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Alabama (20-11) at Massachusetts (23-8)

Tipoff: Tuesday at 8:30 p.m. at the Mullins Center in Amherst, Mass.

TV/radio: ESPN will have the television broadcast, while radio coverage will be handled by AM-730, AM-770, AM-1400 and FM-92.5.

Alabama lineup: F Alonzo Gee, 6-6, So., 12.5 ppg., 5.3 rpg.; F Richard Hendrix, 6-8, So., 14.8 ppg., 8.7 rpg.; C Jermareo Davidson, 6-10, Sr., 14.1 ppg., 8.3 rpg.; G Brandon Hollinger, 5-11, So., 4.5 ppg., 1.7 assists.; G Mykal Riley, 6-6, Jr., 12.2 ppg., 4.6 rpg.

Massachusetts lineup: F Gary Forbes, 6-7, Jr., 13.0 ppg., 5.9 rpg.; F Stephane Lasme, 6-8, Sr., 13.3 ppg, 9.5 rpg, 5.0 blocks; C Rashaun Freeman, 6-9, Sr., 15.2 ppg. 8.3 rpg.; G Chris Lowe, 6-0, So., 6.6 ppg, 4.1 assists.; James Life, 6-6, Sr., 11.2 ppg, 2.2 rpg.

Noteworthy: This marks the third appearance by Alabama in the NIT under coach Mark Gottfried. ... In its last appearance in the tournament, the Tide made it to the championship game in 2001, losing to Tulsa. ... Alabama has the only win in the series between the two teams. The Crimson Tide won 79-73 in 1966. ... Despite having a bad back, Jermareo Davidson will start at center for Alabama. ... The Minutemen have some experience against the SECthis year, losing at Kentucky 82-68 on Dec. 22. ... Massachusetts played one ranked opponent, Pittsburgh, losing to the Panthers 85-68 when Pitt was No. 5. ... Massachusetts posted a 13-3 record in the Atlantic 10 Conference.

- Josh Cooper, Daily Sports Writer

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