Men's Basketball Set For C-USA Tourney Opener



March 11, 2014


2014 UAB Championship Central
No. 8 UAB (18-12, 7-9 C-USA) vs. No. 9 Charlotte (16-13, 7-9 C-USA)
Wednesday, March 12, 2014 - Don Haskins Center - El Paso, Texas
TV: C-USA Digital Network | Radio: HOT 107.7 FM | Listen Here
UAB Game Notes
Conference USA Championship Central Page

EL PASO, Texas ---- The UAB men's basketball team is set to open up the 2014 Conference USA Men's Basketball Championship on Wednesday as the No. 8 seed Blazers face No. 9 seed Charlotte at 8:30 p.m. MT/9:30 p.m. CT at the Don Haskins Center in El Paso Texas.

Wednesday's game will be broadcast on the Conference USA Digital Network. Click here to watch the contest between the Blazers and 49ers

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Fans can also listen to the game on the Blazer IMG Sports Network with David Crane (play-by-play) and Bobby Frasor (analyst) on the call.

Five Things To Know

The Series: UAB faces Charlotte for the second time this season. The Blazers lead the series, 26-15, but the series is tied 2-2 in Conference USA Tournament games.

UAB Returns To C-USA Tournament: UAB returns to the Conference USA Tournament for the 19th time in school history and will receive a first-round bye in this year's event. The Blazers have an all-time record of 14-17, with their first C-USA tournament coming in the 1995-96 season.

Wednesday's Opponent: UAB and Charlotte will meet in the C-USA Tourney for the fifth time in history. Each team has taken two wins, with the Blazers owning a 2-1 series lead in opening-round games.

Frazier Shines In First Season: UAB junior guard Chad Frazier has become one of the top players in Conference USA. Frazier finished the regular season third in the league in scoring, averaging 17.7 points per game. He is also fifth overall in assists with 4.3 per contest.

Top Rebounders: Four Blazers rank in the top 20 in C-USA in rebounding. Rod Rucker (12th), C.J. Washington (13th), Robert Williams (18th) and Fahro Alihodzic (19th) lead UAB on the boards.

UAB Notes
UAB And Charlotte Meet Again
UAB meets Charlotte for the second time this season. The Blazers won the first game, 64-62, on Feb. 22 in Charlotte. Blazer senior center Fahro Alihodzic scored on a late tip-in with 14 seconds on the clock and Chad Frazier stole the ball away from 49ers' guard Pierra Henry to seal the win for the Blazers.

» In all, Wednesday's matchup is the 41st meeting between the Blazers and 49ers. UAB leads the all-time series, 26-15, and has won four of the last five meetings. The Blazers won 16 of the first 17 contests between the two teams from 1980-1987, including a string of 15 in a row.

Chad Frazier Named First-Team All-Conference USA; Newcomer Of The Year
UAB guard Chad Frazier, who finished the regular season third in the league in scoring with 17.7 points per game, was named to the Conference USA First Team and was also tabbed the Newcomer of the Year as voted on by coaches, SIDs and media members.

» The Charlotte, N.C., native became one of just nine Blazers all-time to garner First Team All-CUSA honors and is the first since Cameron Moore in 2011-12 to earn the honor. Frazier is fifth in Conference USA in assists with 4.3 per game and is second in the league in scoring in conference games only with 17.7 ppg in C-USA action. He is the second Blazer all-time to win Newcomer of the Year honors (Robert Vaden, 2007-08).

First Round Wins
The No. 8 seed Blazers enter Wednesday's meeting hoping to pick up a win in the Conference USA Tournament for the third-straight season. No. 5 seed UAB downed 12th-seeded Tulane, 72-64, in 2012, before falling to UCF, 64-54, in the second round. Last season, the No. 7 seed Blazers took down No. 10 seed SMU, 53-52, before falling to Southern Miss, 81-66, in the next round.

Blazers Hope To Continue Strong Play Away From Home
UAB enters Wednesday's contest having won three-straight contests away from Bartow Arena. The Blazers downed Marshall, Charlotte and Rice in consecutive games before closing out the season with two home games. In all, the Blazers finished the conference slate with a 4-4 record away from home.

Offensive Rebounding Makes The Difference
UAB, statistically the nation's No. 2 rebounding team with 44.8 boards per game, leads Conference USA in rebounding offense in conference games only. Against C-USA opponents, the Blazers lead the league with 665 offensive boards, helping UAB to +4.3 rebounding margin -- the second-best mark in the league in conference play.

UAB Nation's Second-Best Rebounding Team
According to's statistical rankings, UAB is the No. 2 rebounding team in the nation, averaging 44.8 boards per game. The Blazers have recorded over 50 rebounds nine times this season (54 vs. Rutgers, 53 vs. Troy, 62 vs. New Mexico, 52 vs. North Carolina 51 vs. Alabama A&M, 50 vs. Newberry College, 53 at North Texas, 50 at Tulsa, and 51 at Marshall). The 62 against New Mexico represented just the fifth time in school history that UAB has had 60-plus rebounds. The school record is 69, which came against South Alabama on Dec. 20, 1994.

» The Blazers have doubled up two opponents this season on the boards. UAB doubled Rutgers' rebound total of 27 as the Blazers had just as many offensive boards (22) as the Scarlet Knights had defensively. Against Troy, UAB outrebounded the Trojans, 53-24, including a 39-16 advantage on the defensive glass.

40-Plus Boards In 23 Games; 50-plus In Nine Games
» UAB has recorded 40 or more rebounds in 23 of its 30 games this season and has hit that mark in 18 of the last 24 contests. The Blazers have also recorded 50 or more boards nine times this season. UAB is 7-2 when recording over 50 boards in a game.