Published: Sun, March 11, 2018
Life&Culture | By Peggy Hughes

Bruce Pearl, Alabama strength coach have run-in during postgame handshakes

Bruce Pearl, Alabama strength coach have run-in during postgame handshakes

And suddenly, an Alabama team that entered the SEC tournament having lost five straight and played their way directly onto the bubble's cut-line looks like not only a lock for the NCAA tournament but one of the teams that you do not want to see in your region if you are a No. 2 or 3 seed.

Over the first 25 games, the Tigers jetted to a 22-3 record and as high as No. 7 in the polls before the McLemore injury.

United Kingdom coach John Calipari said another such effort will be needed Saturday. At the SEC Tournament however, long-range shots plagued the Tigers late, with only 1-of-14 shots made after halftime.

Providence: The fifth-seeded Friars (21-12, RPI 35) rallied from a 17-point deficit in the second half and stunned top-seeded and third-ranked Xavier 75-72 in overtime to advance to the Big East championship game against Villanova.

"It was a tale of two halves". The Tigers struggled to find shots on the perimeter throughout the game and we outrebounded 26-12 in the second half.

Preparing the collective psyche for next week may been the most pressing thing in getting the team to regain it's resilience and ability to run on people and finish the games. "We did what we wanted to do in the first half", Pearl said. Second team All-SEC selections Bryce Brown and Jared Harper, who fueled the Auburn offense in the regular season, combined to shoot 6-for-23. "Losing today doesn't take any of the shine off of what this team accomplished". But they also have three Quadrant 3 losses, and unless they win the SEC tournament, they are going to enter Selection Sunday with 15 losses to their name. All we can do now is build a resume.

"I think the only way we can secure our spot is winning the whole thing, honestly", Mobley said.

Pearl explained himself after the game.

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