Men's Basketball Game Notes Versus Memphis (1/27/01)

Game No. 19: January 27, 2001
Memphis (11-8, 5-1) at UAB (10-8, 3-3)
Bartow Arena (8,500), Birmingham, Ala. (7 pm CST)

G, 4, LeAndrew Bass, 6-3, 205, Sr., Birmingham, Ala., 16.6 ppg, 3.6 rpg - 7th 20+ scoring night with 23 pts vs. Charlotte
G, 21, Tony Johnson, 6-4, 180, So., Morganfield, Ky., 4.1 ppg, 3.4 rpg - Averaging 5.5 assists over the last two games
F, 30, Eric Batchelor, 6-7, 210, Jr., Memphis, Tenn., 13.6 ppg, 4.3 rpg - Has 22 3-pointers over last six games
F, 11, David Walker, 6-5, 205, Sr., Springfield, Tenn., 11.3 ppg, 7.5 rpg - Notched 10 points against Charlotte
C, 54, Will Campbell, 6-8, 245, Jr., Elmira, N.Y., 6.5 ppg, 7.0 rpg - Averaging 8.8 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 83-60 (.580) overall mark and is 37-31 (.544) 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

BACK-TO-BACK LEAGUE WINS: with their 81-61 triumph over Charlotte, the Blazers won consecutive league games for the first time since beating DePaul and Houston back-to-back last season (Jan. 29 - Feb. 2). UAB also won three straight early in the conference slate a year ago with wins over Louisville, South Florida and Southern Miss.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY P.J.: Junior P.J. Arnold celebrated his 21th birthday Wednesday with 21 points against Charlotte. Arnold, who hit 8 of 12 shots from the floor, scored one point for each year of his life.

23 FOR BASS, AGAIN: For the second straight game, senior LeAndrew Bass scored 23 points in UAB's win over Charlotte. Bass, who had scored at least 20 points only once heading into this season, has achieved that feat seven times during the 2000-01 campaign. Over the last five games he is averaging 19.4 points per tilt and in his last two contests he has converted 19 of 23 free throws for 82.6 percent. He has either led or tied for a team-best in scoring nine times this season.

STRONG WORK FROM BENCH: In the Charlotte win, UAB got some great work from its bench. The Blazers' reserves accounted for 48.1 percent of the points (39 of 81) and 32.4 percent of the rebounds (12 of 37 accounted for by players). The point total from the bench was the highest percentage for UAB this season.

JANUARY GAMES: The Blazers hold a overall 115-78 (.596) record during the month of January. Overall, UAB is 447-264 (.629) 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 TIGERS: The Blazers continue their three-game homestand with Memphis, as it will be the 22nd meeting between the two schools. UAB trails 14-7 overall but have won three of the last five games including 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 and the two teams have each won four games since the inception of C-USA during the 1995-96 season.

Memphis series (UAB trails 14-7)
2/4/84 L 51-53/ot A
3/17/85 L 66-67/ot N
3/14/91 L 76-82 A
1/4/92 L 63-67 ARE
2/22/92 L 58-63 A
3/12/92 L 67-79 N
1/16/93 W 50-47 A
1/30/93 L 53-69 ARE
1/16/94 W 85-57 ARE
2/12/94 L 53-58 A
3/10/94 L 68-91 N
1/21/95 W 80-63 ARE
1/28/95 L 67-74 A
1/30/96 L 64-73 A
1/25/97 W 51-48 ARE
1/22/98 L 70-86 A
2/8/98 W 88-77 ARE
1/2/99 W 91-83 A
2/11/99 L 75-78 ARE
1/26/00 L 70-84 A
2/16/00 W 102-75 ARE

REBOUNDING MARGIN: This season the Blazers are outrebounding their opponents by a margin of 3.7 per contest as they have accumulated 39.5 boards per game. Twice this season, UAB has had a 20-plus rebounding advantage coming against Texas Tech (+21) and Tulane (+22). UAB is 10-1 this season in games when they outrebound its opponent.

LINEUP CHANGES: Through the first 18 games, the Blazers have started eight 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 seven times during the season.

HITTING DOUBLE-DIGIT TREYS: With the Blazers' 12 3-pointers against Cincinnati (1/17), it marked the sixth time in the Murry Bartow era - and second time this season - that a Blazer squad has converted 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)

SPREADING THE WEALTH: Only once this season, UAB has 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 34 to overtake Michael Charles who notched 408 from 1984 to 1988. Bass needs five more 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 9-3 when they score at least 70 points in a contest. The Blazers are 8-2 when they hold their opposition to 70 points or less.

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.

DOUBLE-DOUBLES FOR THE BLAZERS: Twice this season UAB has had a pair of players collect double-doubles in a game. 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 149-31 record (.828) 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 282-67 (.808).

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: UAB concludes its three-game homestand with Houston Wednesday. UAB leads the series 8-1 with the Cougars, but dropped its first game in the series Jan. 10 in a 67-65 decision at Guy V. Lewis Court.