Wednesday, June 19, 2013

2013-14 Non-Conference Schedule Released!

Very exciting news. The non-conference schedule has been released for the 2013-14 season. And it's a doozy, folks. In addition to the games we already knew about (Oklahoma, Texas Tech, NIT Tip off, Wichita State, Xavier and UCLA), Alabama will also travel to Tampa to play South Florida (first one to 40 wins that one), will host a very tough mid-major in Robert Morris (knocked off Kentucky in the NIT), will host Charleston Southern for the second straight year, and will also host North Florida. The NIT has yet to announce their bracket pairings so we don't know yet who will travel to Tuscaloosa for those games. Here is a link to the official site.

It's a very solid schedule with a good mix of home, road and neutral games. Most importantly, there are actually some compelling home games this season (Texas Tech, Wichita State and Xavier), which should generate some early excitement for the casual fans. The schedule should also add some pop to Bama's RPI as some or most of these teams should represent themselves well in their respective leagues.

What are your thoughts on the schedule?

11 comments:

bobbyjack said...

I like the toughness... just not sure we have the horses to be better than 7-6 though. Gonna need another strong SEC record to have a chance at the NCAAs IMO.

I'm going to do my best to attend the game in LA.

What that does is make our RPI ROCKSTAR!

DJC said...

It's all about the RPI, and this schedule does that. We must win the 2 home NIT games and get to New York so we can add playing Arizona or Duke on a neutral floor to our resume. I like that the away games fall on weekends for the most part. I'm planning on going to LA and may go to Dallas depending on game time and flight schedules. I probably won't make it to Tampa unless either we don't make it to the SEC Championship game in football, or we do make it and I can't get tickets.

crimsontider said...

I've got us at 8-5.If we do that, avoid bad losses, and assuming we have a high RPI going into league play 11-7 in the SEC get's us in easily. I have us losing two NIT tip off games, Wichita State, Xavier, and UCLA.

crimsontider said...

Yea, that saturday USF game is poorly scheduled.

crimsontider said...

In other good news Devonta Pollard has reportedly been kicked off the team.

Msmilie said...

Well, it's being reported as he's no longer enrolled. With everything he's facing, basketball and school are the least of his worries.

Msmilie said...

Grant can't allow the football schedule to overshadow how he schedules for his team. If the two have to conflict to schedule a good game (a la Cincinnati last year), so be it.

Msmilie said...

Yeah, I think it's safe to say that Grant is looking to avoid the RPI pitfalls that hurt the team in 2011 and 13. That NIT tournament is so important. As you say, Bama must reach MSG. Win or lose, the opportunity to potentially play two top ten schools in Arizona and Duke is vital. In recent years it seems there is always one solid mid-major in the host rounds so it will be interesting to see if Bama is faced with a possible trap game. Last season, Delaware beat Virginia in this event and denied them from reaching MSG. It probably cost Virginia an NCAA bid.

CrowTide said...

Whether we win or lose this is how we should schedule every year. Much improved from last years non conference schedule hop

Msmilie said...

CBS and the AP are reporting that Pollard is no longer enrolled, but Scarborough at Tide Nation is reporting he's still on the team pending the outcome of the legal issues he's facing. Who knows?

crimsontider said...

Alabama is being pretty tight lipped, they probably just don't want it getting out there until an announcement has been made.