The University of Alabama men’s basketball team released its non-conference schedule for 2019-20, Nate Oats’ first season at the helm on Tuesday, including in-state games in Birmingham and Huntsville.

“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.”

 Alabama will face Samford in Legacy Arena in Birmingham on December 18 and will play Belmont in Huntsville on December 21.


 Some games on the Crimson Tide schedule had previously been announced, including a contest with perennial power North Carolina in the opening round of the Battle for Atlantis on November 27 in Nassau, Bahamas. Alabama will host Kansas State in the SEC/Big XII Challenge on January  25, 2020 in Tuscaloosa.

 The other road games on the schedule are return trips to Rhode Island on November 15 and Penn State on December 14.  

 The pre-conference home schedule at Coleman Coliseum includes the official season opener against Penn on November 5, as well as Florida Atlantic on November 11, Furman on November 19, Stephen F. Austin on December 6 and the Richmond Spiders on December 29.

 The full SEC schedule is expected to be released soon

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