Alabama basketball schedules home-and-home with Creighton

Nick Kelly
The Tuscaloosa News

It's no secret that Alabama basketball coach Nate Oats likes to schedule tough non-conference opponents. Many often are fresh off deep runs in the NCAA Tournament. His latest schedule addition is no different.

Alabama is set to begin a home-and-home series with Creighton starting in 2023-24, a source with direct knowledge of the discussions told The Tuscaloosa News. First, the Crimson Tide will travel to Omaha, Nebraska. Then the Bluejays will travel to Tuscaloosa in 2024-25.

Creighton is fresh off an appearance in the Elite 8, where it lost to San Diego State. Alabama would have faced the Bluejays had the Crimson Tide defeated San Diego State in the Sweet 16 in Louisville.

Alabama has faced Creighton twice in program history, and the Bluejays have won both matchups. Creighton picked up those wins in 2012 and 2016.

The first game was in the first round of the NCAA Tournament as Creighton beat Alabama 58-57. Josh Jones blocked Trevor Releford's 3-point attempt for the win in the final seconds. Bluejays coach Greg McDermott was coaching then, too.

Then the Bluejays beat Alabama 72-54 in 2016 in the first round of the NIT.

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