Alabama men's basketball announces 3-game series with AAC powerhouse
The Alabama Crimson Tide men’s basketball team is hoping to improve under coach Nate Oats as he prepares for his second year at the helm of the program.
On Tuesday, the Tide announced a big-name nonconference opponent that would be added to future schedules.
Per a release, the Tide will take on Memphis in a charity exhibition game prior to the 2020-21 season and will then embark on a home-and-home series with the Tigers the following 2 seasons:
The series will begin with a charity exhibition game to open the 2020-21 season. That game, which will take place on either Oct. 31 or Nov. 1, will be played at Memphis inside the FedExForum, home of the NBA’s Memphis Grizzlies. The exhibition is being played as a goodwill gesture to raise funds for relief efforts associated with the 2020 global pandemic.
The two teams will then play regular season contests in each of the following two years with the Tigers making the trip to Tuscaloosa in 2021-22 and the Crimson Tide returning that game during the 2022-23 campaign.
Under coach Penny Hardaway, Memphis has become a big player in the AAC. Meanwhile, the Tide are looking to get back in the NCAA Tournament picture this season.
Memphis and Alabama have played 8 times all-time, with the Tigers holding a 5-3 advantage over the Tide.