Alabama Live Basketball 25th-ranked Alabama 89-84 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. to improve their undefeated record to 7-0 and hand the Crimson Tide its first loss of the season in the only college basketball game on Saturday’s docket that pitted two teams in the AP poll against each other.
Mason and Sexton were hit with double technical fouls on the Gophers’ next offensive possession after Mason committed a turnover, dribbling the ball out of bounds. Sexton said something slick to Mason as Alabama was preparing to inbound the ball, Mason retorted and the two began jawing at each other.
He used his elite ball handling and quickness to to beat the two defenders Pitino ran at him every time he touched the ball to get into the lane and create scoring chances for himself, Norris and Smith. When that didn’t work, he simply elevated over the top of defenders and nailed rainbow 3-pointers.
Scheduled during the thick of college football’s rivalry week action, most Alabama fans, if they’re not fronting and keeping eight more than 92 with you, only heard wind of the Crimson Tide’s precarious predicament on the hardwood via their social media feeds. Preoccupied with watching the No. 1 Crimson Tide implode late against Auburn in the Iron Bowl, Alabama’s basketball team, ranked in the top 25 for the first time since 2011, was putting up a more valiant fight 1,000 miles away.
Minnesota went up 10 on a jumper by standout freshman Isaiah Washington, then the Crimson Tide went on a 7-0 run and nearly stole the game. Sexton knocked down a ridiculous triple off the dribble to cut his team’s deficit to single digits.