*Courtesy Alabama Media Relations*
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - Alabama closes its three-game homestand when it plays host to the Xavier Musketeers at Coleman Coliseum on Saturday night. The Tide and Musketeers, who will square off on the hardwood for the first time since 2006, are set to tip off at 6 p.m. CT.
Saturday night's contest will be televised on CSS, and will also air on ESPN3, with Dave Baker (play-by-play) and Kyle Macy (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. The Alabama radio call can also be heard nationally on Sirius Channel 119 and XM Channel 199. There will be live updates throughout the game available on twitter @AlabamaMBB.
Alabama head coach Anthony Grant is in his fifth season at the helm of the men's basketball program. He owns an 91-57 (.615) record during his time at the Capstone and is 167-82 (.671) in eight seasons as a head coach. Xavier head coach Chris Mack is in his fifth season with the Musketeers and owns a record of 98-47 (.676). Prior to becoming the head coach at Xavier, Mack was an assistant coach with the Musketeers (1999-01; 04-09) and Wake Forest (2001-04).
Saturday night's contest will mark the sixth game in series history between Xavier and Alabama, but it will be just the first time the two teams have met since Nov. 20, 2006, when the Tide captured a 63-56 win in the championship game of the Paradise Jam in the Virgin Islands. That victory gave Alabama a 3-2 edge in the all-time series. Xavier will be playing in Tuscaloosa for only the second time in series history, with the only other meeting coming on Jan. 4, 2003, in which then-No. 1 Alabama defeated then-No. 19 Xavier, 65-58. That was also the last time an Alabama team was ranked No. 1 in the nation.