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Alabama fans interested in both football and men’s basketball have to check the schedules carefully when trying to make plans. Crimson Tide Coach Nick Saban has made it difficult to not avoid checking the dates of the College Football Playoff against early season Southeastern Conference basketball games.
This year, the first round football games are Dec. 31, where there is no basketball conflict. The national championship game in football is Jan. 9 in Tampa, and fans wanting to catch both that game in person and be in Coleman Coliseum the next night will have to make arrangements.
The SEC revealed the 2017 Alabama men’s conference schedule Tuesday and Coach Avery Johnson’s Crimson Tide will open league play at Mississippi State on Tuesday, Jan. 3. Three of the next four league games will be in Coleman Coliseum, with Bama hosting Florida on Tuesday, Jan. 10.
The Crimson Tide has 18 games on its league schedule in addition to 12-game non-conference schedule, which was announced in late July. Alabama will have eight games on the ESPN family of networks, 10 games on the SEC Network, and one on CBS in conference play.
The Tide’s home-and-home opponents are Mississippi State (Tuesday, Jan. 3 on SEC Network in Starkville, Miss., and Saturday, Jan. 28 on SEC Network in Tuscaloosa), LSU (Saturday, Jan. 14 on SEC Network in Baton Rouge, La., and Saturday, Feb. 18 on SEC Network in Tuscaloosa), Missouri (Wednesday, Jan. 18 on ESPNU in Tuscaloosa and Wednesday, Feb. 15 on SEC Network in Columbia, Mo.), Auburn (Saturday, Jan. 21 on ESPN or ESPN2 at Auburn and Saturday, Feb. 4 on SEC Network in Tuscaloosa) and Georgia (Wednesday, Jan. 25 on ESPNU in Athens, Ga., and Thursday, Feb. 23 on ESPN or ESPN2 in Tuscaloosa).
In addition to playing three of its first five contests in Tuscaloosa, the Tide will close the year with another stretch of three home contests over its final five league games.
Along with its home-and-home contests, the Tide will have a solid home schedule, which includes Vanderbilt (Saturday, Jan. 7 on ESPNU), Florida (Tuesday, Jan. 10 on ESPNU), Kentucky (Saturday, Feb. 11 on CBS) and Ole Miss (Wednesday, March 1 on SEC Network).
Additional road games are at Arkansas (Wednesday, Feb. 1 on SEC Network), South Carolina (Tuesday, Feb. 7 on SEC Network), Texas A&M (Saturday, Feb. 25 on ESPN or ESPN2), and Tennessee (Saturday, March 4 on SEC Network).
The SEC Network will televise the first three days of the SEC Basketball Tournament (March 8-12) from Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn. The semifinals and championship game will be broadcast on ESPN.