Tigers to play 3-game series against Alabama

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FILE – In this Feb. 7. 2019, file photo, Memphis coach Penny Hardaway reacts during the first half of the team’s NCAA college basketball game against Cincinnati in Memphis, Tenn. Hardaway went 22-14 and led the Tigers to an NIT berth in his debut season, but his biggest wins came off the court and on the recruiting trail. Memphis is ranked 14th to start the season and is expected to contend for its first NCAA Tournament berth since 2014. Memphis has the highest preseason ranking of any team that failed to reach the NCAA Tournament last season. (AP Photo/Brandon Dill, File)

MEMPHIS — Coach Penny Hardaway and Memphis will play Alabama three times over the next three seasons with two of those games in Memphis.

The deal announced Tuesday starts with an exhibition fundraiser either Oct. 31 or Nov. 1 at the FedExForum in Memphis for pandemic relief efforts. Then Memphis would visit Alabama at Coleman Coliseum in Tuscaloosa during the 2021-22 season with the teams playing in Memphis during the 2022-23 season.

“I’m really excited about the game against Alabama this upcoming season,” Hardaway said. “I’m happy to have this series.”

Memphis has played the Southeastern Conference program eight times starting in 1958-59, and the Tigers lead 5-3. The teams last played in 2017-18 when Alabama won 82-70 at the Veterans Classic at Annapolis, Maryland.

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