Alabama basketball close to finalizing neutral-site series with Arizona | Source

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Alabama basketball didn't have a chance to play Arizona in the NCAA Tournament despite both being in the South Region. They could play soon, though.

The Crimson Tide and Wildcats are close to finalizing an agreement to face each other in a neutral-site series, starting with a game in Phoenix during the 2023-24 season and a game in Alabama during the 2024-25 season, a source with direct knowledge confirmed to The Tuscaloosa News. According to a report from CBS Sports' Jon Rothstein, the Phoenix game will be played on Dec. 20, 2023.

Alabama just lost in the Sweet 16 as the No. 1 seed in the South Region. Arizona didn't make it out of the first round of the NCAA Tournament. The No. 2 seed fell to No. 15 Princeton in the opening game.

Alabama and Arizona have faced each other four times previously, with the Crimson Tide winning three of the four matchups. The two squads last played on Dec. 9, 2018, and Alabama won that matchup 76-73 in Tuscaloosa. Arizona won the season before in Tucson.

Prior to that, the two programs faced off in 1985 and 1990. The Crimson Tide won both of those games.

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