Crimson Tide Zone http://www.crimsontidezone.com Get the Latest News From the University of Alabama Sports Program Sun, 16 Nov 2014 14:57:05 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0.1 Sweet Home Alabama Roll Tide Version Free Ringtone http://www.crimsontidezone.com/sweet-home-alabama-roll-tide-version-free-ringtone-79071/ http://www.crimsontidezone.com/sweet-home-alabama-roll-tide-version-free-ringtone-79071/#comments Sun, 16 Nov 2014 14:51:54 +0000 http://www.crimsontidezone.com/?p=79071 Read more]]> audio-icon

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Nick Saban Doesn’t Care About The College Football Playoff Rankings, So Should You? http://www.crimsontidezone.com/nick-saban-doesnt-care-college-football-playoff-rankings-you-78968/ http://www.crimsontidezone.com/nick-saban-doesnt-care-college-football-playoff-rankings-you-78968/#comments Fri, 14 Nov 2014 02:58:27 +0000 http://www.crimsontidezone.com/?p=78968 Read more]]> When the 3rd round of the college football playoff rankings were released, almost the entire Alabama fan base was in uproar over the 5th place ranking for the Crimson Tide. That essentially means that if the playoffs started today, Alabama would be the 1st team out. As Nick Saban and plenty of others have pointed out, the season doesn’t end in the middle of November. That is why he doesn’t care, and really, fans should not care either.

Releasing rankings on a weekly basis is mostly done in order to add yet another talking point during the week. Since the rankings were released, it has led to hours of debate on television, radio and message boards around the country. Alabama fan should know that they pretty much control their own destiny, so winning should be the only thing people care about.

The main reason why a lot of people were frustrated with the rankings came down to the fact that TCU surpassed them for the 4th spot. The Horned Frogs are a very good team, and things will probably play out for them favorably if they take care of their own business. Alabama’s head coach is mostly focused on beating not only Mississippi State, but Auburn as well in the regular season just to get a shot at the SEC championship game.

In a way, the ranking system in college football is a little bit like a fantasy football message board troll. Sometimes, it almost seems like a team is dropped in the rankings just to cause a little bit of controversy and get certain fan bases frustrated because they are being “disrespected.” The truth is, if Alabama wins out, no one is going to be disrespecting the best team in the SEC.

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W. Basketball. Women’s Basketball Tips Off Regular Season Against Florida A&M on Friday http://www.crimsontidezone.com/w-basketball-womens-basketball-tips-off-regular-season-against-florida-am-on-friday-79031/ http://www.crimsontidezone.com/w-basketball-womens-basketball-tips-off-regular-season-against-florida-am-on-friday-79031/#comments Thu, 13 Nov 2014 22:52:00 +0000 http://onlyfans.cstv.com/schools/alab/sports/w-baskbl/spec-rel/111314aab.html
Nov. 13, 2014

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The women’s basketball team opens the 2014-15 season on Friday when it hosts Florida A&M in Coleman Coliseum. The game will be the frontend of a doubleheader with the men’s basketball team beginning at 5:30 p.m. CT.

PROMOTIONS
All fans holding a men’s basketball ticket will receive free admission to the women’s basketball game. The team will also be available for postgame autographs on the east concourse of the building.

BROADCAST
Friday’s game will be televised on SECN+ (WatchESPN.com), with Mick Gillispie (play-by-play) and former Crimson Tide head coach Rick Moody (analyst) on the call. The action can also be heard on the Crimson Tide Sports Network. There will be live updates throughout the game available on Twitter @AlabamaWBB.

SERIES HISTORY
Alabama and Florida A&M are meeting for the fourth time in the series on Friday. The Crimson Tide leads 2-1, however the Lady Rattlers won the last contest, 61-52, in Tallahassee on Dec. 16, 2009.

SCOUTING ALABAMA
The Tide returns three of its five starters from a season ago including sophomore Ashley Williams, who averaged 12.4 points per game in 2013-14. Williams is joined by fellow returning starters in junior Nikki Hegstetter and senior Sharin Rivers. Karyla Middlebrook, who started seven of nine games before sitting out the remainder of the season with a hip injury, also returns, as well as senior Briana Hutchen, junior Khadijah Carter and sophomore Oceana Hamilton. Alabama welcomes five newcomers including sophomore transfer Breanna Hayden, who will be eligible December 14, and true freshmen Quanetria Bolton, Hannah Cook, Meoshonti Knight and Diamante Martinez.

SCOUTING FLORIDA A&M
The Lady Rattlers will look to fill the shoes of the 2014 MEAC Player of the Year in Jasmine Grice, who averaged a league-best 25.7 points per game and a team-high 6.2 rebounds. Key returnees for Florida A&M include guard Taneka Rubin (12.2 ppg) and forward Jamie Foreman (4.9 rpg).

THE COACHES
Alabama head coach Kristy Curry has a history of success in her fifteen year career. Nine of her teams have made the NCAA tournament, including a trip to the 2001 championship game while coaching at Purdue. With the Boilermakers, she won two Big Ten regular season titles. She holds an overall coaching record of 323-165 and has led nine teams to 20-win seasons. Florida A&M is under the direction of seventh year head coach LeDawn Gibson, who owns a 97-84 overall record. Her 97 wins are the third most by a FAMU coach in the first six years at the helm.

LAST TIME OUT
Alabama outscored North Alabama 50-17 in the second half of the Crimson Tide’s lone exhibition contest to lift UA to an 80-48 victory in Foster Auditorium on Nov. 9. Sophomore Ashley Williams recorded a double-double with 19 points and 12 rebounds and was joined in double figures by senior Briana Hutchen (15), freshmen Meoshonti Knight (13) and Diamante Martinez (10). Senior Sharin Rivers led Alabama with six assists. For the game, the Tide shot 49.2 percent (29-59) while limiting the Lions to 29.5 percent (18-61) from the floor. Alabama outscored North Alabama 52-18 in the paint and capitalized on the 28 turnovers it forced as the Tide had 35 points off turnovers.

ALABAMA AT HOME IN SEASON OPENERS
The Crimson Tide is 16-2 when opening the season at home. The last time it opened the season in Coleman Coliseum was during the 2010-11 season when it beat Tennessee State, 82-55.

CRIMSON TIDE INKS TOP 25 CLASS
Alabama signed a top 25 recruiting class for next season that contains four talented playmakers in Taylor Doan, C’coriea Foy, Trista Magee and Shaquera Wade. The class, which is ranked 24th in the nation by Collegiate Girls Basketball Report and fourth in the Southeastern Conference has a mix of all positions and features players from Alabama, Mississippi, Missouri and North Carolina.





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COUNTERFEIT TICKETS http://www.crimsontidezone.com/counterfeit-tickets-78991/ http://www.crimsontidezone.com/counterfeit-tickets-78991/#comments Thu, 13 Nov 2014 22:48:00 +0000 http://onlyfans.cstv.com/schools/alab/genrel/111314aab.html
Nov. 13, 2014

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The University of Alabama is looking forward to hosting another sellout crowd when the Crimson Tide football team hosts the Mississippi State Bulldogs on Saturday afternoon at Bryant-Denny Stadium, and the UA Athletic Ticket Office wishes to remind fans of the potential danger of being sold counterfeit tickets at Tide home games.

Counterfeit Tickets
If fans have any doubt about the validity of their tickets, they can visit the UA Athletic Ticket Office at Coleman Coliseum to verify their tickets during regular business hours, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. On game day those tickets can be verified beginning at 3 p.m. by University officials on Saturday at the stadium by reporting to Gate 3 or Gate 32. Officials will be available at those gates to examine any tickets.

Unfortunately, counterfeit tickets – sold on the Internet and by individuals around the stadium and on campus on game day – can lead to some fans being defrauded. With this in mind, the UA Athletic Ticket Office would like to remind fans that any person who purchases a stolen or counterfeit ticket may be denied admission at the gates and any individual trying to gain entry with a ticket found to be fraudulent could be subject to investigation. Also, any person in the stadium who is caught with a stolen or counterfeit ticket will be ejected.

The lone authorized outlet for Alabama football tickets is the UA Athletic Ticket Office. Buyers who purchase tickets from other sources do so at their own risk.

Prohibited Items
Bryant-Denny Stadium gate agents will be strictly and consistently applying the rules at this Saturday’s game. So, even if you have been able to take an out-sized bag into the stadium before, you should not count on being able to do that this weekend.

Bryant-Denny Stadium and all Alabama athletics facilities prohibit the following items:
-Oversized bags over 8 1/2 inches by 11 inches (includes backpacks, purses, etc.)
-Chair backs larger than a single seat (16 inches wide)
-Coolers
-Weapons
-Artificial noisemakers (bells, horns, whistles, cow bells, etc.)
-Outside food or drink
-Strollers
-Umbrellas
-Video recorders or camcorders
-Computers
-Cameras with telephoto lenses over 6 inches long
-Flags and banners on poles

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Alabama Preps for No. 1 Mississippi State; NFL Week 10 Spotlight http://www.crimsontidezone.com/alabama-preps-for-no-1-mississippi-state-nfl-week-10-spotlight-79011/ http://www.crimsontidezone.com/alabama-preps-for-no-1-mississippi-state-nfl-week-10-spotlight-79011/#comments Thu, 13 Nov 2014 21:42:00 +0000 http://onlyfans.cstv.com/schools/alab/sports/m-footbl/spec-rel/111314aab.html
Nov. 13, 2014

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The football team worked for 90 minutes in shells Thursday afternoon in the Hank Crisp Indoor Practice Facility as it put the finishing touches on the game plan for No. 1 Mississippi State Saturday afternoon inside Bryant-Denny Stadium.

Kickoff against Bulldogs is set for 2:30 p.m. (CT) on CBS. Verne Lundquist will handle the play-by-play duties with Gary Danielson as the analyst and Allie LaForce on the sidelines. The game can also be heard on the Crimson Tide Sports Network with the national broadcast on ESPN.

Junior Landon Collins was selected as a semifinalist for the Lott IMPACT Trophy Wednesday. The Lott IMPACT Trophy recognizes student-athletes with the qualities embodied by the award – integrity, maturity, performance and tenacity.

Former Alabama running back Mark Ingram eclipsed the century mark on the ground for the third consecutive game and Marcell Dareus had a three-sack performance in the 10th week of the NFL season.

As his New Orleans Saints went to overtime against the San Francisco 49ers, Ingram received a heavy workload, finishing the game with 27 carries for 120 yards. With his third straight 100-yard game since a hand injury, Ingram became the first Saints running back since 2003 (Deuce McAllister) to record three consecutive 100-yard games.

Dareus’ Buffalo Bills fell to the Kansas City Chiefs in week 10, 17-14, but Dareus helped keep the Bills in the game by accounting for half of the defense’s six sacks. The fourth-year defensive lineman stalled a Kansas City drive with a third-down sack with 6:51 to go, but the Bills were ultimately unable to overcome the Chiefs lead. Dareus ranks fourth in the NFL in sacks (10) after week 10.

Get all the latest information on the team by following @AlabamaFTBL on Twitter and Facebook and AlabamaFBL on Instagram. General athletic news can also be found at UA_Athletics on Twitter and Instagram and AlabamaAthletics on Facebook.



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M. Basketball. Men’s Basketball Opens Regular Season Friday vs. Towson http://www.crimsontidezone.com/m-basketball-mens-basketball-opens-regular-season-friday-vs-towson-79035/ http://www.crimsontidezone.com/m-basketball-mens-basketball-opens-regular-season-friday-vs-towson-79035/#comments Thu, 13 Nov 2014 20:38:00 +0000 http://onlyfans.cstv.com/schools/alab/sports/m-baskbl/spec-rel/111314aab.html Nov. 13, 2014

 

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -  The Alabama men's basketball team will play its first game of the 2014-15 regular season when it welcomes the Towson Tigers to Coleman Coliseum on Friday, Nov. 14, at 8 p.m. CT.

 

The contest marks the opening round of the 2014-15 CBE Hall of Fame Classic. The Tide will host Western Carolina on Monday as part of the event.

 

Friday night's contest will be televised on SECN+ (WatchESPN.com), with Mick Gillispie (play-by-play) and Blake Thrasher (analyst) on the call. The game can also be heard on the Crimson Tide Sports Network, with Chris Stewart (play-by-play) and Bryan Passink (analyst) calling all the action. There will be live updates throughout the game available on Twitter @AlabamaMBB.

 

The series

Friday's contest marks the second meeting between the Tide and Tigers. The only other time the two teams met on the hardwood came on Dec. 28, 1990, when Alabama captured a 71-52 victory over Towson in the Blue Angel Classic in Pensacola, Fla.

 

the coaches

Alabama head coach Anthony Grant begins his sixth season at the helm of the men's basketball program. He owns a record of 99-71 (.582) during his time at the Capstone and is 175-96 (.646) in eight seasons as a head coach. Towson head coach Pat Skerry, who has guided the Tigers to 43 wins in the past two seasons alone, enters his fourth season as at Towson and owns a record of 44-55  (.444). Skerry owns a career record of 68-80 (.459) entering his sixth season as a head coach.

 

TONIGHT's MATCH-UP

Alabama returns eight letterwinners, which includes a pair of transfers that sat out the 2013-14 season,  and four starters off last season's team. The Tide finished a disappointing 13-19 a year ago, which included a 5-13 record in games decided by 10 or fewer points. Senior guards Levi Randolph (9.6 ppg, 3.8 rpg) and Rodney Cooper (7.5 ppg, 4.9 rpg) lead the list of returnees, along with sophomore Shannon Hale (8.8 ppg, 3.6 rpg) who was named to the All-SEC Freshman Team a year ago.

 

Towson returns two starters and five letterwinners from last season's 25-11 (13-3 CAA) team. Junior guard Four McGlynn returns as the leading scorer from a year ago, after averaging 9.2 points per game, while also leading the squad in three-point shooting (40.8%). Junior forward Timajh Parker-Rivera started all 36 contests last season and averaged 6.2 ponts and 5.2 rebounds per contest.

 

Alabama set for 102nd Season of basketball in 2014-15

• Alabama is set to open its 102nd season of basketball in 2014-15.

• The Tide has an all-time record of 1,581-969-1 (.620), which includes 749-568 (.596) in SEC play.

• Alabama ranks second in the SEC in total wins and all-time winning percentage.

• UA has made 31 NCAA (19) or NIT (12) appearances and has won seven SEC regular-season titles and six SEC Tournament championships.

 

SCOUTING ALABAMA

• The Tide returns eight letterwinners and four starters from last season's team. Included in the returnees are a pair of transfers who sat out the 2013-14 campaign in junior Ricky Tarrant and sophomore Michael Kessens. The Tide welcomes four freshmen on the 2014-15 squad.

• Senior guard Levi Randolph returns as the team's leading scorer from a year ago, when he averaged 9.6 points per game. Over the final six games last season, Randolph was the team's best player as he averaged 16.5 ppg, while shooting 48 percent from the floor and 44 percent from beyond the arc.

• Junior Retin Obasohan returns as the second-leading scorer (9.5 ppg) and is the leading retuner in steals (1.8 spg). Meanwhile, senior guard Rodney Cooper led the Tide with 4.9 rebounds per game, while also averaging 7.5 points and 1.8 assists per contest last season.

• Other top players from last season include sophomore forward Shannon Hale (8.8 ppg, 3.6 rpg and 35 percent from beyond the arc), who earned SEC All-Freshman honors last season, and Jimmie Taylor (3.0 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 1.3 bpg).

 

NEARING THE CENTURY MARK

• Head coach Anthony Grant is one win shy of earning his 100th victory at the helm of the Alabama program. He would become the seventh head coach in the 101-year history to earn 100 victories at UA.

• Grant has coached 170 total games since coming to Alabama (99-71) and is on pace to become the fifth-fastest head coach to reach 100 wins at Alabama.

• Below is a list in terms of the fastest Alabama head coach to reach the 100-win mark in his career:

 

Coach (Overall Record at UA)        Games Reach to 100 Wins

1. Wimp Sanderson (267-119)         150 games

2. Hank Crisp (264-133)    152 games

3. David Hobbs (110-76)   162 games

4. Mark Gottfried (216-138)               163 games

5. C.M. Newton (211-123) 176 games

6. Hayden Riley (102-104) 193 games

 

ALABAMA IN SEASON OPENERS

• Alabama has an all-time record of 80-21 in season-opening contests and enters the Towson game having won eight of its last 12 openers.

• Head coach Anthony Grant has a career record of 6-2 in the first game of the season (3-0 at VCU and 3-2 at Alabama) and is 18-3 overall in his coaching career as a head coach and assistant coach.

• UA has a record of 43-4 when playing its first home game of the season at Coleman Coliseum. That number dates back to the first-ever game played at the venue, which opened on Feb. 1, 1968 (won 86-65 vs. Samford). The four losses have come against Cornell in 2009, Mercer in 2008, Chattanooga in 1993 and La Salle in 1979.

 

ABOUT THE CBE HALL OF FAME CLASSIC

• Friday's game between Alabama and Towson marks the first contest in the 2014 CBE Hall of Fame Classic. The Tide will host a pair of games at Coleman Coliseum as part of this year's event.

• Following the game against the Tigers, Alabama will welcome Western Carolina to the Capstone on Monday at 8 p.m. in the second round of the event.

• Alabama will travel to Kansas City, Mo., for the CBE Hall of Fame semifinals where the Tide will face No. 14/14 Iowa State on Nov. 24 at 8:30 p.m. CT in the second semifinal (Arizona State and Maryland play in the first semifinal). 

• The winner of the two semifinal games will play for the CBE Hall of Fame championship on Nov. 25 at 8:30 p.m., with the consolation game taking playing at 6 p.m.

• About the event: The CBE Hall of Fame Classic is named after the College Basketball Experience, the award-winning and highly interactive college basketball fan facility adjacent to Sprint Center, which also features the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame. The National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame hosts an Induction Celebration on the Sunday before the tournament, celebrating Hall of Fame collegiate careers.  The tournament, in partnership with the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC), was initially established in 2001 as the Guardians Classic. 

 

OH CAPTAIN, MY CAPTAIN

• For the first time in the Anthony Grant era, the Crimson Tide has elected a captain in senior guard Levi Randolph.

• Prior to the start of the season, Randolph's teammates unanimously voted the Madison, Ala., native as the team captain.

• Randolph is the first Alabama men's basketball player to be named captain since Alonzo Gee was the captain of the 2008-09 team.

 

20-POINT GAMES IN THE SEC

• Alabama has the distinction of leading the SEC in a unique category, as play begins in the 2014-15 season

• The Tide boasts six players on this year's roster who have scored 20 or more points in a game in their career (Rodney Cooper, Shannon Hale, Michael Kessens, Retin Obasohan, Levi Randolph and Ricky Tarrant).

• That number is tied for the SEC lead with Ole Miss, while Arkansas and Texas A&M are second in the league with five players who have achieved the feat.

 

NEW FACES AND NEW PLACES

• Alabama welcomes four freshmen to this year's team. The Tide's 2014 recruiting class was ranked as high as No. 21 in the nation. Guards Justin Coleman (Birmingham, Ala./Wenonah HS), Devin Mitchell (Suwanee, Ga./Fort Collins HS) and Riley Norris (Albertville, Ala./Albertville HS) are rated as top-100 recruits nationally and slated to join the Crimson Tide on the court for the 2014-15 season. UA also signed forward Jeff Garrett (Gadsden, Ala./Oldsmar [Fla.] Christian School) during the late signing period.

• Alabama also welcomes junior guard Ricky Tarrant and sophomore forward Michael Kessens to this year's lineup. Both players transferred to Alabama and sat out the 2013-14 season due to NCAA rules. Tarrant scored over 1,000 points in his two seasons at Tulane and averaged 15.3 points. 3.4 assists and 1.5 steals a game during his career. Meanwhile, Kessens averaged 13.7 points, 8.8 rebounds and 1.4 assists per game, while shooting 54 percent from the floor as a true freshman at Longwood University in 2012-13.

 

ALABAMA SIGNS THREE DURING EARLY SIGNING PERIOD

• Head coach Anthony Grant announced that three players have signed during the early signing period, as small forward Brandon Austin (Montgomery, Ala./Carver HS), power forward Donta' Hall (Luverne, Ala./Luverne HS) and combo guard Dazon Ingram (Theodore, Ala./Theodore HS) have all signed to continue their basketball careers at the University of Alabama.



• Austin is a 6-5, 180-pound small forward who plays under head coach and former Alabama basketball player J.J. Jackson at Carver-Montgomery High School. Austin averaged 15 points, seven rebounds and four assists a game during his junior season. This past summer, Austin was invited to the 2014 Alabama High School Athletic Association North-South All-Star game where he was named the most valuable player of the South Team after scoring a game-high 15 points.

• Hall will come to Alabama after a standout career at Luverne High School under head coach Richard Dorsey. During his junior season, the 6-8, 205-pound power forward averaged 11.7 points, 10.1 rebounds and 6.7 blocks per game. Last season, he led his team to a 25-3 overall record and a state runner-up finish. Hall is a two-time ASWA all-state honoree, including first-team all-state accolades in 2014.

• Ingram, a 6-5, 180-pound combo guard, averaged 20 points, 10 rebounds and six assists per game last season for head coach Phillip Roebling at Theodore High School. Ingram was tabbed to the Alabama Sportswriters Association (ASWA) 6A First Team All-State and was named the Mobile Press Register's 2014 Coastal Alabama Player of the Year.

• With the three signees all hailing from the state of Alabama, the Tide continues to have a stronghold on the state's top prep basketball players. Hall is ranked as the No. 1 prospect in the state of Alabama, which marks the third consecutive year the top boys basketball player has come to the Capstone (Jimmie Taylor was ranked No. 1 in 2013 and Justin Coleman was No. 1 in 2014). In addition to signing the state's top-ranked recruits, current Alabama player Riley Norris was ranked No. 3 in the state as a high school senior last year, while Ingram and Austin are rated by many outlets as two of the top three players from Alabama in this year's signing class.

 

ALABAMA BASKETBALL TIDBITS

• Alabama ranked among the top 10 percent of all Division I men's hoops programs in the NCAA Academic Progress Report (APR).

• Since 2000, Alabama has graduated 42 of 43 men's  basketball seniors (97 percent).

• Last season, Alabama ranked fifth in the SEC in average attendance (10,754).

• Over the last four years, Anthony Grant teams boast a record of 61-11 (.847) when playing at Coleman Coliseum.

• Since his arrival, Alabama owns a home record of  34-8 (.810) against SEC competition, including a 30-4 (.882) mark in the past five years alone.

 

ALABAMA MILESTONES TO WATCH

• Senior Levi Randolph comes into the season with 813 points in his career. He needs only 187 points to become the 47th player in program history to reach the 1,000-pont plateau.

• Similar to Randolph, senior guard Rodney Cooper is also nearing the 1,000-point milestone. He currently has 755 points and needs 245 points to achieve the feat.

• Cooper has played in 98 career games at Alabama. When the Tide takes the floor against Western Carolina on Nov. 17, it will mark the 100th game played in his career.

• Anthony Grant is one victory shy of winning his 100th game at Alabama.

 

HOME SWEET HOME

• Through his five seasons at UA, Grant has a record of 65-16 (.802) on Alabama's home floor. During the 2013-14 season, the Tide finished 13-4 at home and outscored teams by an average of 9.5 points a game (73.4-63.8).

• Since the start of the 2010-11 campaign, Grant has won 61 of the last 72 games played under the arched roof of Coleman Coliseum (61-11; .847).

• Overall, Alabama owns a record of 530-120 (.815) in the facility's 47th season of use.

• Grant also led UA to 24 straight home victories that spanned the final home game of the 2009-10 season through the beginning of the 2011-12 season.

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Nov. 13, 2014

 

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -  The Alabama men’s basketball team will play its first game of the 2014-15 regular season when it welcomes the Towson Tigers to Coleman Coliseum on Friday, Nov. 14, at 8 p.m. CT.

 

The contest marks the opening round of the 2014-15 CBE Hall of Fame Classic. The Tide will host Western Carolina on Monday as part of the event.

 

Friday night’s contest will be televised on SECN+ (WatchESPN.com), with Mick Gillispie (play-by-play) and Blake Thrasher (analyst) on the call. The game can also be heard on the Crimson Tide Sports Network, with Chris Stewart (play-by-play) and Bryan Passink (analyst) calling all the action. There will be live updates throughout the game available on Twitter @AlabamaMBB.

 

The series

Friday’s contest marks the second meeting between the Tide and Tigers. The only other time the two teams met on the hardwood came on Dec. 28, 1990, when Alabama captured a 71-52 victory over Towson in the Blue Angel Classic in Pensacola, Fla.

 

the coaches

Alabama head coach Anthony Grant begins his sixth season at the helm of the men’s basketball program. He owns a record of 99-71 (.582) during his time at the Capstone and is 175-96 (.646) in eight seasons as a head coach. Towson head coach Pat Skerry, who has guided the Tigers to 43 wins in the past two seasons alone, enters his fourth season as at Towson and owns a record of 44-55  (.444). Skerry owns a career record of 68-80 (.459) entering his sixth season as a head coach.

 

TONIGHT’s MATCH-UP

Alabama returns eight letterwinners, which includes a pair of transfers that sat out the 2013-14 season,  and four starters off last season’s team. The Tide finished a disappointing 13-19 a year ago, which included a 5-13 record in games decided by 10 or fewer points. Senior guards Levi Randolph (9.6 ppg, 3.8 rpg) and Rodney Cooper (7.5 ppg, 4.9 rpg) lead the list of returnees, along with sophomore Shannon Hale (8.8 ppg, 3.6 rpg) who was named to the All-SEC Freshman Team a year ago.

 

Towson returns two starters and five letterwinners from last season’s 25-11 (13-3 CAA) team. Junior guard Four McGlynn returns as the leading scorer from a year ago, after averaging 9.2 points per game, while also leading the squad in three-point shooting (40.8%). Junior forward Timajh Parker-Rivera started all 36 contests last season and averaged 6.2 ponts and 5.2 rebounds per contest.

 

Alabama set for 102nd Season of basketball in 2014-15

• Alabama is set to open its 102nd season of basketball in 2014-15.

• The Tide has an all-time record of 1,581-969-1 (.620), which includes 749-568 (.596) in SEC play.

• Alabama ranks second in the SEC in total wins and all-time winning percentage.

• UA has made 31 NCAA (19) or NIT (12) appearances and has won seven SEC regular-season titles and six SEC Tournament championships.

 

SCOUTING ALABAMA

• The Tide returns eight letterwinners and four starters from last season’s team. Included in the returnees are a pair of transfers who sat out the 2013-14 campaign in junior Ricky Tarrant and sophomore Michael Kessens. The Tide welcomes four freshmen on the 2014-15 squad.

• Senior guard Levi Randolph returns as the team’s leading scorer from a year ago, when he averaged 9.6 points per game. Over the final six games last season, Randolph was the team’s best player as he averaged 16.5 ppg, while shooting 48 percent from the floor and 44 percent from beyond the arc.

• Junior Retin Obasohan returns as the second-leading scorer (9.5 ppg) and is the leading retuner in steals (1.8 spg). Meanwhile, senior guard Rodney Cooper led the Tide with 4.9 rebounds per game, while also averaging 7.5 points and 1.8 assists per contest last season.

• Other top players from last season include sophomore forward Shannon Hale (8.8 ppg, 3.6 rpg and 35 percent from beyond the arc), who earned SEC All-Freshman honors last season, and Jimmie Taylor (3.0 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 1.3 bpg).

 

NEARING THE CENTURY MARK

• Head coach Anthony Grant is one win shy of earning his 100th victory at the helm of the Alabama program. He would become the seventh head coach in the 101-year history to earn 100 victories at UA.

• Grant has coached 170 total games since coming to Alabama (99-71) and is on pace to become the fifth-fastest head coach to reach 100 wins at Alabama.

• Below is a list in terms of the fastest Alabama head coach to reach the 100-win mark in his career:

 

Coach (Overall Record at UA)        Games Reach to 100 Wins

1. Wimp Sanderson (267-119)         150 games

2. Hank Crisp (264-133)    152 games

3. David Hobbs (110-76)   162 games

4. Mark Gottfried (216-138)               163 games

5. C.M. Newton (211-123) 176 games

6. Hayden Riley (102-104) 193 games

 

ALABAMA IN SEASON OPENERS

• Alabama has an all-time record of 80-21 in season-opening contests and enters the Towson game having won eight of its last 12 openers.

• Head coach Anthony Grant has a career record of 6-2 in the first game of the season (3-0 at VCU and 3-2 at Alabama) and is 18-3 overall in his coaching career as a head coach and assistant coach.

• UA has a record of 43-4 when playing its first home game of the season at Coleman Coliseum. That number dates back to the first-ever game played at the venue, which opened on Feb. 1, 1968 (won 86-65 vs. Samford). The four losses have come against Cornell in 2009, Mercer in 2008, Chattanooga in 1993 and La Salle in 1979.

 

ABOUT THE CBE HALL OF FAME CLASSIC

• Friday’s game between Alabama and Towson marks the first contest in the 2014 CBE Hall of Fame Classic. The Tide will host a pair of games at Coleman Coliseum as part of this year’s event.

• Following the game against the Tigers, Alabama will welcome Western Carolina to the Capstone on Monday at 8 p.m. in the second round of the event.

• Alabama will travel to Kansas City, Mo., for the CBE Hall of Fame semifinals where the Tide will face No. 14/14 Iowa State on Nov. 24 at 8:30 p.m. CT in the second semifinal (Arizona State and Maryland play in the first semifinal). 

• The winner of the two semifinal games will play for the CBE Hall of Fame championship on Nov. 25 at 8:30 p.m., with the consolation game taking playing at 6 p.m.

• About the event: The CBE Hall of Fame Classic is named after the College Basketball Experience, the award-winning and highly interactive college basketball fan facility adjacent to Sprint Center, which also features the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame. The National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame hosts an Induction Celebration on the Sunday before the tournament, celebrating Hall of Fame collegiate careers.  The tournament, in partnership with the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC), was initially established in 2001 as the Guardians Classic. 

 

OH CAPTAIN, MY CAPTAIN

• For the first time in the Anthony Grant era, the Crimson Tide has elected a captain in senior guard Levi Randolph.

• Prior to the start of the season, Randolph’s teammates unanimously voted the Madison, Ala., native as the team captain.

• Randolph is the first Alabama men’s basketball player to be named captain since Alonzo Gee was the captain of the 2008-09 team.

 

20-POINT GAMES IN THE SEC

• Alabama has the distinction of leading the SEC in a unique category, as play begins in the 2014-15 season

• The Tide boasts six players on this year’s roster who have scored 20 or more points in a game in their career (Rodney Cooper, Shannon Hale, Michael Kessens, Retin Obasohan, Levi Randolph and Ricky Tarrant).

• That number is tied for the SEC lead with Ole Miss, while Arkansas and Texas A&M are second in the league with five players who have achieved the feat.

 

NEW FACES AND NEW PLACES

• Alabama welcomes four freshmen to this year’s team. The Tide’s 2014 recruiting class was ranked as high as No. 21 in the nation. Guards Justin Coleman (Birmingham, Ala./Wenonah HS), Devin Mitchell (Suwanee, Ga./Fort Collins HS) and Riley Norris (Albertville, Ala./Albertville HS) are rated as top-100 recruits nationally and slated to join the Crimson Tide on the court for the 2014-15 season. UA also signed forward Jeff Garrett (Gadsden, Ala./Oldsmar [Fla.] Christian School) during the late signing period.

• Alabama also welcomes junior guard Ricky Tarrant and sophomore forward Michael Kessens to this year’s lineup. Both players transferred to Alabama and sat out the 2013-14 season due to NCAA rules. Tarrant scored over 1,000 points in his two seasons at Tulane and averaged 15.3 points. 3.4 assists and 1.5 steals a game during his career. Meanwhile, Kessens averaged 13.7 points, 8.8 rebounds and 1.4 assists per game, while shooting 54 percent from the floor as a true freshman at Longwood University in 2012-13.

 

ALABAMA SIGNS THREE DURING EARLY SIGNING PERIOD

• Head coach Anthony Grant announced that three players have signed during the early signing period, as small forward Brandon Austin (Montgomery, Ala./Carver HS), power forward Donta’ Hall (Luverne, Ala./Luverne HS) and combo guard Dazon Ingram (Theodore, Ala./Theodore HS) have all signed to continue their basketball careers at the University of Alabama.





• Austin is a 6-5, 180-pound small forward who plays under head coach and former Alabama basketball player J.J. Jackson at Carver-Montgomery High School. Austin averaged 15 points, seven rebounds and four assists a game during his junior season. This past summer, Austin was invited to the 2014 Alabama High School Athletic Association North-South All-Star game where he was named the most valuable player of the South Team after scoring a game-high 15 points.

• Hall will come to Alabama after a standout career at Luverne High School under head coach Richard Dorsey. During his junior season, the 6-8, 205-pound power forward averaged 11.7 points, 10.1 rebounds and 6.7 blocks per game. Last season, he led his team to a 25-3 overall record and a state runner-up finish. Hall is a two-time ASWA all-state honoree, including first-team all-state accolades in 2014.

• Ingram, a 6-5, 180-pound combo guard, averaged 20 points, 10 rebounds and six assists per game last season for head coach Phillip Roebling at Theodore High School. Ingram was tabbed to the Alabama Sportswriters Association (ASWA) 6A First Team All-State and was named the Mobile Press Register’s 2014 Coastal Alabama Player of the Year.

• With the three signees all hailing from the state of Alabama, the Tide continues to have a stronghold on the state’s top prep basketball players. Hall is ranked as the No. 1 prospect in the state of Alabama, which marks the third consecutive year the top boys basketball player has come to the Capstone (Jimmie Taylor was ranked No. 1 in 2013 and Justin Coleman was No. 1 in 2014). In addition to signing the state’s top-ranked recruits, current Alabama player Riley Norris was ranked No. 3 in the state as a high school senior last year, while Ingram and Austin are rated by many outlets as two of the top three players from Alabama in this year’s signing class.

 

ALABAMA BASKETBALL TIDBITS

• Alabama ranked among the top 10 percent of all Division I men’s hoops programs in the NCAA Academic Progress Report (APR).

• Since 2000, Alabama has graduated 42 of 43 men’s  basketball seniors (97 percent).

• Last season, Alabama ranked fifth in the SEC in average attendance (10,754).

• Over the last four years, Anthony Grant teams boast a record of 61-11 (.847) when playing at Coleman Coliseum.

• Since his arrival, Alabama owns a home record of  34-8 (.810) against SEC competition, including a 30-4 (.882) mark in the past five years alone.

 

ALABAMA MILESTONES TO WATCH

• Senior Levi Randolph comes into the season with 813 points in his career. He needs only 187 points to become the 47th player in program history to reach the 1,000-pont plateau.

• Similar to Randolph, senior guard Rodney Cooper is also nearing the 1,000-point milestone. He currently has 755 points and needs 245 points to achieve the feat.

• Cooper has played in 98 career games at Alabama. When the Tide takes the floor against Western Carolina on Nov. 17, it will mark the 100th game played in his career.

• Anthony Grant is one victory shy of winning his 100th game at Alabama.

 

HOME SWEET HOME

• Through his five seasons at UA, Grant has a record of 65-16 (.802) on Alabama’s home floor. During the 2013-14 season, the Tide finished 13-4 at home and outscored teams by an average of 9.5 points a game (73.4-63.8).

• Since the start of the 2010-11 campaign, Grant has won 61 of the last 72 games played under the arched roof of Coleman Coliseum (61-11; .847).

• Overall, Alabama owns a record of 530-120 (.815) in the facility’s 47th season of use.

• Grant also led UA to 24 straight home victories that spanned the final home game of the 2009-10 season through the beginning of the 2011-12 season.


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Alabama Football: How Tide Can Stop Dak Prescott http://www.crimsontidezone.com/alabama-football-how-tide-can-stop-dak-prescott-79049/ http://www.crimsontidezone.com/alabama-football-how-tide-can-stop-dak-prescott-79049/#comments Thu, 13 Nov 2014 19:49:30 +0000 http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2266712-alabama-football-how-tide-can-stop-dak-prescott TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — If Alabama is looking for a blueprint in stopping Dak Prescott and Mississippi State, Nick Saban and defensive coordinator Kirby Smart only have to flip through their game plans from a few years back.

In 2009, it faced the mighty Florida Gators in the SEC Championship Game, an Atlanta re-match of the year before. That team featured a Heisman-worthy quarterback who, up to that year, had been coached by Dan Mullen, then the offensive coordinator of the Gators and now the head coach at Mississippi State.

It was a similar style of quarterback and play, and the Crimson Tide held Florida to just 13 points in a route that propelled Alabama to its first national title under Saban.

Prescott will likely be the biggest individual threat Alabama faces this year. He’s drawing a lot of comparisons to Tim Tebow for his playing style and what he’s doing for the Bulldogs.

“Just an all-around athlete,” Alabama cornerback Cyrus Jones said. “A big guy who can run and has a great arm. Manages that offense well. It's going to be a challenge for us as a defense. But I think with our preparation we'll be ready."

He’s a Heisman front-runner who compares well to some previous Heisman winners, as Mississippi State is happy to point out.

Second page of Mississippi State's game notes. Wonder what they're trying to say... pic.twitter.com/UdSU295kBP

— Marc Torrence (@marctorrence) November 10, 2014

Prescott could add another similarity among him and two of those other Heisman winners. Both Johnny Manziel and Cam Newton came into Bryant-Denny Stadium and beat Alabama, sending their campaigns into high gear.

So how can Alabama stop Prescott?

The Crimson Tide have a few ideas, and they’re similar to what happened in the Georgia Dome five years ago.

 

Contain, contain, contain

Prescott has had a lot of success because of his ability to make plays with his feet as well as his arm.

He showed off that ability early in the season against LSU.

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The challenge for Alabama will be keeping him in check as much as possible, especially in passing situations. That starts up front.

“It's pushing the pocket and making the quarterback throw in the pocket when you press the pocket up against him so he can't step up and attack the middle of the field or step up and run,” Saban said. “We have to do a better job of being very disciplined in what we do up front in terms of how we rush pass rush lanes and how we push the pocket.

“[We have to] not be so worried about, 'I want to sack the quarterback so I'm going to lose contain or I'm going to be pushed by the quarterback and now he has alleys and lanes to scramble.' Those are the critical things I think we need to do as a front so that we have really good control of the pass rush lanes and pushing the pocket.”

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There can be a temptation, though, to abandon the pass too early, which is when defensive backs can easily get beat.

“If he gets through the line of scrimmage, we sometimes have our backs turned or are covering way down field,” safety Landon Collins said. “They can get 15 or 20 yards on a quarterback run, especially if he's a quick quarterback. It could be detrimental especially if we're in a third-down situation and they just take off and run.”

 

Force bad throws

This could be a key to every game against any quarterback, but it’s especially important when facing one where there is such a small margin of error.

Prescott certainly qualifies there.

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He’s seventh in the country in quarterback rating (158.49) and tied for fifth in yards per attempt (9.3). While he gets a lot of attention for his big plays on the ground, he’s just as—if not more—effective through the air.

“I think he’s one of the best passing quarterbacks that we’ve played against all year,” Saban said. “He’s probably one of the best in the country. It’s a difficult combination when you have a guy who is big, physical and has the ability to run the ball on quarterback runs, which creates another gap. … He has the ability to really effectively, and efficiently, pass the football, down the field, short, and really take advantage of the very thing that you do to try and stop him as a runner.”

One of the most memorable plays for Alabama in that 2009 SEC Championship was Javier Arenas’ interception of Tebow late, which effectively sealed the win.

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Arenas made an athletic play to close a window Tebow thought was there to thread a touchdown over the top.

It was just Tebow’s fifth interception of the season. Prescott right now only has seven. Those kinds of plays will be the difference on Saturday.

 

Discipline

To be able to capitalize on the two previous points, it’s going to take discipline from Alabama’s defenders—a trust in teammates that they’ll have your back while you’re doing your job.

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It could be tempting, for example, for a safety like Collins to be focused so much on stopping his running threat that he loses his man in the secondary, which could lead to a big play through the air.

“In the secondary, it's your job to play the pass first,” Collins said. “You got to look at your man and not look at the wrong things. And be ready if he runs to be there in run support and help the linebackers out. You definitely have to play your responsibility first and worry about the run second.”

There’s a trickle-down effect across the entire defense. The defensive line can’t over-pursue, as Saban mentioned, trying to make a big play and in turn give him a running lane. Linebackers need to play their assignments in the open field.

“It’s tough,” linebacker Reggie Ragland said. “You’ve got to read your keys and make sure everyone up front does his job. If you do that, you’ll be successful.”

 

Marc Torrence is the Alabama Lead Writer for Bleacher Report. All quotes were obtained firsthand unless otherwise noted. All stats come from cfbstats.

Follow on Twitter @marctorrence.

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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — If Alabama is looking for a blueprint in stopping Dak Prescott and Mississippi State, Nick Saban and defensive coordinator Kirby Smart only have to flip through their game plans from a few years back.

In 2009, it faced the mighty Florida Gators in the SEC Championship Game, an Atlanta re-match of the year before. That team featured a Heisman-worthy quarterback who, up to that year, had been coached by Dan Mullen, then the offensive coordinator of the Gators and now the head coach at Mississippi State.

It was a similar style of quarterback and play, and the Crimson Tide held Florida to just 13 points in a route that propelled Alabama to its first national title under Saban.

Prescott will likely be the biggest individual threat Alabama faces this year. He’s drawing a lot of comparisons to Tim Tebow for his playing style and what he’s doing for the Bulldogs.

“Just an all-around athlete,” Alabama cornerback Cyrus Jones said. “A big guy who can run and has a great arm. Manages that offense well. It’s going to be a challenge for us as a defense. But I think with our preparation we’ll be ready.”

He’s a Heisman front-runner who compares well to some previous Heisman winners, as Mississippi State is happy to point out.

Prescott could add another similarity among him and two of those other Heisman winners. Both Johnny Manziel and Cam Newton came into Bryant-Denny Stadium and beat Alabama, sending their campaigns into high gear.

So how can Alabama stop Prescott?

The Crimson Tide have a few ideas, and they’re similar to what happened in the Georgia Dome five years ago.

 

Contain, contain, contain

Prescott has had a lot of success because of his ability to make plays with his feet as well as his arm.

He showed off that ability early in the season against LSU.

The challenge for Alabama will be keeping him in check as much as possible, especially in passing situations. That starts up front.

“It’s pushing the pocket and making the quarterback throw in the pocket when you press the pocket up against him so he can’t step up and attack the middle of the field or step up and run,” Saban said. “We have to do a better job of being very disciplined in what we do up front in terms of how we rush pass rush lanes and how we push the pocket.

“[We have to] not be so worried about, ‘I want to sack the quarterback so I’m going to lose contain or I’m going to be pushed by the quarterback and now he has alleys and lanes to scramble.’ Those are the critical things I think we need to do as a front so that we have really good control of the pass rush lanes and pushing the pocket.”


USA TODAY Sports

There can be a temptation, though, to abandon the pass too early, which is when defensive backs can easily get beat.

“If he gets through the line of scrimmage, we sometimes have our backs turned or are covering way down field,” safety Landon Collins said. “They can get 15 or 20 yards on a quarterback run, especially if he’s a quick quarterback. It could be detrimental especially if we’re in a third-down situation and they just take off and run.”

 

Force bad throws

This could be a key to every game against any quarterback, but it’s especially important when facing one where there is such a small margin of error.

Prescott certainly qualifies there.


Andy Lyons/Getty Images

He’s seventh in the country in quarterback rating (158.49) and tied for fifth in yards per attempt (9.3). While he gets a lot of attention for his big plays on the ground, he’s just as—if not more—effective through the air.

“I think he’s one of the best passing quarterbacks that we’ve played against all year,” Saban said. “He’s probably one of the best in the country. It’s a difficult combination when you have a guy who is big, physical and has the ability to run the ball on quarterback runs, which creates another gap. … He has the ability to really effectively, and efficiently, pass the football, down the field, short, and really take advantage of the very thing that you do to try and stop him as a runner.”

One of the most memorable plays for Alabama in that 2009 SEC Championship was Javier Arenas’ interception of Tebow late, which effectively sealed the win.

Arenas made an athletic play to close a window Tebow thought was there to thread a touchdown over the top.

It was just Tebow’s fifth interception of the season. Prescott right now only has seven. Those kinds of plays will be the difference on Saturday.

 

Discipline

To be able to capitalize on the two previous points, it’s going to take discipline from Alabama’s defenders—a trust in teammates that they’ll have your back while you’re doing your job.


USA TODAY Sports

It could be tempting, for example, for a safety like Collins to be focused so much on stopping his running threat that he loses his man in the secondary, which could lead to a big play through the air.

“In the secondary, it’s your job to play the pass first,” Collins said. “You got to look at your man and not look at the wrong things. And be ready if he runs to be there in run support and help the linebackers out. You definitely have to play your responsibility first and worry about the run second.”

There’s a trickle-down effect across the entire defense. The defensive line can’t over-pursue, as Saban mentioned, trying to make a big play and in turn give him a running lane. Linebackers need to play their assignments in the open field.

“It’s tough,” linebacker Reggie Ragland said. “You’ve got to read your keys and make sure everyone up front does his job. If you do that, you’ll be successful.”

 

Marc Torrence is the Alabama Lead Writer for Bleacher Report. All quotes were obtained firsthand unless otherwise noted. All stats come from cfbstats.

Follow on Twitter @marctorrence.

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W. Volleyball. Rivers’ Journey of Success, Survival http://www.crimsontidezone.com/w-volleyball-rivers-journey-of-success-survival-79037/ http://www.crimsontidezone.com/w-volleyball-rivers-journey-of-success-survival-79037/#comments Thu, 13 Nov 2014 19:21:00 +0000 http://onlyfans.cstv.com/schools/alab/sports/w-volley/spec-rel/111314aaa.html
Nov. 13, 2014

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -Redshirt sophomore Krystal Rivers has always been a fighter. She has fought against the odds her entire life, overcoming life-threatening physical issues to become one of the most talented volleyball players in Alabama history.

Her latest fight came last January, when she was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. SEC Network’s Maria Taylor recently traveled to Tuscaloosa to hear Rivers’ story and find out what makes her one of the most special student-athletes on campus.



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W. Golf. Women’s Golf Signs Cheyenne Knight to National Letter of Intent http://www.crimsontidezone.com/w-golf-womens-golf-signs-cheyenne-knight-to-national-letter-of-intent-79039/ http://www.crimsontidezone.com/w-golf-womens-golf-signs-cheyenne-knight-to-national-letter-of-intent-79039/#comments Thu, 13 Nov 2014 19:00:00 +0000 http://onlyfans.cstv.com/schools/alab/sports/w-golf/spec-rel/111314aab.html Nov. 13, 2014

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Alabama women's golf head coach Mic Potter signed Cheyenne Knight, one of the country’s top junior golfers, to a national letter of intent Thursday.

“I am proud and excited that Cheyenne Knight has decided to join our Crimson Tide Women’s Golf family," head coach Mic Potter said.

Knight, hailing from Aledo, Texas, plays for Aledo High School. She won the 2014 Texas 4A state golf individual title by shooting 144 over two rounds.

Ranked as the 24th-best golfer in the nation for the class of 2015 by Golfweek, Knight is a Rolex Junior All-American. Following her win in the Texas 4A State Tournament, she was named to the USA Today All-USA Girls Golf Team.

"Cheyenne is a tremendous player that will have an immediate impact on our program," Potter said. "More importantly though, she is an outstanding young lady, and will fit in well with our team and the values we hold dear. Cheyenne is passionate about her golf game, and the University of Alabama, and you can’t ask for more than that as a coach."

Knight finished 38th during stroke play at the 2014 USGA Girls' Junior Championship with a two-round total of 148 (+7). She advanced to the round of 64 during match play. She won the 2014 American Junior Golf Association's Valero Texas Open at 4-under 212, while she tied for fifth at the Rolex Girls Junior Championship at The Country Club of Rochester (N.Y.).

Get all the latest information on the team by following @AlabamaWGolf, on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. General athletic news can also be found at UA_Athletics on Twitter and Instagram and AlabamaAthletics on Facebook.



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Nov. 13, 2014

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Alabama women’s golf head coach Mic Potter signed Cheyenne Knight, one of the country’s top junior golfers, to a national letter of intent Thursday.

“I am proud and excited that Cheyenne Knight has decided to join our Crimson Tide Women’s Golf family,” head coach Mic Potter said.

Knight, hailing from Aledo, Texas, plays for Aledo High School. She won the 2014 Texas 4A state golf individual title by shooting 144 over two rounds.

Ranked as the 24th-best golfer in the nation for the class of 2015 by Golfweek, Knight is a Rolex Junior All-American. Following her win in the Texas 4A State Tournament, she was named to the USA Today All-USA Girls Golf Team.

“Cheyenne is a tremendous player that will have an immediate impact on our program,” Potter said. “More importantly though, she is an outstanding young lady, and will fit in well with our team and the values we hold dear. Cheyenne is passionate about her golf game, and the University of Alabama, and you can’t ask for more than that as a coach.”

Knight finished 38th during stroke play at the 2014 USGA Girls’ Junior Championship with a two-round total of 148 (+7). She advanced to the round of 64 during match play. She won the 2014 American Junior Golf Association’s Valero Texas Open at 4-under 212, while she tied for fifth at the Rolex Girls Junior Championship at The Country Club of Rochester (N.Y.).

Get all the latest information on the team by following @AlabamaWGolf, on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. General athletic news can also be found at UA_Athletics on Twitter and Instagram and AlabamaAthletics on Facebook.





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Baseball. Alabama Baseball Announces Schedule for 2015 http://www.crimsontidezone.com/baseball-alabama-baseball-announces-schedule-for-2015-79041/ http://www.crimsontidezone.com/baseball-alabama-baseball-announces-schedule-for-2015-79041/#comments Thu, 13 Nov 2014 18:52:00 +0000 http://onlyfans.cstv.com/schools/alab/sports/m-basebl/spec-rel/111314aaa.html Nov. 13, 2014

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. ­- University of Alabama head baseball coach Mitch Gaspard announced Tuesday the schedule for the 2015 Crimson Tide season. UA will play a full slate of 56 games, which includes 31 at the Hoover Metropolitan Stadium.

 

Due to the current construction going on at Sewell-Thomas Stadium, Alabama will be hosting its home games at various spots in 2015, including Mobile, Montgomery and a majority of the season's home games in Hoover.

 

The schedule begins at home in the Met on Friday, Feb. 13, with a three-game series against the University of Maryland - East Shore and concludes with a three-game, home SEC battle against 2014 NCAA Champion Vanderbilt, beginning Thursday, May 14.

 

Alabama is coming off a 37-24 season that saw the Tide fall one game short of advancing to Super Regionals. Last season, Alabama made its 24th appearance, and fourth in the last five years, in an NCAA Regional, eventually losing in a decisive third game versus Kennesaw State in Tallahassee.

 

The Tide will open 2015 with three home games against the University of Maryland - Eastern Shore, from Feb. 13-15. Alabama will then take on Houston in a three-game weekend series from Feb. 20-22 before playing five consecutive home games, including a doubleheader against Savannah State (Feb. 24) and a three-game set with Louisiana-Lafayette (Feb. 27-March 1).

 

Alabama will once again face off with rival Auburn in a non-conference game at Riverwalk Stadium in Montgomery for the Capital City Classic on Tuesday, March 3. The Tide will continue barnstorming across Alabama, leaving Montgomery and heading to Mobile to take on Lipscomb at Hank Aaron Stadium, the home of the Double-A Mobile BayBears, from Friday, March 6 until Sunday March 8.

 

On Friday, March 13, Alabama will begin SEC play on the road, squaring off with Mississippi State from March 13-15. After a quick break from conference play, Alabama will host its first SEC home series at the Met, taking on Texas A&M from Friday, March 20 until Sunday March 22.

 

Alabama will host a total of five SEC home series in Hoover this season, including weekend billings against Texas A&M, LSU (April 2-4), Georgia (April 10-13), Arkansas (April 30-May 2) and Vanderbilt (May 14-16).

 

The Tide will hit the road for five conference road series that include Mississippi State, Florida (March 26-28), Missouri (April 17-19), Ole Miss (April 24-26) and Auburn (May 8-10).

 

To complete its schedule, Alabama will play in three non-conference weekend series, three doubleheaders, two games against UAB and single games against four out-of-conference opponents. The Tide will face off with Houston (Feb. 20-22), Louisiana-Lafayette and Lipscomb in three-game weekend series. Alabama will also host doubleheaders against Savannah State, Alabama A&M (March 10) and Mississippi Valley State (April 21). The Tide and UAB will square off twice, first on March 31 at Regions Park and then again on April 14 at the Hoover Met. Finally, Alabama's schedule is spotted with single games against South Alabama (March 24), Samford (April 7), Southern Miss (April 28) and Mercer (May 12).

 

For the 2015 billing, Alabama will not have regular-season SEC contests with Kentucky, South Carolina and Tennessee.

 

The SEC Baseball Tournament will once again be held in Hoover, Ala., at the Met. The 10-team tournament will begin on Tuesday, May 19, and run through Sunday, May 24.

 

Fans wishing to purchase tickets for Alabama home games can contact the Alabama Ticket Office at www.RollTide.com, by calling 205-348-2262 or in person at the TIDE PRIDE/Ticket Office located inside Coleman Coliseum.

 

Get all the latest information on the team by following AlabamaBSB on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. General athletic news can also be found at UA_Athletics on Twitter and Instagram and AlabamaAthletics on Facebook.



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Nov. 13, 2014

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. ­- University of Alabama head baseball coach Mitch Gaspard announced Tuesday the schedule for the 2015 Crimson Tide season. UA will play a full slate of 56 games, which includes 31 at the Hoover Metropolitan Stadium.

 

Due to the current construction going on at Sewell-Thomas Stadium, Alabama will be hosting its home games at various spots in 2015, including Mobile, Montgomery and a majority of the season’s home games in Hoover.

 

The schedule begins at home in the Met on Friday, Feb. 13, with a three-game series against the University of Maryland – East Shore and concludes with a three-game, home SEC battle against 2014 NCAA Champion Vanderbilt, beginning Thursday, May 14.

 

Alabama is coming off a 37-24 season that saw the Tide fall one game short of advancing to Super Regionals. Last season, Alabama made its 24th appearance, and fourth in the last five years, in an NCAA Regional, eventually losing in a decisive third game versus Kennesaw State in Tallahassee.

 

The Tide will open 2015 with three home games against the University of Maryland – Eastern Shore, from Feb. 13-15. Alabama will then take on Houston in a three-game weekend series from Feb. 20-22 before playing five consecutive home games, including a doubleheader against Savannah State (Feb. 24) and a three-game set with Louisiana-Lafayette (Feb. 27-March 1).

 

Alabama will once again face off with rival Auburn in a non-conference game at Riverwalk Stadium in Montgomery for the Capital City Classic on Tuesday, March 3. The Tide will continue barnstorming across Alabama, leaving Montgomery and heading to Mobile to take on Lipscomb at Hank Aaron Stadium, the home of the Double-A Mobile BayBears, from Friday, March 6 until Sunday March 8.

 

On Friday, March 13, Alabama will begin SEC play on the road, squaring off with Mississippi State from March 13-15. After a quick break from conference play, Alabama will host its first SEC home series at the Met, taking on Texas A&M from Friday, March 20 until Sunday March 22.

 

Alabama will host a total of five SEC home series in Hoover this season, including weekend billings against Texas A&M, LSU (April 2-4), Georgia (April 10-13), Arkansas (April 30-May 2) and Vanderbilt (May 14-16).

 

The Tide will hit the road for five conference road series that include Mississippi State, Florida (March 26-28), Missouri (April 17-19), Ole Miss (April 24-26) and Auburn (May 8-10).

 

To complete its schedule, Alabama will play in three non-conference weekend series, three doubleheaders, two games against UAB and single games against four out-of-conference opponents. The Tide will face off with Houston (Feb. 20-22), Louisiana-Lafayette and Lipscomb in three-game weekend series. Alabama will also host doubleheaders against Savannah State, Alabama A&M (March 10) and Mississippi Valley State (April 21). The Tide and UAB will square off twice, first on March 31 at Regions Park and then again on April 14 at the Hoover Met. Finally, Alabama’s schedule is spotted with single games against South Alabama (March 24), Samford (April 7), Southern Miss (April 28) and Mercer (May 12).

 

For the 2015 billing, Alabama will not have regular-season SEC contests with Kentucky, South Carolina and Tennessee.

 

The SEC Baseball Tournament will once again be held in Hoover, Ala., at the Met. The 10-team tournament will begin on Tuesday, May 19, and run through Sunday, May 24.

 

Fans wishing to purchase tickets for Alabama home games can contact the Alabama Ticket Office at www.RollTide.com, by calling 205-348-2262 or in person at the TIDE PRIDE/Ticket Office located inside Coleman Coliseum.

 

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