Nov. 9, 2012
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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. ---- The UAB men’s basketball team will host the season opener against Young Harris College (DII) inside Bartow Arena on Saturday at 8 p.m. CT. Saturday’s tilt will mark the first game for the Blazers under first year head coach Jerod Haase.
UAB (0-0) | Young Harris (0-0)
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On The Blazers
- Head coach Jerod Haase enters his first year at the helm of the UAB men’s basketball program. He spent the previous 13 seasons as an assistant under Roy Williams at North Carolina and Kansas.
- The Blazers return three starters from last year and seven total letterwinners, from a team that finished 15-16 overall and 9-7 in Conference USA play. Jordan Swing returns as UAB’s leading scorer, after averaging 11.2 ppg a season ago.
- UAB defeated UNA in exhibition contest, 98-81, at Bartow Arena on Nov. 3. Four players reached double figures, led by newcomer Terence Jones’ 20. Another newcomer, Rod Rucker, was a rebound shy of a double-double, finishing with 19 points and nine boards in the victory.
- Last season, the Blazers dropped their home opener in Bartow Arena to Creighton, 70-60. UAB will travel to Omaha, Neb., to play the Bluejays on Wed., Nov. 14.
- UAB is one of six schools that do not have a freshman on its roster for the upcoming 2012-13 season. Joining the Blazers in this unique category are: Ohio, Portland State, Savannah State, SIUE and Valparaiso.
On Young Harris
- The Young Harris men’s basketball team is in its third season after being discontinued in 1969.
-Head coach Peter Herrmann saw a 17-win turnaround from the 2010-11 season (5-21) to 2011-12 (22-4).
- Young Harris was independent the past two years until joining the Peach Belt Conference this season. The Mountain Lions were picked to finish 13th of 14 league teams.
-The Mountain Lions return eight players, including all five starters, off last season’s team that finished 22-4.
-Last season Young Harris averaged 85 ppg as a team, led by returning guard Frank Adams who posted 20.5 ppg. The top six scorers are all back for the Mountain Lions, as five players averaged double figures a season ago.
-Young Harris, which is in candidacy year two of the NCAA Division II membership process, will be eligible for the regular-season title, however the Mountain Lions will not play in the conference tournament this season.
-The Mountain Lions played at Georgia in an exhibition game on Nov. 2, falling 85-62. Three Young Harris players reached double figures, led by Malcolm Jackson’s 16 points.