The University of Alabama men’s basketball team continues to bolster its non-conference schedule, this time with a top 25 team from a season ago.
On Wednesday, UA announced a home-and-home series with Houston over the next two seasons. The Cougars will visit Tuscaloosa on Dec. 19, 2020, while UA’s return trip will be on a date to be determined in the 2021-2022 season.
“We are excited to have a program of high caliber such as Houston on our schedule for the next two years,” UA head coach Nate Oats said in a statement. “This is a great opportunity for both programs because it adds a quality opponent to our schedule while at the same time creating excitement for both fanbases. Playing such quality competition is only going to make our team and our program better. Houston has proven to be a perennial NCAA Tournament team that competes for championships each season, so we are looking forward to welcoming them to Coleman Coliseum next year.”
UA and Houston have met four times in the past, but all of them on neutral courts and none of them more recent than the 1979-80 season.
The addition joins a non-conference schedule that already includes participation in the Maui Invitational, home games against Vermont and Furman, a game against Clemson in Atlanta and the beginning of a home-and-home series with Yale.