SEC Tournament 2011 Bracket Update: Alabama Rallies To Stun Georgia In NCAA Bubble Showdown

Alabama defeated Georgia, 65-59, in a dramatic SEC Tournament quarterfinal game with major NCAA Tournament implications. The Crimson Tide rallied from a 14-point second-half deficit and won in overtime thanks in part to some good fortune and a coaching error by the Bulldogs. 

After Alabama's Trevor Releford tied the game at 53 with a layup, the Bulldogs elected not to call a timeout  with 4.5 seconds remaining. Dustin Ware caught the ball and dribbled up the court, leaning in to bank a running three-pointer at the buzzer. The only problem is that coach Mark Fox had called a timeout with 0.8 seconds remaining, negating the shot. Georgia couldn't get a good shot off after the timeout, so the game headed to overtime.

Tony Mitchell gave Alabama the lead for good with a three-pointer with 1:35 left in overtime, and Georgia missed two layups on the ensuing possessions to give Alabama the win. Georgia looked to have the game well in hand in the second half, but Alabama closed the second half with a 15-4 run to tie the score at 53 on Releford's layup.

It's a huge win for Alabama and a potentially devastating loss for Georgia. Coming into this game, we had Georgia as a No. 11 seed and Alabama as one of the first teams out of the field. Will the roles be reversed after this result?

Alabama moves to 21-10 on the year and will play the winner of the matchup between Kentucky and Ole Miss at 1 p.m. Saturday. Georgia drops to 21-11 and now awaits its fate.

For more on this game, Alabama fans should celebrate at Roll Bama Roll, and Georgia fans should get back to football at Dawg Sports

First Round: Thursday, March 10

East No. 4 Georgia Bulldogs def. West No. 5 Auburn Tigers, 69-51

West No. 3 Mississippi Rebels def. East No. 6 South Carolina Gamecocks, 66-55

East No. 5 Tennessee Volunteers def. West No. 4 Arkansas Razorbacks, 74-68

East No. 3 Vanderbilt Commodores vs. West No. 6 LSU Tigers, 10:00 p.m., SEC Network

Quarterfinals: Friday, March 11

West No. 1 Alabama Crimson Tide def. Georgia, 65-59

East No. 2 Kentucky Wildcats vs. Ole Miss, 3:30 p.m., SEC Network

East No. 1 Florida Gators vs. Arkansas-Tennessee winner, 7:30 p.m., SEC Network

West No. 2 Mississippi State Bulldogs vs. Vanderbilt-LSU winner, 10:00 p.m., SEC Network

Semifinals: Saturday, March 12

Quarterfinals game 1 winner vs. quarterfinals game 2 winner, 1:00 p.m., ABC

Quarterfinals game 3 winner vs. quarterfinals game 4 winner, 3:30 p.m., ABC

Championship game: Sunday, March 13

Semifinals winners, 1:00 p.m., ABC

For more on the 2011 SEC Tournament, stay tuned to this StoryStream and join SB Nation AtlantaBrowse our 298 team blogs for a community devoted to your school, and visit our NCAA basketball hub for more on other conference tournaments.

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