A Team Divided

Basketball fans can get their first official look at the Alabama Crimson Tide men's team Monday night, when Coach Mark Gottfried and his team hold the annual Crimson and White game at 7 p.m. Tlhere is no admission charge. Following the scrimmage, coaches and players will be available for photographs (fans may bring cameras) and autographs.

"This gives the players an opportunity to play with officials under game-type circumstances," said Alabama Coach Mark Gottfried whose 2006-07 Crimson Tide men's basketball team includes four returning starters. "I like to watch and see who responds well under those circumstances. It gives us a chance to evaluate. It's a great night for family, too. It's free, so you can bring the whole crew and their friends. We'll finish up in time to get the kids a chance to get the players' autographs and, if they have their cameras, get their picture taken with the players and still get home at a reasonable time on a school night. The players are looking forward to staying to sign autographs and spending time with our fans, so it's just a good, fun night for all."

The Crimson and White scrimmage is presented like a regular game. However, in this year's version, there will be two 24-minute games played, with the games divided into 12 minute halves. After the first game is complete, the coaches and players will briefly go to the locker room, as they would at the half at a regular home game. Then they'll return to play the second game, with the teams divided differently for game two.

In the first scrimmage, the Crimson Team will consist of Ronald Steele, Mikhail Torrance, Mykal Riley, Richard Hendrix, Yamene Coleman, Avery Jukes and Greg Cage. The White Team will include Brandon Hollinger, Verice Cloyd, Alonzo Gee, Demetrius Jemison, Jermareo Davidson, John Dill, Justin Tubbs and Kyle Sellers.

In the second game, the Crimson Team will be Steele, Hollinger, Gee, Riley, Davidson, Hendrix and Coleman; the White Team will be Torrance, Tubbs, Cloyd, Jukes, Jemison, Dill, Cage and Sellers.

Alabama will play Montevallo in an exhibition game on Saturday, November 4 at 5 p.m. then officially open its season against Jackson State at 7:30 p.m., Friday, November 10.

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