TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The Alabama men’s basketball team will begin the 2020-21 season ranked No. 25 in the USA Today Coaches Preseason Poll, which was released on Thursday. It’s the first time the Crimson Tide will open the campaign among the nation’s top-25 teams since the 2017-18 campaign.
The Associated Press’ top-25 preseason poll was released last week in which Alabama received 50 votes to be ranked (No. 29). Meanwhile, the Tide was also ranked No. 14 in Blue Ribbon Basketball Yearbook preseason rankings, while Stadium had the Tide at No. 18 nationally.
UA was one of three SEC teams ranked in the USA Today top-25 poll, joining No. 9 Kentucky and No. 14 Tennessee. An additional three SEC teams received votes to be ranked including Florida (No. 27, 52 votes), LSU (No. 29, 27 votes) and Arkansas (No. 45, 2 votes).
Alabama returns four starters and seven letterwinners from last season’s team, while also returning three players who sat out last season in Juwan Gary, Jahvon Quinerly and James Rojas. In addition, UA signed the nation’s ninth-ranked class and welcomes six new faces who are all expected to contribute in the upcoming campaign.
Alabama will open the season on Nov. 25 against Jacksonville State. Tip time and television have yet to be announced.
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