Sexton finished with 27 points, none bigger than his final shot.
"Coach told me to race up the floor and get to the basket", Sexton said. "They understand that there are not a lot of chances left, no matter how far you go ..." The 19,260-seat arena isn't likely to be filled to the brim with fans from either side, and Alabama's second-round win against Texas A&M was played in front of a rather scant crowd, even for a noon start. The Crimson Tide outshot the Aggies 48 percent to 39 percent which ultimately proved to be the difference in the game.
Alabama faces Auburn in the quarterfinals on Friday.
"We've got to come ready, we've got to come prepared, and we just have to play our hearts out", Auburn forward Desean Murray said. "We know what they're going to do". Ingram was a huge reason for Alabama's success, as was Donta Hall, who made several important plays down the stretch. The Aggies tied the game with a three with 1:14 remaining and what ensued next was instant classic material. The Alabama Crimson Tide are shooting 32.3 percent from beyond the arc and 66.9 percent from the free throw line.
The Crimson Tide rank 147th in three pointers allowed per game (21.5) while the Aggies rank 238th (23.7). Alabama, now sitting at 18-14, will take on the SEC's top team, Auburn, on Friday. That just adds fuel to the fire for us.
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