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.
First Round: Thursday, March 10
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
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