The daunting thing about the Alabama men’s basketball schedule is the opponents keep getting larger — and more difficult.
Having wrapped up the pre-conference portion of its schedule, the Crimson Tide steps into SEC play on Saturday against its most highly-rated opponent yet, the No. 5-ranked Texas A&M Aggies.
“Texas A&M is not only one of the best teams in the SEC but in the country,” Alabama coach Avery Johnson said on a Friday teleconference. “We know them very well. I’ve known Coach (Billy) Kennedy for a long time. We were involved in their program (with Avery Johnson Jr., son of the Alabama coach, playing for the Aggies as a walk-on) and still know a lot of their players. We know how they like to attack, how they like to defend and how good they are.”
The Aggies are 11-1 through the pre-conference, with a win against top-10 opponent West Virginia and their only loss coming against Arizona in Phoenix. They’ve had that success even with forward Robert Williams, a projected NBA lottery pick, missing four games and averaging 7.3 points per game. Williams is expected to play against Alabama, although 6-foot-10 forward D.J. Hogg has been suspended for disciplinary reasons. That still leaves the Aggies with a potent inside combination of Williams and 6-10, 265-pound center Tyler Davis.
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