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Alabama advances to the sweet 16

On Sunday night the Alabama men's basketball team defeated Grand Canyon University in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Alabama, a number 4 seed, defeated Grand Canyon, a number 12 seed, 72 to 61.

Mark Sears was the leading scorer for the Tide with 26 points and 12 rebounds. Ryan Griffen scored 13 points and has one rebound. Aaron Estrada had 8 points and ten rebounds. Nick Pringle had six points and nine rebounds. Mouhamed Dioubate scored 9 points and 5 rebounds.

Nate Oats is the head coach of the men's basketball team at the University of Alabama.

Oats expressed some frustration with the officials in this game.

"They lived at the free-throw line," Oats said afterwards. "Our guys started to show a little frustration and I thought we pulled it together and showed a lot of mental toughness."

"We fouled too much, they shot 37 free throws, we obviously benefited from them not shooting it great at the line, but when we didn't foul, we got pretty good stops," Oats said.

Alabama defeated the College of Charleton in the first round and Grand Canyon in the second round; but the road gets tougher from here. This was a very well seeded tournament with few major upsets. All 4 of the number 1 and number 2 seeds have advanced to the NCAA Tournament.

Alabama will play the number one seeded North Carolina Tarheels on Thursday night. The games will be played in Los Angeles, California at the Staples Center. The games will be at 8:30 p.m. CST and will be televised on CBS.


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