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August 20, 2013TUSCALOOSA | The University of Alabama men's basketball team will open 2014 Southeastern Conference play on January 7 against Vanderbilt in Coleman Coliseum, according to the official league schedule released by the SEC Office on Tuesday.
Other SEC teams coming to Tuscaloosa include Mississippi State (Jan. 15), Florida (Jan. 23), LSU (Jan. 25), Tennessee (Feb. 1), Ole Miss (Feb. 11), Missouri (Feb. 22), Auburn (March 1) and Arkansas (March 8).
The Crimson Tide's SEC road opener is Saturday, January 11, at Georgia. Other road games include Missouri (Jan. 18), Auburn (Jan. 29), Arkansas (Feb. 5), Florida (Feb. 8), South Carolina (Feb. 15), Texas A&M (Feb, 20), Ole Miss (Feb. 26) and Kentucky (March 4).
The six games with Florida, Ole Miss and Missouri give Alabama a total of 10 games against 2013 NCAA Tournament teams, with the possibility of more in the Preseason NIT, which includes teams like Arizona and Duke.
"We are excited about our 2013-14 non-conference schedule," UA head coach Anthony Grant said earlier this month. "Each year, we look to put together the most challenging schedule we can and we feel these games will be great preparation for the rigors of the always difficult SEC season."
The regular season opens on Nov. 8 when the Crimson Tide will take on Oklahoma in Dallas, Texas at American Airlines Center in the Tip-Off Showcase.
The Crimson Tide will then play its first home game of the season when it hosts Texas Tech as part of the Big 12/SEC Challenge on Nov. 14. Alabama and Texas Tech will play the inaugural game of the newly-formed event, which will feature 10 games in all against between two conferences.
Alabama will begin play in the NIT Season Tip-Off by hosting a pair of games in Coleman Coliseum on Nov. 18-20, with opponents to be named later. The semifinals and finals are scheduled for Nov. 27 and 29 in Madison Square Garden in New York City. Other host schools of this year's event include Arizona, Duke and Rutgers.
After returning home to host North Florida on Dec. 4, the Tide will play its first true road game of the year when it travels to Tampa, Fla., to square off with South Florida on Dec. 7.
UA will return home for a three-game home stand beginning with a contest against Charleston Southern on Dec. 14.
The Tide will then host the Shockers, who lost to eventual national champions Louisville, 72-68,in the Final Four. Alabama will close the home stand against Xavier on Dec. 21.
The Tide will return from Christmas break when it travels to Los Angeles, Calif., to take on the UCLA Bruins at Pauley Pavilion on Dec. 28. The Tide and Bruins will meet in the first of a two-game series, with UCLA coming to Coleman Coliseum in 2014-15.
Alabama will then close out the non-conference portion of the schedule with a home contest against Robert Morris on Jan. 4.
Full 2013-14 Schedule
Nov. 8 vs. Oklahoma - Dallas, Texas
All times Central and subject to change.