Men's Basketball Game Notes Versus Tulane (1/20/01)

Game No. 17: January 20, 2001
UAB (8-8, 1-3) at Tulane (7-9, 0-3)
Fogelman Arena (3,600), New Orleans, La. (7 pm CST)

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: WABM Channel 68
Chris Stewart, Play-By-Play, Jordy Hultberg, Color

G, 4, LeAndrew Bass, 6-3, 205, Sr., Birmingham, Ala., 15.8 ppg, 3.8 rpg
G, 24, P.J. Arnold 6-5, 205, Jr., Memphis, Tenn., 12.7 ppg, 3.1 rpg
F, 30, Eric Batchelor, 6-7, 210, Jr., Memphis, Tenn., 14.0 ppg, 4.3 rpg
F, 11, David Walker, 6-5, 205 Sr., Springfield, Tenn., 12.0 ppg, 7.6 rpg
C, 54, Will Campbell, 6-8, 245, Jr., Elmira, N.Y., 6.4 ppg, 6.6 rpg

UAB HEAD COACH MURRY BARTOW: Murry Bartow (UAB, 1985) is in his 5th season as head coach of the Blazers. He has a 81-60 (.574) overall mark and is 35-31 (.530) 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.

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

LOOKING TO ERASE SLOW STARTS: Heading into the Tulane game, the Blazers are trying to overcome slow starts that have occurred in each of their last three games. The following is a synopsis of what has transpired over that time:

* At Houston (1/10), the Blazers - after jumping out to a 10-2 advantage - went 10 minutes without a point
* Against Southern Miss (1/13), UAB was held to a school-record low tying 15 points in the opening half. That mark tied the 15 points scored by the Blazers last season at Charlotte (Mar. 4) and against Cincinnati (1/23/93) during the 1992-93 campaign
* At Cincinnati (1/17), the Blazers found themselves behind 14-0 before they were able to get on the scoreboard at the 15:18 mark

HITTING DOUBLE-DIGIT TREYS: With the Blazers' 12 3-pointers against Cincinnati Wednesday night, it marked the sixth time in the Murry Bartow era - and second time this season - that a Blazer squad has achieved double-digit treys. UAB is 4-2 in those games. The following is a list of UAB double-figure 3-point outings since the 1996-97 season:

No., Opponent (Dec., Date)
13, vs. Tulane (W, 98-76, 1/7/01)
12, at Cincinnati (L, 90-83, 1/17/01)
11, at Charlotte (L, 86-74, 2/23/97)
10, vs. South Florida (W, 92-76, 2/26/98)
10, at Houston (W, 104-70, 2/21/98)
10, vs. Texas-Arlington (W, 94-63, 12/1/98)

JANUARY GAMES: The Blazers hold a overall 113-78 (.592) record during the month of January. Overall, UAB is 445-264 (.628) in its 23rd season of basketball.

BARTOW ANNOUNCES RANSOM AND FINLEY TO REDSHIRT: UAB coach Murry Bartow 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.

AGAINST THE GREEN WAVE: The Blazers snapped a three-game losing streak to Tulane earlier this season with a 98-76 win in Birmingham to increase UAB's advantage in the series over the Green Wave to 8-6. The game was the C-USA opener for both teams and the Blazers hit a season-best 13 3-pointers in the win (game story and boxscore on page 14).The 98 points is the most scored by a Blazer team in the series. UAB is 3-3 in New Orleans, including a 73-62 loss at Fogelman Arena last season.

Tulane series (UAB leads 8-6)
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
1/7/01 W 98-76 ARE

REBOUNDING MARGIN: This season the Blazers are outrebounding their opponents by a margin of 3.5 per contest as they have accumulated 39.1 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 16 games, the Blazers have started seven different lineups and eight UAB players have made at least one start. Only senior LeAndrew Bass and junior Eric Batchelor have started in 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 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: For the first time all season, UAB had just one player score in double figures as LeAndrew Bass had 20 points in its loss to Southern Miss last Saturday. In all but one other game this season, the Blazers have had at least three players score in double digits and enjoyed a season-high five players scoring at least 10 points twice - comingagainst Murray State (12/8) and Cincinnati (1/17).

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 (1/7). Bass now has his sights set on fifth place and needs 44 to overtake Michael Charles who notched 403 from 1984 to 1988. Bass needs 15 assists this season to reach the century mark and become the first Blazer to record 100 assists in a season since Eric Holmes had 102 during the 1998-99 campaign.

DOUBLE-DOUBLES FOR THE BLAZERS: Twice this season UAB has had a pair of players collect double-doubles. David Walker (19 pts., 13, reb.) and Will Campbell (19 pts., 12 reb.) achieved that feat against Tulane (1/7), while 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 and Will Campbell each have four of UAB's nine double-doubles this season. 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)
10 p, 10 r vs. Cincinnati (1/17)
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 148-31 record (.827) 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 281-67 (.807).

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.

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.on Fridays.

NEXT OPPONENT: The Blazers open a three-game homestand when they take on Charlotte Jan. 24. The Blazers hold a 21-12 advantage over the 49ers, but have lost two straight and five of the last six games in the series. UAB is 4-1 against Charlotte at Bartow Arena and hold a 13-3 margin in games played in Birmingham.