Basketball Begins Busy Schedule

The No. 18 ranked Crimson Tide men's basketball team officially opens its season on Friday, November 19 at 5:30 p.m. hosting Western Carolina in Coleman Coliseum.

Friday afternoon's season opener begins a busy stretch of play for Alabama. The Tide hosts for LSU star and Alabama assistant Johnny Jones' North Texas squad on Sunday afternoon.

Alabama travels to Anchorage, Alaska on Monday, opening play in the Great Alaska Shootout, one of the nation's premier tournaments, against Alaska-Anchorage on Wednesday evening in a game televised on ESPN2.

"We're ready to get started," said Tide senior starting guard Earnest Shelton. "We've been anticipating this and we're just ready to finally get out on the court and play and use what we've been working hard on this whole preseason."

Forward Kennedy Winston begins his junior season as an official candidate for college basketball's biggest awards, the Naismith Award and the John R. Wooden National Player of the Year.

"We're excited about getting started this year. We want to get off to a good start. We play a lot of big games this year, so we are going to have to take them one at a time," said Winston, who is a returning first team All-Southeastern Conference player. "It's going to be a good test for our endurance and stamina and what kind of shape we are in these next couple of weeks because we've got a lot of travel, got a lot of games ahead of us. We are going to have to be mentally and physically ready."

Following play in Alaska, Alabama returns home to host East Tennessee State on Wednesday, December 1.

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