Houston, TX -- The University of Alabama men's basketball team has announced the date that it will travel to Houston to face off against the Houston Cougars. The second game of the home and home series will take place on Dec. 10 at the Firtitta Center on campus as the University of Houston.

Both teams are looking to build on last season's successes after reaching the NCAA Tournament. In the tournament, the Cougars advanced to their second consecutive Elite 8 appearance before falling to Villanova, while the Crimson Tide's season ended in the first round to Notre Dame.

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Many fans will remember the events of the game last season that resulted in the two teams going back and forth up until the final seconds of the game where freshman point guard made a controversial block to seal the Tide's victory in Coleman Coliseum.

The Houston coaching staff and players asked for the call to be reviewed by the referees, but were denied the replay resulting in one of the craziest finishes to the 2021-2022 college basketball seasons. Following these events, a few members of the Houston team broke chairs and knocked over trash cans while exiting the court in anger.

Similarly to how Alabama guard Jahvon Quinnerly decided to come back to college, Houston's Marcus Sasser will also be returning to college for the next year of his career. Sasser was the Cougar's leading scorer last season averaging 17.7 ppg before undergoing foot surgery in late December.

Houston will look to take advantage of home court and pay back the loss the Crimson Tide handed to them last season. Both teams have been ranked highly in many preseason polls only further setting the stage for a top 25 matchup early in the season.

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