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NCAA Tournament: Alabama-Virginia Tech First Round Game Thread

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9-seed Alabama Crimson Tide vs. 8-seed Virginia Tech Hokies

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After six years of waiting, the Alabama Crimson Tide finally make their return to the NCAA Tournament. Can Avery Johnson get his first career NCAA Tournament win against the 8th-seeded Virginia Tech Hokies? Or will Buzz Williams’ experienced squad be too much for Collin Sexton and company to handle? Top-seeded Villanova awaits the winner on Saturday, but for now, make sure to soak up every minute of seeing our boys in that glorious Crimson and White competing on the biggest stage college basketball has to offer. You never know when the next opportunity will come.

Donta Hall remains a game-time decision as of this writing, but the expectation is that he will play tonight. The Tide will need him, as he could be the key to victory against a smaller Hokie squad that only has one true post player in the rotation.

The game will tip at 8:20 PM CDT and will be televised on TNT.