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Alabama coach Nate Oats said Monday that the Crimson Tide spent an isolated day in Indianapolis after arriving by bus Sunday night, but that the team could begin practice as soon as a second round of COVID-19 testing returned with all negative results.

”I think we’re in good shape but we’re ready to move around,” Oats said on his weekly radio show.

Iona, which is Alabama’s NCAA tournament opponent Saturday, has already practiced in Indianapolis.

The player who might benefit the most from “moving around” is freshman guard Josh Primo, who sprained a knee Friday in Alabama’s win over Mississippi State and missed the next two SEC tournament games.

"He said he’s done with the crutches,” Oats said. “I think he’s coming along pretty good. Hopefully he keeps coming along. He needs this quarantine to end so he can work more rehab with Clarke (Holder, the team’s trainer).

“We weren’t going to put him out there if he wasn’t ready to go. Hopefully, he will be ready on Saturday.”

With most activity restricted, Oats said he has spent most of his time watching film of Iona.

“They’re well coached,” Oats said.”They’ve got two really good guards (Isaiah Ross and Asante Gist) that are seniors, which is scary when you’re looking at the formula for upsets: two senior guards that are experienced and can score it.

“When upsets happen, either the top team is really tight or it doesn’t play hard enough. We’ve got to play hard and loose. That’s the mantra.

“It will be a good night to go against Rick Pitino. My players have to play his players, I don’t have to play him. I think our players are pretty good and we’ll have them ready to go."

Oats said he did have at least some contact with the outside world Sunday night, exchanging texts with The Players’ Championship winner and Alabama graduate Justin Thomas.

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