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Although basketball season at Alabama is over, there is still plenty of opportunity for basketball news. Will Jermareo Davidson go pro? That answer could come this week, and it's not expected to be a good one for the Tide and Coach Mark Gottfried. Will longtime Gottfried assistant Philip Pearson get the head job at Murray State? What's going on in recruiting? Meanwhile, there are some Bama basketball facts.

Alabama Head Coach Mark Gottfried will lend his analysis and observations of the upcoming NCAA Basketball Final Four as a guest on Fox Sports Net's "March Madness Coaches' Show." Tim Brando is the host of the show which is being taped in Chicago and will air across the nation on the network at 3 p.m. (local time in every market) on Tuesday.

Gottfried is a perfect choice as a guest for the Final Four preview show. His Alabama Crimson Tide team has played three of the four teams which advanced to the 2006 NCAA Final Four. This season Alabama defeated both LSU (67-62 in Tuscaloosa) and Florida (82-77 in Tuscaloosa) and was just a play away from a win against UCLA. Alabama lost 62-59 to UCLA in the second round of the NCAA tournament on March 18 in San Diego.

Florida, which defeated LSU in the finals of the Southeastern Conference Tournament, has not lost since losing to Bama on February 26.

The Tide also lost to LSU in a game in Baton Rouge, so Bama is 2-2 against Final Four teams this year.

The Final Four semifinals are set for Saturday with the National Championship Game next Monday night.

Alabama will honor its 2005-06 men's basketball team with its annual awards banquet on Tuesday, April 4. The banquet will be held at Sellers Auditorium in the Bryant Conference Center. Doors open at 6 p.m. CT and dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m. CT.

The event, co-sponsored by the Tuscaloosa Tip-Off Club and the University of Alabama's TIDE PRIDE, is open to the public. Tickets are $20 per person. The deadline for ordering tickets is Thursday, March 30th. Persons wanting to purchase tickets should call the TIDE PRIDE office at (205) 348-6113.

"I hope we can have a tremendous crowd come and show their support because I am really proud of this team, who they are and what they accomplished," said Gottfried. "I've received so many emails, phone calls and comments in person from people about how much they appreciate this team and their effort and how they represented Alabama this season, and this event is a great way for our fans to show their support of these young men."

Despite losing its John R. Wooden Player of the Year candidate and All-Southeastern Conference forward Chuck Davis to a season-ending knee injury in its SEC opener against Ole Miss in January and having only seven scholarship players for most of the SEC season, Alabama's team rallied and went on to advance to the second round of the 2006 NCAA tournament where it played Final Four team UCLA down to the wire (falling 62-59).

Alabama finished second in the SEC's Western Division, defeating Final Four teams LSU and Florida in home games along the way. Alabama finished its season with a 18-13 overall and 10-6 SEC record and produced All-SEC players in Ron Steele and Jermareo Davidson and Freshman All-SEC award winners in Richard Hendrix and Alonzo Gee.


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