Men's Basketball Takes On Marshall Saturday at 2 p.m. CT

Rod Rucker averages a team-best 13.8 ppg and has eight double-doubles on the season

Feb. 8, 2013

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The Last Meeting
January 25, 2012
Huntington, W. Va.
UAB Downs Marshall, 56-49
Cameron Moore scored 21 points to lead UAB to a 56-49 victory over Marshall in a Conference USA game Wednesday night at Huntington, W.Va.

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. ---- The UAB men's basketball team starts up the second half of Conference USA play by hosting the Marshall Thundering Herd on Saturday at 2 p.m. CT inside Bartow Arena.

The Blazers are coming off an impressive 70-63 victory on the road against Tulsa this past Wednesday.

UAB (10-13, 2-6 C-USA)
vs. Marshall (10-13, 3-5 C-USA)
Date: February 9, 2013
Time:  2 p.m. CT
Location:  Birmingham, Ala.
Venue: Bartow Arena (8,500)

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The Series
UAB leads, 11-6
Last Meeting:  UAB 56, Tulsa 49 (1/25/12)

The Coaches
UAB:  Jerod Haase (Kansas, '97)
Record at UAB:  10-13 (1st season)
Career Record:  10-13 (1st season)

Marshall: Tom Herrion (Merrimack, '89)
Record at Marshall:  53-39 (3rd season)
Career Record:  133-77 (1st season)

On The Blazers
>> UAB enters Saturday’s game at 10-13 and 2-6 in league play, after knocking off Tulsa on the road, 70-63 on Wednesday.

>> In the win at Tulsa, the Blazers used a 30-4 run in the first half, that featured the Blazers shooting 11-for-19 from the floor and dishing out nine team assists during that span. UAB held the Golden Hurricane without a field goal for over 12 minutes in the opening stanza.

>> Rod Rucker led the way with 17 points and Quincy Taylor, in his first start of the season, added 14 points and a season-high six assists in the win vs. Tulsa.

>> UAB shot 54.5 percent from the floor at Tulsa, including a blistering 60.7 percent (17-for-28) in the first half.  The overall shooting clip marked UAB’s second highest this season, trailing only the 57.1 percentage the Blazers shot against South Alabama (12/8).

>> Since coming off the bench, Jordan Swing has been explosive, averaging 16.4 ppg over the last five contests.  He has shot an even 50 percent from the floor during that span and has reached the 20-point mark twice, including a career-high 24 vs. UTEP (1/30).

>> Preston Purifoy tops C-USA in free throw percentage, making 92.5 percent of his attempts.  He has made 49-of-53 free throws and is 34-of-35 at the line in home games this season.

>> Quincy Taylor is shooting 52.2 percent (12-for-23) from 3-point range in league games, the second best shooting clip in C-USA. All 12 of his 3-pointers.

>> As a team, UAB is averaging 73 points per game, shooting 43.2 percent from the field, 33.6 percent from 3-point range and 73.5 percent from the foul line.  Rod Rucker and Jordan Swing lead the team in scoring, each averaging 13.8 points a game.

>> UAB ranks second in C-USA and 10th in the nation in assists, dishing out 16.6 per contest.

>> The Blazers are averaging the most shots per game in the conference, putting up 61.0 attempts per contest. Back on Jan. 23 vs. ECU, UAB fired (in league games only) a C-USA best 80 shots in a 91-85 loss at Bartow Arena.

>> In C-USA games only, the Blazers are tied for second in offensive rebounds per game (13.3), led by Rod Rucker who individually grabs 3.9 per game (3rd in C-USA).

On The Thundering Herd
>> Marshall comes to Birmingham, after falling on the road to Tulane, 91-75, this past Wednesday. The Thundering Herd own a record of 10-13 and 3-5 in league play.

>> MU features one of the top rebounding teams in C-USA, ranking second with 39 boards per game. On the offensive glass, the Thundering Herd is even better, collecting a league-best 14.8 rebounds a game.

>> The Herd averages 68.7 points per game and is shooting 42.1 percent from the field, 31.8 percent from 3-point range and 57.1 percent from the foul line.

>> Dennis Tinnon (9.1) and Nigel Spikes (7.5) average 16.6 rebounds combined per game as starting post players for Marshall.

>> DeAndre Kane runs the offense for the Herd, averaging a conference-best 7.4 assists per game. He also contributes 14.4 points and 4.4 rebounds per contest.

Big  Run Leads Blazers By Tulsa

In the early part of the first half, UAB used a 30-4 run spanning nearly nine minutes to help propel the Blazers to a 70-63 victory at Tulsa.  During the big rally, UAB shot 11-for-19 from the floor and nine of the 11 field goals were off an assist.  In addition, the UAB defense held the Golden Hurricane without a field goal for over 12 minutes during the first stanza.

The victory marked the first on the road for the Blazers in conference play and just the second win away from Bartow Arena this season -- the other at Troy, 75-55 (11/27).

Close Contests In C-USA Play

UAB has played in some tight games recently, as the Blazers last five contests have been decided by seven points or less. UAB owns a 2-3 record in those contests, with an overtime victory against UTEP, 78-72, along with a 70-63 road win at Tulsa.

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 five games since coming out of the starting five.  Over the last five contests, Swing is averaging 16.4 ppg and shooting 50 percent from the floor. Against UTEP, Swing entered as a reserve and scored a career-high 24 pts in an overtime victory. 

Taylor Takes And Makes Trifectas

Quincy Taylor is shooting 52.2 percent (12-for-23) from 3-point range in league games, the second best shooting clip in C-USA. All 12 of his 3-pointers have come in three games: vs. ECU, vs. Southern Miss and  at Tulsa. 

Taylor made just four 3-pointers in the first 18 games of the season on 25 attempts (16 percent).

Big Games Off Bench

Jordan Swing and Terence Jones both produced solid performances in their first games off the bench this season.  Swing started the first 18 games of the season,  before entering as a non-starter for the first time vs. ECU (1/23) and scored 16 points of 6-of-12 shooting. At Tulsa, Jones came in as a reserve after starting each of the first 22 games, and netted 13 points, including three 3’s and 11 of those points coming in the first half.

In contrast, Quincy Taylor made his first start of the season, in place of Jones, at Tulsa and produced a 14-point, six-assist effort to help lead the Blazers to a road win.