Men's Hoops Matches Up With Marshall

Jordan Swing posted a double-double with 19 points and 10 rebounds in UAB's last game

Feb. 22, 2013

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The Last Meeting
February 9, 2013
Bartow Arena
Men's Basketball Rolls Past Marshall, 75-61
Rod Rucker posted his ninth double-double of the season and three other Blazers scored in double figures as the UAB men's basketball team defeated Marshall, 75-61, on Saturday afternoon at Bartow Arena.

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. ---- The UAB men's basketball team hits the road this weekend, heading to Huntington, W.Va. to play at Marshall on Saturday.  Game time is set for 6 p.m. CT/7 p.m. ET at the Cam Henderson Center.

UAB (12-14, 4-7 C-USA)
vs. Marshall (12-15, 5-7 C-USA)
Date: February 22, 2013
Time:  6 p.m. CT
Location:  Huntington, W.Va.
Venue: Cam Henderson Center (9,048)

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The Series
UAB leads, 12-6
Last Meeting:  UAB 75, Marshall 61 in Birmingham, Ala. (2/9/13)
The Blazers shot a season-best 56.3 percent from downtown, making 9-of-16 attempts.  Four Blazers scored in double figures, led by a double-double from Rod Rucker (18 points, 10 rebounds).

The Coaches
UAB:  Jerod Haase (Kansas, '97)
Record at UAB:  12-14 (1st season)
Career Record:  12-14 (1st season)

MU:  Tom Herrion (Merrimack, '91)
Record at MU: 55-41 (3rd season)
Career Record:  135-79 (7th season)

On The Blazers
>> UAB enters Saturday’s tilt vs. Marshall after having its second and final bye week of the season. The last game for the Blazers was an 80-57 victory vs. Rice last Saturday.

>> In the victory, UAB shot an even 50 percent from the floor, making 30 of 60 shots, as Preston Purifoy and Jordan Swing each tied for team-high honors with 19 points apiece.

>> Purifoy was nearly perfect from the field, making 7-of-8 shots, including 4-of-5 from 3-point range in the win over the Owls.

>> Jordan Swing tops the Blazers in scoring, averaging 13.8 ppg, while Rod Rucker leads the Blazers and ranks sixth in C-USA in rebounds per game (8.2).

>> UAB has won four straight meetings in Huntington and owns a 6-2 all-time record in the Cam Henderson Center.

>> Purifoy leads C-USA in overall free throw percentage at 91.7, making 55 of 60 attempts this season. At home, Purifoy is 38-for-40 at the line.  The Conway, Ark., native is challenging the C-USA single-season free throw percentage record of 92.2 percent set by Zamal Nixon of Houston during the 2010-11 season and he currently holds the UAB single-season free throw percentage mark.

>> Quincy Taylor tops C-USA in conference play with a 47.2 3-point shooting percentage.  Taylor has connected on 17 of 36 attempts. Prior to the start of conference play, Taylor was 4-for-23 (17.4 percent) from beyond the arc.

>> UAB is 10-3 at home this season compared to 2-11 in games away from Bartow Arena.

>> UAB has made at least nine 3-pointers in three of its last four games. In the last meeting vs. Marshall, UAB shot a season-best 9-of-16 (56.3%) from beyond the arc.

>> The Blazers are averaging the most shots per game in the conference, putting up 60.8 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.

>> UAB ranks sixth in C-USA games in 3-point percentage (33.5), despite starting league play 0-37 from downtown.

On The Thundering Herd
>> Since losing to UAB on Feb. 9, Marshall has gone 2-1, most recently defeating UCF on the road, 82-70, to sit at 12-15 overall and 5-7 in conference play.

>> Marshall uses a balanced offensive attack with four players averaging in double figures: Elijah Pittman (15.6), DeAndre Kane (14.6), D.D. Scarver (13) and Dennis Tinnon (10.8).

>> Kane is one of the top point guards in the conference, averaging 7.1 assists and 4.5 rebounds to go along with 14.6 ppg.

>> Tinnon nearly averages a double-double in the post for the Herd, adding a team-best 9.4 rebounds to his 10.8 ppg.

>> On the season, Marshall averages 71.7 points per game and is shooting 42.8 percent from the floor, 31.5 percent from 3-point range and 57.7 percent from the foul line.