BOSTON (Ticker) -- Mike Davis faces his alma mater for the first time on Friday when No. 7 Indiana faces 10th-seeded Alabama in a first-round Midwest Region contest.
Davis played at Alabama from 1980-83, right before current Crimson Tide coach Mark Gottfried played from 1984-87. Davis also served as an assistant from 1995-97 at Alabama.
Indiana (20-12) will try to duplicate its amazing run from last season when it reached the national championship game as a No. 5 seed. The Hoosiers lost Jared Jeffries to the NBA off that team and have struggled down the stretch.
The Hoosiers have dropped nine of their last 15 games, although it had a decent showing in the Big Ten Conference tournament. Indiana defeated Penn State and Michigan before falling to Illinois in the semifinals.
Freshman guard Bracey Wright leads the team with a 16.4 scoring average. Wright missed four games due to back problems that have hampered him through most of the season.
The frontcourt has 6-11 center George Leach and 6-9 power forward Jeff Newton. Leach has struggled this season, but Newton has flourished when he has received the ball. Newton is averaging 15.0 points and 8.5 rebounds this season.
Alabama (17-11) was a surprising inclusion to the field after losing nine of its final 14 games. The Crimson Tide suffered an embarrassing 82-69 loss to last-place Vanderbilt in the first round of the Southeastern Conference.
The 10th seed is the worst ever for Alabama, which was seeded second a year ago. The Crimson Tide defeated Florida Atlantic as a No. 2 seed before losing to Kent State in the second round.
Alabama has a pair of threats in point guard Mo Williams and senior forward Erwin Dudley. Williams is averaging 16.0 points per game, but Dudley has struggled after being named SEC Player of the Year as a junior.
This is Alabama's second trip to Massachusetts. The Crimson Tide posted a 54-48 victory over Ohio State in the Hall of Fame Classic in Springfield on November 29.
Indiana is 2-0 against Alabama, although the teams have not met since the 1977-78 season.
The winner will face Pittsburgh or Wagner in the second round.