Bama hoops schedule finalized

After a long wait for the TV executives to determine their game selections, SEC basketball schedules were finally released today, Bama's included. There were no surprises, as each of the major non-conference games had been previously reported or at least rumored. The Tide will have home dates with VCU and Georgetown and a game against Oklahoma State in Birmingham's BJCC Arena. Home games against Detroit and Oakland will be no pushover either; don't be fooled by the lack of name recognition there. 

The Tide will also face road tests at Dayton (Grant's alma mater), Kansas State and Georgia Tech. And don't forget the Puerto Rico tip-off tournament, where Bama will face off against Maryland in the opener, followed by one of its two 2011 NIT Final Four opponents, Colorado or Wichita State, in the second game the following day. The tournament will then conclude with a third and final game two days later against one of Purdue, Temple, Iona or Western Michigan.

The best part about this schedule is that it features only three games that can safely be assumed to be "cupcakes", or RPI-killers: North Florida, Alabama A&M and Jacksonville, all at home. And even Jacksonville wasn't all that bad last year. If Bama can take care of its business on the court, a brutal RPI shouldn't hold us back this year.

The full schedule, as well as TV info, below the jump.

Date

Opponent

Location

Broadcast

Fri Nov 11

North Florida

Home

 

Mon Nov 14

Oakland

Home

 

Thu Nov 17

Maryland

Neutral (Puerto Rico)

ESPN2

Fri Nov 18

TBA

Neutral (Puerto Rico)

ESPN2

Sun Nov 20

TBA

Neutral (Puerto Rico)

ESPN2

Wed Nov 23

Alabama A&M

Home

 

Sun Nov 27

VCU

Home

 

Thu Dec 1

Georgetown

Home

ESPN2

Wed Dec 7

Dayton

Away

 

Sun Dec 11

Detroit

Home

 

Sat Dec 17

Kansas State

Away (Kansas City)

 

Wed Dec 21

Oklahoma State

Home (Birmingham)

ESPN2

Thu Dec 29

Jacksonville

Home

 

Tue Jan 3

Georgia Tech

Away

 

Sat Jan 7

Georgia

Away

Fox Sports

Wed Jan 11

LSU

Home

CSS

Sat Jan 14

Mississippi State

Away

SEC Network

Thu Thu 19

Vanderbilt

Home

ESPN

Sat Jan 21

Kentucky

Away

CBS

Wed Jan 25

South Carolina

Away

SEC Network

Sat Jan 28

Arkansas

Home

SEC Network

Sat Feb 4

Ole Miss

Home

ESPN

Tue Feb 7

Auburn

Away

ESPNU

Sat Feb 11

LSU

Away

ESPN2

Tue Feb 14

Florida

Home

ESPN

Sat Feb 18

Tennessee

Home

SEC Network

Thu Feb 23

Arkansas

Away

ESPN

Sat Feb 25

Mississippi State

Home

ESPN

Wed Feb 29

Auburn

Home

SEC Network

Sat Mar 3

Ole Miss

Away

SEC Network

The SEC schedule offers a couple of brutal 2-day turnarounds, namely getting Vandy at home on Thursday followed to a trip to Rupp Arena the following Saturday, and having to travel to Arkansas (the longest SEC road trip) on Thursday before returning home to face Mississippi State the following Saturday. 

The other quick note is the broadcast schedule. Notice that eight of the Tide's 16 SEC games are set to be televised nationally, with seven on ESPN networks and one on CBS. Of course the other eight games will be televised regionally. At least five of the 14 non-conference games will be televised nationally, with the VCU, Dayton, Kansas State and Georgia Tech games all expected to get picked up as well. The TV execs are showing Bama some respect, if nothing else.

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