Game No. 21: February 3, 2001
UAB (11-9, 4-4) at Southern Mississippi (16-4, 6-2)
Reed Green Coliseum (8,095), Hattiesburg, Miss. (3 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: ESPN PLUS (CSS in Birmingham area)
Jim Brinson, Play-By-Play, Charlie Spoonhour, Color
PROBABLE STARTERS ...
G, 4, LeAndrew Bass, 6-3, 205, Sr., Birmingham, Ala., 16.4 ppg, 3.3 rpg - 8 game double-digit pts. streak snapped Wed.
G, 21, Tony Johnson, 6-4, 180, So., Morganfield, Ky., 4.0 ppg, 3.2 rpg - Averaging 4.8 assists over the last four games
F, 24, P.J. Arnold, 6-5, 205, Jr., Memphis, Tenn., 13.1 ppg, 3.1 rpg - Averaging 17.0 points over the last five games
F, 11, David Walker, 6-5, 205 Sr., Springfield, Tenn., 11.1 ppg, 7.5 rpg - Hand inj. early against UH, returned in 2nd half
C, 54, Will Campbell, 6-8, 245, Jr., Elmira, N.Y., 7.5 ppg, 7.8 rpg - Tied school rec. with 20 rebounds vs. Houston
UAB HEAD COACH MURRY BARTOW: Murry Bartow (UAB, 1985) is in his 5th season as head coach of the Blazers. He has a 84-61 (.579) overall mark and is 38-32 (.543) 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 & 98-99 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
HALFWAY POINT: Through the first half of Conference USA play, the Blazers have compiled a 4-4 mark including 3-3 against National Division foes. UAB plays five of its final eight league games on the road beginning against USM.
CAMPBELL TIES SCHOOL RECORD: Junior Will Campbell of Elmira, N.Y. recorded a school-record tying 20 rebounds to go along with 18 points in UAB's 65-53 win over Houston Wednesday. Campbell ties the mark set by Carlos Williams against Grambling State on Dec. 1, 1996. The double-double was the fifth for Campbell this season.
BLAZERS SURRENDER SEASON-LOW POINTS: UAB gave up just 53 points against Houston Wedensday night, marking the fewest points the Blazers have given up this season and the lowest output from an opponent since Louisville collected just 50 last season (1/12/00) in a UAB 56-50 victory over the Cardinals.
FEBRUARY GAMES: The Blazers hold a overall 104-74 (.584) record during the month of February. Overall, UAB is 449-265 (.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 EAGLES: UAB will meet Southern Miss for the 16th time in its men's basketball history and try snap a two-game losing streak to the Eagles in the process, including a 64-52 decision in Birmingham last month. The Blazers are 2-4 in Hattiesburg, capturing their last win there on Feb. 20, 1999, in a 70-61 triumph. Although the teams have played just 15 times, the series does date back to UAB's inaugural season in which the Blazers beat USM twice during that campaign.
Southern Miss series (UAB leads 9-6)
1/10/79 W 93-87 BJCC
1/29/79 W 60-59 A
12/30/80 W 60-55/ot BJCC
12/18/81 W 71-56 N
1/3/96 L 61-78 A
2/12/96 L 64-67 ARE
1/18/97 L 59-74 A
2/15/97 W 65-52 ARE
2/12/98 L 56-73 A
2/28/98 W 93-81 ARE
2/7/99 W 63-50 ARE
2/20/99 W 70-61 A
1/19/00 W 73-57 ARE
2/19/00 L 71-83 A
1/13/01 L 52-64 ARE
REBOUNDING MARGIN: This season the Blazers are outrebounding their opponents by a margin of 3.5 per contest as they have accumulated 39.8 boards per game. Twice this season, UAB has had a 20-plus rebounding advantage coming against Texas Tech (+21) and Tulane (+22). UAB is 11-1 this season in games when they outrebound its opponent.
LINEUP CHANGES: Through the first 20 games, the Blazers have started nine different lineups. Only senior LeAndrew Bass has 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. Junior Eric Batchelor did not start for the first time this season against Houston on Wednesday.
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)
IGOR SWATS HIS WAY INTO TOP 10: Senior Igor Nikolic has collected at least one block in each of the last six games to propel him into the top 10 for a career at UAB in that category. Nikolic ranks 10th with 62 blocks as a Blazer, and needs just three to move by into eighth place. Here is a list of the top in blocks at UAB:
UAB CAREER BLOCKS
1. Alan Ogg ('86-90), 266
2. Jerome Mincy ('82-86), 131
3. Norman Anchrum ('80-82), 125
4. Anthony Gordon ('82-86), 93
5. Frank Haywood ('90-94), 82
6. Oliver Robinson ('78-82), 67
Donnie Speer ('78-82), 67
8. Anthony Thomas ('94-96), 63
Carlos Williams ('94-97), 63
10. Igor Nikolic ('97-), 62
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.
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 22 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 107) to become the first Blazer to record 100 in a campaign since Eric Holmes had 102 during the 1998-99 campaign.
UAB CAREER ASSISTS
1. Steve Mitchell ('82-86), 597
2. Jack Kramer ('88-91), 586
3. Barry Bearden ('86-90), 530
4. Corey Jackson ('91-94), 423
5. Michael Charles ('84-88), 403
6. LeAndrew Bass ('97-), 382
7. Cedric Dixon ('94-98), 329
8. George Wilkerson ('89-94), 307
9. Stanley Jackson ('89-93), 302
10. Oliver Robinson ('78-82), 290
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 9-2 when they hold their opposition to 70 points or less.
HOLDING FOES UNDER 40% USUALLY MEANS WIN: For the ninth time this season Wednesday against Houston, the Blazers have held their opponent to under 40 percent shooting, the Cougars converted 37.5 percent (18-of-48). In those games, UAB has accumulated a 8-1 mark when they hold its foes to under 40 percent shooting.
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: Will Campbell leads the Blazers with five double-doubles this season, while David Walker has four of UAB's 10 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 at Cincinnati (1/17)
18 p, 20 r vs. Houston (1/31)
David Walker -
11 p, 11, r at Bradley (12/3)
12 p, 11 r vs. CSUN (12/21)
20 p, 13 r at Hawai'i (12/23)
16 p, 13 r vs. Tulane (1/7)
ALL-TIME HOME RECORD: UAB has collected a 150-32 record (.824) 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 283-68 (.806).
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, which does not play a midweek game next week for the first time since late December, returns to action next Saturday on the road at South Florida. The Blazers renew their longest rivalry as they meet the Bulls for the 43rd time with the Blazers holding a 27-15 advantage. The two teams have played in 21 of UAB's 22 previous seasons and have played more than once in a campaign 18 times.