No. 14 UAB (19-15) vs. No. 3 Iowa State (25-8)
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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - The No. 14 seeded UAB men's basketball team is set to open the 2015 NCAA Tournament against No. 3 seed Iowa State on Thursday in Louisville, Ky. The Blazers and Cyclones will tip off at 11:40 a.m. CT from the KFC Yum! Center on TruTV.
Calling the action on television will be Verne Lundquist, Jim Spanarkel and Allie LaForce. Blazer fans can also listen to the action on the Blazer IMG Sports Network, with David Crane on the call. The broadcast will air locally in Birmingham on WUHT-FM 107.7.
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UAB vs. Iowa State Quick Hits
» UAB is making its 15th NCAA Tournament appearance in just its 36th year of existence. The No. 14 seed Blazers will play No. 3 seed Iowa State for the third time in school history with the series tied at 1-1 (each team won at home). UAB won the first meeting (79-67) in the Blazers' inaugural season (12/20/78) with the Cyclones prevailing 71-70 two seasons later at Ames (12/23/80). UAB is 9-14 all-time in NCAA Tournament games, with its last win coming in 2005 against LSU, 82-68, in the Chicago Regional.
» This is the 18th NCAA Tournament appearance for UAB head coach Jerod Haase, but his first time making the tournament as a head coach and first at UAB. Haase went to 12 NCAA Tournaments as an assistant coach at North Carolina and Kansas and went to five as a player at California and Kansas, including his redshirt season in 1993-94. No player on UAB's current roster has ever been to an NCAA Tournament as a player.
» The Blazers are the third-youngest team in NCAA Division I men's basketball, with only seven years of DI experience combined on the roster entering the 2014-15 season. UAB is the youngest team in the 68-team NCAA Tournament field.
» Three of UAB's top five scorers this season are freshmen, with forward Chris Cokley second on the team in scoring with 8.0 ppg. William Lee is the team's top rebounder, averaging 5.8 boards per game.
» UAB head coach Jerod Haase and Iowa State head coach Fred Hoiberg both played in the Big XII. Haase played at Kansas from 1994-97, while Hoiberg played at Iowa State from 1991-95. Haase's Kansas team went 3-2 against Iowa State during his and Hoiberg's head-to-head matchups in the 1993-94 and 1994-95 seasons.
» UAB started the 2014-15 season with a 4-9 record, but turned it around in Conference USA play on its way to winning the 2015 Conference USA Tournament. The win in the title game was UAB's first in a C-USA Championship game.
Blazers Claim C-USA Title In Home City
» UAB earned an automatic berth into the 2015 NCAA Tournament following a victory in the Birmingham-hosted 2015 C-USA Championship title game. The Blazers knocked off No. 5 seed WKU, 53-52 in the quarterfinals, No. 1 seed Louisiana Tech, 73-62, in the semifinals and No. 6 seed Middle Tennessee, 73-60, to claim the championship. The title is UAB's first Conference USA Tournament title and the program's first league title since 1987, when UAB won the Sun Belt Conference Tournament crown.
Robert Brown Named C-USA Tournament MVP
» UAB junior guard Robert Brown was named the 2015 Conference USA Men's Basketball Tournament MVP after his outstanding performances last week. The Clermont, Fla., native scored 22 points in the championship game vs. Middle Tennessee and had a 14-point performance vs. the No. 1 seed LA Tech in the semifinals. Teammate and UAB freshman forward William Lee was named to the C-USA All-Tournament Team, following back-to-back double-digit scoring efforts in the semifinals and championship game.
Freshmen Honored By C-USA; Brown Named All-Conference
» UAB freshmen William Lee and Nick Norton were each named to the 2015 Conference USA All-Freshman Team, while fellow rookie Chris Cokley was named the C-USA Sixth Man of the Year. Cokley is only the second player in UAB history to earn Sixth Man of the Year honors (Willie Mitchell, 1998-99), while Lee and Norton are UAB's third and fourth all-time C-USA All-Freshman Team honorees. UAB redshirt junior guard Robert Brown rounds out UAB's postseason awards as he was named to the All-Conference USA Third Team.
UAB Finishes Perfect At Home Vs. C-USA
» With its three-overtime win vs. Middle Tennessee on Feb. 28, UAB finished with a perfect 9-0 home league record during the regular season. UAB finished the year 12-0 vs. league opponents in Birmingham, including the 2015 C-USA Championship, which was held at the BJCC in downtown Birmingham. The Blazers have finished C-USA play undefeated at home only three times in school history. UAB finished 8-0 at home vs. league opponents in 2003-04 and 7-0 in 2005-06. The 2003-04 squad went made it all the way to the NCAA Sweet 16, while the 2005-06 team made it to the first round of the NCAA Tournament.
» Balance has been the key for UAB this season. Only one player (Robert Brown) is averaging double figures in scoring, while six players average seven points or more behind Brown's team-leading 13.1 ppg. Six Blazers scored in double figures against Middle Tennessee on Feb. 28, including four players who scored 15 points or more. Against WKU on Feb. 19, all 10 players who entered the game scored for the Blazers. Meanwhile, vs. Marshall on Feb. 21, UAB played 12 players, with 10 of those scoring at least a point.
William Lee Continues To Progress
» UAB's Conference USA All-Freshman Team selection William Lee has been impressive as of late, averaging 11.9 points and 7.9 rebounds per game over the last 10 games. He has also shot 53.7 percent from the field during the last 10 games of the year.