Next up, Alabama (2-1) will go on the road for the first time this season to face the Duke Blue Devils in Forth Worth, Texas for the Maggie Dixon Classic. Tipoff is set for 1 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 21 on ESPN Plus.
Just before tip-off, Alabama honored the late Luke “Fluffapotamus” Ratliff by presenting his mom Pam with a plaque and by dedicating the seat the super fan sat in to his memory.
Ratliff passed away in March due to complications from COVID-19 after attending nearly every game – home and away- that the basketball team played during his years as an Alabama student.
“He was more than just a fan,” Oats said. “He was a part of us. It felt like he was a part of the program.”
The Alabama Crimson Tide basketball program stays hot on the recruiting trail after Rylan Griffen announced his commitment to Nate Oats and the Crimson Tide. Griffen is a 4-star shooting guard out of Richardson, TX., he is considered the No. 5 shooting guard in the class and the No. 6 player in the state of Texas according to the 247Sports Composite.
The No. 14 Alabama Crimson Tide basketball team will open its 2021-22 season at home Tuesday night at Coleman Coliseum. The Tide will host Louisiana Tech at 8 p.m. and prior to the evening's contest the program will honor the superfan Luke Ratliff.
Excitement was in the air in Foster Auditorium as the Alabama men's and women's basketball program celebrated Tide Tipoff 2021. Shooting contests, skills competitions and James Spann stimulated the Crimson Tide faithful who are excited for the new season to get started.
Happy birthday Nate Oats! Happy birthday Nate G-oats! The third year Alabama Crimson Tide basketball coach turns 47 years old today and all of Alabama nation celebrates him. Oats has brought his "blue-collar" basketball to Tuscaloosa and turned the Alabama program into one of the hottest programs in the nation.