Alabama head coach Anthony Grant, left, said he was disappointed the Tide weren't included in this year's NCAA tourney field, but understand the committee had to make some tough decisions.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Freshman guard Trevor Releford scored 22 points to lead Alabama to a 79-64 victory over Miami in the quarterfinals of the NIT on Wednesday night.
Senior Senario Hillman, playing in his last game in Coleman Coliseum where Alabama went a school-record 19-0 this season, scored 17 points and set a school record with 175 career steals. Tony Mitchell had 16 points and JaMychal Green added 14 for Alabama (24-11).
The Crimson Tide will play Colorado in the semifinals in Madison Square Garden on March 29. Green and Mitchell both had nine rebounds for Alabama.
Scott Durand had 19 points, Reggie Johnson had 14 points and seven rebounds and DeQuan Jones added 12 points for Miami (21-15).
Alabama led by as many as 14 points in the first half, then withstood a Miami rally early in the second half before pulling away to the victory.