Alabama to play Michigan State in basketball this November


Alabama will play Michigan State to start a formerly-introduced 3-day men’s basketball tournament this November.

The Spartans and Tide will satisfy Thanksgiving night in the 1st round of the “PK85″ Phil Knight Invitational, which will be held Nov. 24-25 and 27 in Portland, Oregon.

The tournament’s eight-group area was announced in February and the comprehensive bracket was introduced Monday. Alabama opens with a 9:30 p.m. CT video game Thursday towards Michigan Point out in Portland’s Moda Middle.

If the Tide beats Michigan Condition, it will engage in the winner of UConn-Oregon on Friday at 9 p.m. CT. If it loses to Michigan Condition, Alabama would participate in the UConn-Oregon loser on Friday at 11:30 p.m. CT. The two of the second-spherical online games would acquire position in Veterans Memorial Coliseum.

Alabama will enjoy a 3rd recreation that Sunday versus 1 of North Carolina, Villanova, Iowa Condition or Portland dependent on the benefits of the to start with two rounds.

Alabama and Michigan Point out past achieved in men’s basketball through a Hawaii event in December 1998, a 75-58 earn for Spartans coach Tom Izzo in his fourth season. Now in his 28th period, Izzo will reunite with fourth-calendar year Alabama mentor Nate Oats, who the moment volunteered as a large university coach at Izzo’s basketball camps. The link amongst Izzo and Alabama football mentor Nick Saban helped Oats land the Alabama work in 2019.

Alabama’s non-meeting timetable this time also incorporates hosting Gonzaga in a neutral-web site game in Birmingham’s Legacy Arena on Dec. 17, internet hosting Memphis in Coleman Coliseum and traveling to participate in Houston and South Alabama. It also will play at Oklahoma in the SEC-Big 12 Obstacle in January.

Alabama will be portion of the “Invitational” bracket of the Portland event, which will also include things like a separate 8-staff “Legacy” event of Duke, Florida, Gonzaga, Oregon State, Portland State, Purdue, West Virginia and Xavier. NCAA guidelines cap multi-staff gatherings at eight teams.

The 2022 version will be the third of the event, which started in 2017 as PK-80 to mark Nike co-founder Phil Knight’s 80th birthday. A scaled-down event was also held in 2019.

Mike Rodak is an Alabama conquer reporter for Alabama Media Group. Stick to him on Twitter @mikerodak.


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