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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Alabama will play home-and-home games against Auburn, Arkansas, Florida, Ole Miss and Missouri, as the Southeastern Conference unveiled the 2014 men’s basketball composite league schedule on Tuesday.
The Crimson Tide will have 18 games on its league slate in addition to the non-conference schedule, which was released in June.
Four of Alabama’s first six SEC games will be played at Coleman Coliseum, beginning with the league-opener on Jan. 7 against Vanderbilt on ESPNU. Other home conference games include Mississippi State (Jan. 15, SEC Network), Florida (Jan. 21, ESPN or ESPN2), LSU (Jan. 25, ESPN2), Tennessee (Feb. 1, ESPN2), Ole Miss (Feb. 11, ESPNU), Missouri (Feb. 22, ESPN2), Auburn (March 1, ESPNU) and Arkansas (March 8, ESPN3).
The Tide’s road schedule begins at Georgia on Jan. 11 on the SEC Network. Alabama will also play away contests at Missouri (Jan. 18, ESPN or ESPN2), at Auburn (Jan. 29, SEC Network), at Arkansas (Feb. 5, SEC Network), at Florida (Feb. 8, ESPN), at South Carolina (Feb. 15, SEC Network), at Texas A&M (Feb. 20, ESPN or ESPN2), at Ole Miss (Feb. 26, ESPN3) and at Kentucky (March 4, ESPN).
The 2014 SEC Basketball Tournament will be held March 12‐16 in Atlanta, Ga. The semifinals and championship game will be broadcast nationally on ABC. The SEC Network will televise the tournament games on Wednesday and Thursday in addition to the Friday night games. ESPNU will televise the two afternoon games on Friday.
Each of the 126 SEC games will be available to be seen from anywhere in the nation. ESPN or ESPN2 will televise 31 contests, ESPNU 18 and CBS Sports six. Additionally, eight games will be offered on ESPN3. The SEC’s games on ESPN platforms are exclusively branded as the “SEC on ESPN.” The SEC Network will televise 40 intra‐conference games while Fox Sports Net will show 13 contests and CSS 10. All 63 games will also air nationally on ESPN3.
The SEC Network will also produce and distribute a studio show each Saturday afternoon during conference play and at the SEC Tournament.
2013-14 ALABAMA MEN’S BASKETBALL SCHEDULE
Date Opponent TV Location Time
Nov. 8 vs. Oklahoma# TBA Dallas, Texas TBA
Nov. 14 TEXAS TECH TBA TUSCALOOSA TBA
Nov. 18 NIT SEASON TIPOFF^ TBA TUSCALOOSA TBA
Nov. 19 NIT SEASON TIPOFF^ TBA TUSCALOOSA TBA
Nov. 27 at NIT Season Tipoff% TBA New York, N.Y. TBA
Nov. 29 at NIT Season Tipoff% TBA New York, N.Y. TBA
Dec. 4 NORTH FLORIDA TBA TUSCALOOSA TBA
Dec. 7 at USF TBA Tampa, Fla. TBA
Dec. 14 CHARLESTON SOUTHERN TBA TUSCALOOSA TBA
Dec. 17 WICHITA STATE ESPNU TUSCALOOSA TBA
Dec. 21 XAVIER TBA TUSCALOOSA TBA
Dec. 28 at UCLA TBA Los Angeles, Calif. TBA
Jan. 4 ROBERT MORRIS TBA TUSCALOOSA TBA
Jan. 7 VANDERBILT* ESPNU TUSCALOOSA 8 p.m.
Jan. 11 at Georgia* SEC Network Athens, Ga. 3 p.m.
Jan. 15 MISSISSIPPI STATE* SEC Network TUSCALOOSA 7 p.m.
Jan. 18 at Missouri* ESPN/ESPN2 Columbia, Mo. 1 p.m.
Jan. 21 FLORIDA* ESPN/ESPN2 TUSCALOOSA 6 p.m.
Jan. 25 LSU* ESPN2 TUSCALOOSA 7 p.m.
Jan. 29 at Auburn* SEC Network Auburn, Ala. 7 p.m.
Feb. 1 TENNESSEE* ESPN2 TUSCALOOSA 7 p.m.
Feb. 5 at Arkansas* SEC Network Fayetteville, Ark. 7 p.m.
Feb. 8 at Florida* ESPN Gainesville, Fla. 11 a.m.
Feb. 11 OLE MISS* ESPNU TUSCALOOSA 8 p.m.
Feb. 15 at South Carolina* SEC Network Columbia, S.C. 3 p.m.
Feb. 20 at Texas A&M* ESPN/ESPN2 College Station, Texas 6 p.m.
Feb. 22 MISSOURI* ESPN2 TUSCALOOSA 7 p.m.
Feb. 26 at Ole Miss* ESPN3 Oxford, Miss. TBA
March 1 AUBURN* ESPNU TUSCALOOSA 2 p.m.
March 4 at Kentucky* ESPN Lexington, Ky. 8 p.m.
March 8 ARKANSAS* ESPN3 TUSCALOOSA TBA
All times Central and subject to change
# Tip-Off Classic (Dallas, Texas)
^ NIT Season Tipoff opening rounds (Tuscaloosa)
% NIT Season Tipoff finals (New York, N.Y.)
* SEC game
Christopher Walsh covers Alabama football for BamaOnline, 247Sports, and is the author of 18 books.
Tide gets Auburn, Ole MIss and Arkansas twice, but A&M, MSU and LSU only once. No trip to Starkville.
From the "East" (no divisions in basketball any more, remember) two games with Florida and Missouri.
Well, strength of schedule shouldn't be an issue this year come tournament time.
At first glance and a quick guess..
23-8 with good injury luck
3-1 in the NIT season tip-off. My guess is we sweep home then lose to Duke but get the consolation game.
12-6 in the SEC with losses at Florida, UK, Mizzou, Carolina, Ole Miss, and Arkansas.
Could very well go 10-8 in the SEC with a home loss to UF as well as a home loss to UK though.
Don't disagree with you there. I think us stealing 2 games with that record would easily get us in with 25-6 in the regular season.
Definitely a better league schedule than last year, but that's not saying much considering we had the easiest league schedule last year in a pathetic conference. Like playing UF twice for our RPI, need to beat them in Coleman. Ole Miss and Missouri should take a step backward as both lost a lot (Buckner and Holloway for Ole Miss; Mizzou loses Pressey, Oriakhi, Bowers and Bell). Mizzou will begin to fade as the Mike Anderson players begin to leave.
That's a legit schedule. Hopefully we can finally knock off Florida. Away games at Florida, UK, Mizzou, OM & Ark will always be tough. Playing UK at Rupp late in the season on senior night(whether they have seniors or not) is not exactly in our favor. Wichita State and Xavier are must wins imo. It's a challenging schedule but it also presents a lot of opportunity for some big wins.
I think Mizzou is NIT bound but they'll be in the bubble talk on Selection Sunday. They're going to put Haith on the hot seat after this season. Still baffles me as why they hired him.
Agreed. Mizzou still has some talent and will be tough to beat at their place, but Haith isn't a very good coach and they will be looking to replace him in a couple years. Their last two teams were very talented and underachieved big time.
Brutal schedule. If we even have a decent record with that schedule then we should have no problem getting in. Just have to win some games
This schedule mixed with our lack of interior play will be another one that ends in the NIT. Its getting better, but you can't win in the SEC without a 15 and 8 guy in the post. Look at the top teams in the SEC and everyone had 1 monster in the inside except us. Ole Miss had Holloway, Kentucky had Noel, Florida had Young (and Murphy to some extent as he was a 6'9 guy but primarily perimeter player). Mizzou had that guy whose name is way too difficult to spell (started with an O). It'll be a repeat of last year with hopefully an improvement in shooting and fundamentals but I also think the SEC will be better/tougher than it was last year so our W/L wont go up.
I think if Nick Jacobs gives 110% then he can be a 15/8 guy in the post. The addition of Taylor will help and Engstrom has hopefully improved in the off-season.
We won't be dominant in the post but it won't be as much of a weakness as last season. Geuye won't really be missed all that much.
Nobody in the SEC last year had a 15-8 post player. It's actually not very common these days in college hoops. The quality of college bigs has dropped a lot in recent years. For the most part, guards dominate college ball.
Looking over the schedule, I think 9-4 out of conference and 11-7 in the SEC is doable. That would leave us at 20-11 with what should be a decent to good rpi and in the NCAA next year as long as the OOC schedule does not take a nose dive from teams that we expect to help us with the SOS not tanking.
Provided we get a quality win or two, 20-11 with this schedule should get us to the Big Dance this season.
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I'm just glad the Nick is in shape to start the year finally. The combination of a new strength coach and the weight requirement in order to be able to go on the Euro trip seems to have done wonders for Nick this offseason.
Course this means I am going to lose my bet/prediction that somebody would be out of shape to start the year, I thought last February that time between Nick, Geuye, and Lacey, at least one would not be in shape to start the season Oh well, I guess I will just have to man up and just quit posting when we play the OOC Schedule like I said I would, which I will happily do since a more in shape team will hopefully help us with our December play this year.
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