Date revealed for Alabama basketball’s return trip to Houston

Alabama guard Jahvon Quinerly (Photo: Marvin Gentry, USA TODAY Sports)

One of Alabama’s biggest non-conference games of the season has reportedly had a date.

The Crimson Tide men’s basketball team will travel to play Houston at Fertitta Center, the home court of the Cougars, on Saturday, Dec. 10, according to Jon Rothstein of CBS Sports.

This is the second game of a home-and-home series, which began in 2021 when Houston made the trip to Tuscaloosa on Dec. 12. Alabama defeated the Cougars, 83-82, in what head coach Nate Oats called an “alley fight.” It marked the Crimson Tide’s second win in a row over a top-15 team, as Alabama upset then-No. 3 Gonzaga in Seattle, 92-81, just one week earlier.

But the Tide’s win over Houston didn’t come without some controversy. True freshman guard JD Davison blocked a Cougars’ putback attempt at the buzzer to seal the victory for UA, which was not well-received by the Houston bench who pleaded for a goal-tending call that never came. Players attempted to follow officials to the locker room and knocked over trash cans.

Head coach Kelvin Sampson and assistant Kellen Simpson later issued apologies for the events that transpired on the Coleman Coliseum court before finishing with a 32-6 (15-3 AAC) record and making it to the NCAA Tournament’s Elite Eight before losing to Villanova.

Just like last year, Alabama will face a grueling 3-game slate against Houston, Memphis and Gonzaga. The 8-day stretch will begin with a road trip to Houston on Dec. 10, will continue with Memphis making its way to Tuscaloosa three days later on Dec. 13 and conclude with the Tide and Bulldogs facing off in the CM Newton Classic in Birmingham, Ala., on Dec. 17.

In addition to those three games, Alabama will participate in the annual Phil Knight Invitational in Portland, Ore., and will first face Michigan State on Thanksgiving Day. The Tide will also travel to Oklahoma as part of the SEC/Big 12 Challenge on Jan. 28 and will welcome South Alabama (Nov. 15), Jacksonville State (Nov. 18) and South Dakota State (Dec. 4) to Coleman.

The Crimson Tide will take part in a three-game foreign tour to Spain and France beginning later this week. There will be no live television or radio broadcasts of the three contests.

Alabama will depart for Barcelona, ​​Spain, on Friday, Aug. 5, and will play its first of three games Aug. 8 against the Spain Select Team (7 pm local time). The Tide will then play two games in Paris – Aug. 11 vs. the Lithuania Men’s B Team and Aug. 12 vs. the Chinese National Team (both games taking place at 7:30 pm local team) – before returning to Tuscaloosa on Aug. 14.

Known games on Alabama’s 2022-23 non-conference schedule:

Nov. 15 – South Alabama – TBD
Nov. 18 – Jacksonville State – TBD
Nov. 24 – vs. Michigan State – 9:30 pm (ESPN)
Nov. 25 – vs. UConn/Oregon – TBD (ESPN/ESPN2)
Nov. 27 – vs. TBD – TBD (ESPN/ESPN2)
Dec. 4 – South Dakota State – TBD
Dec. 10 – at Houston – TBD
Dec. 14 – Memphis – TBD
Dec. 17 – vs. Gonzaga – TBD
Jan. 28 – at Oklahoma – TBD (ESPN/ESPN2/ESPNU)

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