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 best way for the Crimson Tide, scoring a game-high 24 factors to go together with 9 rebounds and two blocks.
The first 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 acquired sizzling late within the half, taking pictures 48.5 % (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 (*18*) eight factors to go together with three rebounds and a pair of assists.
Head Coach Nate Oats Postgame Comments
“That is a great win for us. They (Michigan State) easily could have been 4-0 coming into this game so I am proud of the way our guys responded. I thought we closed the first half great and had a good opening four minutes other than the two points, and then I thought we closed the first half well. I think we opened the game up well and got into their lack of depth obviously without them having a couple of guys in the rotation we were able to wear them out a little bit. Credit to them, they hit some tough three-pointers and got to the free-throw line a bunch and were able to stay in the game and make it somewhat a close game, it would be nice to close out a little bit better. It is a quality win, we are headed in the right direction.”
- Alabama is now 5-0 for the primary time since 2017-18
- This 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 only 4
- Alabama’s bench outscored Michigan State’s 24-13
- The Tide’s protection held Michigan State to a season-low subject aim proportion (.387)
- MSU’s Joey Hauser scored 9 factors towards Alabama, the fewest factors he has scored in a recreation this season
- Alabama’s first three made subject targets 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 aim till the 14:09 mark within the first half
- Midway via 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 stuffed the stat sheet within the first half with 9 factors, 4 rebounds, three assists, two steals and one help
- The Tide acquired sizzling taking pictures 50 % (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 % (12-30) from the sphere whereas holding the Spartans to 33 % (11-13)
- The Tide’s offense recorded eight assists off 12 made subject targets
- Nimari Burnett and Quinerly led the best way for the Tide on offense within the second every scoring eight factors
- Alabama will face UConn within the semifinals on the Phil Knight Invitational
- Tipoff is about for 8:30 p.m. CT on the Veterans Memorial Coliseum and can be aired on ESPN