New Crimson Tide Coach Avery Johnson has spent a lot less time in Coleman Coliseum than some of the visitors from Louisiana. Louisiana Coach Bob Marlin (Assistant Coach, 1995-98), assistant coach Neil Hardin (Graduate Assistant, 1995-98) and Director of Basketball Operations Mike Murphy (Men’s Admininstrative Assistant, 1995-97; Women’s Assistant Coach, 1998-02) all served on the Alabama staff for former Crimson Tide Coach David Hobbs.
Louisiana returns all five starters and nine lettermen from the 2014-15 squad that posted a 22-14 overall record and 13-7 mark in the Sun Belt Conference.
The contest will mark the fourth meeting between the two teams in series history, with each contest being played in Tuscaloosa. The Tide owns a record of 3-0 in the all-time series.
As part of the Beat Auburn Beat Hunger campaign, any canned food donation will result in a $5 general admission ticket.
Alabama owns an 11-game non-conference home winning streak. The last home loss to a non-conference opponent for Bama came on Dec. 21, 2013 when the Crimson Tide lost to Xavier, 77-74, in Tuscaloosa.
The Tide is led in scoring by senior guard Retin Obasohan at 12.5 points per game. Leading rebounder is junior forward Jimmie Taylor (7.0 per game). Freshman point guard Dazon Ingram leads in assists at 4.0 per game.
Alabama will next be in action next week when it travels to Orlando, Fla., to compete in the 2015 AdvoCare Invitational. The Crimson Tide will open tournament play on Thursday, Nov. 26, when it takes on Xavier at 11 a.m. CT on ESPN. The Tide will then player either Wichita State or Southern Cal in the second round on Friday. Following an off day on Saturday, the will conclude on Sunday, Nov. 29.