Alabama's hopes of reaching the NCAA tournament were on life support until Collin Sexton revived them.
Moments after his team's demolition inside Auburn Arena last month, Alabama coach Avery Johnson seemed to marginalize the Tigers' 90-71 victory by saying "the (season) series is tied 1-1".
Wearing a white "Sexton" hoodie, she watched her son on the screen lay in a sweet, underhanded floater at the buzzer for the win Thursday at the SEC basketball tournament. He finished the game with 23 points and 19 of the points came in the second half. The maroon and white battled back after trailing by 12 points with under 13 minutes remaining in the game, but their late effort wasn't enough.
Tomorrow's Alabama-Auburn game will be televised at 1 p.m. ET on ESPN.
Sexton also led the Tide with 27 points, 5 assists, and 3 rebounds. Vegas is known to set the total high when the Crimson Tide are involved, as 69.0 percent of their games have ended under the O/U total.
A&M freshman guard TJ Starks then swooshed a jumper from the top of the key with 39 seconds remaining to tie the game up at 67-67. He's averaged over 18 points per game this season.
The Crimson Tide rank fifth in blocks per game (5.8) while the Aggies rank 186th in blocks allowed per game (4.3).
The Crimson Tide shot 47.5 percent from the field (28-of-59) and held Texas A&M to just 39.3 percent from the floor (24-of-61) in the win.
Texas A&M is 2-3 ATS with 3 overs and 2 unders over their last five games.
Not having Starks was costly for the Aggies, who have very thin point guard depth after losing Duane Wilson to injury and J.J. Caldwell to dismissal earlier in the season.