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Alabama Men's Basketball Faces No. 4/4 Purdue in Toronto in the Hall of Fame Series

USCALOOSA, Ala. – The Alabama men's basketball team will travel to Toronto, Canada, to face No. 4/4 Purdue in the Hall of Fame Toronto Series, Saturday at the Coca-Cola Coliseum.

The Crimson Tide’s (6-2) matchup against the Boilermakers (8-1) is the first of three straight matchups where Alabama will face a top-10 opponent in No. 4 Purdue, at No. 10 Creighton and vs. No. 1 Arizona (Phoenix, Ariz.).

Alabama continues to have one of the best offenses in the country, as the Tide ranks No. 2 in the country, according to KenPom. Alabama has scored 753 points (94.1 ppg), which ranks No. 2 in the country and the most in program history through the first eight games of the season, surpassing the 2000-01 team (708 points).

The Broadcast

Saturday’s game is set for a 12:30 p.m. CT tipoff and will be aired on the FOX with Jason Benetti (play-by-play) and Robbie Hummel (analyst) on the call.

The radio broadcast can be heard on the Crimson Tide Sports Network with Roger Hoover (play-by-play) and Bryan Passink (analyst) on the call, while Tom Stipe (engineer) is turning the dials. The pregame show will begin one hour prior to tipoff.

Notes You Need To Know

  • Alabama head coach Nate Oats is 15-16 against AP Top-25 opponents and 5-4 against Top-10 opponents
  • Oats is 3-2 against Big Ten opponents during his tenure at UA
  • Alabama has scored 753 points this season, the most a UA team has scored in the first eight games of the season, surpassing the 2000-01 team (708 points)
  • Alabama is one of six schools in the country that has two players on its current roster who have scored at least 1,500 points throughout their career in Aaron Estrada (1,605 points) and Mark Sears (1,512 points) 
  • UA is making 22.8 free throws per contest, which ranks No. 2 in the country
  • The Crimson Tide owns the No. 2 ranked offense, according to KenPom
  • The Tide is averaging 94.1 points per game, which ranks No. 2 in the country
  • UA has an effective field goal percentage of 58.6 percent, which ranks No. 11 in the country
  • Mark Sears ranks No. 2 in the SEC in scoring (19.8 ppg), No. 4 in field goal percentage (57.1), and No. 4 in assists (4.4 apg)
  • Senior transfer Grant Nelson was named to the Naismith Trophy Preseason Watch List, which annually recognizes the top player in college basketball and the Karl Malone Award Watch List for the top power forward in Division I
  • Alabama’s trio of Estrada, Nelson and Sears have each scored over 1,000 points throughout their college career, which is tied for the third most in the country (St. John’s & TCU with four each)

About Purdue

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