Brandon Miller bounces back after going SCORELESS in first round with 19 points on Saturday… as Alabama reaches the Sweet Sixteen with 73-51 win over Maryland
Alabama got a far more characteristic performance from its star man and advanced to the Sweet Sixteen as they beat Maryland 73-51 on Saturday night.
The Crimson Tide led just 28-23 after a low-scoring first half, but rounded into form in the final 20 minutes to comfortably reach the next stage of the tournament.
Key to the win was Brandon Miller, the team’s leading scorer this season and a projected lottery pick in the next NBA draft, who surprisigily went scoreless in the Tide’s first-round win vs. Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi.
Miller, according to his coach Nate Oats, was battling a groin injury in that game but looked back to his best vs. Maryland, scoring 19 points and grabbing seven rebounds in the eventual blowout.
The first-team All-American flashed his abilities during a dominant sequence early in the second half, as he blocked Maryland’s Jahmir Young at the rim before nailing a three-pointer at the other end.
His teammate Jahvon Quinerly led all scorers with 22 points, while Julian Reese had a team-high 14.
Alabama will face San Diego State in the Sweet Sixteen next week.
Brandon Miller had 19 points and seven rebounds in an impressive performance