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Alabama males’s basketball head coach Nate Oats pushed Missouri participant Aidan Shaw within the first half of the Crimson Tide’s 93-75 victory on Tuesday night time.

Alabama and Missouri gamers acquired tied up proper in entrance of the Crimson Tide bench with 7:34 left within the first half. Oats stepped on the ground in entrance of considered one of his gamers and pushed Shaw backward.

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Alabama head coach Nate Oats talks to an official in the course of the sport in opposition to Missouri at Coleman Coliseum in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, Jan. 16, 2024. (Gary Cosby Jr.-USA TODAY Sports activities)

No technical fouls had been handed out over the play, however the coach drew ire from Missouri followers over the incident.

Oats, who picked up the two hundredth win of his profession, stated he apologized to Shaw and Tigers coach Dennis Gates.

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“I’ve all of the respect on the earth for the job [Gates has] executed as an assistant and head coach,” Oats stated after the sport, by way of ESPN. “No disrespect to him or his program. I apologized to each Coach Gates and Aidan Shaw. Aidan looks as if an ideal child. It’s an unlucky scenario, however I apologized to each of them.”

Gates confirmed Oats’ apology and questioned why a technical foul was not assessed. 

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Alabama head coach Nate Oats talks to his group throughout a timeout as they play Missouri at Coleman Coliseum in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, Jan. 16, 2024. (Gary Cosby Jr.-USA TODAY Sports activities)

“Nate apologized after the sport,” Gates stated. “However I simply posed the query: If that was gamers in a huddle with a hand on an opponent, what would happen? It might be an computerized technical foul, proper? I believed I noticed two referees within the huddle. It wasn’t a technical foul. However that’s the query I might pose. If it was gamers making hand contact, what would happen?”

In accordance with SEC guidelines, coaches are amongst those that are “anticipated to conduct themselves with honesty, integrity, and good sportsmanship, and shall due to this fact exhibit respect and courtesy in direction of opposing student-athletes, coaches, and sport officers.”

Aaron Estrada and Rylen Griffin led Alabama with 21 factors every. Estrada added eight rebounds and 4 assists, whereas Griffen had 5 rebounds and three assists.

Missouri’s Tamar Bates had 19 factors and Nick Honor added 18.

Aaron Estrada drives

Jan 16, 2024; Tuscaloosa, Alabama, USA; Alabama guard Aaron Estrada drives round Missouri ahead Aidan Shaw, #23, of their sport at Coleman Coliseum in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, Jan. 16, 2024. (Gary Cosby Jr.-USA TODAY Sports activities)

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Alabama moved to 12-5 on the yr and 4-0 in opposition to SEC opponents. Missouri fell to 8-9 and 0-4 in SEC play.

The Related Press contributed to this report.

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