Starting lineups announced for NCAA game

Here it is. More to come.

Alabama lineup: F JaMychal Green, 6-8, Sr., 14.0 ppg., 7.4 rpg.; G Trevor Releford, 6-0, So., 11.9 ppg., 2.7 assists; F Nick Jacobs, 6-8, Fr., 6.2 ppg., 3.6 rpg.; G Levi Randolph, 6-5, Fr., 6.5 ppg., 3.9 rpg.; G Andrew Steele, 6-4, Jr., 6.7 ppg., 2.8 assists.

Creighton lineup: C Gregory Echenique, 6-9, Jr., 9.8 ppg., 7.4 rpg.; F Doug McDermott, 6-7, So., 23.3 ppg., 8.2 rpg.; G Grant Gibbs, 6-4, Jr., 7.1 ppg., 5.1 assists; G Jahenns Manigat, 6-1, So., 6.6 ppg., 2.2 rpg.; G Antoine Young, 6-0, Sr., 12.5 ppg., 4.5 assists.

Noteworthy: Neither team has NCAA tournament experience since Alabama last played in 2006. Creighton hasn’t been since 2007. … The two programs have never met. … The Bluejays haven’t played in 12 days after winning the Missouri Valley Conference title on March 4. Alabama’s layoff was just six days… Only 13 of Alabama’s 32 opponents have scored 60 points while Creighton’s only dipped below that total once this season. Creighton is one of eight schools to make the postseason in each of the last 15 seasons. … Bluejay assistant coach Steve Merfeld was the head coach in one of the biggest upsets in NCAA history. His No. 15th-seeded Hampton team beat No. 2 seed Iowa State in 2001. Today is the 11th anniversary of that game. … Six different Alabama players led the team in scoring in 16 SEC games … The winner advances to play either North Carolina or Vermont.


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