Alabama Announces Series with Houston
Alabama men's basketball is beefing up its non-conference schedule again, according to Jon Rothstein of CBS Sports Alabama has scheduled a home game with the Houston Cougars in 2020-21. The Crimson Tide will subsequently travel to Houston in 2021-22. Alabama has played Houston four times in program history coming away with a record of 1-3. The Crimson Tide have now scheduled Yale, Clemson and Houston as a part of next year's non-conference schedule.
Houston finished last season ranked 22nd in the nation. The Cougars had a 23-8 record with an American Athletic Conference best 13-5 conference schedule the Cougars have won the AAC regular season title the last two seasons. The team was led in scoring by freshman Caleb Mills who averaged 13.2 points per game. The Cougars defeated 21st ranked Washington and 16th ranked Witchita State last season.
They are coached by accomplish basketball coach Kelvin Sampson. Sampson has won coach of the year four different times in three different conferences. He has two AAC regular season championships and three Big-12 Conference Tournament titles on his resume. His teams have mad 15 NCAA Tournament appearances and he advanced to the 2002 Final Four as the head coach of Oklahoma.
The Crimson Tide has made a concerted effort to schedule tougher non-conference games to prepare itself for SEC play and to boost its resume with quality wins. Adding Houston to the schedule for the next two years ensures a quality matchup against a team that has made the last two NCAA Tournaments and would have easily made this past year's tournament.
With Yale and Houston on the 2020-21 schedule the Crimson Tide is set to face off against two defending conference champions.