Video: Watch Alabama's Alex Reese Hit Game-Tying 3-Pointer to Force OT vs. UCLA

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistMarch 29, 2021

Alabama forward Alex Reese (3) celebrates with Keon Ellis, left, and John Petty Jr. (23) after hitting a three-point basket to force overtime against UCLA at the end of the second half of a Sweet 16 game in the NCAA men's college basketball tournament at Hinkle Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Sunday, March 28, 2021. (AP Photo/AJ Mast)
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If you're up by three points in the final seconds of a game, preventing the opponent from getting a clean three-point look—no matter where on the court—is always a good idea.

UCLA failed to get a man on Alex Reese, and the Alabama forward drilled a buzzer-beater to send Sunday's Sweet 16 game into overtime.

Bleacher Report @BleacherReport

ALABAMA SENDS IT TO OVERTIME 🤯 https://t.co/ibxczqEqxS

Between not defending the inbounds pass and then failing to foul a Crimson Tide player, it wasn't a great sequence from the Bruins.

Jordin Canada ✨ @jordin_canada

I’m tryna figure out why they did not foul right away or at least get up on the inbounds!!! And why was Cody NOT up on the 3pt Line!!!

Kevin Love @kevinlove

Why the hell don’t you foul right when it crosses half court??????

LeBron James @KingJames

Wonder why they didn’t foul though. 🤔. Overtime now

No matter what happens for UCLA over the remainder of the tournament, head coach Mick Cronin is likely to use the play as a learning example for his players for years to come.