Alabama, Oregon reportedly to play 2-year series … in basketball – AL.com
It’s the match up everyone’s wanted, just not the right sport.
Alabama and Oregon will be begin a two-year deal next season, CBSSports.com reported, but in basketball not football. The home-and-home series will begin in Tuscaloosa next season, according to Jon Rothstein. An Alabama spokesman could not confirm the matchup when contacted Thursday afternoon.
Alabama’s non-conference schedule is a few weeks away from being released. It had several holes entering the process since it completed several two-game deals last season.
The Crimson Tide and Ducks have met twice in the past with both teams taking one game. Alabama won the 2003 meeting 87-86 while Oregon took the 2009 game 92-69.
The Ducks went 26-10 last season and were a No. 8 seed in the NCAA tournament. They lost in the Round of 32 to eventual national runner-up Wisconsin, 72-65.
New coach Avery Johnson explained his scheduling thoughts last month during the Crimson Caravan. Challenging non-conference games have positives and negatives.
“It’s important, but again, this is our first year,” Johnson said. “I don’t know if we’re ready to play the teams that are ranked first, second and third in the preseason whenever that comes out. But we have to have a competitive schedule but at the same time we have some bye-game situations that we’re going to play some teams that we should have a lot of success against.
“We have a lot of young players. We have a lot of young players and obviously everybody is new so we don’t want to jump out there in the deep water and try to bite off something that’s too much for us to chew on, especially in this first year.”