Tide Basketball Hosts Georgetown

With Alabama having completed an outstanding recruiting class in basketball, fan interest should be very high next season. An early thought was that Bama didn't need to have one of those cupcake home schedules that kills the enthusiasm built up by the strong finish to last season and the signing of such stars as Trevor Lacey and Levi Randolph.

Alabama Coach Anthony Grant kept the heat on Thursday. The day after landing Trevor Lacey over the likes of Kentucky, it was announced that Alabama will host Georgetown in the 2011 Big East/SEC Challenge on December 1.

"We are excited to be a part of this great event that features two of the top basketball conferences in the nation," Grant said. "The opportunity to host a program with the tradition and reputation of Georgetown is one that our team is looking forward to and I know our fans are as well."

The 2011 Big East/SEC Challenge includes all 12 SEC programs and 12 of the 16 Big East programs playing each other over a three-day period. UA is one of six SEC schools that will host a Big East foe. Last season, the SEC earned a 3-1 record in the then eight-team event. All 12 games in 2011 will be televised by the ESPN family of networks. Times and networks of the games will be decided at a later date.

The Crimson Tide and Hoyas have met four times on the hardwood and split those meetings. The most recent engagement came in the 2007 Big East/SEC Challenge when Georgetown earned a 70-60 victory in Birmingham.

The Hoyas will travel to Tuscaloosa after posting a 21-11 record last year and advancing to the NCAA Tournament before falling to VCU. Alabama returns seven players from last season's team that won 25 games and advanced to the National Invitation Tournament championship game.

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