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How to watch #18 Alabama Basketball vs. #12 Michigan State

By now you’ve probably heard the story of how Alabama basketball head coach Nate Oats worked at Michigan State basketball camps during the summers while he was running the program at Michigan’s Romulus High School.

Now he will try to beat his mentor and friend Tom Izzo.

Alabama and Michigan State will meet for only the third time Thursday night when they play in a top-20 duel in the first round of the prestigious Phil Knight Invitational over the Thanksgiving holiday.

The Crimson Tide’s first game against a Power 5 opponent this season will be against a very good opponent who already defeated the then No. 1. 4 Kentucky and Villanova that season, losing 64-63 to No. 2 Gonzaga.

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