Men's Basketball Game Notes Versus Louisville (2/27/01)

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Game No. 28: February 27, 2001
UAB (15-12, 7-7) at Louisville (11-17, 7-7)
Freedom Hall (18,865), Louisville, Ky. (8 pm EST)

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 in Birmingham area

PROBABLE STARTERS ...
G, 4, LeAndrew Bass, 6-3, 205, Sr., Birmingham, Ala., 14.5 ppg, 3.7 rpg - Went over 400 career assists Sat. at DePaul
G, 24, P.J. Arnold, 6-5, 205, Jr., Memphis, Tenn., 13.7 ppg, 3.1 rpg - Notched season-high 30 points vs. DePaul
F, 30, Eric Batchelor, 6-7, 210, Jr., Memphis, Tenn., 12.1 ppg, 4.3 rpg - Hit 14-of-15 free throws at DU, all in 2nd half
F, 11, David Walker, 6-5, 205, Sr., Springfield, Tenn., 10.2 7.3 - Missed 1st gm. since season opener at DePaul
C, 54, Will Campbell, 6-8, 245, Jr., Elmira, N.Y., 8.6 ppg, 8.4 rpg -12th double-digit reb. game Sat. with 14

UAB HEAD COACH MURRY BARTOW: Murry Bartow (UAB, 1985) is in his 5th season as head coach of the Blazers. He has a 88-64 (.579) overall mark and is 41-35 (.539) 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 previous 4 seasons
* led UAB to NCAA Tournament appearance in 1999, the first trip for the school since 1994
* averaged 18.3 wins per season over his first four campaigns
* has won at least seven C-USA games in each of his five seasons

WINNING IN THE AMERICAN DIVISION: With their 68-61 win Saturday over DePaul, the Blazers are now 3-1 against C-USA American Divsion teams this season. UAB had already beaten Marquette and Charlotte at home, while dropping a contest at Cincinnati. The final two regular season games come against American Division opponents.

CLINCHED A .500 SEASON: The DePaul win guaranteed a .500 record for the Blazers in 2000-01. The program has accumulated one sub-par .500 campaign in this its 23rd season of play.

ARMSTRONG CALLED INTO ACTION: For the second straight game Saturday, senior Bill Armstrong tied his career-high in minutes with 11. Over those two games, the fifth-year walk-on has not turned the ball over and has dished three assists.

NIKOLIC NAMED DISTRICT IV ACADEMIC TEAM: Senior Igor Nikolic was named last Thursday to the Verizon/College of Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) District IV Academic team. The Zemun, Serbia, native achieved a 3.97 undergraduate grade point average in electrical engineering and graduated last March. He was voted the UAB School of Engineering's Student of the Year in 2000. In graduate school, Nikolic has achieved a 4.0 gpa. Since his enrollment at UAB after spending a year at Garden City (Kansas) Community College, Nikolic has not been credited with a grade lower that an A. Here is a list of players who made the District IV squad and who will be placed on the national ballot for All-America consideration: Wes Burtner, Belmont (3.77, finance), Mike Ensminger, Miami University (3.83, political science), Craig Haese, Youngstown State (3.66, elementary education), and Nate Schindewolf, Akron (special education, 3.58). The district includes Division I schools from Alabama, Ohio, Tennessee, Kentucky and Michigan.

UAB HOLDING OPPONENTS UNDER 40% SHOOTING: The Blazers have held its opponents to under 40% shooting from the field 13 times this season, including a seven-game streak that ended in their win against Marquette (2/14). UAB is 11-2 in those contests.

CAMPBELL CONTINUES TO REBOUND: Will Campbell notched his eighth double-double of the season last Wednesday with 15 points and 11 rebounds and followed that performance with 14 rebounds against DePaul Saturday. Currently, over the last 12 games, Campbell is averaging 11.7 points and 10.9 rebounds. Earlier this season, Campbell garnered C-USA Player of the Week honors (Feb. 4) and recorded 20 rebounds against Houston (1/31) marking only the seventh time in league history that a player has notched at least that many in a contest.

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 when USM managed just 59 on Feb. 3.

FEBRUARY GAMES: The Blazers hold a overall 108-77 (.584) record during the month of February. UAB is 453-268 (.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 4.3 per contest as they have accumulated 41.3 boards per game. Three times this season UAB has had a 20-plus rebounding advantage coming against Texas Tech (+21), Tulane (+22) and a whopping plus-34 against Centenary as UAB tied a school record by grabbing 65 rebounds. UAB is 13-3 this season in games when they outrebound its opponent.

BLAZERS DO WELL WHEN THEY SCORE 70 OR MORE: UAB is 12-4 when they score at least 70 points in a contest this season. The Blazers are 13-3 when they hold their opposition to 70 points or less.

AGAINST THE CARDINALS: UAB will play Louisville for the ninth time in its basketball history. The Blazers won last season's meeting 56-50 in Bartow Arena to snap a two-game losing streak to the Cardinals. The series dates back to the 1982 season, when the Cardinals collected a 75-68 decision in the Birmingham-Jefferson Civic Center. The game was an Elite Eight matchup in the NCAA Tournament which ended the highest finish for the Blazers in their basketball history.

Louisville series (Cardinals leads 6-2)
3/19/82 L 68-75 BJCC
1/17/96 L 70-78 ARE
2/10/96 L 66-81 A
1/3/97 L 79-93 ARE
1/15/98 W 55-53 ARE
2/25/99 L 60-91 A
3/5/99 L 68-77 BJCC
1/12/00 W 56-50 ARE

LINEUP CHANGES: Through the first 27 games, the Blazers have started 12 different lineups. Senior LeAndrew Bass was the only Blazer to start in every game this season, before missing the Marquette game (2/14) due to a sinus infection. Of the 12 eligible players for UAB this season, nine different Blazers have drawn starting assignments this season.

IGOR MOVES INTO EIGHTH ON UAB BLOCK CHART: Senior Igor Nikolic finds himself ranked No. 8 for a career at UAB in blocked shots after swatting away two shots against Centenary (2/12). Nikolic has 66 blocks for his Blazer career.

BASS IS SIXTH IN CAREER ASSISTS: LeAndrew Bass moved into sixth place on the UAB career chart for assists Jan. 3 against Alcorn State with four. Bass, who has 402 for his career, now has his sights set on fifth place and needs two 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 127) 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: Four times this season, UAB has had a pair of players collect double-doubles in the same game. David Walker (10 pts, 13 rebs.) and Sidney Ball (10 pts., 10 rebs.) accomplished that feat most recently at Memphis (2/19). Will Campbell (14 pts., 12 rebs.) and Eric Batchelor (17 pts., 12 rebs.) collected a duo double-double against Centenary, while Walker (19 pts., 13, reb.) and Campbell (19 pts., 12 reb.) achieved that feat against Tulane (1/7). Campbell notched 11 points and 12 rebounds, while Bass recorded the first double-double of his career with 14 points and a career-best 11 rebounds against Virginia Commonwealth.

MORE ON THE DOUBLE-DOUBLES: The Blazers collected their 17th double-double of the season Saturday by their sixth different player as Igor Nikolic notched a 12-point, 10-rebound day against DePaul. Will Campbell leads the Blazers with eight double-doubles this season, while David Walker, who has 11 for his career, has five.

2000-2001 UAB Double-Doubles:
Sidney Ball -
10 p, 10 r at Memphis (2/19)
Eric Batchelor -
17 p, 12 r vs Centenary (2/12)
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)
14 p, 12 r vs. Centenary (2/12)
15 p, 11 r vs. South Fla. (2/21)
Igor Nikolic -
12 p, 10 r vs. DePaul (2/24)
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)
10 p, 13 r at Memphis (2/19)

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.

P.J. POURS IN THIRTY: Junior P.J. Arnold recorded the first 30-point performance for the Blazers this season Saturday at DePaul. The last time a UAB player collected at least 30 points, Eric Holmes poured in 34 in the 1st round of the C-USA Tourney with Charlotte (3/8) last season.

NEXT OPPONENT: UAB finishes its 2000-01 regular season Saturday at home against Saint Louis. The Blazers hold a 14-5 mark over the Billikens and are 7-0 against them at Bartow Arena (9-0 all-time in Birmingham). The game will mark the final home game for seniors Bill Armstrong, LeAndrew Bass, Igor Nikolic and David Walker.

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