Men's Basketball Game Notes Versus Tulane (1/7/01)

Game No. 13: January 7, 2001
Tulane (7-5, 0-0) at UAB (7-5, 0-0)
Bartow Arena (8,500), Birmingham, Ala. (8:30 pm)

G, 4, LeAndrew Bass, 6-3, 205, Sr., Birmingham, Ala., 16.2 ppg, 4.4 rpg
G, 21, Tony Johnson, 6-4, 180, So., Morganfield, Ky. , 4.9 ppg, 4.0 rpg
F, 30, Eric Batchelor, 6-7, 210, Jr., Memphis, Tenn., 13.3 ppg, 4.9 rpg
F, 11, David Walker, 6-5, 205, Sr., Springfield, Tenn., 13.5 ppg, 7.8 rpg
C, 54, Will Campbell, 6-8, 245, Jr., Elmira, N.Y., 5.2 ppg, 6.1 rpg

UAB HEAD COACH MURRY BARTOW: Murry Bartow (UAB, 1985) is in his 5th season as head coach of the Blazers. He has a 80-57 (.584) 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

ALL-TIME HOME RECORD: UAB has collected a 147-30 record (.831) 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 280-66 (.809). UAB has won six of its last seven home contests.

BARTOW ANNOUNCES RANSOM AND FINLEY TO REDSHIRT: UAB coach Murry Bartow recently 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 Dec.28 but has not seen any action yet since his return. Ball played in the Blazers' opening contest and collected six points and added eight rebounds in the affair against Alabama A&M.

AGAINST THE GREEN WAVE: The meeting with Tulane will be the 12th between the two schools with UAB holding a 7-6 advantage. The Blazers will be looking to snap a three-game losing streak to Wave after they captured five in a row to Tulane. The Blazers are 6-3 over the Wave since joining Conference USA.

Tulane (UAB leads 7-6)
12/15/92 W 75-69 ARE
2/16/94 L 60-66 A
1/16/96 W 71-70 ARE
2/28/96 L 58-60 A
1/5/97 L 61-86 ARE
2/13/97 W 64-61 A
3/6/97 W 74-70 N
1/10/98 W 85-66 ARE
2/14/98 W 77-69 A
12/30/98 W 88-78 A
1/21/99 L 64-80 ARE
1/23/00 L 62-73 A
2/12/00 L 66-77 ARE

JANUARY GAMES: The Blazers hold a overall 112-75 (.599) record during the month of January.

NON-CONFERENCE HOME AFFAIRS: After defeating Alcorn State on Wednesday, UAB has now captured 10 of the last 11 non-conference games at Bartow Arena and Murry Bartow is 27-3 (.900) against non-conference foes in the Arena.

REBOUNDING MARGIN: This season the Blazers are outrebounding their opponents by a margin of 5.7 per contest as they have accumulated 40.5 boards per game. UAB has outrebound its foes seven times and has won each of those contests.

REBOUNDING IN WINS/LOSSES: This season the Blazers have won when they have outrebounded their opponents and inversely lost when they have not. The following is breakdown of the number of games in which UAB and its opponents have led in the rebounding category, UAB's advantage/disadvantage per game for rebounds and the Blazers' record in those games.

UAB 7 +10.1 7-0
OPP. 5 -13.6 0-5

LINEUP CHANGES: Through the first 12 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.The most used lineup for UAB has been Bass and Tony Johnson at guard, Batchelor and David Walker at forward and Will Campbell at center. That lineup was used Wednesday versus Alcorn State and has been used four times this season. It is also the projected starting five against Tulane.

FREE THROWS: For the first time this season, UAB finds itself shooting below 70 percent for the year after making 60.7 percent of its attempts from the line (17 of 28) against Alcorn State. The Blazers have made 69.7 percent of its free throws this season. The team has 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. UAB, though, has made 58.8 percent over the last two games.

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: For the first time this season against Alcorn State Wednesday, UAB had only two players score in double digits as David Walker poured in 20 and LeAndrew Bass added 14. The Blazers had at least three score at least 10 points in a game in each of the first 11 games and enjoyed a season-high five players in double figures against Murray State (12/8).

BASS IS SIXTH IN CAREER ASSISTS: Senior LeAndrew Bass moved into sixth place on the UAB career chart for assists with 330 Wednesday with four against Alcorn State. Bass moved 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 (12/30). 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).

2000-2001 UAB Double-Doubles:
LeAndrew Bass - 14 p, 11 r vs. VCU (12/30)
Will Campbell - 10 p, 15 r vs. LaSalle (11/25)
11 p, 12 r vs. VCU (12/3)
David Walker - 11 p, 11, r vs. Bradley (12/3)
12 p, 11 r vs. CS Northridge (12/21)
20 p, 13 r vs. 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.

COACHES SHOW TIME CHANGE: The Murry Bartow Show will air on Friday evenings at 8:30 p.m. on Comcast/Charter Sports Southeast. It will also be replayed on the following Tuesday at 5 pm. The show had originally been slated for 5:30 p.m.

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 takes to the road to play the University of Houston in a 7 p.m. at Hofheinz Pavillion. The Blazers hold an all-time 8-0 series record over the Cougars including a 90-87 win at Houston and a 69-66 triumph at home last season.