UAB Set To Take On C-USA Co-Leader Memphis

UABSPORTS.COM Sophomore Jordan Swing is averaging 17.0 ppg in his two games back in uniform after missing the previous three contests with a hand injury.
UABSPORTS.COM
Sophomore Jordan Swing is averaging 17.0 ppg in his two games back in uniform after missing the previous three contests with a hand injury.
UABSPORTS.COM

Feb. 10, 2012

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - The UAB men's basketball team will begin a two-game road swing when it travels to Memphis, Tenn. to take on Conference USA leaders Memphis on Saturday night at 7 p.m. CT.

The contest will be televised live on CSS and can also be heard live on the Blazers Sports Network, 107.7 FM.

UAB and Memphis will meet for the 44th time in series history on Saturday and the second time this season (UAB lost to Memphis, 62-59) in Birmingham on Jan. 7). The Tigers own a 33-10 lead in the previous 43 contests and have now won 12 straight games over the Blazers.

UAB has only won twice in 21 games played at Memphis. The last time the Blazers pulled out a road win over the Tigers came on Jan. 2, 1999 (Won 91-83).

GAME INFORMATION
Feb. 11, 2012 • 7 pm CT • Memphis, Tenn. • FedExForum (18,400)

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About UAB
• UAB (10-13, 5-5) captured its third straight win and fifth victory in the last seven games with a 71-61 win over Southern Miss on Wednesday night. Senior forward Cameron Moore erupted for a season-high 27 points along with 12 boards for his 10th double-double of the season.
• Moore, the C-USA Preseason Player of the Year, enters the Memphis contest leading UAB in scoring (16.4), rebounding (10.8) and blocked shots (2.9) a game. He ranks in a tie for second in the league in scoring, is tied for the league lead in rebounding and leads the league in blocked shots. Moore also leads C-USA in league games only in scoring (18.7 ppg) and rebounding (10.3 rpg). Nationally, Moore ranks 8th in rebounds a contest and is 14th in blocks a game (as of 2/8).
• Moore is just the second Blazer to earn the preseason player of the year honor, joining former standout Robert Vaden, who was tabbed with the accolade prior to the start of the 2008-09 campaign.
• Sophomore guard Jordan Swing is second on the team with 11.7 points per game. Swing leads the team and ranks third in C-USA in three-point shooting at 40.9 percent and is second in free throw shooting percentage (87.8). Additionally, he is averaging 3.0 treys and shooting 50.0 percent from deep in league contests only.
• Junior forward Ovie Soko is third in scoring (8.6 ppg) and is second in rebounding (7.2 rpg). Soko ranks second on the team with six double-double contests on the year. In fact, Moore (10) and Soko (6) have combined for 16 double-doubles on the year.
• UAB head coach Mike Davis, the 2011 C-USA Coach of the Year, owns a record of 117-70 (.626) during his five-plus seasons at UAB. He has a career mark of 232-149 (.609), now in his 12th season as a head coach. He now owns a record of 58-32 (.644) in conference play.
• Last season, the Blazers finished with a 22-9 record and a 12-4 mark in conference play as UAB captured its first outright regular season Conference USA championship in school history. As a result, the Blazers received an at-large berth to the 2011 NCAA Tournament, marking their first appearance in the "Big Dance" since the 2006 campaign and the 14th NCAA Tournament showing in program history.

About Memphis
• Memphis (17-7, 7-2) comes into Saturday night's contest having won eight of its last 10 contests, including all five home games. Most recently, the Tigers toppled East Carolina, 70-59, on Wednesday night in Greenville, N.C. The victory, coupled with UAB's win over Southern Miss, vaulted the Tigers into a first-place tie atop of C-USA standings.
• Sophomore guard Will Barton comes into the contest against the Blazers leading the team in points (18.3) and rebounds (8.1) this year. Barton leads Conference USA in scoring and is sixth in rebounding.
• Sophomore Joe Jackson is the only other Memphis player to average double-digit scoring, contributing 10.2 points a contest. Forward Tarik Black (9.6 ppg) and guard Chris Crawford (9.3) each score over nine points a game to the cause.
• Crawford leads the team with 3.5 assists and 1.5 steals a game, while also contributing 9.3 points a game overall and is averaging 12.4 ppg in conference play.
• As a team, the Tigers are outscoring the competition by an average of 8.5 points a game (74.6-66.1). Memphis leads the conference in scoring average, field goal percentage (48.5), field goal perentage defense (38.6) and blocked shots (6.2).
• Head coach Josh Pastner is in his third season at the helm of the Memphis program. Pastner has an overall record of 65-27 (.707).

A Few Notes From Last Game
Cameron Moore scored 27 points on 12-of-16 shooting as UAB defeated Southern Miss 71-61 Wednesday night, handing the Golden Eagles only their second loss in the past 18 games.
• The game was tied 49-49 with 8 minutes to play before the Blazers scored seven consecutive points to take the lead for good. Southern Miss never pulled closer than four points the rest of the way.
• UAB's Jordan Swing scored five of his 15 points in the final 4 minutes, including a 3-pointer that gave the Blazers a 65-57 lead.
• Jonathan Mills led the Golden Eagles with 14 points. Mills, one of the Golden Eagles' best interior players, scored only two points in the first half after picking up two fouls in the first 3 minutes.
• The Blazers made eight of their first nine shots to take an 18-14 lead, and led 32-28 at halftime.
• The 60.5 shooting percentage was also the second best in the league this season, trailing only UTEP's 61.2 percent vs. Houston on Jan. 7.

UAB-Memphis: Round One
• On a special night in which legendary Coach Gene Bartow was honored after his passing on Jan. 3, Memphis outlasted UAB in a back-and-forth battle, 62-59, during the third annual Gene Bartow Classic in both squads' Conference USA opener.
• The game featured 16 ties and 10 lead changes with the lead never reaching larger than seven points and keeping all 8,242 fans glued to their seats.
Cameron Moore topped all scorers with 20 points on 7-of-14 shooting from the floor and knocking down 6-of-8 shots at the foul line. It marked his second 20-point outing of the season.
• Swing sank a career-high five 3-pointers en route to scoring 19 points for the Blazers.
• After shooting 50 percent in the first half (12-for-24), UAB managed to make just six field goals in the second stanza on 22 attempts (27.3 percent). Memphis knocked down 54.5 percent of its shots for the game and scored 34 points in the paint in the victory.

UAB-Memphis: The Series
• UAB and Memphis will meet for the 44th time in series history on Saturday. The Tigers own a 33-10 lead in the previous 43 contests and have now won 12 straight games over the Blazers, including a 62-59 win earlier this year at Bartow Arena.
• UAB has only won twice in 21 games played at Memphis. The last time the Blazers pulled out a road win over the Tigers came on Jan. 2, 1999 (Won 91-83).
• The last time UAB has defeated Memphis came on March 2, 2006 (Won 80-74).

The Shot That Started The Streak
Robert Williams' game-winning three-pointer in overtime to lift UAB to a win at Rice, has propelled the Blazers to a 5-2 mark over their last seven games.
• Below is a breakdown of UAB's numbers compared to the opposition.
FG% 3-pt FG% Reb. Pts.
UAB .452 .412 33.9 62.3
Opp .423 .359 31.3 60.0

Moore Named C-USA POW...Again
• For the second time this season, UAB senior forward Cameron Moore has been selected as the Conference USA Player of the Week. He also earned the feat for the week of Jan. 2 and now has three such honors in his career.
• Moore earned the recognition after leading UAB to a pair of wins over Houston (2/1) and at UTEP (2/4). During the week, Moore collected a pair of double-doubles and averaged 18.0 points, 12.0 rebounds and 5.5 blocks per game in the two Blazer victories.
• Moore earned his first weekly honor of the year after an outstanding week in wins over George Washington and Alabama A&M. That week, he connected on 15-of-20 shots from the floor (.750) and averaged 17.5 points and 16.5 rebounds.

Mr. Double-Double
• Senior Cameron Moore has recorded a double-double in four straight contests and six of his last seven games coming into the Memphis matchup on Saturday.
• Over the seven-game stretch, Moore is averaging an impressive 18.9 points and 11.9 rebounds a game.
• Moore has 10 double-doubles this season which is tied for second in Conference USA. He now has 24 double-doubles in his career, which places him in second overall on the program's all-time list.
• Carlos Williams is the school's all-time leader in double-doubles with 35 throughout his career.

That's What You Call Stepping Up
• With the hand injury to Jordan Swing, UAB's second-leading scorer, someone had to step up and fill in on the offensive end. That person ended up being a trio of UAB guards in Preston Purifoy, Quincy Taylor and Jekore Tyler.
• Over the last five contests (the three games Swing has missed and two games since his return), the trio of Purifoy (12.6), Taylor (9.2) and Tyler (6.8) have combined to average 28.6 of the 66.8 points a game - approximately 42.8 percent of the team's total output.
• During that five-game span, the trio is shooting a combined 49.5 percent from the floor (50-of-101) and 49.1 percent from beyond the arc (25-of-53).

Back In The Swing Of Things
Jordan Swing returned from a hand injury in a big way. In his two games since returning to the lineup, the native of Birmingham, Ala. is averaging 17.0 ppg while shooting 50.0 percent (6-of-12) from beyond the arc.
• Swing, who had missed the previous three games prior to his return at UTEP (2/4), is second on the team in scoring at 11.7 ppg, while he leads the team and ranks third in C-USA in three-point shooting (40.9 percent).
• Swing has stepped up even more so in conference play.
• Against league competition, the sophomore guard is averaging 14.0 points a game. Had he played in 75% of UAB's C-USA contests, he would be leading the conference in three-point field goal percentage (50.0 on 21-of-42 shooting) and threes made per game (3.0).
• Swing had reached double figures in 10 of his last 12 games he has suited up.

Sharp-Shooters
• As a team, UAB has certainly improved on his accuracy from beyond the arc.
• The Blazers currently lead C-USA in three-point field goal percentage in league games only. Coming into the Memphis game, UAB is shooting 41.9 percent (65-of-155) of its three-point shots.
• During non-conference play, the Blazers ranked near the bottom among league opponents, shooting 30.7 percent in their 13 games against non-conference opposition.

Countdown To 1,000-Point Club
• With six regular season contests remaining, UAB senior Cameron Moore has a chance to become the 20th member to reach 1,000 points in his Blazer career.
• Moore currently has 939 points and is 88 points shy of joining the elite group. He needs to average 10.2 points a game to reach the achievement by the end of the regular season.

UAB Trends
• There are a few game trends to watch out for when UAB takes the court. The Blazers are:
- 7-2 when shooting 45% or better
- 5-3 when scoring more than 60 points
- 5-0 when scoring 70 or more points
- 3-11 when shooting less than 45%
- 2-9 when trailing at the half
- 1-7 when outrebounded
- 2-10 when scoring less than 60 points

Tough Competition
• UAB's strength of schedule ranks as No. 41 in the country (Warrennolan.com) entering Saturday's game at Memphis.
• Twelve of the Blazers' 23 opponents are ranked among the top 100 RPI according to WarrenNolan.com (as of Feb. 9). Of those 11 teams, eight are ranked in the top 50 RPI and five are ranked among the top-25.
• Of the Blazers' 13 losses, four have come against teams ranked in the top 20 (No. 8 Southern Miss, No. 14 Florida, No. 16 Creighton and No. 19 Memphis). • The record of the 13 teams who have beaten UAB is a combined 203-89 (.695) (as of Feb. 6).

Lock Down Defense
• UAB has held eight of its last 10 opponents to 61 points or fewer entering the Memphis game, while only seven of 23 opponents have scored 65 or more points in a game this season.
• As a team, the Blazers have held the opposition to an average of 61.2 points a game, which ranks third in C-USA. The Blazers are sixth in the league in field goal percentage defense, allowing the competition to shoot just 41.2 percent from the floor.
• Against league competition, the Blazers are giving up an average of 60.2 points a game, which ranks second in the conference, while the 42.9 percent UAB allows opponents to shoot from the floor ranks fifth-best in the league.
• Only three teams have reached 70 points in a game against UAB this season (No. 13 Creighton, No. 12 Florida and East Carolina).
• The Blazers have held all but five opponents (VCU, Florida, Memphis, East Carolina and UTEP) to under 45-percent shooting.

Slim Margins In League Play
• UAB has now played 10 games in conference play, with all 10 contests being decided by a total of 53 points (an average of 5.3 points per game).
• The Blazers' five league losses have come by a combined total of 23 points (4.6 points a game).
• UAB is outscoring the league opposition by 0.7 points a game (60.9-60.2).