Dec. 6, 2013
UAB (6-2) vs. Northeastern (2-6)
Details: Saturday, December 7, 2013 • 6 p.m. CST • Matthews Arena • Boston, Mass.
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The Last Meeting
December 29, 2012
UAB Uses Team Effort To Top Northeastern, 83-63
The UAB men's basketball team used a double-double from junior forward Rod Rucker and a game-high 17 points from Terence Jones and Preston Purifoy to run past Northeastern, 83-63, on Saturday inside Bartow Arena.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. ---- Following nearly a week off since Sunday's 63-59 upset win against No. 16 North Carolina, the UAB men's basketball team heads to Boston, Mass., to face Northeastern in the Blazers' first true road test of the season.
UAB and Northeastern tip at 6 p.m. CST/7 p.m. EST on Saturday at NU's Matthews Arena. Saturday's contest will be broadcast locally in Birmingham on 107.7 FM.
Five Things To Know
• UAB and Northeastern meet for the second time. The Blazers took the first game in the all-time series, 83-63, last November at Bartow Arena.
• Blazer guard Chad Frazier was named the Conference USA Player of the Week for the second-straight week on Monday after picking up 25 points against UNC and 17 against Florida A&M.
• The Blazers are ranked No. 1 in the country in rebounding with an average of 49.0 boards per game.
UAB stunned No. 16 UNC on Sunday in front of 8,313 fans at Bartow Arena.
• UAB picked up its 700th win in school history with the win against Nebraska on Nov. 22.
UAB Leads Nation In Rebounding
» According to ESPN.com’s statistical rankings, UAB is the No. 1 rebounding team in the nation, averaging 49.0 boards per game. The Blazers have recorded over 50 rebounds in four of eight games this season (54 vs. Rutgers, 53 vs. Troy, 62 vs. New Mexico and 52 vs. North Carolina). The 62 against New Mexico represents the fifth time in school history that UAB has had 60-plus rebounds. The school record is 69, which came against South Alabama on Dec. 20, 1994.
» The Blazers have doubled up two opponents this season on the boards. UAB doubled Rutgers’ rebound total of 27 as the Blazers had just as many offensive boards (22) as the Scarlet Knights had defensively. Against Troy, UAB outrebounded the Trojans, 53-24, including a 39-16 advantage on the defensive glass.
UAB Stuns No. 16 North Carolina
» Head coach Jerod Haase, who played for and coached under UNC head coach Roy Williams at Kansas and North Carolina, picked up a signature win on Sunday when the Blazers downed No. 16 North Carolina, 63-59, in front of a near sellout crowd at Bartow Arena. UAB led by as many as 15 (33-18, 1st Half) against the Tar Heels despite shooting just 30.6 percent (19-of-62) for the game.
» The Blazers, who led most of the game and only trailed twice against UNC, overcame a tough shooting night by outrebounding UNC, 52-37, including a 21-11 advantage on the offensive glass.
» The win against No. 16 North Carolina marked the first time UAB has defeated a ranked opponent since downing No. 16 Butler at Bartow Arena in 2009. It also marked UAB’s first-ever win against the Tar Heels.
Frazier Garners Two-Straight C-USA Honors
» Blazer junior point guard Chad Frazier has been named the Conference USA Player of the Week for the second week in a row. Frazier, who scored 25 points vs. No. 16 North Carolina, is the first player in UAB history to win back-to-back C-USA Player of the Week honors. The Blazers have now won three C-USA Player of the Week honors. UAB has never had more than four C-USA Player of the Week winners in a single season.
Frazier Among Junior College Transfer Scoring Leaders
» Chad Frazier, who has scored in double figures in each of UAB’s eight games this season, ranks No. 1 in the country in scoring among junior college transfers who are in their first year with their respective schools. Frazier is averaging 19.3 points per game, which ties Grambling’s A’Torri Shine for most in the nation.
Washington, Frazier Making Early Impact
» Blazer point guard Chad Frazier and junior forward C.J. Washington have led UAB in scoring in each of the first eight games this season. On average, the two combine for 35 of UAB’s 78.9 points per game, which is 44 percent of the Blazers’ per game scoring average.
Bartow Friendly To The Blazers
» UAB, which will face its first true road test of the season at Northeastern on Saturday, is currently 5-0 at home on the year. The Blazers play a school-record 17 games inside Bartow Arena this season.
» Under head coach Jerod Haase, the Blazers are 16-4 at home dating back to last season.
Williams Likes New Role
» UAB redshirt senior guard Rob Williams, who started 31 games last season, has come off the bench to score in double figures in five of UAB’s eight games this season. The energetic guard who has now played in 100 games in his career, also averages 6.1 rebounds per game.
» Northeastern enters Saturday’s game with a 2-6 overall record and is coming off a 72-64 loss to Harvard on Wednesday. NU has had a tough schedule this season with wins coming against Georgetown (63-56) and Central Connecticut (83-69). Northeastern has dropped games to Charlotte, Florida State and VCU, among other losses.
» Northeastern is led in scoring by Scott Eatherton, who averages 16.4 ppg. Eatherton also leads the team in rebounds with 10.6 boards per game.