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.