Alabama’s season came to a crashing halt Friday as the No. 1 Crimson Tide fell to No. 5 San Diego State 71-64 in the Sweet 16.
After cruising to easy victories in their first two games of the NCAA Tournament, Alabama will face their toughest opponent of the tournament, No. 5 seed San Diego State, Friday in the Sweet 16.
Friday in Louisville, No. 1 seed Alabama will take on the No. 5 seed San Diego State Aztecs in a Sweet 16 matchup, in the first ever meeting between these two programs.
With two of the four No. 1 seeds already falling victim to the upset, Alabama was able to avoid the upset and defeat No. 8 seed Maryland 73-50, putting themselves in the Sweet 16.
For the 11th time in 12 trips to the NCAA Tournament, Auburn basketball will be in the second round. The Tigers have not lost a first-round matchup since their first-ever appearance in the tournament, a one-point loss to Richmond in 1984. Auburn is moving on, and to right the wrongs of last season and make it to the second weekend, the team will have to make it through one of the best teams in the country, No. 1 Houston(32-3, 17-1 AAC).
What is expected to be essentially a home game for the Alabama basketball team in Saturday’s second round matchup in the NCAA Tournament against Maryland at Legacy Arena in Birmingham, could prove to have more Maryland “fans” than expected.
The No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament, Alabama, took care of business in their first round matchup against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi by way of a 96-75 beating.
After being awarded the No. 1 overall seed Sunday evening, Alabama was still unsure of their opponent, having to await the winner of Tuesday’s play-in game between Texas A&M-Corpus Christi and Southeast Missouri State.
During Sunday’s selection show, Alabama was selected as the No. 1 overall seed in the NCAA Tournament and the top seed in the South bracket, its third straight trip to the NCAA Tournament and the first time in program history the Crimson Tide has been selected as a No. 1 seed.
The NCAA Tournament comes to Birmingham for the first time since 2008. Alabama and Auburn will be in Birmingham for with games on Thursday and Saturday.