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Alabama Basketball releases its full non-conference schedule — and it’s not an easy road for the Tide

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Alabama has finalized its 2019-2010 Men’s Basketball schedule, and, folks, it’s a tough, tough road for a talented Tide squad trying to learn a new system and culture under first-year head coach Nate Oats.

When he arrived on the Capstone, Oats said that his biggest challenge would be the first 60 days. While retaining the roster and filling his class were tough, no doubt, he may want a mulligan on that proclamation: because this is as rugged a climb as I’ve ever seen Alabama face.

Just to name a few post-season teams that the Tide will face, they include:

  • Belmont (OVC Champions, NCAA appearance)
  • Kansas State (B12 Tourney Champions, NCAA appearance)
  • North Carolina (ACC runners-up, Sweet 16)
    Then Alabama will face either Iowa State (NCAA appearance) or Michigan (B1G runners-up, NCAA Sweet 16). And, thereafter is a Sunday TBD game against one of these three in the round-robin.
  • Rhode Island (A10 Champions, NCAA appearance)
  • Penn (Ivy Champions, NCAA appearance)


The Tide will also play in-state Samford, A10 mainstay Richmond, and C-USA’s FAU.

Below is the complete slate. And, if you missed the conference schedule, it’s here. We don’t have dates pinned down just yet for the conference games, but we do know who the Tide will face in 2019-2020. And it’s not a particularly easy route there either.

Nov. 5 vs. Penn
Nov. 11 vs. Florida Atlantic
Nov. 15 @ Rhode Island
Nov. 19 vs. Furman
Battle for Atlantis (Nov. 27) vs. UNC
Battle for Atlantis (Nov. 28) Iowa State or Michigan
Battle for Atlantis (Nov. 29) TBD
Dec. 6 Stephen F. Austin
Dec. 14 @ Penn State
Dec. 18 @ Samford
Dec. 21 vs. Belmont (in Huntsville)
Dec. 29 vs. Richmond
(Big 12/SEC Challenge) January 25 vs. Kansas State in Tuscaloosa

So, how tough is that schedule? ? Good for 3rd in the country.

But, Coach Oats is rightly excited about the schedule. Alabama has the opportunity to make a lot of noise early in the season and serve notice that this isn’t the Alabama of the last decade. There’s a new power to contend with:

“I’m excited about this year’s non-conference schedule,” Oats said. “We have a great mix of home, away and neutral site games against quality opponents. Our guys will have a terrific opportunity when we play in the Bahamas against some powerhouse programs. We will also have a chance to play around the state with games in Huntsville and Birmingham, as well as hosting Kansas State in the Big 12/SEC Challenge. When mixing that in with the rest of our non-league schedule, we think we will be well prepared for the rigors of SEC play.”

Roll Tide

Poll

Given the known opponents and schedule now, what do you think are realistic expectations for Alabama in 2019-2020?

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  • 4%
    Cuttin’ down the nets, baby!
    (24 votes)
  • 6%
    Deep NCAA tourney run
    (31 votes)
  • 65%
    NCAA appearance
    (328 votes)
  • 15%
    Make the NIT and make some noise
    (77 votes)
  • 7%
    About .500 basketball as the team learns the system and expectations
    (37 votes)
  • 1%
    Losing season. Schedule is just too hard.
    (6 votes)
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