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After playing on the road at Notre Dame Thursday night, The University of Alabama men's basketball team, 7-1, has a quick turnaround as it hosts Alabama State, 2-4, on at 6 p.m. CST today in Coleman Coliseum.

Tickets can be purchased at the door or, in advance, by calling 1-800-TIDETIX. Tickets for this game are $12 for adults and $8 for youth.

Alabama will try to snap back from its first loss of the season, a 99-85 loss on the road at Notre Dame on Thursday night.

"We played well but they played a great game," said Alabama point guard Ron Steele on Friday of the Notre Dame game. "I think we played hard but we just came up a little bit short in the end."

Steele played 39 minutes of the game, though he continues his recovery from tendonitis, an inflammation of the tendon in his right knee. The game marked the second Top 25 team Notre Dame defeated this past week

Saturday's game will mark the seventh meeting between Alabama and Alabama State in a series Alabama leads 6-0, including last year's 105-68 win in Tuscaloosa against the Hornets, a team coached by Southwestern Athletic Conference Hall of Fame member Lewis Jackson and led by the 2006 SWAC Freshman of the Year, Andrew Hayles.

The game marks a reunion for two former high school classmates and teammates as Alabama sophomore guard and Hayles were teammates at Mobile's LeFlore High School, a team they helped go 35-1 their senior season in 2005.

"First of all, it's a quick turnaround for us," said Alabama Coach Mark Gottfried. "We got home late (Thursday) night and we have to be ready to play with a short time to prepare. We're a little banged up. It was a very physical game at Notre Dame. So we'll see physically how well we are. We've got to make sure we're ready to play.

"Alabama State is quick. We like Hayles as a perimeter player. Their perimeter guys are quick. We've got to make sure we're ready to go."

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