The University of Alabama will play the Memphis Tigers in a two-year basketball home-and-home series beginning in the 2021-22 season, The Tuscaloosa News has learned.

The two teams will play in Tuscaloosa in 2021-22, with Alabama returning the trip to the FedEx Forum in Memphis in 2022-23.

 Additionally, negotiations are ongoing for the two teams to meet this season, possibly in November 2020, in Memphis in a charity exhibition game, although details of that contest have not yet been finalized. Alabama played Georgia Tech in a preseason charity exhibition last November. 

 The Crimson Tide and Tigers have played a total of eight games in their basketball history with Memphis owning a 5-3 edge in the all-time series. Alabama has won three of the last four meetings in the series including an 82-70 victory in the most recent contest between the teams which took place on Nov. 10, 2017 in the Veterans Classic in Annapolis, Md. Both teams have changed coaches (Nate Oats at Alabama, Penny Hardaway at Memphis) since that meeting.

 Earlier this week, Alabama announced a three-year series with the University of South Alabama that will include two games in Tuscaloosa and one in Mobile.

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