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Alabama Basketball Opens Vs. Sooners
Posted Nov 7, 2013
Alabama’s season-opening basketball game couldn’t have come soon enough after the Crimson Tide men were fortunate to sneak past West Georgia in overtime in an exhibition game Monday night. Although it was a win, it was hardly encouraging. It is a game Bama Coach Anthony Grant said he is putting behind him.
There is good reason for Coach
men’s basketball team not to look back at the performance against West Georgia. The Crimson Tide opens the 2013-14 season Friday in Dallas against the
Sooners. Tipoff will be at 4 p.m. CST with national television coverage by Fox Sports Southwest and regional coverage by other Fox outlets, including Fox Sports South.
The Tide vs. Sooners game is part of a triple header, the Buckets And Boots Showcase, at the American Airlines Center (home of the
). Following Bama vs. OU,
at 6:30 p.m., followed by
at 9 p.m.
Grant had some good news prior to the team’s departure for Dallas. He said that
, a returning starting guard who has been out with a sprained MCL since early in pre-season practice, had returned to action and might be available on a limited basis to play against Oklahoma. “You could see the rust,” Grant said of Randolph’s return to practice Wednesday.
Alabama has its first home game next week, Thursday, Nov. 14, when the Crimson Tide hosts
Grant said the only other Tider with an injury issue is center
, who had “a little aggravation” of his foot. The coach said Engstrom, who missed almost all of last season after a knee injury, should be ready to play.
Grant pointed out that it is difficult to know a great deal about the opponent in a season-opening game. Last year the Sooners of Coach
went 20-12, including a record of 11-7 in the Big 12, and made it to the NCAA Tournament. Oklahoma has six lettermen and two starters back from last season. Senior 6-7 forward
will be a four-year starter and averaged 14.5 points and 6 rebounds per game last year. Guard
, a 6-4 sophomore, averaged 7.8 points per game as a freshman starter. In two exhibition games this year, Hield averaged 25 points per game.
One of the newcomers to the Sooners is 6-8, 232-pound sophomore forward
, who formerly played at
Oklahoma’s top three scorers from last year are gone.
Grant said a problem for Alabama’s offense in its exhibition game was a lack of offensive balance.
took one-third of Alabama’s 48 shots (7-16). He fgot to the foul line with frequency, making 11-12 and finishing with a game-high 27 points.
Grant said, “Trevor is a big part of our offense,” but added that he saw “some guys shy away” and others – Releford and forward
– “rise up to the challenge. Trevor and Nick wanted the ball at the end.”
Alabama’s projected starting lineup is based on the previous game, which would be Retin Obasohan at point guard, Releford and
on the wings, Jacobs at forward, and Engrstom at center.
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