2018*TEXAS A&M71-70W3W137O28-5947.5%331424-6139.3%4417
3/15/2018*VIRGINIA TECH              

VIRGINIA TECH - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
1/27/2018@ NOTRE DAME80-75W2.5W143O29-5750.9%281024-6139.3%3913
1/31/2018@ BOSTON COLLEGE85-80W-1W154O30-6943.5%361025-6041.7%4216
2/7/2018NC STATE85-75W-6W162U33-5263.5%271127-6243.5%3415
2/10/2018@ VIRGINIA61-60W12W127.5U22-5143.1%371021-6134.4%364
2/14/2018@ DUKE52-74L10.5L163.5U21-4942.9%191026-5250.0%3613
2/17/2018@ GEORGIA TECH76-56W-3.5W139.5U28-5352.8%361320-5536.4%3012
3/3/2018@ MIAMI68-69L3.5W143U23-4946.9%331524-5048.0%2613
3/7/2018*NOTRE DAME65-71L2L142U25-6041.7%321020-5337.7%3811
ALABAMA: Last season: 19-15, lost in first round of NIT
Who's gone: F Bola Olaniyan (6.4 rpg), G Corban Collins (7.0 ppg), F Jimmie Taylor (5.1 ppg, 3.7 rpg)
Who's back: G Braxton Key. Led Alabama in scoring as a freshman, averaging 12.0 ppg and 5.7 rpg. G Dazon Ingram averaged 10.5 ppg and led team in assists and 3-point percentage; only Tide player to start all 34 games. F Donta Hall provided size and rebounding inside, leading team in blocks and field goal percentage.
Who's new: G Collin Sexton is a consensus Top 10 recruit, and the freshman is a second-team preseason All-SEC pick. G John Petty is a two-time Alabama Mr. Basketball out of Huntsville. They were the centerpieces of the program's highest rated recruiting class, rated No. 5 by three major recruiting services. F/C Daniel Giddens sat out last season after transferring from Ohio State.
The Skinny: Appears to have a good shot at making the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2012 and second since 2006. A big reason for that is the arrival of Sexton and Petty, but there's a strong returning nucleus, too, led by Key and Ingram. Picked to finish fourth in the SEC, the highest projection under Johnson.
VIRGINIA TECH: Last season: 22-11, lost to Wisconsin in first round of NCAA Tournament.
Who's gone: F Zach LeDay, G Seth Allen, G Ty Outlaw, Khadim Sy
Who's back: G/F Chris Clarke, eventually. The Hokies' most athletic player sustained a torn ACL last season and, depending on who you talk to, could be ready for the start of the season, or not at all. He averaged 11.4 points and 7.3 rebounds and provides boundless energy. G Ahmed Hill. He also averaged 11.4 points and was second on the team with 59 3-pointers, which have always been a big part of the offense for what always seems to be a undersized team, and is again.
Who's new: True freshmen Wabissa Bede, Nickeil Alexander-Walker and P.J. Horne and redshirt freshman Tyrie Jackson are all being counted on to boost the Hokies' outside shooting and provide depth to a team that has only six returnees with experience in the rigors of ACC play.
The Skinny: Virginia Tech basically outscored people last season, but is less likely to be able to do that this year. Williams has pledged an increased emphasis on defense, and while his players seem on board, the absence of experienced depth or proven defensive stoppers will make last year's success hard to replicate.
Sexton leads Alabama against Virginia Tech

A year ago, Alabama All-America guard Collin Sexton was finishing up his high school career in Georgia and tearing up the spring and summer AAU circuits, emerging as an unknown into a Top-10 recruit.

This year, he has elevated Alabama into the NCAA Tournament as perhaps the most electrifying player since Kemba Walker propelled Connecticut to the NCAA title in 2011.

Next year, Sexton most likely will be playing in the NBA.

On Thursday, Sexton will lead the ninth-seeded Alabama Crimson Tide (19-5) against the eighth-seeded Virginia Tech Hokies (21-11) in a first-round East Region game in Pittsburgh. And as Walker proved, great guard play can carry a team a long way.

"For us, in year three, this is where we wanted to be, back in the tournament, and hopefully have a chance to play some of our best basketball," Crimson Tide head coach Avery Johnson told reporters. "When we play at a high level, we feel we can beat anybody."

In four years in Blacksburg, Va., Buzz Williams has turned around the ACC cellar-dweller into a dangerous team making its second straight tournament appearance as a No. 9 seed.

Wisconsin knocked out the Hokies last season in the first round, but Williams said experience is invaluable.

"When you have experience of playing against really good players in really big games, I think that all trends in a good way," he told the Roanoke Times. "There were guys on our roster that watched (the Wisconsin game from the bench) and guys on our roster that lost (that game) last year. I think that's valuable."

While Sexton gets top billing for the Crimson Tide, the Hokies are one of the most balanced teams in the nation. Five players average double figures -- four shoot better than 39 percent from beyond the arc.

Williams has a team that understands team defense after a late-season tactical change in his approach to coaching. Already with one of the most efficient offenses in the nation, Williams refocused on defense and packing the lane and protecting the rim.

"After the Miami game (the Hokies gave up 84 points), we watched film and he apologized to us all," Justin Robinson said. "(Williams) said it was bad coaching for him not making this change sooner."

The results should get Alabama's attention. In the first 23 games, opponents shot nearly 49 percent against the Hokies. With a new attitude toward defending, that number plummeted to 42 percent.

"We knew that we had to change," Ahmed Hill told the Richmond Times-Dispatch. "Our great coaches came up with an idea and we went with it. That's who we are now."

In the minutes after finding out they would be playing the Hokies, Johnson said he knew very little about Virginia Tech.

But now he and his staff have had more than 48 hours to study the opponent and what he discovered is a veteran Hokies team that beat Virginia, Duke and North Carolina.

When talking about the Crimson Tide, the point of emphasis is Sexton, who's used to stealing the show.

Last year, he surprised many by winning the slam dunk contest in the Powerade Jam Fest as part of the festivities at the McDonald's All-American Games.

"The fans came out to see a show and we gave it to them," Sexton told a national television audience on ESPN.

The nation knew the Crimson Tide had a special player when on Nov. 25, Alabama almost upset then-No.14 Minnesota. For the last 11 minutes of the game, Alabama played with only three players -- because of ejections, an injury and another player fouling out -- and almost beat the Gophers.

One of those three players was Sexton, who scored 17 points while playing three-on-five. He finished with 40 points.

Sexton (19.0 points per game) is adept at driving to the basket. He can finish around the rim or dish off to fellow freshman John Petty (10.1) or sophomore Dazon Ingram (9.9 points, 5.6 rebounds).

A big question mark is the health of Donta Hall, who compiled 10.9 and 6.8 rebounds per game, and is one of the top shot blockers in the nation at 2.1 per game. He suffered a concussion Friday against Auburn.

He didn't practice on Monday, remaining on the sideline riding an exercise bicycle.

"I'll know a lot more about his status once we get on that plane to go to Pittsburgh or especially when he wakes up (Wednesday) to see how he recovers from whatever he's able to do today," Johnson told AL.com Tuesday afternoon.

Last Updated: 12/19/2018 8:33:09 AM EST

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