More news regarding the non-conference schedule. The University of Texas-Arlington released their non-conference schedule today. Among the games on the schedule is a trip to Tuscaloosa on November 21st. Arlington finished last season with a 27-9 record, and advanced to the quarterfinals of the NIT. They return one of the top players in college basketball - senior forward Kevin Hervey. Last season, Hervey averaged 17.1 ppg, 8.5 rpg, 2.1 apg and 1.2 spg. He's a legit player.
This game appears to be part of the Barclays Classic. Three days before their game at Alabama, Arlington will travel to Provo to play BYU, also in the Barclays Classic. Per the Arlington schedule, Western Carolina and Alabama A&M are also taking part in the event. I would assume one of those two teams will be the other team Alabama hosts in Tuscaloosa for this event.
The addition of Arlington stresses yet again how difficult this schedule is going to be. So far I don't see a night off for this team. If this team is ready for the challenge, it's going to be a very fun schedule of games to watch as a fan.
Several games of the non-conference schedule have dates. Here's what it looks like so far:
November 10 - vs Memphis [Veterans Classic at Annapolis, MD]
November 21 - UT-Arlington
November 24 - BYU [Barclays Classic]
November 25 - Minnesota [Barclays Classic]
November 29 - Louisiana Tech
December 3 - UCF
December 9 - at Arizona
January 27 - Oklahoma
Other opponents on the schedule that are confirmed are Texas [in Birmingham], a home game with Rhode Island, and a return trip to Huntsville vs an opponent to be determined. I expect Avery and the team will hold another event to unveil the schedule as they did last year. Expect that to happen prior to the team's departure for its trip to Canada (August 4).