Men's Hoops Heads To Tulsa

UABSPORTS.COM Quincy Taylor netted a season-high 15 points off a career-high five 3-pointers last game
Quincy Taylor netted a season-high 15 points off a career-high five 3-pointers last game

Feb. 5, 2013

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The Last Meeting
February 29, 2012
Bartow Arena
UAB Holds Off Tulsa For 68-64 Win
Jordan Swing scored 22 points, including knocking down four 3-pointers, as UAB held on to beat Tulsa 68-64 Wednesday night at Bartow Arena, extending the Blazers' season-best winning streak to four straight games.

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. ---- After hosting a pair of league games last week, the UAB men's basketball team hits the road to play at Tulsa on Wednesday night at 7:05 p.m. CT inside the Reynolds Center.

UAB (9-13, 1-6 C-USA)
at Tulsa (12-10, 4-4 C-USA)
Date: February 6, 2013
Time:  7:05 p.m. CT
Location:  Tulsa, Okla.
Venue: Reynolds Center (8,355)

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The Series
UAB and Tulsa are tied, 7-7, in the all-time series.
Last Meeting:  UAB 68, Tulsa 64 (2/29/12)

The Coaches
UAB:  Jerod Haase (Kansas, '97)
Record at UAB:  9-13 (1st season)
Career Record:  9-13 (1st season)

Tulsa: Danny Manning (Kansas,'91)
Record at Tulsa:  12-10 (1st season)
Career Record:  12-10 (1st season)

On The Blazers
>> UAB enters Wednesday's game at 9-13 and 1-6 in league play, after splitting a pair a C-USA home games last week. The Blazers defeated UTEP in overtime, 78-72, before being edged by Southern Miss, 79-75 on Saturday.

>> In the loss to the Golden Eagles, Jordan Swing and Quincy Taylor combined for 32 points off the bench.  Taylor hit five 3-pointers, marking a career-high, while Swing was 6-of-12 from the floor.  

>> After a dry spell from 3-point range to start C-USA play, UAB caught fire from downtown vs. Southern Miss, tying a season-high with 12 treys on 29 attempts (41.4 percent).

>> Since coming off the bench, Swing has been explosive, averaging 19.3 ppg over the last four contests.  He has shot 50 percent or better in each game and surpassed the 20-point mark twice, including a career-high 24 vs. UTEP.

>> Preston Purifoy tops C-USA in free throw percentage, making 92.2 percent of his attempts.  He has made 47-of-51 free throws and is 34-of-35 at the line in home games this season.

>> Jordan Swing tops the team in scoring, averaging 14.2 ppg, while Rod Rucker grabs a team-best 8.2 rebounds per game, which ranks sixth in the conference.

>> UAB ranks second in C-USA and 10th in the nation in assists, dishing out 16.5 per contest.

>> The Blazers are averaging the most shots per game in the conference, putting up 61.8 attempts per game. Back on Jan. 23 vs. ECU, UAB fired a league-high 80 shots in a 91-85 loss at Bartow Arena.

>> In C-USA games only, the Blazers top the league in offensive rebounds per game (14.4), led by Rod Rucker who individually grabs 4.4 per game.

On The Golden Hurricane
>> Tulsa sits at 12-10 overall and an even 4-4 in league play, after dropping its most recent league contest, 94-64 at Memphis.

>> The Golden Hurricane has played well at home, boasting a record of 7-2 overall and 2-1 at the Reynolds Center in C-USA games.

>> On offense, Tulsa averages 65.5 ppg as a team, led by James Woodard who puts in a team-best 12.6 per contest.  In total, seven Golden Hurricane players are averaging six points or more per game.

>> Tulsa is shooting 43.5 percent overall from the floor, 33.2 percent from 3-point range and 67.1 percent from the free throw line.

>> Like the Blazers, Tulsa played Southern Miss tough earlier this season.  The Golden Hurricane fell at home to the Golden Eagles, 62-59, back on Jan. 26.

KU Connection
Both Jerod Haase of UAB and Danny Manning of Tulsa are first-year head coaches in Conference USA, but the similarities don't end there.  The two both played and earned degrees from Kansas University.  Haase played from 1994-97, while Manning suited up for the Jayhawks from 1984-88.  In fact, Tulsa has four other members on its staff that graduated from KU: Brent Ballard, Steve Woodberry, Justin Bauman and Joe Balestrieri.

Swing Continues To Shine Off Pine
After scoring just 16 points off 4-of-23 (17.4 percent) shooting through the first three league games, Jordan Swing has flourished over the last four games since coming out of the starting five.  Over the last four contests, Swing is averaging 19.3 ppg and has shot 50 percent or better in all four games.  The Birmingham native scored a career-high 24 points in an overtime victory over UTEP during his recent stretch of success.

Taylor Heats Up From Downtown
Quincy Taylor has caught fire from beyond the arc recently, hitting 9-of-15 3-point attempts (60 percent) over his last four games.  Most recently, Taylor made a career-high five 3-pointers en route to a season-high 15 points against Southern Miss.  Through the first 18 games of the season, Taylor had made just four treys on 25 attempts (16 percent).

3-Point Barrage In Bartow
In UAB's most recent game against Southern Miss the two teams combined to make 22 3-pointers in Bartow Arena.  The Blazers tied a season-high with 12 3-pointers, which also tied for the most by a C-USA team in a league game this season.  Southern Miss was hot from downtown as well, making 10-of-17 attempts, tying for a league-high percentage (58.8).  

Close Contests As Of Late
UAB has played in some tight games recently, as the Blazers last three contests have been decided by six points or less. UAB fell on the road at Houston, 66-61 back on Jan. 30, before knocking off UTEP in overtime, 78-72 and falling to Southern Miss, 79-75.  The trend could continue has UAB narrowly knocked off Tulsa last year by four points, 68-64, in Bartow Arena.

Similarities In Non-Conference
UAB and Tulsa played two of the same teams in non-conference play, both facing off against Creighton and TCU.  Both the Blazers and Golden Hurricane lost to nationally ranked Creighton by 17 points on the road.  Tulsa edged TCU by one point, while UAB fell to the Horned Frogs by three.