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Alabama handles No. 12 Oklahoma, 80-73

28 January, 2018, 03:43 | Author: Heidi Alvarez
  • Collin Sexton Trae Young stand at the center of Alabama Oklahoma matchup

More than 50 scouts from the National Basketball Association will be attendance.

Alabama's own star freshman, Collin Sexton, scored 18 points.

"Collin's going to be ready", Young told Andy Katz of the NCAA. Every player scored for the Tide, who also had their best defensive game of the season.

Young's NCAA-leading 9.6 assists per game afford the four other men around him inclusion.

Young finished with 17 points, 13 below his average, and was unable to lead the Sooners from behind in the second half.

In the game, OU (14-2, 4-1) made a school-record 19 3-point shots.

Alabama ran offensive sets at Young, requiring him to guard toward the basket. When Alabama didn't get three players on him, Johnson said he made them pay. "Very dynamic. He passes it, he shoots it". "He just wasn't really 100 percent before the injury, just dealing with some little aches and soreness in different parts of his body (because) this is the first time he's been through a grueling season like this".

His opponent, Sexton, hasn't been bad either.

Herbert Jones #10 of the Alabama Crimson Tide attempts a shot in front of Trae Young #11 of the Oklahoma Sooners during the game at Coleman Coliseum on January 27, 2018 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

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"Collin has increased his workload, really hasn't had any setbacks after the Ole Miss game", Johnson said.

With 12:59 to play in the second half Saturday, No. 12 Oklahoma appeared the have Alabama in a good place. Moreover, the Sooners rank 24th in effective field goal percentage (0.564), while the Crimson Tide rank 32nd in effective field goal percentage allowed (0.467). This was not. Unlike the next 10 games, it won't count for the Big 12 title race, and maybe, that had an affect on OU's tenacity to pull out a come-from-behind win.

"This wasn't anything new", Young said about the variety of ways Alabama defended him.

"Trae Young's a good player, but their team's great, also", junior forward Donta Hall said. When the freshman from Mableton, Georgia, wanted to get to the rim, there was nobody who was going to stop him, including Young, whom he muscled past in the paint more than a few times for easy buckets. "We have great offensive weapons all over the floor so just being able to lock down and concentrate on defense (is key)". That draws players to him, where he can find his teammates for open shots. The Oklahoma point guard entered the game averaging 9.6 free throws a game and shooting 83.6 percent from the charity stripe. We think he's an outstanding two-way player, and he's (facing) a guy that we know can get 50 points in a game.

No. 12 Oklahoma (15-5, 5-3 Big 12) lost to Alabama (14-7, 5-3 SEC), 80-73 in the Big 12/SEC Challenge.

Alabama ran at will, outscoring Oklahoma 12-0 in fast-break points.

Oklahoma is a different beast, Alabama knows how much of a threat they are on the offensive end.

"Collin was terrific on so many levels", Johnson said. Coach Avery Johnson felt the team's "hardest practice of the year" Thursday bled into the game. He got hot briefly during the second half, knocking down two quick 3-pointers, but was fairly quiet by his lofty standards.

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