Tide-UConn Basketball May Be In Works

Scheduling elite non-conference games can only serve to enhance the preseason excitement for a program and the Crimson Tide basketball team seems to be on course to generate heightened anticipation with recent revelations.

According to Connecticut newspaper published reports on Friday, UConn has entered into preliminary discussions with Alabama for a home and home series beginning next season. Television would welcome a showcase clash between a national perennial Big East power and a resurging SEC team.

The first and only meeting between the two teams occurred in the 2004 NCAA Phoenix regional final as Connecticut prevailed with a dominating performance, 87-71.

The return of All-SEC performer Richard Hendrix for his senior season would make for an appealing duel against former Birmingham Huffman star Stanley Robinson (6-9) who toils for the Huskies. Robinson represents one of the few five star in-state players to elude the recruiting efforts of Mark Gottfried and his staff.

Current Tide forward Demetrius Jemison teamed with offensive tackle Andre Smith and Robinson as members on the Huffman High School basketball team.

Previously announced, marquee names will highlight Alabama's inaugural appearance at the 2008 EA Sports 25th Maui Invitational to be played November 24-26 at the Lahaina Civic Center. Three games against the attractive field of Indiana, Notre Dame, North Carolina, Oregon, St. Joseph's, Texas and host Chaminade will test the Tide early.

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