Jan. 22, 2014
UAB (12-5, 1-2 C-USA) at North Texas (10-8, 1-3 C-USA)
Details: Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014 • 7 p.m. CT • The Super Pit • Denton, Texas
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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. ---- The UAB men's basketball team is set for a Conference USA road trip this week, when the Blazers travel to North Texas for a 7 p.m. CT tip on Thursday before trekking to Tulsa for a Saturday clash that is slated to begin at 3 p.m. CT.
Fans can catch this week's action on the Blazer IMG Sports Network. David Crane (play-by-play) and Bobby Frasor (analyst) will call the game locally on 107.7 FM.
Five Things To Know
• The Blazers and Mean Green each have a strong inside presence. UAB leads Conference USA in five of seven rebounding categories, while NT is third in the league in defensive rebounds (27.3 rpg).
• UAB and North Texas meet for just the second time in school history on Thursday. The Blazers won the only meeting in the series, 79-73, on Dec. 4, 1997. In that contest, UAB shot 56.4 percent from the field on the way to the win.
• UAB, which ranks third in C-USA in free-throw percentage (.712), has made more free throws (299) than opponents have attempted (286).
• The Blazers will play in just their fourth true road game of the season on Thursday. UAB is 1-2 overall away from Bartow Arena, with the lone victory coming in a 74-69 triumph against Northeastern on Dec. 7.
• UAB is second in the country in rebounds per game, averaging 46.5 boards per contest.
Close Games For The Blazers
» UAB enters Thursday’s game with a 1-2 record in Conference USA action and has lost two games by a combined seven points. The Blazers fell to Middle Tennessee in overtime, 89-84, to open C-USA play and most recently lost to UTEP, 63-61, in the final seconds on Saturday.
UAB One Of Nation’s Best Rebounding Teams
» According to ESPN.com’s statistical rankings, UAB is the No. 2 rebounding team in the nation, averaging 46.5 boards per game. The Blazers have recorded over 50 rebounds six times this season (54 vs. Rutgers, 53 vs. Troy, 62 vs. New Mexico, 52 vs. North Carolina 51 vs. Alabama A&M and 50 vs. Newberry College). The 62 against New Mexico represents the fifth time in school history that UAB has had 60-plus rebounds. The school record is 69, which came against South Alabama on Dec. 20, 1994.
Blazers Have Block Party Vs. UTSA
» UAB blocked 13 shots against UTSA on Jan. 16 -- the first time since Nov. 16, 2011 that the Blazers have recorded double-digit blocks. The 13 blocks were three shy of the 16 that UAB had against St. Mary’s (Minn.) College on Nov. 25, 1983.
» The 13-block performance also marked just the sixth time in school history that the Blazers have recorded 13 or more blocks in a single game.
» UAB has blocked at least four shots in each of the past three games.
40-Plus Boards In 14 Games; 50-plus In Six Games
» UAB has recorded 40 or more rebounds in 14 of its 17 games this season and has hit that mark in eight of the last 10 contests. The Blazers have also recorded 50 or more six times this season.
» UAB’s six games with 50+ rebounds is the most in NCAA Division I men’s basketball.
Frazier, Washington Making The Difference
» UAB junior point guard Chad Frazier and junior forward C.J. Washington, who are both in their first seasons with the Blazers, are UAB’s top scorers and have led the Blazers in scoring in 15 of 17 games this season. They are the only two Blazers to score 20-plus points in a game this season, each doing it four times. The two combine to score 32.1 of UAB’s 76.9 ppg, which is 42 percent of the team’s scoring effort.
Swing Approaching 1,000 Career Points
» UAB guard Jordan Swing is approaching the 1,000 career point mark. The Birmingham native, who now has 972 career points, began his career at Western Kentucky before transferring to the hometown Blazers for his final three seasons.
Watts Seeing Increased Playing Time
» UAB freshman guard Denzell Watts has seen increased playing time over the last four games. Watts, a native of Flint, Mich., has played over 20 minutes and scored at least six points or more in three of the last four games (Newberry College, Middle Tennessee and UTSA).
Three UAB Players Have Started Every Game
» Fahro Alihodzic, Chad Frazier and Jordan Swing have found themselves in the starting lineup in each of UAB’s 17 games this season. Swing has now started 24-straight games dating back to last year.
11 Non-Conference Wins Most In Four Years
» UAB enters its third game of conference play with a 12-4 overall record. The 11 non-conference regular season victories mark the most since UAB won 12 games before league action in 2009-10.
Scouting North Texas
» At 10-8 on the year, North Texas enters Thursday’s game having lost three of its last four games. The Mean Green has held opponents under 45 percent shooting in 11 contests this year and holds a 10-1 record when doing so.
» North Texas, who averages 72.6 points per game, is led in scoring by 12.3 ppg from Alzee Williams and 11.8 ppg from Jordan Williams.
» North Texas is ranked No. 16 in Conference USA with only 81 makes from 3-point range this season.