Nov. 27, 2000
Game No. 3: November 28, 2000
UAB (2-0) at Texas Tech (2-0)
United Spirit Arena (15,050), Lubbock, Texas (7 pm CT)
PROBABLE STARTERS ...
G, LeAndrew Bass, 6-3, 205, Sr.
G, P.J. Arnold, 6-5, 205, Jr.
F, Tony Johnson, 6-4, 180, So.
F, Eric Batchelor, 6-7, 210, Jr.
C, Will Campbell, 6-8, 245, Jr.
TODAY'S OFFICIALS: Mark Whitehead (Referee), Steve Olson & Bobby Jacobs (Umpires).
UAB HEAD COACH MURRY BARTOW: Murry Bartow (UAB, 1985) is in his 5th season as head coach of the Blazers. He has a 75-52 (.591) overall mark and is 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 2-0 0-0
Totals 75-52 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
OFF TO BEST START IN THREE YEARS: With its 2-0 start to begin the campaign, the Blazers are off to their best start since it went 2-0 to start the 1997-98 season with wins over Arkansas-Pine Bluff (81-51) and Cleveland State (74-58). If UAB wins at Texas Tech, it would equal its best start to a season since Bartow's first campaign in 1996-97.
UAB IN 23RD YEAR OF BASKETBALL: The Blazers have accumulated a 440-236 overall record in this their 23rd season of basketball for a 65.1 winning percentage. UAB has reached reached postseason play 17 times in its history with 10 trips to the NCAA Tournament.
ALL-TIME HOME RECORD: UAB has collected a 144-29 record (.832) at Bartow Arena in its 13 season in the facility. UAB was 11-2 in the building last season and has won at least 10 games at there in all but one campaign. In all-time home games, the Blazers are 277-65 (.810). UAB has captured its last four home contests and 14 of the last 16 games played at Bartow Arena dating back to the 1998-99 season.
AGAINST THE RED RAIDERS: The Blazers take on the Red Raiders for the first time in their men's basketball history. Against the Big 12, the Blazers have accumulated a 6-7 overall mark. UAB is 2-1 against Missouri, 1-1 against Baylor, Iowa State and Kanas, 1-0 against Texas A&M, 0-1 against Oklahoma and 0-2 against Nebraska. UAB has never met Colorado, Kansas State, Oklahoma State and Texas on the hardwood.
FIRST OF TWO ON THE ROAD: The Texas Tech game is the first of two straight games on the road for UAB. The Blazers also take on Bradley of the Missouri Valley Conference (Dec. 5) before returning home to face Murray State on Dec. 8. The Red Raider game also begins a string of six of eight games away from home prior to Christmas.
FEWEST POINTS OF THE SEASON: The Blazers put up its lowest point total of the season Saturday in their 73-62 win over LaSalle. In its season opener, as well as the two exhibition contest, UAB had scored at least 90 points in all three contests including a 97-point outburst against Alabama A&M. Although the first two exhibition contests do not count toward the regular season statistics, the Blazers would have averaged 97.7 points per contest over that three game span.
ARNOLD LEADS BLAZERS IN FIRST TWO GAMES: Junior transfer P.J. Arnold has made an early mark on the UAB program by collecting an average of 21 points and 5.5 rebounds in UAB's first two contests this season. His numbers include a team-best 25 points against LaSalle. Arnold has hit 13-of-22 shots from the floor - 5-of-11 from 3-point range - to go along with 11-of-12 made free throws. Arnold started in both games in place of David Walker, who has been slowed by a foot injury. The Memphis, Tenn., native scored an average of 20 points per tilt off the bench in the Blazers' two exhibition contests.
WALKER PLAGUED WITH INJURY: Senior David Walker missed the season opener with a foot injury. An MRI done last Wednesday ruled out a stress fracture in his foot and Walker added seven points and seven rebounds off the bench in 17 minutes of action versus LaSalle. Unfortunately, the senior from Springfield, Tenn., suffered a right ankle sprain against in the contest and his status is questionable for the Texas Tech game.
NOVEMBER GAMES: The Blazers are 43-19 all-time in games played in November for a 69.4 winning percentage.
MORE 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.
BALL RETURNS: Sophomore Sidney Ball, who had been out with a knee injury the last few weeks, returned to practice two Saturdays ago and collected six points and eight rebounds in 14 minutes in a reserve role against Alabama A&M.
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.
BASS RANKS 10TH IN ASSISTS: Senior LeAndrew Bass begins his senior season ranked 10th on the school charts in assists with 270. Bass needs 21 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-) 270
HITTING FREE THROWS: Through the first two games this season, the Blazers are hitting 80 percent of their 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 that 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' first two games, four dfferent players have scored in double digits in each contest. In the season opener, all 11 Blazers that played got into the scoring column.
DOUBLE-DOUBLE FOR CAMPBELL: In only his second game as a Blazer, Will Campbell collected UAB's first double-double of the season with 10 points and 15 rebounds. The 15 boards were the most recorded by a UAB player since Torrey Ward notched 16 against Auburn on Dec. 12, 1998.
BASS SCORES DOWN THE STRETCH: Senior LeAndrew Bass scored all 12 of his points against LaSalle in the final half of the contest. In fact, Bass scored eight of the final 14 points for the Blazers down the stretch to aid in UAB's victory.
BASS TIES CAREER HIGH: 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).
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 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.
NEXT OPPONENT: The Blazers continue their two-game road swing next Tuesday with a 7:05 p.m. tilt at Bradley of the Missouri Valley Conference. UAB is 1-1 lifetime against the Braves.