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Tide edges Hokies, meets No. 1 seed Villanova next

Alabama pulls away late for win over Virginia Tech

Tech opens road ACC slate with Georgia Tech: After notching a 2-1 ACC home-opening weekend against Pittsburgh, Virginia Tech heads out on the road for its first road conference series at Georgia Tech in Atlanta.

The Crimson Tide is looking to advance to its first Sweet 16 since 2004.

Alabama was led, as usual, by its star point guard Collin Sexton.

In fact, both Sexton and Petty have scored at least 14 points apiece in the same game just eight times this season - during which the Tide is 6-2 - including twice in its last two games.

Point guard play is so often the great decider in this tournament.

The fifth-seeded Buckeyes (25-8) built a 13-point lead by reeling off 16 straight points midway through the second half.

Excellent matchup, but I think Texas Tech has been the more consistent team this year and that's why I am going with them in this game.

Justin Robinson and Wabissa Bede all fouled out for Virginia Tech. They shot 56 percent from the field, received a combined 36 points from their backcourt, hit nine three-pointers and found countless transition opportunities by forcing 17 Alabama turnovers.

So now instead of getting a possible and-one, as Robinson made the basket, it was Alabama's ball, after it nailed the technical free throw and the Hokies were without their leader. Sexton was 7 of 14 from the field and 10 of 14 from the free throw line. Devin Wilson shot the last shot of the season, rolling around the rim before Tyrie Jackson tipped it in as the buzzer sounded.

Virginia Tech and Alabama put on a show so good that several thousand disinterested Villanova fans put down their phones and started watching compelling basketball.

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Alabama has played tough teams this season, but it hasn't played anyone as good as Villanova. However you look at it, it was a frustrating way to end the basketball season.

SETON HALL 94, NORTH CAROLINA STATE 83 Khadeen Carrington scored 26 points, Desi Rodriguez added 20 and eighth-seeded Seton Hall won a foul-filled first-round matchup. Brunson barely needed to break a sweat vs. Radford; he had 16 points, four assists and three rebounds.

He finished off a thunderous alley-oop then went on his 3-point spree.

DiVincenzo scored 18 points in the half.

It was a heartbreaker in Pittsburgh, five minutes away from Wilson's hometown.

Now he'll go up against a confident, bull of a player in Sexton.

"I know the bitter and sweet of this tournament", Villanova coach Jay Wright said.

As for Justin Bibbs, the senior from Dayton, Ohio, finished his career as a Hokie. Charleston native Jon Elmore scored 27 points and hit four threes as he played all 40 minutes. We get only a handful - if that - of these kind of position-for-position duels every March. "I feel we're the best team in the country".

As for the team, a 22-12 season isn't bad at all. He took a shot to the mouth late in Thursday's win.

No. 13 Marshall 81, No. 4 Wichita State 75: Making its first NCAA Tournament appearance in 31 years, Marshall came out with its first-ever victory in March Madness. But, the program is on the rise. "Honestly, he just told me that he believed in me". We will be back.

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