Interviews: Alabama players react to buzzer beater win over Texas A&M

Interviews: Alabama players react to buzzer beater win over Texas A&M

On Friday, Alabama has a chance to pick up another huge scalp when it faces off with blood rival Auburn, the SEC's top seed and a projected three seed in the NCAA Tournament.

Alabama basketball standout Collin Sexton put the team on his back. Sexton then darted down the court and nailed a quick jumper to give the Crimson Tide a one point lead with 17 seconds remaining. Alabama ranks 210th in rebounds allowed per game (36.2). Down 70-69 with 4.4 seconds to go, Alabama inbounded the ball to Sexton, who drove the length of the floor before finger-rolling in the game-winner just ahead of the buzzer. Making a case for the Tide to make the NCAA tournament under those circumstances would have been tough despite their challenging schedule and long list of quality wins.

After a scuffle between freshman guards TJ Starks and Collin Sexton on Saturday that led to the ejection of Starks and a technical foul on Sexton, A&M head coach Billy Kennedy emphasized the importance of not letting extracirruclar activities affect their play.

Davis scored seven points to pace Texas A&M, and the Aggies were able to keep the game close via a 25-14 advantage in rebounding, including an 11-1 edge on the offensive glass. For the season, Alabama has defeated opponents by an average of 2.7 points. Davis leads in rebounds with 8.7 while Wilson tops in assists with 4.0 per game. Despite the loss, Sexton was the game's leading scorer with 23 points.

Sexton is averaging 18.3 points, 3.6 rebounds, and 3.6 assists per game. The Crimson Tide outshot the Aggies 48 percent to 39 percent which ultimately proved to be the difference in the game. The game, which tips at noon CST, will be televised nationally on ESPN.