Game No. 15: January 13, 2001
Southern Mississippi (11-3, 2-1) at UAB (8-6, 1-1)
Bartow Arena (8,500), Birmingham, Ala. (7 pm)
RADIO: Blazer Sports Radio Network (WAPI-AM 1070 in Birmingham)
Gary Sanders, Play-By-Play Matt Coulter, Color Jon Gentile, Producer Bill Lewis, Spotter/Statistics
TV: Comcast/Charter Sports Southeast
Randy Smith, Play-By-Play Jordy Hultberg, Color
UAB HEAD COACH MURRY BARTOW: Murry Bartow (UAB, 1985) is in his 5th season as head coach of the Blazers. He has a 81-58 (.583) overall mark and is 35-29 (.547) 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 first 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
HITTING TREYS: UAB, which was shooting 3-pointers at a rate of 28.8 percent for the season prior to the Tulane game, has seen that percentage rise to .312 on the strength of 19 of 45 shots made from behind the arc (42.2%) over the last two games. The Blazers hit 13 treys against Tulane and six against Houston on Wednesday. Junior Eric Batchelor has hit a majority of those long-range shots with 11 made over that span, while P.J. Arnold has seven.
SNAPPING THEIR STRING: The Blazers had a three-game winning streak snapped Wednesday at Houston. The victory string tied for the longest of the season as UAB also opened the season with three straight wins.
JANUARY GAMES: The Blazers hold a overall 113-76 (.598) record during the month of January. Overall, UAB is 445-262 (.629) in its 23rd season of basketball.
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.
BALL IS BACK: Sophomore Sidney Ball, who had also been sidelined with a knee problem, returned to practice Dec.28 and saw his first action since the season opener with four points and three rebounds in seven minutes against Tulane (1/7) and also saw action in the Houston contest. Ball collected six points and eight rebounds against Alabama A&M (11/21).
AGAINST THE EAGLES: UAB looks to avenge a late season 83-71 loss to Southern Mississippi (2/19/00) a year ago as the two teams meet for the 15th time in their basketball histories. The Blazers have, though, won four of the last five games between the two. The Blazers are 6-1 against USM in Birmingham and 4-1 in Bartow Arena over the Eagles. UAB has a pair of four-game winning streaks in the series, while the Eagles have won as many as three straight times back in the mid-1990's. The game with USM will be the fourth time in the last six meetings the teams have played at Bartow Arena.
Southern Miss series (UAB leads 9-5)
1/10/79 W 93-87 BJCC
1/29/79 W 60-59 A
12/30/80 W 60-55/ot BJCC
12/18/81 W 71-56 N
1/3/96 L 61-78 A
2/12/96 L 64-67 ARE
1/18/97 L 59-74 A
2/15/97 W 65-52 ARE
2/12/98 L 56-73 A
2/28/98 W 93-81 ARE
2/7/99 W 63-50 ARE
2/20/99 W 70-61 A
1/19/00 W 73-57 ARE
2/19/00 L 71-83 A
REBOUNDING MARGIN: This season the Blazers are outrebounding their opponents by a margin of 5.5 per contest as they have accumulated 40.1 boards per game. Twice this season, UAB has had a 20-plus rebounding advantage coming against Texas Tech (+21) and Tulane (+22).
LINEUP CHANGES: Through the first 14 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.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 has been used the last three games and six times during the season.
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 preseason 2000-2001 roster, 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 all but one game this season, the Blazers have had at least three players score in double digits. UAB 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 Jan. 3 against Alcorn State with four and then made a big jump toward fifth place with a career-best 13 against Tulane. Bass now has his sights on fifth place and needs 55 to overtake Michael Charles who notched 403 from 1984 to 1988.
DOUBLE-DOUBLES FOR THE BLAZERS: For the second time this season, UAB had a pair of players collect double-doubles when David Walker (19 pts., 13, reb.) and Will Campbell (19 pts., 2 reb.) achieved that feat against Tulane (1/7). Campbell and LeAndrew Bass combined for the first duo double-double of the season against Virginia Commonwealth (12/30). Campbell notched 11 points and 12 rebounds in that game, while Bass recorded the first double-double of his career with 14 points and a career-best 11 rebounds against the Rams.
MORE ON THE DOUBLE-DOUBLES: David Walker leads the team with four of UAB's eight double-doubles including two in the Nike Festival in Hawai'i. For his career, Walker has notched 10 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)
19 p, 12 r vs. Tulane (1/7)
David Walker - 11 p, 11, r vs. Bradley (12/3)
12 p, 11 r vs. CSUN (12/21)
20 p, 13 r vs. Hawai'i (12/23)
16 p, 13 r vs. Tulane (1/7)
ALL-TIME HOME RECORD: UAB has collected a 148-30 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 281-66 (.810). UAB has won eight of its last nine home contests.
GAME TIME CHANGES: Next Tuesday's contest at Cincinnati will be a 7 p.m. central time start instead of 6 p.m. 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).
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 p.m. 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.
NON-CONFERENCE HOME AFFAIRS: After defeating Alcorn State on Jan. 3, 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.
NEXT OPPONENT: UAB plays the first of two straight road games at Cincinnati next Wednesday. Game time is set for 8 p.m. EST. The Blazers trail in the series 10-6 and dropped a 93-80 decision to the then No. 1-ranked Bearcats at Bartow Arena (2/5/00).