Friday, July 27, 2018

2018-19 Non-Conference Schedule Released!

A few hours after my last post, the 2018-19 non-conference schedule was released. Ah, my timing, as always, is impeccable.

First glance: I'm not sure this is a top 25 ranked non-conference schedule like last season, but it's a sturdy schedule that, along with what looks like a tough SEC, should put Alabama in position to build another quality resume for tournament consideration in March. Some marquee names (Arizona and Baylor, along with Purdue and Wichita State in the Charleston Classic), some up-and-coming programs (UCF, Penn State and Virginia Tech in the Charleston Classic), and some really good mid-major programs that could all be tournament teams in 18-19 (Murray State, Georgia State, Stephen F. Austin as well as Northeastern and Davidson in the Charleston Classic).

Here's something interesting to note: Former Alabama players Justin Coleman (Arizona) and Devin Mitchell (Georgia State) will return to Coleman Coliseum this season for what I'm sure will be meaningful games for them.

An exhibition game will be scheduled prior to the start of the season, but an opponent has yet to be named.

Here is each opponent with their final KenPom ranking from last season:

Southern (326)
Appalachian State (208)
Northeastern (96)
Virginia Tech (33)/Ball State (173)
Purdue (5)/Wichita State (21)/Davidson (43)
Murray State (62)
at UCF (111)
Georgia State (101)
Arizona (28)
Liberty (184)
Penn State (19)
at Stephen F. Austin (112)
at Baylor (34)

What are your early predictions? I'll go with an early prediction of 10-3. We're 102 days away from the start of the season. Buckle up!

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