Public Invited to Attend Annual Tide Hoops Awards Banquet



TUSCALOOSA ?? Basketball fans have the chance to meet, greet and fete the 2007 University of Alabama basketball team. The public is invited to attend the Crimson Tide’s annual basketball awards banquet which will be held at the Bryant Conference Center on Tuesday, April 3 at 6:30 p.m. CT.


Tickets for the plated meal are $20 and can be purchased through the TIDE PRIDE office located at Coleman Coliseum or by calling the TIDE PRIDE office at (205) 348-6113.


Fans can bring their cameras and have their photos made with and get autographs from their favorite Tide players at this event.


Alabama’s 2007 team finished with a 20-12 overall record, the fifth time in nine seasons at UA that Mark Gottfried has won 20 or more games. Alabama went 14-2 at home in 2006-07, giving Mark Gottfried’s UA teams a 122-20 (.859%) home record. Alabama set the home attendance record in 2007 with 196,552 fans coming for 16 home games, bettering last season’s record attendance by 7,497 and playing two fewer home games to set the new attendance record. And this team set the Coleman Coliseum blocks record in 2006-07 with 14 blocks in the November 10, 2006 game against 2007 NCAA tournament participant Jackson State in the season opener.


Playing the season with limited use of its injured AP Preseason All-American Ronald Steele because of injuries, Alabama advanced to postseason play in the form of the NIT where it fell on the road, in overtime, at UMass, 89-87. It was the eighth time in nine seasons Gottfried’s team advanced to the postseason as his Tide teams have made five NCAA trips and now three NIT appearances. Alabama produced All-Southeastern Conference players in Richard Hendrix and Jermareo Davidson and All-District players in Steele, Hendrix and Davidson. In SEC games played, Hendrix was the 2007 SEC “stats champion” in field goal percentages. Hendrix made 93 of 154 shots from the field in 16 SEC games for a league-best .604%.  And Alabama’s lone senior, Davidson, ended his Alabama career with 1,268 career points and 918 career rebounds. That places him 23rd all-time in scoring and 10th all-time in rebounding at Alabama. He ranks fourth all-time in career blocks as well with 221.