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Alabama Is Hiring Buffalo's Nate Oats As Head Coach

NCAA basketballs sitting in a ball rack on the court.

SUNRISE, FL - DECEMBER 21: NCAA basketballs in a rack on the court during the shoot-around proipr to the game between the Florida Gators and the Fresno State Bulldogs during the MetroPCS Orange Bowl Basketball Classic on December 21, 2013 at the BB&T Center in Sunrise, Florida. Florida defeated Fresno State 66-49. (Photo by Joel Auerbach/Getty Images)

One of the head coaching vacancies in the SEC is set to be filled. Alabama has found its new head basketball coach.

The Crimson Tide have hired Buffalo's Nate Oats. Oats will take over for Avery Johnson, who was not retained after four seasons.

Cecil Hurt of Tide Sports

BREAKING NEWS: The University of Alabama will hire Nate Oats of Buffalo as its next head basketball coach. More to come at @TideSports and @tuscaloosanews

— Cecil Hurt (@CecilHurt) March 27, 2019

" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">first reported the news, which Alabama confirmed via Twitter. Crimson Tide AD Greg Byrne officially welcomed the 44-year-old head coach to Tuscaloosa.

Oats has been the head coach of Buffalo for the last four seasons. He's led the Bulls to three NCAA Tournament appearances, and has won a first round game each of the last two years.

In 2018, Oats' 13th-seeded Bulls stunned fourth-seeded Arizona before falling to Kentucky. This year, his team earned a No. 6 seed and took down 11th-seeded Arizona State in the first round before losing to Texas Tech in the Round of 32.

Oats owns a 97-43 overall record as a head coach. Prior to taking over the reins at Buffalo, he was an assistant there under former head coach Bobby Hurley.

Alabama has made just two NCAA Tournament appearances in the last 13 seasons. The program has made seven NIT appearances in that span, reaching the title game of the event in 2011.