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Men's Basketball Championship - South Region - Sweet 16 - KFC Yum! Center - Louisville, KY

Alabama falls to San Diego State in stunning upset

72 days ago
Alabama Athletics

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - The top-seeded Alabama men's basketball team was upset in the NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 dropping a 71-64 decision to No. 5 seed San Diego State Friday night inside the KFC Yum! Center. With the loss, the Crimson Tide finishes its historic 2022-23 campaign with an overall 31-6 record which included a 16-2 mark in SEC play.

The game was close throughout and featured eight ties and nine lead changes with both teams owning nine-point second half leads. The Aztecs led for 20:11 of the contest while Alabama had the lead for 14:44.

The Crimson Tide had three players reach double figures to pace the offensive end. Mark Sears led the way with a double-double of 16 points and 10 rebounds. Meanwhile, both Jahvon Quinerly and Charles Bediako scored 10 apiece. Brandon Miller, who finished with nine points and 10 rebounds, finished just 3-of-19 shooting from the field and 1-of-10 from beyond the arc.

San Diego State (30-6) had two players in double figures, led by Darri Trammell with 21 and Jaedon Ledee with 12 to lead the Aztecs to an Elite Eight appearance.


"I'll share what I just got done telling the players in the locker room. I mean, we had an unbelievable year. Everybody is really disappointed in the loss. It ended too soon. San Diego State is a very good team. When you get to the Sweet 16, you know, all the teams are good at this point. You know, they're tough, physical, veteran group. It's a huge accomplishment to get to the Sweet 16."


  • Friday's Sweet 16 matchup with San Diego State is the first time that Alabama has played the Aztecs in program history
  • Alabama outrebounded SDSU 52-48 for the entirety of the game, including a 30-23 edge in the second half
  • Sears picked up his second double-double of the season with 10 boards to go along with his 16 points
  • The Crimson Tide outscored the Aztecs with 40 points coming inside the paint compared to 28 coming from SDSU
  • Entering the contest, UA was averaging 13.4 points per game in fast break points but was outscored 8-0 in the category
  • The Tide falls to 1-8 in nine all-time appearances in the Sweet 16
  • Head coach Nate Oats falls to 10-4 (.714) in 14 career postseason games at Alabama (SEC and NCAA Tournaments)


  • The first half featured seven lead changes and six ties
  • With the Crimson Tide leading 19-16 at the 5:17 mark of the first half, UA's Jahvon Quinerly picked up a flagrant one foul, giving San Diego State two free throws and the ball
  • From that point on, the Aztecs outscored the Tide 12-4 to take a 28-23 lead into the locker rooms
  • Alabama made just eight field goals and shot 28 percent (8-of-29) from the field including hitting 1-of-11 from three
  • San Diego State shot 32 percent (12-of-37) from the field and 25 percent (2-of-8) from beyond the arc in the opening frame
  • Alabama started the game off 0-of-5 from three before Rylan Griffen rattled in the only made three in the opening stanza
  • Alabama's 23 first half points marks the second least number of points that the Tide has scored in the first half this season (22 against Texas A&M on March 4)


  • Alabama opened the first 1:48 of the second half on an 8-0 run to claim a 34-30 lead
  • The Crimson Tide would extend the run to 17-6 over the opening 6:51 to take a 40-34 lead at the 14:07 mark
  • UA would go on to take a nine-point at 48-39 with 11:31 left in the contest, forcing a SDSU timeout
  • The Aztecs came out of the time out on a 12-0 run to regain the lead for good at 51-48 with 8:43 left to play
  • San Diego State was able to take control by outscoring Alabama 11-5 to make it a 23-5 run and flipping a nine-point UA led to 62-53 lead at the under four-minute timeout
  • The Tide cut the lead to two points, 66-64, with 46 seconds left to play, but would not score again
  • Alabama outrebounded SDSU 30-23 in the second half