The University of Alabama men's basketball team earned a No. 1 seed in the National Invitation Tournament and will host Coastal Carolina Tuesday, March 15 in the opening round of the tournament. Alabama and the Chanticleers will tipoff at 6 p.m. CDT on ESPNU.
"We're excited about the opportunity to play in the postseason," UA head coach Anthony Grant said. "We're certainly grateful to have a No. 1 seed in the NIT and the opportunity to play at home."
The Crimson Tide earned one of the four No. 1 seeds in the 32-team field by virtue of its 21-11 regular-season record and a 12-4 mark in Southeastern Conference play. The Tide's first-round opponent, Coastal Carolina, travels to Tuscaloosa as the regular-season Big South Conference champions with a 28-5 overall record that included a 22-game win streak and a 16-2 record in conference play.
"They had an outstanding year," Grant said. "Their coach, Cliff Ellis, obviously I know from his days at Auburn when I was at Florida. He's an excellent coach and has done a great job of building his program. I'm sure they'll be a very, very tough opponent."
The NIT berth is the 11th in UA history with the program holding a 17-13 record in the event. Alabama last appeared in the NIT in 2007 and has advanced to the Final Four five times and the championship game once in 2001.