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Top-Seeded Alabama Takes on No. 8 Maryland in Saturday’s NCAA Tournament Second Round

Top-Seeded Alabama Takes on No. 8 Maryland in Saturday’s NCAA Tournament Second Round

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The Alabama men’s basketball team will play its second round contest in the 2023 NCAA Tournament Saturday night as the overall No. 1 overall seed Crimson Tide will take on No. 8 seed Maryland. Tip time is set for 8:40 p.m. CT inside Legacy Arena and will be televised on TBS.

Alabama advanced to the second round matchup following its 96-75 victory over Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Thursday night. With the win, head coach Nate Oats is now 9-3 (.750) in 12 career postseason games at Alabama, including a 3-2 (.600) in NCAA Tournament contests.

Meanwhile, the Terrapins got past No. 9 seed West Virginia, 67-65, to advance to Saturday’s matchup against top-ranked Alabama.

Saturday’s matchup marks the second time in three years the two squads will square off in the second round of an NCAA Tournament. Alabama defeated Maryland (96-77) back in the 2021 event.

The Broadcast

Saturday’s game is set for an 8:40 p.m. CT tipoff and will be aired on CBS with Jim Nantz (play-by-play), Bill Raftery (analyst), Grant Hill (analyst) and Tracy Wolfson (sideline reporter) on the call.

The radio broadcast can be heard on the Crimson Tide Sports Network with Chris Stewart (play-by-play) and Bryan Passink (analyst) on the call, while Tom Stipe (engineer) is turning the dials. The pregame show will begin one hour prior to tipoff.

Westwood One radio will also be airing the game with Brandon Gaudin (play-by-play) and Stephen Bardo (analyst) on the call.

Notes You Need To Know

  • For the second time in three seasons, Alabama faces Maryland in the NCAA Tournament Round of 32 (the Tide defeated the Terrapins, 96-77, in 2021)
  • For the first time in program history, Alabama earned a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament
  • The Crimson Tide is looking to make the NCAA Tournament’s Sweet 16 for the second time under Nate Oats and ninth time in program history
  • Head coach Nate Oats has a record of 9-3 (.750) in his 12 postseason games at the helm of the Crimson Tide
  • This year marks the second time in three years that head coach Nate Oats has led Alabama at a No. 2 seed or higher in the tournament (No. 2 seed and Sweet 16 appearance in 2021)
  • This is the third…

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