Blazers Close Out Non-Conference Play At Dayton

Rod Rucker leads the Blazers in field goal shooting (55.8) and rebounds per game (7.4)

Jan. 4, 2013

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. ---- The UAB men's basketball team looks to continue on its winning ways, winners of three in a row and four of its last five, with a road trip to Dayton on Saturday at 6 p.m. CT inside the UD Arena.  The contest will be the Blazers' last scheduled non-conference game of the 2012-13 regular season.

UAB (8-6) at Dayton (9-4)
Date:  Sat., Jan. 5, 2013
Time:  6 p.m. CT/7 p.m. ET
Location:  Dayton, Ohio
Venue:  UD Arena (13,435)

Talent:  Mike Hartstock, Derrick Dukes
Audio:  WUHT-FM 107.7
Talent: David Crane, Steve Mitchell
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The Series
UAB leads, 5-0
Last Meeting:  UAB 57, Dayton 55 in Dayton, Ohio (March 2, 1995)

The Blazers and Flyers met five times from 1992 to 1995.  The last time both teams faced each other, back on March 2, 1995, UAB and Dayton were both members of the Great Midwest Conference.

The Coaches
UAB:  Jerod Haase (Kansas, '97)
Record at UAB:  8-6 (1st season)
Career Record:  8-6 (1st season)

Dayton:  Archie Miller (NC State, '02)
Record at Dayton:  29-17 (2nd season)
Career Record:  29-17 (2nd season)

On The Blazers
>> UAB enters with an overall record of 8-6 after defeating Georgia Southern, 65-61, on Wednesday night at Bartow Arena.  

>> Saturday's game vs. Dayton will be the final non-conference contest for the Blazers this season.  UAB opens up Conference USA play on Wednesday, Jan. 9 at UCF in Orlando, Fla.

>> In the victory over Georgia Southern, Terence Jones recorded a season-high 19 points, including the 1,000th point of his collegiate career.  Jones was at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi for four seasons, playing in three of them, before transferring to UAB for his fifth and final year of eligibility.

>> The Blazers finished up their non-conference home schedule with a perfect record of 7-0.  In fact, UAB has won 11 consecutive home games dating back to last season, the second longest home winning streak in Conference USA (Southern Miss - 19 games).

>> Unfortunately for UAB, the Green and Gold has not had the same success on the road as inside Bartow Arena.  The Blazers are 1-6 in road/neutral games this season, with the lone victory coming at Troy, 75-55, on Nov. 27.

>> UAB ranks third in Conference USA in scoring, averaging 77.1 points per game.  The Blazers also rank second in the league in assists (17.2) and third in steals (9.6) per game.

>> Leading the offense has been junior Jordan Swing, who ranks ninth in scoring in C-USA, posting 14.9 ppg.  Also averaging in double figures are Rod Rucker (13.6 ppg) and Terence Jones (10.4).  

>> UAB sports three of the top seven individual free throw shooters in C-USA.  As a team, the Blazers rank second in overall free throw shooting percentage (75.0 percent).  Preston Purifoy tops the conference in free throw percentage at 94.9, followed by Fahro Alihodzic (84.2/6th) and Swing (84.0/7th).

On The Flyers
>> Dayton, a member of the Atlantic 10, is coming off a two-point overtime loss at USC, 63-61, back on Dec. 30.  

>> Overall the Flyers own a record of 9-4, including a 6-2 record at home inside UD Arena.  The two losses for the Flyers at home have both been by one point -- L, 62-61 vs. Weber State (11/28); L, 74-73 vs. Illinois State (12/19).  In fact, all of Dayton's four losses have been by 10 points or fewer.  

>> The Flyers sport four players averaging in double figures and score a total of 71.8 points per game.

>> The top scorer for Dayton is Kevin Dillard, putting in 15.1 points a game.  Dillard, a First-Team Preseason All-Atlantic 10 selection also leads the Flyers in 3-pointers made (21) and assists (4.5) and steals (1.4) per game.  He was also named to the national watch list for the 2013 Bob Cousy Collegiate Point Guard of the Year Award.

>> Others Dayton players averaging in double figures include: Vee Sanford (12.4 ppg), Josh Benson (11.0 ppg) and Devin Oliver (10.0 ppg).  

>> Devin Oliver nearly records a double-double per contest, grabbing an Atlantic 10 best 8.8 rebounds per game.  Of Oliver's 115 rebounds, 38 have come on the offensive glass.

>> UAB will be Dayton’s third opponent from the state of Alabama this season.  The Flyers defeated Auburn, 73-63, on Nov. 18 in Charleston, S.C., as part of the Charleston Classic and won in Tuscaloosa, Ala., against the Alabama Crimson Tide, 81-76, on Dec. 5.