Texas A&M Basketball: 3 takeaways from loss to Alabama in SEC Tournament

The SEC Tournament is shaping up to be the best one in years

They'll take the court again either Thursday or Friday in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, and while their play Friday against Alabama wasn't promising - the Tigers had their lowest point total of the year and suffered its worst loss of the season - they don't seem concerned about that bleeding over into March Madness. The freshman guard was 8 of 17 from the field on Thursday and appeared to have won the game with his late three-pointer, only to watch as Sexton answered on the other end.

The semifinal game will tipoff at noon CT on Saturday at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Mo., and will be broadcasted live on ESPN. He finished 10-of-16 from the floor and made six triples as he put on a dynamic scoring spree matching his 31 points in yesterday's win over Texas A&M.

Meanwhile, in the actual basketball game, Collin Sexton put on another show.

"And Sexton is a tremendous, tremendous individual player", Pearl added. He's in a pretty good rhythm right now.

That's how you get the job done. "He's a tough cover".

"This is no magic formula,"Johnson said, sitting next to Sexton and sophomore Dazon Ingram in the UA post-game press conference".

Sexton started what he hopes is a fantastic weekend in St. Louis with a game-winning floater at the buzzer to beat Texas A&M Thursday. Alabama led by as many as 12 points in the second half, but the No. 8-seeded Aggies (20-12) rallied and went up by one point after Starks' 3-pointer. "I typically have found that it's not until the third game that fatigue becomes a factor". "They understand that there are not a lot of chances left, no matter how far you go I just told them, 'Are you going to be able to look at yourself in the mirror after this game?'" "Don't worry about missing".

"[DeNeen] was in my path and I had to try to negotiate around him", Pearl said.

Pearl was upset not only that his team was outscored 50-22 in the second half of an 81-63 loss to Alabama, but that something happened in the handshake line. I think that's hurt us lately, coming out in the second half.

With Sexton in the zone, his teammates followed. Playing is easy and fun! The two rivals just faced off in the SEC Tournament Quarterfinals.

Instead, it needed one of its best halves of the season. "Shots weren't falling. We just wanted to stay confident because we know the shots that weren't falling that we knew we could hit".

LOUIS | It all fell apart in the second half.

Driving Georgia is the potential of a spot in the NCAA tournament, although it has to be said it isn't an attractive team for the selection committee just yet.