Alabama-Houston hoops game canceled, Crimson Tide will host Hilltoppers

Cecil Hurt
Tidesports.com
Alabama Head Coach Nate Oats yells during the second half as the Crimson Tide plays Tennessee in Coleman Coliseum Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020. The Tide lost the game 69-68. [Staff Photo/Gary Cosby Jr.]

The Alabama men’s basketball team’s matchup with No. 9 Houston scheduled for this Saturday has been cancelled due to COVID-19 issues within the Cougars’ basketball program.

The Crimson Tide had been in touch with possible replacements as Houston has dealt with COVID-19 and contact tracing issues that have now cancelled three games. Alabama announced Monday that it has agreed to play the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers on Saturday, Dec. 19 (1 p.m. CT on SEC Network-Plus).

The Hilltoppers, led by longtime Mississippi State coach Rick Stansbury, are currently 5-2 and have victories over Memphis and Rhode Island, among others. Western Kentucky’s two defeats have come against nationally-ranked West Virginia and Louisville.

WKU’s 6-11 junior center, Charles Bassey, is one of the nation’s best big men, averaging 16 points, 11 rebounds and four blocked shots per game. 

Per UA, Tickets that have been purchased for the Houston game will be valid to use for Saturday’s Western Kentucky contest. Limited tickets still remain.  

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