Blazers Close Out Regular Season At No. 25 Memphis

Fahro Alihodzic scored 15 points off the bench in UAB's game vs. UCF on Wednesday

March 8, 2013

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The Last Meeting
January 12, 2013
Bartow Arena
Memphis Clips Men's Basketball, 69-53
The UAB men's basketball fell to the Memphis Tigers 69-53 on Saturday night in the Fourth Annual Gene Bartow Classic, held in Bartow Arena.

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. ---- The UAB men's basketball team will take the court for the final time in the 2012-13 regular season, facing off against No. 25 Memphis at the FedExForum in Memphis, Tenn.

UAB (15-15, 7-8 C-USA)
at #25 Memphis (26-4, 15-0 C-USA)
Date: March 9, 2013
Time: 11 a.m. CT
Location: Memphis, Tenn.
Venue: FedExForum (18,119)

TV: CBS Sports Network
Talent: Dave Ryan (pxp), Pete Gillan (analyst)
Radio: WUHT-FM 107.7
Talent: David Crane (pxp), Steve Mitchell (analyst)
Live Stats: GameTracker (
Twitter Updates: @UABathletics

The Series
Memphis leads, 35-10

Last Meeting: Memphis 69, UAB 53 in Birmingham, Ala. (1/12/13)

UAB shot just 31.6 percent for the game, including going 0-13 from 3-point range and could not overcome a 14-point halftime deficit.

Memphis has won 14 straight meetings with the Blazers.  The last win for UAB in the series came on March 2, 2006 in a 80-74 victory inside Bartow Arena.

On The Blazers
>> UAB enters Saturday's game after falling to UCF this past Wednesday, 74-70.  The loss snapped a four-game win streak for the Blazers.

>> The Blazers have won six of their last eight conference games to sit at 7-8 in the league.  UAB started C-USA play 1-6, including dropping each of its first five conference contests.

>> In the loss to UCF, Rod Rucker posted his 11th double-double of the season, scoring a team-best 16 points and grabbing 13 rebounds. Rucker is the reigning C-USA Player of the Week after averaging 23.5 points per game and shooting 60.6 percent from the floor last week in wins at Tulane and vs. SMU.

>> UAB is battling in the standings for a first round bye in the C-USA Tournament, held in Tulsa Okla., from March 13-16.  The Blazers are currently tied with Tulsa for fifth in the league, as the top five teams receive byes in the tournament format. UAB defeated the Golden Hurricane back on Feb. 6 to own the tiebreaker.  Tulsa plays at Rice on Saturday.

>> The Blazers have outrebounded their last seven opponents and are +47 in the rebounding margin during that span.  UAB also ranks second in leagues games in offensive rebounds, corralling 13.3 per contest.

>> UAB finished the regular season with a home record of 11-4, marking the 22nd time in 25 seasons the Blazers have reached 10 or more home wins in a season inside Bartow Arena.  The Blazers are 296-69 (81.3) all-time in Bartow Arena.

>> Jordan Swing is one of two C-USA players, joined by UCF's Isaiah Sykes, who ranks amongst the league leaders in points (13.9/15th), rebounds (5.7/19th) and assists (2.8/15th) per contest.

>> Preston Purifoy ranks second in C-USA in free throw percentage, shooting 90.7 at the line.  He is challenging the C-USA single-season free throw percentage record of 92.2 percent set by Zamal Nixon of Houston (`10-'11)

>> UAB ranks 11th in Division I in assists per game (16.4) and has dished out 10-plus assists in every contest this season.  Dating back to last season, UAB has reached double digits in assists in 32 straight games. UAB recorded just eight helpers at UCF (3/3/12) last season in a 71-63 loss.

>> The Blazers are averaging the most shots per game in the conference, putting up 60.5 attempts per contest. 

>> UAB is 12-2 when leading at halftime, 8-0 when holding the opponent under 40 percent shooting and 4-0 when holding the opposition to under 60 points this season.

>>UAB is +47 in rebounds over the last seven games.

On The Tigers
>> Memphis, ranked 25th in the AP Poll and 20th in the Coaches Poll, enters Saturday's contest with a perfect 15-0 record in league play, 16-1 record at home and winners in 20 of its last 21 contests.

>> The Tigers escaped with a 56-54 victory in their last contest against the UTEP Miners in El Paso, Texas.

>> The offense of Memphis features a balanaced attack as eight players average 6.2 points or more, led by guard Joe Jackson (13.7 ppgs).

>> Memphis is averaging 74.5 points per game, while holding the opposition to 64.1 points. As a team, the Tigers are shooting 47.7 percent from the field, 36.7 percent from 3-point range and 67.1 percent from the free throw line.

>> Defensively, D.J. Stephens is an enforcer in the middle, averaging a league-best 2.3 blocks per game along with grabbing 6.6 boards per contest.  

>> Four of Memphis' last five games have been decided by nine points or less, including two games where the scoring difference was just two points.