Sunday, June 17, 2018

Offseason Post #5

We're 20 weeks, give or take, from the start of the season, the July evaluation period is just around the corner, and information about the schedule continues to trickle out.

Let's start with the non-conference schedule news. It appears that Alabama will host Murray State next season.

Murray State were the Ohio Valley Conference (OVC) champions last season, winning their conference tournament and advancing to the NCAA Tournament where they lost to West Virginia in the first round. They finished the season 26-6. For as long as I can remember, that program has been steady. That's a good addition to the schedule.

Wednesday, June 06, 2018

SEC Announces Men's Basketball Opponents for the 18-19 Season

The SEC has revealed the opponents for each league team for next season. For Alabama, this means home-and-homes with their three permanent opponents - Auburn, LSU and Mississippi State - and their rotating home-and-home this season will be Texas A&M and Vanderbilt.

Alabama will host Florida, Georgia, Kentucky and Ole Miss, and will travel to Arkansas, Missouri, Tennessee and South Carolina. That's a pretty good slate of conference home games for the fans to check out this season. The permanent opponents - Auburn, LSU and Mississippi State - are all expected to be in contention for NCAA berths this season.

It's shaping up as another tough year in the league following a 2017-18 season that saw a record eight teams from the league make the NCAA Tournament. With many star players choosing to return to school next season, an influx of talented freshmen, and a coaching pool that recently added Tom Crean and Kermit Davis, the SEC could make a serious challenge for the best conference, from top to bottom, in college basketball next season. Who's ready for November?

Here's how the schedule shapes up so far:

Charleston Classic [Appalachian St, Ball St, Davidson, Northeastern, Purdue, Virginia Tech, Wichita State]
at UCF
at Rhode Island??? (it's been reported this game may not happen, at least not this season)
Arizona (wouldn't shock me if, assuming Alabama only plays one game in Birmingham this season, this is the Vulcan Classic game)
at Baylor [Big 12/SEC Challenge]

Conference Home Games: Auburn, Mississippi State, LSU, Texas A&M, Vanderbilt, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Ole Miss

Conference Road Games: Auburn, Mississippi State, LSU, Texas A&M, Vanderbilt, Arkansas, Missouri, South Carolina, Tennessee

Tuesday, June 05, 2018

C.M. Newton has passed away

Condolences to his friends and family.  C.M. Newton was one of the best minds in college basketball, and by all accounts a true gentleman and a class act.  I know his accomplishments are very much appreciated both here and in Kentucky.  He will be missed.