It’s another fight between Blue Blood and New Blood on Friday night when basketball No. 18 from Alabama takes on No. 20 UConn in the second round of the 2022 Phil Knight Invitational.
The Crimson Tide defeated the No. 12 Michigan State Spartans Thursday night to advance, while the Huskies beat the Oregon Ducks 83-59 to also advance. While Alabama was hot on both sides of the court — particularly its defense — UConn’s offense set a showcase against Oregon.
The game winner will face Iowa State in the championship game of the tournament at 9:00 p.m. CT Sunday, while the loser will take on No. 1-ranked North Carolina at 2:30 p.m. CT in the third-place game.
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- Tonight’s officials: DJ Carstensen, Don Daily, Mike Palau.
- Tipoff is scheduled for 8:30pm CT.
Here’s how you see Alabama vs. Connecticut
who: Alabama (5-0) vs. Connecticut (6-0)
When: 8:30 p.m.,. CT, Friday
Where: Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Portland, Ore.
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Live broadcast: fuboTV (start free trial)
radio: Crimson Tide Sports Network (Play-by-Play: Roger Hoover, Analyst: Bryan Passink). The pregame show starts an hour before the tip.
Series: UConn leads 1-0.
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tournament bracket: The winning team will advance to Sunday’s championship game against the No. 1 North Carolina winner against Iowa State. The defeated teams also face each other.
Last meeting: The only meeting between the programs was in the Elite 8 of the 2004 NCAA tournament. Alabama, second in the region, lost 87-71 in Phoenix, Ariz.
Last time, Alabama: The Crimson Tide had a strong opening game in the Phil Knight Invitational, beating No. 12 Michigan State 81-70. Brandon Miller had 24 points to lead Alabama while Noah Gurley and Noah Clowney both had 12 and respectively. In his third return game, guard Jahvon Quinerly seemed comfortable on offense and finished the season with 10 points.
Last time, UConn: Oregon was without guards Brennan Rigsby, Jermaine Cousinard and Keeshawn Barthelemy, but the Huskies showed no mercy en route to an 83-59 win in the opening round of the Phil Knight Invitational.
Newton finished the season with a season-high 23 points, hitting a total of 7 of 10 from the floor and adding 4 rebounds, 6 assists and 2 steals in an impressive all-around performance.
Newton had plenty of support as sophomore Jordan Hawkins added 18 points including five 3-pointers, junior Adama Sanogo 12 points including two 3-pointers, and graduate Joey Calcaterra 11 points with three 3-pointers scored