Auburn will face Alabama

Auburn will face Alabama

Alabama didn't need any last-second heroics from Collin Sexton this afternoon to advance to the SEC tournament semifinals. He did so just moments after T.J. Starks hit a 3-pointer to put the Aggies up 70-69 with 4.4 seconds remaining, taking the inbounds pass after a timeout and rocketing up the court for the victor. The future first-round pick scored 27 points on 9-for-16 shooting on Thursday to will Alabama past a Texas A&M team that had already sewn up an NCAA tournament bid.

Sexton then took the ball the length of the court for a game-winning buzzer-beating finger roll. Will the Tide be satisfied with the win over the Aggies and be less focused than yesterday?

Alabama's Collin Sexton, center, is congratulated by teammates.

This should be a very entertaining matchup, as both teams featured terrific guards that can put up a lot of points. Jay Jay Chandler came in off the bench for Starks and gave the Aggies some solid minutes; however, the Aggies missed Starks' scoring ability. At the other end, A&M blocked nine shots with Robert Williams swatting seven. Mississippi State was 9-for-12 on 3s in the first half and finished the game 10-for-17. "The third and fourth games, that's when sometimes the fatigue can be an issue". We got stuck against their zone in the second half, but they just persevered ...

They finally tied the game on a 3-pointer by Admon Gilder with 1:14 remaining.

"We got stuck against their zone in the second half but persevered", Johnson said.

Moments earlier, Texas A&M appeared to have won the game when T.J. Starks drilled a three-point to give his team a 70-69 lead, erasing a 12-point second half deficit. He has put in extra time getting shots up to try to find his stroke after going 0-for-8 from beyond the arc over the last six games.

Alabama broke a five-game losing streak that had left the Crimson Tide without a win since February 13, when their NCAA hopes were strong.

The Aggies will now have a break before learning their fate on Sunday's Selection Show. 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.

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