Men's Basketball Game Notes Versus Houston (1/31/01)

Game No. 20: January 31, 2001
Houston (4-14, 1-5) at UAB (10-9, 3-4)
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

TV: None

G, 4, LeAndrew Bass, 6-3, 205, Sr., Birmingham, Ala., 16.8 ppg, 3.5 rpg - 8th 20+ scoring night with 21 pts vs. Memphis
G, 21, Tony Johnson, 6-4, 180, So., Morganfield, Ky., 4.0 ppg, 3.3 rpg - Averaging 5 assists over the last three games
F, 30, Eric Batchelor, 6-7, 210, Jr., Memphis, Tenn., 13.1 ppg, 4.1 rpg - Leads C-USA in 3-pointers per game at 2.74
F, 11, David Walker, 6-5, 205, Sr., Springfield, Tenn., 11.2 ppg, 7.8 rpg - Career-best 14 rebounds against Memphis Sat.
C, 54, Will Campbell, 6-8, 245, Jr., Elmira, N.Y., 6.9 ppg, 7.1 rpg - Averaging 8.9 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 83-61 (.576) overall mark and is 37-32 (.536) 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

HITTING 3-POINTERS: The Blazers, behind C-USA league leader Eric Batchelor and his 2.74 long range shots per game, have seen their 3-point field goal percentage rise over the last several games. Over the last four contests, UAB is hitting 41.8 percent from behind the arc, converting 33-of-79 shots. The Blazers are 7-3 this season when they make at least six treys in a game.

BASS KEEPS SCORING: For the third game in a row Saturday against Memphis - and for the eight time this season - senior LeAndrew Bass scored at least 20 points in a contest. Bass collected 21 points against the Tigers in a losing cause and leads the Blazers in scoring with a 16.8 points per game average. That average also ranks eighth in the C-USA ranks through Saturday's games. In conference games, Bass is collecting 18.0 points per contest.

BAD LUCK IN OVERTIME: After dropping its game Saturday to Memphis in overtime, UAB has fallen in both games this season that has gone to extra time. Heading into the season, the Blazers were 4-1 in overtime games and had won four straight in the Murry Bartow era.

JANUARY GAMES: The Blazers hold a overall 115-79 (.593) record during the month of January. Overall, UAB is 448-265 (.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 COUGARS: UAB will meet Houston for the 10th time in its men's basketball history. The Blazers won the first eight games in the series, before dropping a 67-65 decision in Houston earlier this year (see story and box on page 14 of the game notes). The Blazers are 3-0 against UH at Bartow Arena as this game marks only the second visit to Birmingham by the Cougars in the last five meetings. The series has seen its share of nailbiters as five of the nine games between the two schools have been decided by three points or less, including the last three meetings.

Houston series (UAB leads 8-1) 1/11/97 W 69-66 A
3/5/97 W 55-54 N
1/31/98 W 78-61 ARE
2/21/98 W 104-70 A
1/9/99 W 116-78 ARE
2/4/99 W 90-82 A
2/2/00 W 90-87 A
2/26/00 W 69-66 ARE
1/10/01 L 67-65 A

REBOUNDING MARGIN: This season the Blazers are outrebounding their opponents by a margin of 3.1 per contest as they have accumulated 39.6 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 19 games, the Blazers have started eight different lineups. 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 eight 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 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: 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 27 to overtake Michael Charles who notched 403 from 1984 to 1988. With seven assists against Memphis (1/27), Bass went over the century mark for assists this season (currently with 102) to become the first Blazer to record 100 in a campaign since Eric Holmes had 102 during the 1998-99 campaign.

BLAZERS DO WELL WHEN THEY SCORE 70 OR MORE: This season, UAB is 9-4 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.

HOLDING FOES UNDER 40% USUALLY MEANS WIN: For the eighth time this season, UAB held its opponent under 40 percent shooting from the floor as Memphis converted just 38.7 percent of its shots. The Blazers had won their first seven games to start the season when they held their opponents under 40 percent from the floor until the Memphis overtime loss.

DOUBLE-DOUBLES FOR THE BLAZERS: Twice this season UAB has had a pair of players collect double-doubles in the same 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.

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 149-32 record (.823) 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 282-68 (.806).

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 Plus.

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 takes to the road to face Southern Mississippi Saturday in a 3 p.m. tilt at Reed Green Coliseum. The Blazers hold a 9-6 advantage in the series despite losing 64-52 to the Eagles in Birmingham earlier this month. The Blazers are 2-4 against the Eagles in Hattiesburg, including a 83-71 loss their last season (2/19/00).