Saturday, April 01, 2017

Another Schedule Rumor: Alabama will play in the Barclays Center Classic

Perhaps I shouldn't post this as a rumor, seeing as this information comes from the Umass athletic website (click here). The information is dated July 2016 so it's entirely possible this information is no longer relevant so I'll leave it as a rumor until we get something official. The site reports that Umass will play in the 17-18 Barclays Center Classic, along with Alabama and BYU (and I would guess an unconfirmed team as this is a 4-team event). Assuming this hasn't changed, we now know that the team will be spending Thanksgiving week in Brooklyn. It would be Avery's first game at the Barclays Center since he was fired by the Brooklyn Nets after only 28 games in the new city and arena in 2012. Umass just hired former Chattanooga head coach, Matt McCall, who won 48 games in two seasons at Chattanooga. I thought BYU underachieved, relative to the talent on their roster, but they are annually a top 75 program, and should be a tough out next season.

So far, here's what the (rumored) schedule looks like in addition to this news about the Brooklyn trip:

1. Avery mentioned a possible foreign trip this summer.
2. Avery mentioned the possibility of playing two exhibition games in 17-18 in press conferences this past season.
3. Texas is expected to play a return game in Alabama this season (I'm predicting they will be the opponent in the Vulcan Classic).
4. Alabama will open the season vs Memphis in the Veterans Classic at the Naval Academy (this comes from Tubby Smith, who mentioned it in a recent press conference).

In addition to this schedule news, incoming recruit Collin Sexton won the High School 3-Point contest. This is in addition to winning the McDonald's All-American slam dunk contest, and an impressive performance in the McDonald's game itself. I'm trying to keep my expectations in check for this incoming class, but I really wish it was November right now.  

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