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Alabama to square off with Maryland for spot in NIT Final Four

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Anthony Grant will attempt to guide Alabama to its second NIT Final Four berth in the last three years Tuesday night against Maryland. (abc3340.com) Anthony Grant will attempt to guide Alabama to its second NIT Final Four berth in the last three years Tuesday night against Maryland. (abc3340.com)

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- The Alabama men's basketball team is set to host the Maryland Terrapins in the quarterfinals of the 2013 National Invitation Tournament on Tuesday night in Coleman Coliseum. Tipoff between the top-seeded Crimson Tide and the No. 2 seed Terps is set for 6:30 p.m. CDT and will be televised on ESPN.

The winner of Tuesday's game advances to the semifinals, which will be held on April 2 in Madison Square Garden in New York City.

Maryland (24-12, 8-10 ACC) travels to Tuscaloosa for the NIT quarterfinals after winning games against Niagara (86-70) in the first round and Denver (62-52) in the second round. Both contests were played in College Park, Md.

The Terps are led by sophomore guard/forward Dez Wells, who enters the game at Alabama leading Maryland in scoring (13.2 ppg), second in assists (3.0 apg) and field goal percentage (.532) and is third in rebounding (4.9 rpg) and steals (33).

Seven-foot center Alex Len is second on the team in scoring (11.7 ppg), and leads Maryland in rebounding (7.7 rpg) and blocked shots (1.9 bpg).

The Crimson Tide (23-12, 12-6 SEC) advanced to the NIT Quarterfinals with a 66-54 win over Stanford last Saturday afternoon. Sophomore guard Levi Randolph led Alabama with 16 points and a pair of steals, while freshman guard Retin Obasohan had 14 points and six boards - both career highs.

Junior guard Trevor Releford leads UA in scoring (15.1 ppg) and steals (2.1 spg), while sophomore guards Trevor Lacey (11.5 ppg) and Rodney Cooper (10.1 ppg) also average in double figures.

The Tide is playing in its 12th NIT in program history, owning a 23-14 record in the event. Alabama last appeared in the NIT in 2011, also earning a No. 1 seed. That year, the Crimson Tide reached the NIT Finals, falling in the championship game to Wichita State.

General admission tickets for the Alabama-Maryland NIT Quarterfinal game are on currently sale.

Ticket prices are as follows: $10 for courtside seats (front court and back court) and baseline reserved seats (those tickets are available only to regular season courtside and baseline ticket holders); $9 for adult general admission seats; $4 for general admission tickets for youths age 18 and under; and $4 for UA Students who present a valid I.D.

All seats for the NIT are general admission, except courtside (front court and back court) and baseline seating areas.

All customers are encouraged to purchase online and use the "print at home" delivery method to avoid lines at the Will Call window, regardless of whether they are purchasing general admission or reserved seats.

Saturday's contest can also be heard on the Crimson Tide Sports Network, with Chris Stewart and Bryan Passink on the call. Fans can follow the in-game action with live tweets on the team's official Twitter page @AlabamaMBB.

Source:  www.rolltide.com

Gameday Matchup

 
MD
ALA
W-L 22-12 21-12
Avg Points 71.2 63.1
Avg Points Allowed 64.2 59.0
Home Record 16-3 14-3
Road Record 3-7 4-8
Current Streak L1 L1
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