SEC Basketball Roundup: Collin Sexton's shot keeps Tide afloat

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Now Alabama improves to 18-14 overall, banks another quadrant 1 victory and gets a crack at SEC co-champion Auburn on Friday afternoon. "We got a lot of players, got players around me".

Alabama (18-14) led by as many as 12 points in the second half but went on a late scoring drought that saw the Aggies rally and tie the game twice in the late going before taking the lead on Starks' 3-pointer. A few more wins could ensure their trip to the NCAA Tournament this spring.

"I'm as proud of them as I've been since I've been here at Alabama for obvious reasons", Crimson Tide coach Avery Johnson said after freshman guard Collin Sexton hit a floater at the buzzer to beat Texas A&M. Both teams won on their home floors.

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With the win, Alabama earns a trip to the quarterfinals against top-ranked Auburn, where the two will meet in an Iron Bowl of the basketball court. But on their final possession, Alabama guard and expected first round draft pick Collin Sexton stepped up for the Crimson Tide, going coast-to-coast to nail the go-ahead scooping bucket as the buzzer sounded. "When they made their run, I could just see that it bothered us more than it should have". 5 Texas A&M on December 30, and it will have another opportunity to impress the selection committee when it faces top-seeded Auburn today. We got stuck against their zone in the second half, but they just persevered ... Williams finished the game with six points, 10 rebounds, and seven blocks.

Kentucky vs. Georgia, 2:30 p.m. "I'm going to play really hard because it's SEC Tournament time and our season is just getting started".

Maten and the Bulldogs put Missouri in foul trouble early. The Alabama Crimson Tide are averaging 72.4 points on 45.9 percent shooting and allowing 69.7 points on 41.1 percent shooting.

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Sexton scored 27 points in 33 minutes on Thursday.

Tennessee vs. Mississippi State, 6 p.m.

Alabama's Dazon Ingram (12) heads to the basket past Texas A&M's Tyler Davis (34) and Savion Flagg, right, during the first half in an NCAA college basketball game at the Southeastern Conference tournament Thursday, March 8, 2018, in St. Louis. The Aggies grabbed 17 offensive boards and scored 19 second-chance points.

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