Men's Basketball Game Notes Versus Centenary (2/12/01)

Game No. 23: February 12, 2001
Centenary (8-15) at UAB (12-10)
Bartow Arena (8,500), Birmingham, Ala. (7 pm)

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: None

PROBABLE STARTERS ... G, 4 LeAndrew Bass, 6-3, 205, Sr., Birmingham, Ala., 16.0 ppg, 3.6 rpg - Played 30+ min. in all but 4 gms. this season
G, 21 Tony Johnson, 6-4, 180, So., Morganfield, Ky., 4.1 ppg, 3.3 rpg - Averaging 4.2 assists over the last six games
F, 24 P.J. Arnold 6-5, 205, Jr., Memphis, Tenn., 13.3 ppg, 3.1 rpg - Had 6 gm. string of 10+ points snapped Sat.
F, 11 David Walker, 6-5, 205 Sr., Springfield, Tenn., 10.8 ppg, 7.3 rpg - Has hit 10 of his last 15 field goals
C, 54 Will Campbell, 6-8, 245, Jr., Elmira, N.Y., 7.5 ppg, 8.0 rpg - 6th double-double of year (12 p, 11 r) vs. USF

UAB HEAD COACH MURRY BARTOW: Murry Bartow (UAB, 1985) is in his 5th season as head coach of the Blazers. He has a 85-62 (.578) overall mark and is 39-33 (.542) 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 CONTINUES AGAINST THE GENTS: The South Florida contest began a span three games over a five-day period. UAB plays Centenary at home Monday for its final non-conference matchup of the season before getting back to league play against Marquette at Bartow Arena Wednesday.

FIRST MEETING WITH THE GENTLEMEN: The Blazers meet the Centenary Gentlemen for the first time in its men's basketball history. Centenary, which boasts former NBA star Robert Parrish as an alumnus, is the third team the Blazers will be playing for the first time this season. UAB also met LaSalle for its inaugural meeting as well as Texas Tech. The Blazers won both of those contests.

CAMPBELL CONTINUES TORRID TEAR: After a stellar week in which he was named C-USA Player of the Week, junior Will Campbell (Elmira, N.Y.) continued his solid play in the Blazers only game last week with 12 points and 11 rebounds for his sixth double-double of the season.

MORE ON CAMPBELL: During 2000-01, Campbell has tallied nine double-digit rebound performances 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 10 of his last 12 games and is averaging 11.0 points and 11.7 rebounds over the last seven games. Before last Saturday's games, Campbell ranked seventh overall in the league at 8.0 rebounds per game and was for first in the conference in rebounding in C-USA games only at 10.4 per contest. (His current C-USA rebound average is 10.5).

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 kept its opponents to under 60 points in back-to-back games for the first time this season when USM managed just 59 on Feb. 3.

FEBRUARY GAMES: The Blazers hold a overall 105-75 (.583) record during the month of February. UAB is 450-266 (.628) 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 4.2 per contest as they have accumulated 40.2 boards per game. Twice this season, UAB has had a 20-plus rebounding advantage coming against Texas Tech (+21) and Tulane (+22). UAB is 12-2 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 10-3 when they hold their opposition to 70 points or less.

HOLDING FOES UNDER 40% USUALLY MEANS WIN: For the sixth straight game and the 11th time this season, the Blazers have held their opponent to under 40 percent shooting when they limited South Florida to 36.7 percent (22-of-60) from the floor last Saturday. UAB has accumulated a 9-2 mark when they hold its foes to under 40 percent shooting.

LINEUP CHANGES: Through the first 22 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 two to move into eighth place. The following is the top 10 list:

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

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 16 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 113) to become the first Blazer to record 100 in a campaign since Eric Holmes had 102 during the 1998-99 campaign. The following is UAB's top 10 career assist leaders:

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-) - 388
7., Cedric Dixon ('94-98) - 329
8., George Wilkerson ('89-94) - 307
9., Stanley Jackson ('89-93) - 302
10., Oliver Robinson ('78-82) - 290

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 six double-doubles this season, while David Walker has four of UAB's 11 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)
12 p, 11 r at South Fla. (2/10)

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.

ONE-POINT GAMES: With its 61-60 loss to South Florida, the game marked the 32nd time in UAB history a men's basketball game has been decided by a single point. The Blazers are 15-17 lifetime in those games and the younger Bartow is 2-2 when the outcome is decided by one point.

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).

NON-CONFERENCE HOME AFFAIRS: After defeating Alcorn State on Jan. 3, UAB has now captured 10 of the last 11 non-conference games at Bartow Arena and Murry Bartow is 27-3 (.900) against non-conference foes in the Arena.

NEXT OPPONENT: UAB finishes its tough stretch Wednesday when they play American Division opponent Marquette. The Blazers trail in the series 10-4 and have won two of the last three games in the series. UAB won the last meeting between the two schools in Birmingham (1/6/99) with a 73-69 overtime win at Bartow Arena.