AN extraordinary series of events has seen a college basketball team almost win a game while playing most of the second half three-on-five.
Facing off against Minnesota at the Barclays Center, Alabama first got into trouble when Collin Sexton traded a bit of trash talk to Gophers guard Nate Mason. Mason was then ejected from the game, which did not go over well with head coach Richard Pitino, who received a technical foul as well.
While they made it competitive against all odds, the Crimson Tide did eventually fall short.
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Sexton finished the game with 40 points (12-22 FG), 6 rebounds and 5 assists in 36 minutes. In fact, Alabama ended up playing better when they were playing 3-on-5 than when they had a whole team.
It's not March Madness but things got more than a little insane between the Minnesota Golden Gophers and the Alabama Crimson Tide, who finished with just three players in the championship game of the Barclays Center Classic on Saturday. That left the Crimson Tide with a double-digit deficit and only three players on the court.
Minnesota meanwhile, looked somewhat confused regarding how to both attack and defend with such an advantage, rarely doubling the ball on defense and turning down many open jumpers to feed the ball inside where Alabama could apply pressure.