Alabama Men’s Basketball Will Open Practice to Fans on August 2
Alabama men’s basketball head coach Avery Johnson announced that his team will host an open practice for the public from 6-7 p.m. CT on Wednesday, Aug. 2, at Coleman Coliseum. The 2017-18 Crimson Tide squad will be making final preparations for its eight-day, three-game trip to Canada, which will begin on Friday, Aug. 4.
Fans will be allowed to enter through the main entrance to Coleman Coliseum and can sit anywhere throughout the building to watch the team practice. Coach Johnson will be mic’d up during the hour-long session and will also hold and question and answer session following practice.
Further details and promotions surrounding the event will be announced at a later time.
Alabama, which is ranked No. 22 in the nation in USA Today's preseason top-25 poll, welcomes back four starters and seven letterwinners from last season's team that reached the National Invitation Tournament. The Tide returns 74 percent of its total scoring output, 58 percent of its rebounding and 77 percent of its assist totals from a year ago.
In addition to the returning firepower, Johnson welcomes a heralded signing class, ranked as high as No. 5 nationally, that will be on full display for the first time when the team takes the floor in Canada. Furthermore, 6-11, 240-pound forward/center Daniel Giddens, who sat out last season after transferring to the Capstone from Ohio State, is allowed to suit up for the Tide this season.
Alabama will play a total of three games against three Canadian Universities throughout its time in Montreal and Ottawa. The first game will be played on Aug. 7 against McGill University at 7 p.m. ET (6 p.m. CT) in Montreal. The Tide will then play a pair of games in Ottawa, beginning with a contest on Aug. 9 at Carleton University at 7 p.m. ET (6 p.m. CT) followed by facing the University of Ottawa on Aug. 10 at 6:30 p.m. ET (5:30 p.m. CT).
Deposits for 2017-18 men’s basketball season tickets are currently being accepted by The University of Alabama TIDE PRIDE/Ticket Office. Fans can click HERE for more information or to make their deposit today.