NCAA Tournament Virginia Tech Hokies vs Alabama Crimson Tide Start Time, Odds

Kansas&apos Marcus Garrett gets past Kansas State's Amaad Wainright to put up a shot during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in the semifinals of the Big 12 conference tournament in Kansas City Mo. Friday

Kansas&apos Marcus Garrett gets past Kansas State's Amaad Wainright to put up a shot during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in the semifinals of the Big 12 conference tournament in Kansas City Mo. Friday

They'll have to knock off a Crimson Tide team coming off the program's first NCAA Tournament win since 2006.

The loss marks the second-straight season that Virginia Tech was bounced from the first round of the NCAA tournament, after the Hokies fell to Wisconsin last season. If John Petty (20 points on 6-of-9 shooting) can have another huge game, they'll have a chance. He went 6-for-8 from deep, including 3-for-3 in the first half on his way to 20 points on the night. Junior Donta Hall finished with 10 points on a flawless 5-of-5 shooting from the floor and sophomore Dazon Ingram had nine points, seven rebounds and four assists in the win.

Alabama will face top-seeded Villanova in the East Region's second round on Saturday. It helped that Sexton was erratic early - over one 90-second stretch, he committed two offensive fouls on push-offs, including a shove to Virginia Tech guard Justin Robinson (19 points) that sent Sexton to bench with 12:22 remaining before halftime.

Virginia Tech later faced Duke, who has five potential first round picks in their starting lineup.

The Hokies finish the season 21-and-12.

As far as match ups go, the 8-9 games are always fun and that is what we have here in the Steel City between Virginia Tech and Alabama.

Alabama is hot with freshman Collin Sexton leading the way, but Villanova is just a class above, talented and battle-tested. He had a game-high five turnovers to go with his 25 points, and he sometimes looked like he was outrunning his own teammates.

Things weren't almost as easy for the Crimson Tide, who needed their freshman backcourt mates and a serious uptick in defensive intensity in the late going to advance to the second round for the first time since 2006. "They do so many hours of film, and they tell us all the answers to the test".

He had two untimely turnovers in the second half, but Dazon Ingram had a solid game with 9 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists.

Alabama ranks 10th in blocks per game (5.5) while Virginia Tech ranks 221st (2.3). He uses up about one in three Alabama possessions when he's on the court, which is one of the highest usage rates in the country. The Hokies are giving up 71.8 points per game against the opponents. Kerry Blackshear also fouled out for the Hokies.

Justin Robinson and Wabissa Bede all fouled out for Virginia Tech. Getting to the free throw line was one of Kentucky's biggest strengths. The Wildcats are tournament tested and built to win in March.

Yet Alabama hung around even with Sexton limited to a single bucket. Both teams are hoping to make themselves right at home at PPG Paint Arena, and for one player in particular, it is home. "Because after that Kentucky game that I didn't play, that really hurt, I ain't going to lie, so I knew I had to come out with a spark and do what I had to do to help the team win". But the eighth-seeded Badgers beat the ninth-seeded Hokies 84-74 previous year.

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