Alabama Basketball Preview - Alabama vs. Oakland
Alabama (1-0) vs. Oakland (0-0)
Nov. 14, 2011 | 7 p.m.
Tuscaloosa, Ala. | Coleman Coliseum
Nov. 13, 2011
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -
The No. 19/17 University of Alabama men’s basketball team continues its season opening homestand on Monday evening when it hosts Oakland at Coleman Coliseum. Tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.
The Crimson Tide opened the 2011-12 season with a 64-44 win over North Florida on Friday as the Tide’s defense held UNF to 23.2 percent shooting. That defense will be counted upon again versus an extremely talented Oakland squad.
“Oakland is a very good basketball team,” UA head coach Anthony Grant said. “When you look at the guys they have returning, they’ve got one of the elite point guards in the country in [Reggie] Hamilton and a two-guard that’s one of the elite three-point shooters in the country in [Travis] Bader. They’ve got multiple guys that are extremely dangerous from the three-point line.”
The Grizzlies are led by standout guard Reggie Hamilton, a preseason mid-major All-American who averaged 17.6 points and 5.3 assists per game last season and enters his team’s first game of the season ranked as the fourth best point guard in the nation by Lindy’s. Travis Bader returns on the perimeter after finishing ninth in the country in three-point percentage (.443) with 94 three-pointers.
The pair helped Oakland win its second straight Summit League Championship and record third straight 20-win season last season. The Grizzlies went 25-10 and return three starters from that squad that saw its season end with an 85-81 loss to Texas in the NCAA Tournament.
“They’re a deep team that plays up-tempo and has the ability to score a lot of points,” Grant said. “It’s a very good team that’s coming into our building tomorrow. We’ll have to be at the top of our game defensively and it’ll be a very difficult challenge for us.”
In its opener, Alabama was led offensively by JaMychal Green’s 18 points while junior Tony Mitchell recorded his eighth career double-double with 17 points and 10 rebounds as the Tide won its 21st straight home game, the nation’s sixth longest home winning streak.
Tickets for Monday’s contest are available via the Athletics Ticket Office by calling 1-877-TIDE-TIX or by clicking here.
Following Monday evening’s contest, the Tide will travel to San Juan, Puerto Rico, for the Puerto Rico Tip Off where it will first face Maryland on Nov. 17.