Alabama and LSU were looking to bolster their resumes for the NCAA Tournament, and neither team disappointed on Sunday in an epic championship game in the SEC Tournament.
In a back-and-forth matchup, Alabama was able to squeak out a narrow victory over LSU to win the SEC title ahead of the NCAA Tournament:
WOW. LSU was this close but Bama wins the SEC tournament pic.twitter.com/Y4B696th8O
— Pub Sports Radio ™ (@PubSportsRadio) March 14, 2021
With 21 seconds remaining in the game, Herbert Jones made a clutch layup for Alabama to give them an 80-79 lead. After a timeout by Alabama, LSU would get an opportunity to gain the lead.
Javonte Smart missed a layup, and the Tigers called their final timeout after an offensive rebound. Out of the timeout, LSU drew up a play for Trendon Watford to take a 3-point shot despite needing just two points to secure the lead, only for Watford's shot to get blocked.
LSU managed to grab another offensive rebound, leading to a missed tip-in shot by Aundre Hyatt. Before Watford missed the possible game-winning shot for LSU, the efficient forward compiled a game-high 30 points while making 13 of his 23 field goal attempts. Earlier in the game, Cameron Thomas made a 3-pointer way beyond the arc, so he could have been an option on the final possession:
Are you SERIOUS, Cam???
1H 13:04 | LSU 15, Bama 13 pic.twitter.com/aEoaUzOlUX
Before Alabama and LSU tipped off on Sunday, both teams got into a bit of a scuffle, showing that emotions were running high heading into the SEC Championship Game:
Major pregame jawing between Bama and LSU.
This is already heated.
SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey among those who helped break it up. pic.twitter.com/0bpcpUwqH6
— Marty Smith (@MartySmithESPN) March 14, 2021
To cap off a hard-fought game by both sides, Alabama was able to sneak away with the win after LSU missed a couple of shots in the waning moments.