Blazers Trek To Troy For Tuesday Tilt

Fahro Alihodzic is averaging 11 ppg and 4.3 rpg for the Blazers

Nov. 26, 2012

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. ---- The UAB men's basketball team will continue to play away from Bartow Arena, as the Blazers are in the midst of a five-game road trip, taking on the Troy Trojans on Tuesday at 7 p.m. CT inside Trojan Arena.

UAB is coming of 1-2 week, defeating Prairie View A&M at home before falling to Illinois State and TCU in South Padre Island, Texas. 

UAB (3-3) at Troy (4-2)
Date:  Tues., Nov. 27, 2012
Time:  7 p.m. CT
Location:  Troy, Ala.
Venue:  Trojan Arena

Radio:  WUHT-FM 107.7
Talent:  David Crane (pxp), Steve Mitchell (analyst)
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Inside The Series
UAB leads, 5-0
Last Meeting:  UAB 71, Troy 59, Nov. 22, 2011 (Birmingham, Ala.)
Cameron Moore led four Blazers in double figures with 22 points as UAB used a big second half to defeat Troy inside Bartow Arena.  Preston Purifoy and Jekore Tyler came off the UAB bench to net 11 points each and the UAB defense held Troy to 36.2 percent shooting for the night.
Series History:  The Blazers own a perfect 5-0 record all-time against Troy, with the series dating back to 2008.  UAB last played on the road at Troy on Nov. 29, 2010, when the Blazers earned a 78-57 victory.

The Coaches
UAB:  Jerod Haase (Kansas, '97)
Record at UAB:  3-3, first season
Career Record:  3-3, first season

Troy:  Don Maestri (Southern Miss, '69)
Record at Troy: 492-385, 31st season
Career Record:  492-385, 31st season

Last Time OutTCU 76, UAB 73 (South Padre Island, Texas)
The Blazers closed out the South Padre Island Invitational falling to TCU, 76-73.

All five UAB starters scored in double figures, led by Rod Rucker's 13 points, 11 of which came in the second half. 

UAB cut the deficit to one point, 74-73, when Jordan Swing hit a 3-pointer with 2.8 seconds left in the game.  TCU's Kyan Anderson, who finished with a career-high 35 points, was fouled on the ensuing possession and sank both foul shots to put the Horned Frogs back up three.

Jekore Tyler had a chance at the buzzer, but his deep 3-pointer hit the front of the rim to end the contest.

The game was a tightly contested battle throughout, as 44 fouls were called and the lead never reached more than eight points for either side.

On The Blazers
UAB enters the non-conference midweek contest with an even 3-3 record, finishing 2-2 in the South Padre Island Invitational with wins vs. Navy and Prairie View A&M and losses to Illinois State and TCU.

The Blazers are averaging 76.8 points per game, led by a trio of players scoring in double digits per contest.  Rod Rucker tops UAB in scoring, averaging 14.7, while Jordan Swing (13.5 ppg) and Fahro Alihodzic (11.0 ppg) are posting 10-plus points per game.

On offense, UAB is shooting 43.9 percent from the floor, 33.6 percent from 3-point range and 71.8 percent from the line. 

Defensively, the Blazers are allowing opponents to score 70.3 points per game and shoot 41.1 percent.

UAB is out-rebounding the opposition, 41.3 to 36.7 per contest, led by Rucker's team-best game average of 8.0 per game.  Swing corrals 6.7 boards and Robert Williams grabs 5.8 rebounds on average.

On The Trojans
Troy enters Tuesday's game on a three-game win streak, with victories over Chattanooga, Southeast Missouri and most recently Alabama State.  For the season, the Trojans are 4-2 and 2-0 at home.

In the four victories for Troy, the Trojans have found a way to win the close ball games, with each win by seven points or less.  In their most recent contest at home vs. Alabama State, the Trojans won by four points, 66-62.

Hunter Williams heads the Troy offense that averages an even 60 points per game, with team-best 10.8 ppg and leads the Trojans in 3-pointers made with 13.

Emil Jones joins Williams in averaging double figures, scoring 10 ppg.  Jones is also the leading rebounder for Troy, collecting 6.2 boards per game.

Troy is shooting 38.9 percent overall, 34.0 percent from 3-point range and 74.2 percent from the foul line.

Despite a winning record, opponents are outscoring the Trojans, 64.2 to 60 on the season.