Alabama hires Avery Johnson

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TUSCALOOSA, AL (TheSpread) – The Alabama men’s basketball program is hoping it can make a big impact soon and they made a big splash by hiring Avery Johnson as their next head coach.

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After an 18-14 record this past season and an 8-10 mark in the SEC, Alabama decided to part ways with Anthony Grant as their head coach after six seasons. His record wasn’t all too bad, as he went 117-85 in his six years and was 54-49 in SEC play, but he only made one NCAA Tournament appearance. Avery Johnson is making his college coaching debut at Alabama.

According to oddsmakers at Bovada.lv, Alabama is currently listed with 200/1 odds to win the 2016 NCAA Tournament. North Carolina is the current favorite at 6/1, while Kentucky has 8/1 odds to win it all.

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Johnson spent seven seasons as an NBA coach, with his last stint being with the Brooklyn Nets, where he was let go after a 14-14 start in the 2012-13 NBA season. His best success was with the Dallas Mavericks, where he coached for four seasons and led the Mavericks to the NBA Finals in 2005-06 season. Johnson had a lengthy pro career despite being undrafted, as he played from 1988 to 2004.

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