Nate Oats, Rick Pitino could reunite in ESPN Events Invitational headlined by Alabama basketball
Alabama basketball is set to join the field of the ESPN Events Invitational which includes Kansas and Iona in Orlando, Florida, on Nov. 25, 26 and 28.
According to Jon Rothstein of CBS Sports, the other teams include Dayton, Miami, Belmont, Drake and North Texas.
The event could feature a reunion between Nate Oats and Rick Pitino, who first met in the bubble in Indianapolis during the 2020 NCAA Tournament.
"Watching his teams, I think he's a terrific coach. I don't know of any player in the country, high school or junior college that wouldn't want to play in that system," Pitino said before the game in March. "My son, I said to him just today, 'Do you know Nate?' He said, 'Great guy, Dad, you would like him a lot,' but I haven't had the pleasure of meeting him. Probably not looking forward to meeting him and his team. But he's doing a great job."
Alabama defeated Iona 68-55 in the first meeting between the two coaches, and the two seemed to make a quick connection.
Oats told the media ahead of the second round that he already tapped into Pitino's knowledge, asking for advice ahead of the Maryland game.
As Pitino planned a trip to Winged Foot Golf Club in April, he gave Oats a call and invited his new friend to join him on the legendary golf course.
In addition to the possible tournament rematch, Alabama could face former coach Anthony Grant, who is at Dayton.