BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - The No. 1 seed and top-ranked Alabama men's basketball team outscored No. 8 seed Maryland by 17 points in the second half to cruise to a 73-51 victory Saturday night in the NCAA Tournament second round. With the win, the Crimson Tide advances to its second Sweet 16 appearance in the last three years and ninth showing in program history.
Alabama will meet No. 5 seed San Diego State in the regional semifinal which will be played Friday in Louisville, Ky. (time and television will be announced at a later time).
Playing in front of a hometown crowd at Legacy Arena in Birmingham, Ala., the Crimson Tide (31-5) overcame a slow start to take a five-point halftime lead, 28-23. Alabama then used a hot start to the second half and went on to outscore Maryland by 17 points, 45-28, to result in the final score.
The Tide was led by Jahvon Quinerly's 22 points on 9-of-14 shooting from the field and 4-of-6 from beyond the arc. Brandon Miller collected 19 points and seven boards while Charles Bediako added 10 points and 10 rebounds in the win.
The Terrapins (22-13) were led by Julian Reese's 15 points, while Jahmir Young added 12 points in the loss.
HEAD COACH NATE OATS POSTGAME COMMENTS
"It I'd like to thank the city of Birmingham and everybody for putting this on. It's been unbelievable to play in front of our hometown fans. The chance to go to the Sweet Sixteen. I thought that was great for our program, great for the state of Alabama, great for the city of Birmingham. So just thank whoever is responsible for bringing the tournament here and putting it on. It was good. Thought we had a pretty good crowd, pro-Alabama crowd tonight. The start of the game wasn't what we wanted. I think they hit their first four field goals. We hung in there. Our defense picked up from there. It was a great game. Looking forward to playing San Diego State up in Louisville. We'll be ready to go Friday."
- Alabama will make its ninth NCAA Sweet 16 appearance in program history and second in the last three years
- Head coach Nate Oats improves to 10-3 (.769) in 13 postseason games while at the helm of the Alabama men's basketball program
- Oats also improved to 4-2 (.667) in six NCAA Tournament appearances at Alabama, including a pair of Sweet 16 showings
- The 22-point win over the Terrapins matched the Tide's second-largest NCAA Tournament win in program history
- The Tide's margin of victory in its two games in Birmingham was 21.5 points per contest and including two of the five top margin of victories in the program's tournament history
- Charles Bediako collected his fifth double-double of the season
- Maryland made its first four shots from the field to jump out to a 9-2 advantage
- The Crimson Tide held the Terrapins to just two field goals over its next 20 shots from the floor, and outscored Maryland 24-10 over the stretch to take a 26-19 lead
- Brandon Miller led Alabama with nine points, while Jahvon Quinerly finished with seven in the opening stanza
- The Tide was limited to just one made three in the half (1-of-7)
- Maryland never got any closer than five points and trailed by as many as 23 over the final 20 minutes of play
- With the score at 44-35 with 12:36 left to play, the Crimson Tide outscored the Terrapins 29-16 the rest of the way
- Jahvon Quinerly hit 6-of-7 shots from the field and 3-of-4 from deep on his way to 15 points
- Brandon Miller scored 10 while pulling down five boards
- The Crimson Tide defense limited Maryland to 11 made field goals in the half, all of which came inside the three-point line
The Crimson Tide will face the No. 5 seed in the South Region, San Diego State on Friday, March 24
Game time and television will be announced at a later time.