"We prepare, we prepare for these and we just shot the ball in practice", Petty said. The Crimson Tide won its first NCAA tournament game since 2006 but fell short of its first Sweet Sixteen since 2004.
The Wolfpack finish 21-12 this season, having lost three of their last four games.
These were the starting lineups from each team's last game. Virginia Tech heads home with its dreams shattered once again by another quick March exit. "The next day gave us an opportunity to point out we were making the same mistakes in the Southern Miss doubleheader that we made in the three-game series against LSU". Justin Bibbs scored 17 points and Nickeil Alexander-Walker added 15 points. Villanova is the top overall team in the country in offensive efficiency numbers, Alabama is more of a defensive team but might struggle to slow down Brunson and company. Donta Hall added 10 points, hitting all five of his shots from the field.
The teams swapped the lead back and forth for most of the half. Virginia Tech coach Buzz Williams received a technical foul after erupting in frustration.
Things were looking up for Virginia Tech as the second half started, including the fact that Kerry Blackshear Jr. had played limited minutes in the first half with two fouls. Sexton made one of two free throws. Several minutes later, he knocked down a jumper that bricked off the back of the iron to extend the lead to six.
"When we're playing (well) together, it brings a lot, it stretches the defense, it takes a toll on what the defense can do", Petty said Friday.
Virginia Tech lost despite canning 56 percent of its shots, including 9 of 18 3-point attempts.
HOUSTON 67, SAN DIEGO STATE 65 Rob Gray scored 39 points, including a wind-milling layup that just trickled over the rim with 1.1 seconds left that lifted sixth-seeded Houston.
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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. One issue this season has been free-throw shooting, and that was on display Thursday as the Crimson Tide were 18-for-27. For Williams and the Hokies, it wasn't.
"By the time we got to the SEC Tournament, they were ready to trust our staff 100 percent", Johnson said.
"The higher you go, the altitude changes". We want to play. And so we need to continue to get reps at that. All five Villanova starters scored in double figures, led by Jalen Brunson's 16 points on 7-of-9 shooting.
No. 1 seed Villanova (31-4) vs. With 13 points and six rebounds, Villanova's Mikal Bridges played well.
Dusan Ristic had 16 points, and Deandre Ayton finished with 14 points and 13 rebounds to lead Arizona.
Radford, out of rural southwestern Virginia, must have felt as if it were playing against ace pop-a-shot players.
He finished off a thunderous alley-oop then went on his 3-point spree. Radford? Just 10 points on 4 for 20 from the floor.