Alabama plans new opponent for Tuesday night basketball game

Alabama men’s basketball now plays Davidson College in a Tuesday night game in Birmingham, the school announced on Saturday.

Alabama State’s previously scheduled opponent, Colorado State, was forced to withdraw from the game on Friday due to COVID-19 issues within that program.

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Tuesday’s game, the first in Alabama at a renovated Legacy Arena, will still start at 6 p.m. CT. The game will be known as the “CM Newton Classic” in honor of the former Tide coach.

Davidson (7-2) had an opening in the program after Wednesday’s game against Loyola Chicago was canceled due to COVID issues within the Loyola program.

The Wildcats are currently No. 49 in NET compared to Colorado State at No. 26. The neutral venue game counts as a Quadrant 1 game for Alabama if Davidson remains in the top 50 of the NCAA’s NET ranking system.

Davidson, a North Carolina school that is part of the Atlantic-10 Conference, and Alabama have not played since 1991.

Alabama (8-2, No. 21 in NET) hosts Jacksonville State at Coleman Coliseum on Saturday night. Elsewhere on campus, the Alabama women’s basketball team canceled Monday’s game against Winthrop due to COVID-19 issues within the Alabama women’s basketball program.

Mike Rodak is a beat reporter in Alabama for Alabama Media Group. Follow him on Twitter @mikerodak.

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