Saturday, August 22, 2009

Alabama 2009-2010 basketball schedule released

Wait a darn minute. We normally release this a week before the season starts. Maybe we do have someone that cares aboutr basketball in our athletic department.

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - The University of Alabama 2009-10 men's basketball schedule features thirty contests, including 17 dates at Coleman Coliseum as announced Saturday by first-year head coach Anthony Grant.

In addition to the 16-game Southeastern Conference slate, Grant's first schedule at UA begins with 14 non-conference games and a trip to Orlando, Fla. to compete in the Old Spice Classic Nov. 26-29. Ten of the Crimson Tide's games are currently scheduled for national television broadcasts.

Alabama's scheduled non-conference foes made six postseason appearances last year and averaged 17 wins with four recording 20 or more victories. The SEC schedule features six opponents that advanced to postseason play a season ago.

"We were able to put together a schedule of very challenging non-conference opponents to prepare us for league play," said Grant. "We've got a variety of styles of play and levels of competition that will test our team early."

After a pair of home exhibition contests against Montevallo and Augusta State on Nov. 4 and 10, respectively, the Tide opens the season in earnest on Nov. 14 when defending Ivy League champion Cornell visits Tuscaloosa. On Nov. 20 the Tide will welcome Providence to Coleman Coliseum.

The Tide closes out November by traveling to Orlando to face NIT runner-up Baylor in the first round of the Old Spice Classic Nov. 26 on ESPN2. The Tide's second game at the tournament will come against either Florida State or Iona on Nov. 27 followed by an opponent to be determined on Nov. 29. Potential foes include, Creighton, Michigan or Marquette. All games at the Old Spice Classic will be carried on the ESPN family of networks.


From Rolltide.com

6 comments:

MSmilie said...

Yes! Very happy to see the schedule, and very happy to see they added another nice game with the Providence match-up. Just a little over two months to go.

bamabballer said...

I say 18-12 (8-8 SEC record) before we go to the NIT.

bobbyjack said...

I like the Providence matchup as well. I know we were looking to get that done, but at the time it didn't seem likely.

Baller... I can see us going anywhere from 5-11 to 10-6 in the SEC. It depends on how much the team gels. 8-8 is probably an accurate prediction.

finebammer said...

"We were able to put together a schedule of very challenging non-conference opponents to prepare us for league play," said Grant. "We've got a variety of styles of play and levels of competition that will test our team early."

translation: don't be surprised when we lose some of these.

i won't.

Alias said...

finebammer, did you mean to say "some"? VBG

Good observation.

MSmilie said...

As usual, Finebammer's positive attitude is infectious.