Game No. 12: January 3, 2001
Alcorn State (2-8) at UAB (6-5)
Bartow Arena (8,500), Birmingham, Ala. (7 pm)
PROBABLE STARTERS ...
G, 4, LeAndrew Bass, 6-3, 205, Sr., Birmingham, Ala., 16.2 ppg, 4.7 rpg
G, 21, Tony Johnson, 6-4, 180, So., Morganfield, Ky., 4.5 ppg, 4.0 rpg
F, 30, Eric Batchelor, 6-7, 210, Jr., Memphis, Tenn., 13.9 ppg, 4.8 rpg
F, 11, David Walker, 6-5, 205, Sr., Springfield, Tenn., 12.8 pgg, 7.7 rpg
C, 54, Will Campbell, 6-8, 245, Jr., Elmira, N.Y., 5.1 ppg, 5.7 rpg
UAB HEAD COACH MURRY BARTOW: Murry Bartow (UAB, 1985) is in his 5th season as head coach of the Blazers. He has a 79-57 (.581) overall mark and is 34-28 (.548) in C-USA games. Bartow has taken the Blazers to postseason action in three of his first four seasons and has compiled a pair of 20-plus win campaigns. UAB captured the 1999 Conference USA National Division title and made the program's 10th appearance in the NCAA Tournament, the 1st for UAB since 1994. The year-by-year breakdown for Bartow:
UNDER MURRY BARTOW: The Blazers have ...
* made 3 postseason visits in 4 years
* posted back-to-back 20-victory seasons during the 1997-98 & 1998-99 campaigns (the 1st since 1992-93 & 93-94)
* reached the C-USA Tournament semifinals in 3 of 4 seasons
* has led one of only five C-USA schools to at least 70 victories over the last four seasons
* led UAB to first NCAA Tournament appearance in 1999, the first trip since 1994
* averaged 18.3 wins per season over his first four campaigns
UAB IN 23RD YEAR OF BASKETBALL: The Blazers have accumulated a 444-241 overall record in this their 23rd season of basketball for a 64.8 winning percentage. UAB has reached postseason play 17 times in its history with 10 trips to the NCAA Tournament.
ALL-TIME HOME RECORD: UAB has collected a 146-30 record (.830) at Bartow Arena in its 13th season in the facility. UAB was 11-2 in the building last season and has won at least 10 games there in all but one campaign. In all-time home games, the Blazers are 279-66 (.809). UAB has won six of its last seven home contests.
BARTOW ANNOUNCES RANSOM AND FINLEY TO REDSHIRT: UAB coach Murry Bartow has announced both Myron Ransom and Morris Finley will redshirt this season due to injury. Ransom, a senior from Birmingham, tore his ACL in his right knee in a game over the summer, while the sophomore Finley from LaFayette, Ala., sustained a fractured vertebra in his back earlier this fall. Sophomore Sidney Ball, who has also been sidelined with a knee problem, returned to practice last Thursday.
AGAINST THE RAMS: The meeting with Alcorn State will be the fourth between the two schools with UAB holding a 3-0 advantage. All three games have been played at Bartow Arena and UAB has outscored the Braves by an average of 31.3 points in those three contests and are scoring 91.3 per contest in the three affairs.
Alcorn State (UAB leads 3-0)
11/28/89 W 104-53 ARE
12/11/92 W 100-70 ARE
11/14/98 W 70-57 ARE
JANUARY GAMES: The Blazers hold a overall 111-75 (.597) record during the month of January.
NON-CONFERENCE HOME AFFAIRS: UAB has captured nine of the last 10 non-conference games at Bartow Arena and Murry Bartow is 26-3 (.897) against non-conference foes in the Arena.
REBOUNDING MARGIN: This season the Blazers are outrebounding their opponents by a margin of 5.4 per contest as they have accumulated 39.9 board per game. UAB has outrebound its foes six times and has won each of those contests.
LINEUP CHANGES: Through the first 11 games, the Blazers have started five different lineups and eight UAB players have made at least one start. Only senior LeAndrew Bass and junior Eric Batchelor have started every game for UAB this season.
HITTING FREE THROWS: UAB is hitting 70.9 percent of its free throws this season and have collected a pair of 80 percent or better nights at the line this season and four times have hit at least 70 percent from the stripe.
THE ROSTER: The Blazers return eight players from last year's squad, while welcoming six newcomers into the fold. Of the 14 players on the 2000-2001 team, seven hail from the state of Alabama, while three call Tennessee home, along with two from Kentucky, one from New York and one from Serbia. The roster lists five seniors, three juniors, three sophomores and three freshmen.
SPREADING THE WEALTH: In the Blazers' first 11 games, at least three different players have scored in double digits and a season-high five players notched at least 10 points against Murray State (12/8).
BASS IS SEVENTH IN CAREER ASSISTS: Senior LeAndrew Bass finds himself in seventh place on the UAB career chart for assists with 326. Bass needs four to move into sixth place ahead of Cedric Dixon, who collected 329 from 1994 to 1998.
DOUBLE-DOUBLES FOR THE BLAZERS: Junior Will Campbell and senior LeAndrew Bass each collected double-doubles in the contest against Virginia Commonwealth last Saturday. Campbell, who already collected a double-double against LaSalle, notched 11 points and 12 rebounds in the game. Bass recorded the first double-double of his career with 14 points and a career-best 11 rebounds against the Rams. The last time the Blazers had two players to notch double-doubles was Feb. 2, 2000, in a 90-87 win at Houston. Myron Ransom led UAB with 26 points and 12 rebounds, while Walker added 14 points and 10 rebounds.
MORE ON THE DOUBLE-DOUBLES: David Walker leads the team with three of UAB's six double-double including two in the Nike Festival in Hawai'i. For his career, Walker has notched nine double-doubles including a career-tying 20 points and career-best 13 rebounds against Hawai'i (12/23).
EARLIER START TIMES: With the exception of two 8:30 p.m. television games this season at home, the Blazers have moved their home game times up 30 minutes this season. In all, 15 of the 17 home contests at Bartow Arena will take place at 7 p.m.
GAME TIME CHANGE: The Feb. 3 game slated at Southern Mississippi has been moved from 5 to 3 p.m. and will be shown on ESPN Regional television. The USM game is one of three ESPN Regional telecasts for the Blazers slated for broadcast. The other two are at South Florida (Feb. 10) and at DePaul (Feb. 24). UAB opens C-USA play with an ESPN2 broadcast against Tulane.
THE LEAGUE PRESEASON POLL: The UAB men's basketball team has been picked to finish third in the National Division of Conference USA by the league's 12 coaches in their annual preseason poll. The Bearcats of Cincinnati have been picked to win their sixth straight league championship in 2000-2001, while South Florida junior forward B.B. Waldon garnered the preseason Player of the Year nod. Waldon collected 17.3 points and 7.9 rebounds per game for the Bulls last season.
NEXT OPPONENT: UAB finishes its current three-game homestand Sunday at 8:30 p.m. before an ESPN2 audience as they open up Conference USA play against Tulane. The Blazers play a Green Wave team that is 6-5 this season. It will be 12th meeting between the Wave and UAB as the Blazers hold a 7-4 advantage but have lost the last three games in the series.