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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – The University of Alabama in Huntsville and Alabama A&M University held a joint press conference on Monday afternoon at the Von Braun Center in downtown Huntsville to announce that the two institutions will meet on the basketball floor inside Propst Arena on Thursday, Nov. 14 at 7 p.m.
The contest will mark the first meeting between the cross-town foes since Nov. 18, 1998, and it will mark the 24th all-time showdown between the Chargers and the Bulldogs. Holding the upper hand in the series is A&M who has won 18 of the previous 23 games including the last seven. UAH last defeated the Bulldogs when it won 98-88 in the 1991-92 season.
Head Coach Lennie Acuff was on the Charger sideline the last two times the teams met, while A&M's Willie Hayes was an assistant for the Bulldogs for the last four meetings.
"It's a great opportunity for both of our basketball programs," Acuff said at Monday's announcement. "Our kids will be excited about playing at the VBC. They'll be excited about having a chance to play downtown against a Division I school on a neutral floor. It'll be a good night for our community."
UAH is coming off a season that saw the Chargers win 25 games while capturing the regular season GSC title for a fourth consecutive season. The team that takes the Propst Arena floor in November, however, will be quite different as only two starters return for Acuff's squad.
Hayes improved his team's win total to 11 a season ago from the 7-21 year of 2011-12, and four of the Bulldog starters were juniors with the other being a sophomore. A&M recorded a road win at Mississippi State last year and advanced to the semifinals of the SWAC tournament before bowing out to eventual champion Southern.
UAH's full schedule will be announced at a later date.
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