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Alabama announces basketball nonconference schedule

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TUSCALOOSA | Avery Johnson, the new head men's basketball coach at the University of Alabama, will make his official regular-season debut on Nov. 13 as the Crimson Tide hosts Kennesaw State.
Alabama has finalized its 2015-16 non-conference schedulle, Johnson announced on Monday in a UA release. The Tide will play a non-SEC schedule that includes teams from the Pac-12, ACC, Big East and Atlantic 10, among others, with most of the marquee games coming in road or neutral settings.
The Crimson Tide's non-conference games at Coleman Coliseum, in addition to Kennesaw State, include Louisiana-Lafayette, Winthrop, Norfolk State and in-state opponent Jacksonville State. UA will also play PAC-12 opponent Oregon in Birmingham on Dec. 21. That game is part of the UA home season ticket package.
The competition is tougher away from Alabama, including a trip to Orlando for the 2015 AdvoCare Invitational, as well as games at Southern Miss, Clemson, and Dayton.
Prior to the regular season, Alabama will play an NCAA-permitted exhibition game against Trevecca Nazarene on Nov. 6.
The Nov. 17 game against Dayton on Nov. 17 will be a part ESPN's Tip-Off Marathon. The 2015 AdvoCare Invitational (formally known as the Orlando Classic) over Thanksgiving weekend. The tournament, which will be held at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex's HP Fieldhouse at the Walt Disney World Resort, features five teams who appeared in last year's NCAA Tournament including: Xavier, Notre Dame, Wichita State, Iowa and Dayton.
Alabama will open the AdvoCare Invitational on Nov. 26 when it faces Xavier at 11 a.m. CT on ESPN2. It will mark the third consecutive year the two teams will meet on the hardwood. The Crimson Tide will then play either Wichita State or Southern California in the second round on Nov. 27. The tournament concludes on Nov. 29.
Date - Opponent - Location
Nov. 6 - Trevecca Nazarene (exhibition) ... Tuscaloosa
Nov. 13 - Kennesaw State...........Tuscaloosa
Nov. 17 - at Dayton................Dayton, Ohio
Nov. 20 - Louisiana-Lafayette......Tuscaloosa
Nov. 26 - vs. Xavier%..............Orlando
Nov. 27 - vs. TBA%.................Orlando
Nov. 29 - vs. TBA%.................Orlando
Dec. 4 - at Southern Miss..........Hattiesburg, Miss.
Dec. 13 - at Clemson...............Clemson, S.C.
Dec. 16 - Winthrop.................Tuscaloosa
Dec. 21 - OREGON^..................Birmingham
Dec. 29 - Jacksonville State.......Tuscaloosa
Jan. 2 - Norfolk State.............Tuscaloosa
% 2015 Advocare Invitational
^ Game will be played at Legacy Arena