Alabama to play Georgetown, Tide releases Hoops Schedule

The University of Alabama has announced its 2007-08 basketball schedule which includes 15 teams that advanced to postseason play in 2007, an SEC-Big East Showdown game against Georgetown, a tournament trip to Las Vegas for the Findlay Las Vegas Classic, and a home date with the two-time defending National Champions.

"I think it's an unbelievably difficult schedule, which is good. We want that," said Alabama head coach Mark Gottfried who begins his tenth season with the Crimson Tide and has won 20 or more games in five of his past seven seasons, including 2007.  "I think we've got some great intersectional games along with some games in our region that will be challenging as well."

The schedule includes 17 regular season home games and a November 5 exhibition game against North Alabama. The first two games of the Las Vegas Classic begin in Tuscaloosa where Alabama hosts Wofford on December 17 and Texas Pan American on December 19 before travelling to Las Vegas to play NIT team Missouri State in the semifinals on December 22 and then either 2007 NCAA team Purdue or Iowa State in the December 23 final tournament game.

Alabama opens its 2008 Southeastern Conference schedule at home on January 8 against the two-time defending national champions, the Florida Gators. ESPN will televise that matchup. ESPN will also televise Alabama's January 29 home game against NCAA tournament team Tennessee its December 5 SEC-Big East Showdown game in Birmingham against NCAA tournament team Georgetown.

Ten teams that made the 2007 NCAA tournament field are on the Tide's schedule, including Florida, Kentucky, Tennessee, Texas A&M, Belmont, Georgetown, George Washington, Arkansas, Vanderbilt and Purdue. 2007 NIT teams the Tide plays include Missouri State, Clemson, Georgia, Mississippi State and Ole Miss.

"One thing that jumps out at me in our conference schedule is that six of our last nine are on the road which obviously makes things a little more difficult," said Gottfried of a stretch that includes a February 6 date at Mississippi State followed by a February 9 trip to Lexington to play at Kentucky; a home game on February 13 then back-to-back road trips to South Carolina and Auburn followed by a home date with Arkansas and back-to-back road trips to Ole Miss and LSU. Alabama ends the regular season at home against Vanderbilt on March 8 where it's "Senior Day" game will feature All-SEC point guard Ronald Steele and starter Mykal Riley.

Non-Conference road trips include a November 28 stop at Texas A&M and a November 13 game at Mercer.

"I like our schedule. I think it will be a great challenge. I think it stays consistent with the fact that we have played one of the toughest non-conference schedules in the nation every year. This year will be no different," said Gottfried.

Alabama will host its annual Crimson/White intrasquad game on Tuesday, October 30 at 7 p.m. CT. That event is free to the public. It plays North Alabama in a November 5 exhibition game and officially opens the season against Troy on Friday, November 9 at 7 p.m. CT.

Season ticket information is available on the Tide's official website,



University of Alabama 2007-08 Basketball Schedule


Day                        Date                       Opponent                                              Site                                         Time                                      TV

Tue.                        Oct. 30                   CRIMSON/WHITE GAME               TUSCALOOSA                    7:00

MON                      NOV. 5                   NORTH ALABAMA (Exhibition)    TUSCALOOSA                    7:00

FRI                         NOV. 9                   TROY                                                    TUSCALOOSA                    7:00       

Tue.                        Nov. 13                  at Mercer                                               Macon, Ga.                           6:30

MON                      NOV. 19                BELMONT                                           TUSCALOOSA                    7:00

FRI                         NOV. 23                SOUTHERN MISSISSIPPI               TUSCALOOSA                    7:00

Wed                        Nov. 28                  at Texas A&M                                     College Station, Texas        8:00

SAT                        DEC. 1                   SOUTHEASTERN LOUISIANA      TUSCALOOSA                    1:00

SEC-Big East Showdown

Wed                        Dec. 5                     Georgetown                                          BJCC Birmingham              6:00                                        ESPN

SAT                        DEC. 8                   NICHOLLS STATE                            TUSCALOOSA                    6:00

Dec. 17-23            2007 Findlay Toyota Las Vegas Classic

MON                      DEC. 17                 WOFFORD                                           TUSCALOOSA                    7:00

WED                      DEC. 19                 TEXAS PAN AMERICAN TUSCALOOSA                    7:00

Sat                          Dec. 22                  Missouri State                                      Las Vegas, Nevada             7:00

Sun                         Dec. 23                  Purdue or Iowa State                          Las Vegas, Nevada             9:30 (Championship)

7:00 (Consolation)

SAT                        DEC. 29                 GEORGE WASHINGTON                 TUSCALOOSA                    6:00

TUE                        JAN. 1                    CLEMSON                                           TUSCALOOSA                    3:30                                        FSN

FRI                         JAN. 4                    CHICAGO STATE                              TUSCALOOSA                    7:00

TUE                        JAN. 8                    FLORIDA                                             TUSCALOOSA                                                                    ESPN

Sun                         Jan. 13                   at Arkansas                                          Fayetteville, Ark.                                                                 LFS

Wed                        Jan. 16                   at Georgia                                             Athens, Ga.

SAT                        JAN. 19                  MISSISSIPPI STATE                         TUSCALOOSA                                                                    LFS

SAT                        JAN. 26                  AUBURN                                              TUSCALOOSA                                                                    LFS

TUE                        JAN. 29                  TENNESSEE                                        TUSCALOOSA                                                                    ESPN

SAT                        FEB. 2                    LSU                                                        TUSCALOOSA                                                                    LFS

Wed                        Feb. 6                     at Mississippi State                              Starkville, Miss.

Sat                          Feb. 9                     at Kentucky                                          Lexington, Ky.                     12:00                                     LFS

WED                      FEB. 13                 OLE MISS                                            TUSCALOOSA                    7:00

Sat                          Feb. 16                   at South Carolina                                Columbia, S.C.                     6:00                                        FSN

Sun                         Feb. 24                   at Auburn                                              Auburn                                                                                  CBS

WED                      FEB. 27                 ARKANSAS                                         TUSCALOOSA                                                                    LFS

Sat                          March 1                 at Ole Miss                                            Oxford, Miss.                                                                        LFS

Wed                        March 5                 at LSU                                                   Baton Rouge, La.

SAT                        MARCH 8            VANDERBILT                                    TUSCALOOSA                    6:00

Thu-Sun                March 13-16        SEC Tournament                                                Atlanta, Ga. (Georgia Dome) TBA                                   LFS                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                CBS

Thu/Sat                 March 20 & 22    NCAA 1st & 2nd Rounds                      Anaheim, Denver, Omaha, Washington DC                  CBS

Fri/Sun                   March 21 & 23    NCAA 1st & 2nd Rounds                      Birmingham, North Little Rock, Raleigh,                       CBS


Thu/Sat                 March 27 & 29    NCAA Regionals                                 Charlotte & Phoenix                                                           CBS

Fri/Sun                   March 28 & 30    NCAA Regionals                                 Detroit & Houston                                                               CBS

Sat/Mon                                April 5 & 7            NCAA Final Four                 San Antonio                                                                         CBS