Feb. 26, 2013
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. ---- The UAB men's basketball team has won four of its last five games and looks to continue its strong play by traveling to New Orleans to take on Tulane on Wednesday. Game time is set for 7 p.m. CT at the Devlin Fieldhouse.
UAB (13-14, 5-7 C-USA)
at Tulane (18-9, 6-6 C-USA)
Date: February 27, 2013
Time: 7 p.m. CT
Location: New Orleans, La.
Venue: Devlin Fieldhouse (3,500)
Video: All-Access (UABsports.com)
Radio: WUHT-FM 107.7
Talent: David Crane (pxp), Bobby Frasor (analyst)
Live Stats: GameTracker (UABsports.com)
Twitter Updates: @UABathletics
UAB leads, 23-12
Last Meeting: UAB 72, Tulane 64 in Memphis, Tenn. (3/7/12)
Behind double-doubles from Cameron Moore and Ovie Soko, the Blazers defeated Tulane in the opening round of the C-USA Tournament held at the FedEx Forum.
UAB: Jerod Haase (Kansas, '97)
Record at UAB: 13-14 (1st season)
Career Record: 13-14 (1st season)
TULANE: Ed Conroy (The Citadel, '89)
Record at TLN: 46-42 (3rd season)
Career Record: 136-175 (10th season)
On The Blazers
>> UAB enters Wednesday coming off a 52-48 road victory at Marshall this past Saturday.
>> In the victory, UAB outrebounded Marshall 50-45 and held the Thundering Herd to 26.3 percent shooting for the game and to just 17 first-half points. The Herd’s first half point total was the fewest allowed by the Blazers this season.
>> Against Marshall, Jordan Swing posted his second consecutive double-double and third of the season with 15 points and 10 boards. Robert Williams added a career-high 11 rebounds, six on the offensive glass.
>> Swing tops the Blazers in scoring, averaging 13.9 ppg, while Rod Rucker leads the Blazers and ranks seventh in C-USA in rebounds per game (8.1).
>> UAB has won four of its last five C-USA games with the lone loss being on the road at East Carolina during that stretch.
>> Preston Purifoy leads C-USA in overall free throw percentage at 90.5, making 57 of 63 attempts this season. At home, Purifoy is 38-for-40 at the line.
>> Purifoy 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 currently holds the UAB single-season free throw percentage mark.
>> Quincy Taylor tops C-USA in conference play with a 47.4 3-point shooting percentage. Taylor has connected on 18 of 38 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 3-11 in games away from Bartow Arena, but has won two of its last three true road games.
>> UAB is averaging 37.2 rebounds per game after corralling 50 as a team on the road at Marshall. The 50 boards marked the second-highest total for the Blazers this season, three shy of their season-best output in the season opener vs. Young Harris.
>> The Blazers are averaging the most shots per game in the conference, putting up 60.9 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 is 11-1 when leading at halftime and 4-0 when holding the opposition to under 60 points this season.
On The Green Wave
>> Tulane boasts two of the top scorers in C-USA in its starting lineup in Josh Davis (17.7 ppg) and Ricky Tarrant (16.1 ppg).
>> Davis ranks second in the league in overall scoring average and tops C-USA in rebounds per game (10.1).
>> Like the Blazers, the Green Wave has won four of its last five games with the lone loss coming at Southern Miss (70-61).
>> Tulane ranks third in C-USA in scoring margin (+6.1) and in fewest points allowed (61.7).
>> As a team, the Green Wave is shooting 41.9 percent overall, 34.1 percent from 3-point range and 71.4 percent from the free throw line.
UAB Silences Thundering Herd Offense
In UAB's last contest, a victory at Marshall, the Blazer defense put forth a season-best performance. The Thundering Herd offense was silenced, being held to just 48 points off of 15 field goals made and shot only 26.3 (15-for-57) percent from the field, marking season lows in all three categories for an opponent against UAB this season.
In addition, UAB held the Herd to just 17 points in the first half, the lowest output in a half since SMU was kept to 16 points in the second half in Dallas last season (2/15/12). In that same game, the Mustangs only scored 12 points in the first half, as UAB earned the win 47-28.
Blazers Are Heating Up
After starting conference play 1-6, the Blazers have turned the season around, going 4-1 over the last five games and heating up down the final stretch of the regular season.
During the last five games, UAB has outscored its opponents by an average of seven points (67.6 to 60.6) a game. In addition, the Blazer defense has held opponents to just a 39.1 overall shooting percent, while UAB has made 44.4 percent of its attempts.
Where UAB has really outplayed its opponents has been from 3-point range. Over the last five contests, the Blazers have made 35 of 94 3-point attempts (37.2 percent), which is quite the turn around since UAB started league play 0-37 from downtown. The Blazers have also guarded the arc extremely well, holding the five opponents to a 20.9 (19-for-91) shooting percentage from beyond the arc.