PITTSBURGH - The NCAA tournament does not offer second chances. Every team playing Thursday or Friday is guaranteed only a single game.

Alabama knows that feeling. It was only a week ago when the Crimson Tide was facing a win-or-go-home trip to St. Louis in the SEC Tournament.

"I think this is a good place for our team," Crimson Tide coach Avery Johnson said. "They understand if we don't run hard on the break, if we don't have great spacing, a lot of the areas we've malfunctioned and especially during our losing streak, (then) they understand there's no tomorrow. So I think this is a great place for our team and the timing is good."

Johnson gathered the team together before the conference tournament and laid out what the team was facing. Alabama couldn't afford to look past its first game, but needed two wins to reach the NCAA tournament.

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