The University of Alabama and the University of Memphis officially announced that their three-year basketball series will being with a charity exhibition game at the FedEx Forum in Memphis on either October 31 or November 1.
The Tuscaloosa News reported the details of the three-year series last month but the two schools waited to receive NCAA approval of the exhibition game which was granted this week.
“We’re always looking for quality non-conference opponents,” Alabama head coach Nate Oats told The Tuscaloosa News on Tuesday. “Being that Memphis is a regional opponent that’s currently bringing in great talent, it made a lot of sense for us. We’re excited about this opportunity.”
“I’m really excited about the game against Alabama this upcoming season,” Memphis coach Penny Hardaway said in a release from the school. “I’m happy to have this series.”
The charity exhibition will benefit relief efforts associated with the 2020 global coronavirus pandemic. Alabama played a similar charity exhibition against Georgia Tech prior to the 2019-2020 season.
The two teams will then play regular season contests in each of the following two years with the Tigers making the trip to Tuscaloosa in 2021-22 and the Crimson Tide returning that game during the 2022-23 campaign.
The Crimson Tide and Tigers have played a total of eight games against one another, with Memphis owning a 5-3 edge in the all-time series. However, Alabama has captured 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.
Last season, Memphis finished with a 21-10 overall mark and a 10-8 record in American Athletic Conference.
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