The Alabama Crimson Tide are expected to impress the college basketball world this season while the SEC program will now be forced to be without Riley Norris on Tuesday against the Lipscomb Bisons. Alabama head coach Avery Johnson has informed FanRag Sport that Norris, who has been battling a lingering hip injury, will not play against the Bisons.
It is also worth noting that the senior swingman did not suit up for Alabama’s Friday win over the Memphis Tigers either.
A native of Albertville, Alabama, the 6-7, 210-pounder has spent his entire three-year collegiate career with the Crimson Tide. As a freshman back in 2014-15, Norris averaged 4.7 points per game while continuing to up the ante over the years. Adding 4.2 rebounds, 0.6 assists and 0.6 steals across 20.9 minutes per game as a freshman, he then averaged 7.5 points, 5.3 rebounds, 0.7 assists and 0.8 steals over the course of 28.2 minutes per outing as a sophomore in 2015-16.
Most recently, and before ultimately missing the start of the 2017-18 campaign due to the aforementioned setback, Norris averaged a single-season career-high nine points during his junior season in 2016-17. Adding 3.8 rebounds, 0.7 assists and 0.7 steals last year, he also averaged 27.3 minutes per contest.
Already 1-0 on the season, thanks to a 82-70 win over Memphis, Alabama will now look to continue what should become a memorable season for Johnson and company.
Jon Rothstein has been a college basketball insider for CBS Sports since 2010 and is the lead college basketball columnist for the FanRag Sports Network. He is also the host of the College Hoops Today Podcast via Compass Media Networks, which is available via iTunes. Rothstein is also a regular in-studio correspondent for both WFAN and CBS Sports Radio. He currently lives in Manhattan.