Alabama State to open season with back-to-back road games, beginning with WKU on Tuesday night

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. | Alabama State opens the 2021-22 campaign with back-to-back road games this week, beginning with WKU at E.A. Diddle Arena on Tuesday night.

The game is scheduled to tip at 7 pm (CT) on ESPN3 and will be the first non-conference regular season contest for Alabama State since the 2019-20 season after the team opted out of non-conference play last season due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Alabama State (4-14 last season) and WKU last met back in 2016 with the Hilltoppers winning that contest at E.A. Diddle Arena 79-66, and the Hilltoppers lead the all-time series with Alabama State 3-0. This will be the first meeting between the two teams with second-year head coach Mo Williams leading the Hornets.

November 9, 2021
Tip: 7 pm
Site: Bowling Green, Ky. | E.A. Diddle Arena
Watch Live | ESPN3
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  • Alabama State enters the contest fresh off a 72-47 win over Mobile in an exhibition game last week with four players scoring in double figures led by Jordan O’Neal (Mobile, Ala.) and Trace Young (Owensboro, Ky.) with 12 points each.
  • Alabama State returns 48.0 percent of its scoring from a season ago led by Second Team Preseason All-SWAC Kenny Strawbridge (Rockford, Ill.) at 10.5 points per game. They also return 47.9 percent of their rebounding from 2020-21.
  • O’Neal comes back to the team this season after a year in which he blocked 23 shots that led the team and was near the top of the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC).
  • Alabama State is looking to end a five-game losing streak in season openers on Tuesday night, with their last win in an opening coming on the road over Virginia Tech, 85-82 on November 14.
  • Tonight’s game will mark the 33rd contest against a team from Conference USA.
  • The Hornets will be looking for their first non-conference win since a 67-54 victory over Chicago State back on November 30, 2019 at the Emerald Coast Classic.

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