Game No. 22: February 10, 2001
UAB (12-9, 5-4) at South Florida (14-8, 6-3)
Sun Dome (10,411), Tampa, Fla. (2 pm EST)
UAB PROBABLE STARTERS ...
G, 4, LeAndrew Bass, 6-3, 205, Sr., Birmingham, Ala., 16.3 ppg, 3.4 rpg - Played 30+ min. in all but 4 gms. this season
G, 21, Tony Johnson, 6-4, 180, So., Morganfield, Ky., 4.0 ppg, 3.2 rpg - Averaging 4.6 assists over the last five games
F, 24, P.J. Arnold, 6-5, 205, Jr., Memphis, Tenn. , 13.6 ppg, 3.1 rpg - Hit all six 3-ptrs. in scoring 23 vs. USM
F, 11, David Walker, 6-5, 205, Sr., Springfield, Tenn., 11.1 ppg, 7.4 rpg - Has hit 8 of his last 11 field goals
C, 54, Will Campbell, 6-8, 245, Jr. Elmira, N.Y., 7.5 ppg, 8.0 rpg - Current C-USA Player of the Week
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: WABM 68 (ESPN PLUS)
John Rooney, Play-By-Play, Jeff Mullins, Color
UAB HEAD COACH MURRY BARTOW: Murry Bartow (UAB, 1985) is in his 5th season as head coach of the Blazers. He has a 85-61 (.582) overall mark and is 39-32 (.549) 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
TOUGH STRETCH BEGINS WITH USF: Starting with the South Florida contest, the Blazers will play three games over a five-day period. UAB returns home to face Centenary Monday for its final non-conference matchup of the season before getting back to league play against Marquette at Bartow Arena Wednesday.
CAMPBELL EARNS C-USA PLAYER OF THE WEEK HONORS: Junior Will Campbell (Elmira, N.Y.) had a stellar week for the Blazers averaging 12.5 points and 16.0 rebounds in a pair of wins for UAB to earn the C-USA Player of the Week Monday. Campbell collected 18 points and tied a school record for a game with 20 rebounds in a win over Houston. Then, three days later in UAB's triumph at Southern Miss, Campbell collected seven points and added 12 rebounds despite playing most of the game in foul trouble.
DOMINATING THE BOARDS VS. THE EAGLES: Campbell's board total allowed the Blazers to capture a 13-rebound advantage over the Golden Eagles. It was only the fifth time this season USM had been outrebounded as a team and was the largest deficit the Eagles faced this season.
MORE ON CAMPBELL: The USM game marked the eighth double-digit rebound performance for Campbell during the 2000-01 campaign and his 20-rebound performance against Houston marked just the seventh time in C-USA history that a player has recorded at least that many in a contest. Campbell has notched at least nine rebounds in nine of his last 11 games and is averaging 10.8 points and 11.8 rebounds over the last six games. Currently, he ranks seventh overall in the league at 8.0 rebounds per game and is first in the conference in rebounding in C-USA games only at 10.4 per contest.
MORE UAB C-USA PLAYER OF THE WEEK HISTORY: Campbell is the fourth different UAB player to win the award since the inception of the league during the 1995-96 season. He is also the first Blazer to earn this honor since Feb. 8, 1999, when Fred Williams was the recipient. Carlos Williams won this award three times, while Fred Williams and Willie Mitchell received the award once each.
BLAZERS SURRENDER SEASON-LOW POINTS: UAB gave up just 53 points against Houston (1/31), 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. In fact, the Blazers have kept its opponents to under 60 points in back-to-back games for the first time this season when USM managed just 59 last Saturday.
FEBRUARY GAMES: The Blazers hold a overall 105-74 (.587) record during the month of February. UAB is 450-265 (.629) in its 23rd season.
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.
REBOUNDING MARGIN: This season the Blazers are outrebounding their opponents by a margin of 3.9 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 12-1 this season in games when they outrebound its opponent.
BLAZERS DO WELL WHEN THEY SCORE 70 OR MORE: This season, UAB is 10-4 when they score at least 70 points in a contest. The Blazers are 10-2 when they hold their opposition to 70 points or less.
HOLDING FOES UNDER 40% USUALLY MEANS WIN: For the fifth straight game and the 10th time this season, the Blazers have held their opponent to under 40 percent shooting when they limited USM to 35.7 percent (20-of-56) from the floor last Saturday. UAB has accumulated a 9-1 mark when they hold its foes to under 40 percent shooting.
AGAINST THE BULLS: UAB renews its longest rivalry when 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. UAB, which has won five of the last seven games in the series, holds an 11-8 record in Tampa over the Bulls and had a three-game winning streak there snapped last season in a 88-69 defeat (1/5/00).
South Florida series (UAB leads 27-15)
1/25/79 L 66-68 N
2/3/79 W 81-65 BJCC
1/10/80 W 92-83 A
2/14/80 W 78-70 BJCC
1/17/81 L 77-79 A
1/29/81 W 70-53 BJCC
1/16/82 W 54-49 A
1/29/82 W 59-51 BJCC
2/27/82 W 66-56 BJCC
1/13/83 L 63-64 A
2/23/83 L 64-69 BJCC
3/6/83 W 64-47 BJCC
1/31/84 L 46-65 BJCC
2/20/84 L 57-58 A
1/12/85 W 58-52 A
2/19/85 W 62-61 BJCC
1/6/86 W 57-46 A
1/27/86 W 7156 BJCC
2/9/87 L 67-81 BJCC
2/18/87 W 67-58 A
1/13/88 W 59-54 BJCC
2/18/88 W 83-79 A
1/14/89 W 73-61 A
2/21/89 W 87-59 ARE
1/8/90 W 83-66 A
2/10/90 W 82-64 ARE
1/17/91 W 67-62 ARE
2/14/91 L 61-64 A
2/23/93 L 59-61 A
12/31/93 W 78-41 ARE
1/18/95 L 58-64 A
2/22/96 W 79-63 ARE
3/2/96 L 64-73 A
3/6/96 L 57-73 N
2/1/97 L 60-63 ARE
3/1/97 W 74-65/ot A
1/3/98 W 62-48 A
2/26/98 W 92-76 ARE
1/16/99 W 67-64 A
2/18/99 L 53-75 ARE
1/5/00 L 69-88 A
1/15/00 W 75-66/ot ARE
LINEUP CHANGES: Through the first 21 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.
IGOR SWATS HIS WAY INTO TOP 10: Senior Igor Nikolic finds himself ranked No. 10 for a career at UAB in blocked shots after collecting 17 blocks over the last 10 games. Nikolic has 62 blocks for his Blazer career, and needs just three to move into eighth place.
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. He currently has 382 for his career. 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.
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)
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 Blazer return home to meet Division I independent Centenary at home in a 7 p.m. contest at Bartow Arena. It will be the first meeting between the two schools in men's basketball. Centenary senior Ronnie McCollum, a native of Lafayette, Ala., leads the nation in scoring with a 28.9 scoring average through games of Monday Feb. 5.