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No. 18 Alabama, Miller bests No. 12 Michigan State

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PORTLAND, Ore. – The No. 18/18 Alabama males’s basketball crew opened up the Phil Knight Invitational with an 81-70 win over No. 12/15 Michigan State, advancing to the winner’s bracket to face No. 20 UConn on Friday. Brandon Miller led the way in which for the Crimson Tide, scoring a game-high 24 factors to go together with 9 rebounds and two blocks.

The primary half went back-and-forth with 9 lead modifications and 4 ties. Miller sparked Alabama’s offense by scoring 17 factors to go together with 5 rebounds within the opening stanza. The Tide bought sizzling late within the half, taking pictures 48.5 p.c (16-of-33) within the first half and capped it off with a three-pointer from Miller on the buzzer to take a 42-37 lead on the break.

Alabama’s protection was distinctive in defending the three-point line, because the Spartans didn’t make a three-pointer till the 13:49 mark within the second half. Jahvon Quinerly and Alabama’s bench got here up clutch all through the second half, scoring 16 of Alabama’s 39 factors over the ultimate 20 minutes led by Quinerly’s eight factors to go together with three rebounds and a pair of assists.

Head Coach Nate Oats Postgame Feedback

“That may be a nice win for us. They (Michigan State) simply may have been 4-0 coming into this recreation so I’m happy with the way in which our guys responded. I believed we closed the primary half nice and had opening 4 minutes aside from the 2 factors, after which I believed we closed the primary half properly. I believe we opened the sport up properly and bought into their lack of depth clearly with out them having a few guys within the rotation we have been in a position to put on them out just a little bit. Credit score to them, they hit some robust three-pointers and bought to the free-throw line a bunch and have been in a position to keep within the recreation and make it considerably a detailed recreation, it might be good to shut out just a little bit higher. It’s a high quality win, we’re headed in the appropriate course.”

Staff Stats

  • Alabama is now 5-0 for the primary time since 2017-18
  • That is Alabama’s eighth win over an AP top-15 opponent beneath Nate Oats
  • The Tide outscored MSU 38-30 contained in the paint
  • Michigan State was the primary crew to outrebound Alabama this season (42-40)
  • The Tide made eight three-pointers whereas holding the Spartans to simply 4
  • Alabama’s bench outscored Michigan State’s 24-13
  • The Tide’s protection held Michigan State to a season-low subject objective proportion (.387)
  • MSU’s Joey Hauser scored 9 factors in opposition to Alabama, the fewest factors he has scored in a recreation this season

First Half

  • Alabama’s first three made subject objectives of the sport have been dunks
  • Alabama used an 8-0 run throughout the first minutes of the sport to take an 8-2 lead
  • Alabama’s protection didn’t permit Michigan State to make a subject objective till the 14:09 mark within the first half
  • Halfway by way of the half the Spartans went on a 7-0 run to take a 21-15 lead.
  • After trailing 27-30 with 4 and a half minutes left within the half the Tide outscored Michigan State 15-7 to shut out the half
  • Noah Clowney crammed the stat sheet within the first half with 9 factors, 4 rebounds, three assists, two steals and one help

Second Half

  • The Tide bought sizzling taking pictures 50 p.c (8-16) within the first 10 minutes to take a 67-49 lead, its largest lead of the sport
  • Alabama outrebounded Michigan State 24-23 within the second half
  • The Crimson Tide shot 40 p.c (12-30) from the sphere whereas holding the Spartans to 33 p.c (11-13)
  • The Tide’s offense recorded eight assists off 12 made subject objectives
  • Nimari Burnett and Quinerly led the way in which for the Tide on offense within the second every scoring eight factors

Up Subsequent

  • Alabama will face UConn within the semifinals on the Phil Knight Invitational
  • Tipoff is ready for 8:30 p.m. CT on the Veterans Memorial Coliseum and will probably be aired on ESPN

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