TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Alabama men’s basketball hopes to help the Southeastern Conference improve on last season’s total of five teams in the NCAA Tournament field. First, the Crimson Tide will have to navigate an SEC schedule that includes a home game against one of last season’s Final Four teams.
Alabama opens league play on Saturday, Dec. 30, against Texas A&M in Coleman Coliseum, the first of 18 games on its league slate in addition to its 13-game non-conference schedule. Times and TV will be released at a later date.
The Tide’s home schedule includes South Carolina on Jan. 9. The Gamecocks reached the Final Four in a run Alabama, among others, hopes to duplicate.
The Tide’s home-and-home opponents for the upcoming season include Texas A&M (Dec. 30 in Tuscaloosa and March 3 in College Station, Texas); LSU (Jan. 13 in Baton Rouge, La., and Feb. 13 in Tuscaloosa); Auburn (Jan. 17 in Tuscaloosa and Feb. 21 in Auburn, Ala.); Mississippi State (Jan. 20 in Tuscaloosa and Feb. 6 in Starkville, Miss.); and Florida (Feb. 3 in Gainesville, Fla., and Feb. 27 in Tuscaloosa).
The home schedule also includes Missouri (Jan. 31), Tennessee (Feb. 10) and Arkansas (Feb. 24).
Additional road games will consist of Vanderbilt (Jan. 2), Georgia (Jan. 6), Ole Miss (Jan. 23) and Kentucky (Feb. 17). The Wildcats reached the NCAA Tournament’s Elite Eight last season.
The SEC Tournament will be played west of the Mississippi River for the first time when the Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Mo., hosts the event from March 7-11, 2018.
Alabama finished 19-15 last season, including 10-8 in the SEC to tie Ole Miss and Vanderbilt for fifth in the league. That landed the Crimson Tide yet another NIT appearance.
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