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San Diego State upsets No. 1-overall seed Alabama to reach March Madness Elite Eight

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — This came as little surprise.

Not to Alabama.

Despite its first-ever No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament, it knew it was in for a rock fight.

Brandon Miller is swarmed by San Diego State defenders.
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Keshad Johnson dunks during the second half.
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And certainly not to San Diego State, which before the game openly scoffed at the notion that it was an underdog against the mighty Crimson Tide.

By night’s end in Friday’s Sweet 16 showdown between contrasting styles at the KFC Yum! Center, fifth-seeded San Diego State took down Alabama, 71-64.

Alabama coach Nate Oats reacts during the first half.
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 Noah Clowney reacts during the first half.
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San Diego State (30-6) advanced to an Elite 8 matchup against the winner of Friday’s late game between Creighton and Princeton on Sunday.