Summer, 1977: Coach Gene Bartow is hired as UAB's first intercollegiate athletic director and head basketball coach. Preparations begin for the hiring of coaches and support staff, recruitment of student-athletes, establishment of the Golden 100 scholarship foundation, scheduling, etc.
March 13, 1981: UAB defeats Western Kentucky, 93-68, in the NCAA Tournament. The win was the first NCAA Tournament win for UAB.
March, 1982: UAB has its greatest year to date, adding to its amazing basketball success story. The Blazers defeated the Indiana Hoosiers and the Ralph Sampson-led Virginia Cavaliers in the Southeast Regional, and reached the NCAA "Elite Eight." The team would fall just short of the Final Four, losing to Louisville, 75-68. The Southeast Regional in Birmingham is the first of five NCAA Tournament events to be hosted by UAB ('82, '84, '85, '87, '88).
April, 1982: Oliver Robinson, the first player signed at UAB by Gene Bartow, became the school's first-ever All-American, as named by several publications. During his senior season, Robinson averaged 21.1 ppg and led the Blazers to a 25-6 record.
Dec. 3, 1988: UAB plays its first game in Bartow Arena. A crowd of 8,397 saw the Blazers defeat Vanderbilt, 76-69 in the arena's dedication game.
March 22, 1989: Blazer basketball reaches the NIT Final Four after defeating Connecticut, 85-79. Eventually, the Blazers would defeat Michigan State for third place at Madison Square Garden.
March 18, 1993: In its only meeting with the in-state school, UAB defeats Alabama, 58-56, in the opening round of the NIT.
March 26, 1996: One era ends and another begins as coach Gene Bartow steps downs as head men's basketball coach. His son and assistant, Murry, is named head coach; Gene Bartow remains on as director of athletics.
April 4, 2002: Athletics Director Herman Frazier and UAB President Ann Reynolds announce the hiring of Mike Anderson as UAB's third men's basketball coach.
January 24, 2004: UAB battles rival Charlotte and comes away with a 69-62 road victory for the program's 500th all-time win.
March, 2004: The UAB men's basketball team shocks the college basketball world with its 76-75 upset over top-seeded Kentucky to advance to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament. The Blazers would finish the season with a 22-10 overall record and ranked No. 23 in the country. Also, the Blazers' 12-4 record in Conference USA earned them a share of the first C-USA regular season championship. Head coach Mike Anderson was also named the 2004 Conference USA Coach of the Year.
Feb. 5, 2005: A record crowd of 9,354 fans pour into Bartow Arena to see No. 9 Louisville narrowly escape with a 77-73 win over the Blazers.
April 7, 2006: UAB announced the hiring of Mike Davis as its new head men's basketball coach, the fourth in the program's history. Davis replaced former head coach Mike Anderson, who left UAB with the highest winning percentage (.685) in school history.