A benches-clearing altercation during Saturday's game in Brooklyn between Minnesota and Alabama left the Crimson Tide with no bench for most of the second half.
Shortly thereafter, sophomore guard Dazon Ingram fouled out, leaving his team on what would have been an extended penalty kill had this been a hockey game.
Minnesota gained a clear depth advantage after that, but it got even better for the Golden Gophers minutes later.
Almost three minutes after the incident, Alabama lost John Petty to a leg injury.
Oddly, the situation seemed to put the Gophers in an awkward spot and behind the Sexton's ridiculous heroics, the Crimson Tide actually kept the contest close. Talk about a triangle offense.
Despite being significantly shorthanded, Alabama would crawl back into the game before falling 89-84. Normally, no one outside the NCAA Tournament seeding committee would ever care about that this long after the game, but I feel like the fact that the final 10 minutes were played 3-on-5 deserve note.
And then, we got to three. At one point, they cut the deficit from 12 points to three, with guard Collin Sexton tried to tie it with a three-point attempt. Collin Sexton had 40 points for the Crimson Tide (5-1). At that point, Alabama was left with 3 players and trailed by 11.