Game No. 18: January 24, 2001
Charlotte (10-7, 2-3) at UAB (9-8, 2-3)
Bartow Arena (8,500), Birmingham, Ala. (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,
PROBABLE STARTERS ...
G, 4 LeAndrew Bass, 6-3, 205, Sr., Birmingham, Ala., 16.2 ppg, 3.8 rpg - Sixth 20+ scoring night with 23 points vs. Tulane
G, 21 Tony Johnson, 6-4, 180, So., Morganfield, Ky., 4.1 ppg, 3.4 rpg - Had four points and five assists vs. Tulane
F, 30 Eric Batchelor, 6-7, 210 , Jr., Memphis, Tenn., 14.2 ppg, 4.4 rpg - Has 21 3-pointers over last five games
F, 11 David Walker, 6-5, 205, Sr., Springfield, Tenn., 11.4 ppg, 7.6 rpg - Did not start Saturday at Tulane due to sickness
C, 54 Will Campbell, 6-8, 245, Jr., Elmira, N.Y., 6.6 ppg, 6.8 rpg - Averaging 8.4 rebounds in C-USA games
UAB HEAD COACH MURRY BARTOW: Murry Bartow (UAB, 1985) is in his 5th season as head coach of the Blazers. He has a 82-60 (.577) overall mark and is 36-31 (.537) 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
HOME SWEET HOME: The Charlotte contest begins a three-game homestand for the Blazers as UAB spends the remainder of January playing at home. UAB opened conference play with three of its first five games on the road.
ENDING C-USA ROAD DROUGHT: The Blazers, which snapped their longest losing streak of the season of three games Saturday, ended a six-game Conference USA road losing streak dating back to last season with their 77-66 victory over Tulane.
FREE THROWS KEY IN TULANE WIN: UAB hit 27 of 34 free throws in its win at Tulane Saturday for a 79.4 made percentage. It was the first time in nine games the Blazers had converted at least 70 percent from the line. Through the first eight games, UAB had notched at least 70 percent six times and at least 80 percent twice.
JANUARY GAMES: The Blazers hold a overall 114-78 (.594) record during the month of January. Overall, UAB is 446-264 (.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 49ERS: The Blazers hold a 21-13 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. At one point in the series, UAB captured 15 straight contests.The Blazers dropped both meetings last season, losing the regular season finale 61-37 and in the first round of the C-USA Tournament 76-73.
Charlotte series (UAB leads 21-13)
1/28/80 W 84-76 BJCC
2/5/80 L 68-73 A
2/12/81 W 73-57 A
2/22/81 W 86-72 BJCC
2/27/81 W 80-64 N
1/11/82 W 85-81 BJCC
2/21/81 W 78-73 A
2/3/83 W 73-60 BJCC
2/12/83 W 78-70 A
3/4/83 W 65-63 BJCC
1/26/84 W 74-60 BJCC
29/84 W 79-70 A
1/22/85 W 65-62 BJCC
2/21/85 W 60-55 A
1/23/86 W 81-63 BJCC
2/17/86 W 70-54 A
1/12/87 W 69-46 BJCC
2/12/87 L 63-76 A
2/11/88 L 79-86 BJCC
2/25/88 L 78-80 A
1/28/89 L 72-86 ARE
2/27/89 L 74-76 A
2/15/90 L 72-86 A
2/24/90 W 93-61 ARE
3/4/90 L 57-61 BJCC
1/3/91 W 87-70 A
2/25/91 W 87-74 ARE
2/25/96 W 63-56 ARE
2/23/97 L 74-86 A
3/7/97 L 65-67 N
1/24/98 L 80-86 A
1/24/99 W 78-71 ARE
3/4/00 L 37-61 A
3/8/00 L 73-76 N
REBOUNDING MARGIN: This season the Blazers are outrebounding their opponents by a margin of 3.7 per contest as they have accumulated 39.3 boards per game. Twice this season, UAB has had a 20-plus rebounding advantage coming against Texas Tech (+21) and Tulane (+22). UAB is 9-1 this season in games when they outrebound its opponent.
LINEUP CHANGES: Through the first 17 games, the Blazers have started eight different lineups - including altering it in each of the last three games - 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.
HITTING DOUBLE-DIGIT TREYS: With the Blazers' 12 3-pointers against Cincinnati last 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's 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)
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 on Jan. 13. 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 - coming against 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 39 to overtake Michael Charles who notched 403 from 1984 to 1988. Bass needs 10 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.
BLAZERS DO WELL WHEN THEY SCORE 70 OR MORE: This season, UAB is 8-3 when they score at least 70 points in a contest. The Blazers are 7-2 when they hold their opposition to 70 points or less.
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 - 1
4 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 continue their homestand Saturday when they take on National Divsional rival Memphis. UAB trails 14-7 overall but have won three of the last five games and the last meeting between the two teams, a 102-75 victory at Bartow Arena (2/16/00). UAB is 5-3 against the Tigers at Bartow Arena.