After the loss to Purdue Saturday, Arizona Mens Basketball dropped to fourth in the nation in the AP Poll.

Arizona plays Alabama for the fifth time in program history Wednesday, with the Crimson Tide leading the series 3-1.

Tonight, Alabama transfer Jaden Bradley takes the court as a Wildcat, matching up against some of his former teammates.

The Wildcats were big part of his initial recruitment out of high school, but Bradley eventually chose Alabama. After his freshman season, Bradley made the transfer to Arizona.

I feel like Arizona could help me show and progress my game more than at Alabama,” Bradley said.

But even now that Bradleys rolling against the Tide, he and Coach Tommy Lloyd dont seem rattled heading into this match-up.

We dont need him to be a hero tomorrow,” Lloyd said in a press conference Tuesday. “We just need to go out and play team basketball and hes a part of that.

Its just going to be a normal game,” Bradley said. “I’m not going to prepare for it a different way or go about it a different way. I’m just go out there and do what it takes to get the win.

Guard Pelle Larsson, who has also played against former teammates in the past, has made sure to have Bradleys back.

There are definitely feelings involved in it, but you just cant let that get to you,” Larsson said. “Hes with us now and were with him so weve just got to focus on that.

Coach Lloyd said there was no bad blood between this transfer and is sure both Bradley and the Tide are looking forward to playing this game.

Tip-off is at 9 p.m. at the Footprint Center in Downtown Phoenix.



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