Wednesday, June 09, 2021

Update on this board

Hey all... after some deliberation I decided that going forward I'm pulling myself from this board minus maybe a few first person views from whatever games I attend. I have been busy with work, kids, side gigs, and other projects which does not leave much time to give this site the attention it deserves. As I get older I find it tougher to juggle multiple things... and I want to call it quits before Coach K does.

This board will be live at least through next season since I already paid up. I like to thank all of the folks that helped write on this board and all of those that have visited this corner of the web. I hope the others (Double T, DJC, and a returning MS... maybe) continue to post updates, previews, and recaps. If they add new voices that would be great as well.

It's kind of ironic that this board opened in 2006 after our 2nd round loss to UCLA... and I depart with a 3rd round loss to the same school 15 years later. Anyways, I have enjoyed keeping this board up most of the time... minus last year where it was obvious to me that I just did not have the passion to keep going.

I'll be at a few neutral site games this year (Orlando and Seattle) so if you are at either and see a long haired, semi-greyed beard dude trying to call timeouts for the coach you have found me.

Maybe I was the curse... who knew when I started this thing we'd only go to 4 NCAATs in that time. 

I'm about 3 months late, but I'll say this... if we somehow pull off that UCLA game IMO we are playing Baylor (and getting curb stomped just the same as Gonzaga) in Indy. Oh well... I thought that was our lost opportunity for a Final Four, but I can see a repeat dominant run next season and maybe we finally break through. 

Friday, June 04, 2021

2021-22 Schedule Updates

 Hi, everyone. Long time no write. Just dropping in to update what we know so far about the schedule next season.

Houston will come to Tuscaloosa this season after the game had to be canceled last season in the wake of the Covid disruptions. Kelvin Sampson has completely rebuilt the Houston program, resulting in a Final Four run and a top five KenPom finish last season. This is part of a home-and-home agreement so Alabama will return the favor in the 22-23 season.

Another big home-and-home series for Alabama this season will be Gonzaga. The Zags were the national runner-ups for the second time in four seasons a year ago, and have elevated themselves to one of the top programs in the sport. Both games will be at neutral sites, with Alabama traveling to Seattle this season, and the Zags making a return trip to Birmingham in 22-23. Based on the style of play of both programs, this should be a really fun game.

Our guys will travel to Orlando in November for the Orlando Invitational. Other teams in the event are Kansas, Miami, Iona, Drake, Dayton, Belmont, and North Texas. Five of the seven teams reached the NCAA Tournament last season. Belmont did not reach a postseason tournament last season despite a 26-4 record. Dayton is coached by former Alabama coach Anthony Grant.

In July of 2020 the university announced that Alabama and Memphis had agreed to play three games - an exhibition in Memphis in 20-21, and a home-and-home the following seasons. The exhibition was canceled due to Covid, but what the status of the series going forward is unknown. 

Alabama will also take part in the SEC/Big 12 Challenge this season. The matchups haven't been named yet.

So that's 6 - maybe 7 - games we know of. Two of them against 2021 Final Four teams. Assuming the team plays a 12/13 game non-conference schedule, my guess is the remaining games left on the schedule will be of the buy-game variety.

I hope everyone is doing well. Take care of yourselves. Roll Tide!