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Must be a late-arriving crowd tonight in Coleman Coliseum for Alabama’s basketball opener with North Florida.

Tip off is just a few minutes away and the exhibition crowd from Monday felt bigger.

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Here are some main details to consider.

Alabama lineup: F JaMychal Green, 6-8, Jr., 15.5 ppg., 7.5 rpg.; F Tony Mitchell, 6-6, So., 15.2 ppg., 7.1 rpg.; G Trevor Releford, 6-1, Fr., 11.0 ppg., 3.4 assists; G Levi Randolph, 6-5, Fr., n/a.; G Rodney Cooper, 6-6, Fr., n/a.

North Florida lineup: G Will Wilson, 5-11, Jr., 1.0 ppg., 1.8 assists; F Charles McRoy, 6-5, So., 3.3 ppg., 1.9 rpg.; G Jerron Granberry, 6-4, Jr., 12.0 ppg., 3.2 rpg.; F Andy Diaz, 6-7 Jr., 10.6 ppg., 5.5 rpg.; F David Jeune, 6-6, Jr., 3.7 ppg., 4.3 rpg.

Noteworthy: North Florida is coming off a 15-19 season, but finished on a hot streak. In only its sixth Division-I season, the Ospreys won five straight before falling to Belmont in the Atlantic Sun Conference championship game. … North Florida’s Jerron Granbury, the team’s co-leading scorer from a year ago, was a teammate of Alabama’s Charles Hankerson at Miami’s Coral Reef High School. … The Ospreys’ other top scorer, Parker Smith, came off the bench all 34 times last season to match Granbury’s 12.0 scoring average. That made him the nation’s top-scoring reserve. … North Florida’s only other trip to Tuscaloosa came Dec. 2, 2009 in a 73-51 loss to Anthony Grant’s first Alabama team. … The Ospreys handled Flagler 84-67 in its only exhibition game Nov. 1 while the Tide beat UA-Huntsville, 67-60 on Monday.

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