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Tide Hoops Season Opener: #14 Alabama vs Louisiana Tech

At long last, college basketball season has returned, and with it, Nate Oats looks to take Year 3 of his tenure in Tuscaloosa to new heights. That starts tonight, with a low-key great match-up with the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs, who won 24 games last season and ended up playing in Madison Square Garden in the NIT Semifinals last March.

Alabama, of course, is your defending SEC regular season and tournament champion, and will look to build a squad capable of repeating those feats and making an even deeper run than last season’s Sweet Sixteen appearance. That starts with the first five on the floor tonight:

We’ll have to wait for at least the first whistle to see freshman phenom and very likely one-and-done point guard, J.