2. At Texas Longhorns (December 2):
Unlike Dayton, Texas lost several key players after last year, but this team is still a strong force and will provide another early testing ground for this Alabama basketball team. The significant personnel losses have created a good deal of uncertainty around Texas’ roster right now, and as a result it’s difficult to predict what lineup will take the court against the Crimson Tide in early December.
This game will be almost as important as the Dayton contest, as a win on the road could solidify Alabama’s reputation as a program on the rise. In the same vein, though, a loss could raise reasonable questions about the Crimson Tide’s ability to win tough road games.
Judging just how good Texas will be this year is difficult, although it should be much more obvious once the Longhorns have played a few games. From this point, it looks like beating Texas (while certainly nothing to take lightly) is far from impossible.
The Longhorns will have nowhere near the roster continuity or veteran presence of Dayton, opening the door for a strong performance, and a potential win in Austin, from the Crimson Tide.
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