Alabama likely needed to beat Texas A&M in the SEC Tournament on Thursday if it wanted any chance to make the NCAA Tournament.
Collin Sexton made sure that happened.
The Crimson Tide freshman guard drove the entire court and made a buzzer-beating layup to lift his team to a 71-70 win — and potentially an extended run into March Madness.
It’s still early in conference championship weekend, but this might be one of the best finishes to a game that fans will see over the next few days.
Here are 10 of the best reactions from Twitter to Sexton’s heroics that likely saved Alabama’s season:
What a game… Unreal finish! https://t.co/uscpGivhQp
— Greg McElroy (@GregMcElroy) March 8, 2018
— Lou DeNeen (@RealCoachLouUA) March 8, 2018
Off the wrong foot, which shouldn't be overlooked because that makes the shot tougher.
Also, what the hell is Texas A&M doing on defense?! https://t.co/HoyPBI0Wzi
— Marq Burnett (@Marq_Burnett) March 8, 2018
— Peter Burns (@PeterBurnsESPN) March 8, 2018
Alabama had just a 9% chance to reach the NCAA tournament following TJ Starks' 3-pointer with just over four seconds remaining that put the Crimson Tide down by one. But the next play — Collin Sexton's game-winning layup — brought Alabama's tournament chances up over 99%.
— Seth Walder (@SethWalder) March 8, 2018
TIDE HOOOOOOOOPS LETS GOOOO!!!!! @AlabamaMBB
— Justin Thomas (@JustinThomas34) March 8, 2018
Collin Sexton just saved Alabama's season. No big deal. Its official: The Crimson Tide are going dancing this year. Lock it up
— Aaron Torres (@Aaron_Torres) March 8, 2018
Tyus Edney lives in the form of Collin Sexton of Alabama. What an incredible college basketball moment! @SEC
— Frank Cusumano (@Frank_Cusumano) March 8, 2018
ALABAMA JUST MADE A GAME-WINNING FIELD GOAL
— Dr. Saturday (@YahooDrSaturday) March 8, 2018
Someone put a cape on Collin Sexton. That man just saved the season for Alabama.
— Taylor Tannebaum (@TaylorTannebaum) March 8, 2018