Nov. 24, 2000
Game No. 2: November 25, 2000 UAB (1-0) vs. LaSalle (2-1) Bartow Arena (8,500), Birmingham, Ala. (8:30 pm CT)
PROBABLE STARTERS ...
G, 4 LeAndrew Bass 6-3 205 Sr.
G, 24 P.J. Arnold 6-5 205 Jr.
F, 21 Tony Johnson 6-4 180 So.
F, 30 Eric Batchelor 6-7 210 Jr.
C, 54 Will Campbell 6-8 245 Jr.
TODAY'S OFFICIALS: Tom Rucker (Referee), Curtis Shaw & Hal Lusk (Umpires).
UAB HEAD COACH MURRY BARTOW: Murry Bartow (UAB, 1985) is in his 5th season as head coach of the Blazers. He has a 74-52 (.587) overall mark and 34-28 (.548) in C-USA games. Bartow has taken the Blazers to postseason action in three of his first four seasons and has compiled a pair of 20-plus win campaigns. UAB captured the 1999 Conference USA National Division title and made the program's 10th appearance in the NCAA Tournament, the 1st for UAB since 1994. The year-by-year breakdown for Bartow:
Season Overall C-USA Postseason 1996-97 18-14 7-7 NIT 1997-98 21-12 10-6 NIT 1998-99 20-12 10-6 NCAA 1999-00 14-14 7-9 ------ 2000-01 1-0 0-0 Totals 74-52 34-28
UNDER MURRY BARTOW: The Blazers have ... * made 3 postseason visits in 4 years * posted back-to-back 20-victory seasons during the 1997-98 & 1998-99 campaigns (the 1st since 1992-93 & 93-94) * reached the C-USA Tournament semifinals in 3 of 4 seasons * has led one of only five C-USA schools to at least 70 victories over the last four seasons * led UAB to first NCAA Tournament appearance in 1999, the first trip since 1994
BLAZERS IN 23RD BASKETBALL SEASON: UAB began its 23rd season of basketball Tuesday night with a 97-62 victory over Alabama A&M. The Blazers have compiled an all-time record of 439-236 for a 65.0 winning percentage. In the programs first 22 seasons, the Blazers have earned a trip to postseason play 17 times, including 10 appearances in the NCAA Tournament.
ALL-TIME HOME RECORD: UAB has collected a 143-29 record in the building for a winning percentage of 83.1 percent. UAB was 11-2 here last season and has won at least 10 games at Bartow Arena in all but one campaign. In all-time home games, the Blazers are 276-65 (.809). Currently, UAB has captured its last three home contests and 13 of the last 15 contests played at Bartow Arena dating back to the 1998-99 season.
AGAINST THE EXPLORERS: UAB meets the LaSalle Explorers of the Atlantic 10 Conference for the first time in its basketball history tonight. Against the A-10, the Blazers have compiled a 9-8 lifetime mark against the current membership including games with Dayton (5-0), Duquesne (1-2), George Washington (0-1), Rhode Island (1-1), St. Bonaventure (0-1), St. Joseph's (1-0), Temple (1-2) and Xavier (0-1). Fordham and UMass are the only schools in the league UAB has never played in men's basketball.
PUTTING UP POINTS: In its season opener as well as the two exhibition contest, UAB has scored at least 90 points in all three contests including a 97-point outburst in the season opener. Although the first two exhibition contests do not count toward the regular season statistics, the Blazers would be averaging 97.7 points per contest over that three game span.
MOST POINTS IN OPENER SINCE 1990: The Blazers' 97 points in the season opener against Alabama A&M was the most by a UAB team on opening day since Nov. 23, 1990, in a 97-80 win over Alabama State.
JOHNSON DISHES THE BASKETBALL: Sophomore Tony Johnson dished a career-best 11 assists of UAB's team total of 20 against the Bulldogs on Tuesday. In the two exhibition tilts, Johnson totaled 12 assists.
NOVEMBER GAMES: The Blazers are 42-19 all-time in games played in November for a 68.8 winning percentage.
THE LEAGUE PRESEASON POLL: The UAB men's basketball team has been picked to finish third in the National Division of Conference USA by the league's 12 coaches in their annual preseason poll. The Bearcats of Cincinnati have been picked to win their sixth straight league championship in 2000-2001, while South Florida junior forward B.B. Waldon garnered the preseason Player of the Year nod. Waldon collected 17.3 points and 7.9 rebounds per game for the Bulls last season.
2000-2001 Conference USA Men's Basketball Coaches Poll National Division American Division 1. South Florida 1. Cincinnati 2. Memphis 2. DePaul 3. UAB 3. Charlotte 4. Southern Miss 4. Louisville 5. Houston 5. Marquette 6. Tulane 6. Saint Louis
Preseason All-League Team B.B. Waldon, USF, F, Jr., Lakeland, Fla. Altron Jackson, USF, F, Jr., Sarasota, Fla. Kelly Wise, UM, F, Jr., Fort Walton Beach, Fla. Marques Maybin, UL, G, Sr., Clarksville, Tenn. Kenny Satterfield, UC, G, So., Bronx, N.Y. Brian Wardle, MU, G, Sr., Clarendon Hills, Ill.
SEASON & HOME OPENERS: The Blazers are now 14-9 all-time in season openers and 18-5 in home openers after their win Tuesday over Alabama A&M. UAB has won four of its last five games to start a season and has notched the last six games opening home games.
EARLIER START TMES: With the exception of two 8:30 p.m. television games this season at home, the Blazers have moved their home game times up 30 minutes this season. In all, 15 of the 17 home contests at Bartow Arena will take place at 7 p.m.
GAME TIME CHANGE: The Feb. 3 game slated at Southern Mississippi has been moved from 5 to 3 p.m. and will be shown on ESPN Regional television. The USM game is one of three ESPN Regional telecasts slated for broadcast. The other two are at South Florida (Feb. 10) and at DePaul (Feb. 24). The Blazers open C-USA play with an ESPN2 broadcast.
THE ROSTER: The Blazers return eight players from last year's squad, while welcoming six newcomers into the fold. Of the 14 players on the 2000-2001 team, seven hail from the state of Alabama, while three call Tennessee home, along with two from Kentucky, one from New York and one from Serbia. The roster lists five seniors, three juniors, three sophomores and three freshmen.
THE INJURIES: Two players will not be available for action tonight as a result of various injuries -- Myron Ransom - Suffered a ACL injury in right knee injury during a game with teammates over the summer. The knee was operated on (Aug. 21) and Ransom continues to work toward returning to practice. Morris Finley - Has a back injury sustained over the summer and is out indefinitely.
WALKER MISSES ALABAMA A&M WITH FOOT INJURY: Senior David Walker missed the season opener with a foot injury. An MRI done on Wednesday ruled out a stress fracture in his foot and Walker is slated as questionable for the LaSalle contest.
BALL RETURNS: Sophomore Sidney Ball, who had been out with a knee injury the last few weeks, returned to practice last Saturday for the Blazers and made his presence known in a hurry by collecting six points and eight rebounds in 14 minutes in a reserve role against Alabama A&M.
ARNOLD STARTS IN PLACE OF WALKER: P.J. Arnold, who averaged 20 points in the two exhibition contests off the bench
BASS RANKS 10TH IN ASSISTS: Senior LeAndrew Bass begins his senior season ranked 10th on the school charts in assists with 264. Bass needs 27 to move ahead of Oliver Robinson who tallied 290 from 1978 to 1982.
UAB CAREER ASSISTS 1. Steve Mitchell ('82-86) 597 2. Jack Kramer ('88-91) 586 3. Barry Bearden ('86-90) 530 4. Corey Jackson ('91-94) 423 5. Michael Charles ('84-88) 403 6. Cedric Dixon ('94-98) 329 7. George Wilkerson ('89-94) 307 8. Stanley Jackson ('89-93) 302 9. Oliver Robinson ('78-82) 290 10. LeAndrew Bass ('97-) 264
HITTING FREE THROWS: In the season opener the Blazers shot a whopping 82.1 percent from the line as they made 32-of-39 free throws in the contest.
DISHING THE BASKETBALL: The Blazers tallied 20 assists in their season opener including 11 from Tony Johnson. UAB notched at least 20 assists just three times last season.
SPREADING THE WEALTH: In the Blazers' three games this season, including the two exhibition contests, UAB has spread around its scoring. UAB had five players record double digits in points in both exhibition contests and saw four different Blazers score
BASS TIES CAREER HIGH: Senior LeAndrew Bass tied his career high for points with 21 points against Alabama A&M. Bass, who converted 6-of-11 shots and 9-of-9 free throws, tied his highest point output from last season when he also garnered that scoring number in the season finale against Charlotte in the opening round of the OCG Conference USA Basketball Tournament (3/8).
NEXT OPPONENT: The Blazers embark on a two-game road swing after the LaSalle contest. The first stop is a Tuesday night encounter at Texas Tech as it will be the first meeting between the two teams. The Red Raiders are 1-0 prior to its contest at UL-Lafayette played earlier today in Louisiana. UAB concludes the two-game trip with a game at Bradley the following Tuesday night (Dec. 5).