Men's Basketball Hosts South Alabama Saturday

Preston Purifoy collected 10 points off the bench in UAB's last game

Dec. 7, 2012

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. ---- The UAB men's basketball team will look to rebound on Saturday against South Alabama, when the two teams meet at Bartow Arena.  Game time is set for 7 p.m. CT.

The Blazers are coming off a 84-64 loss at Middle Tennessee on Wednesday, while the Jaguars also fell in their most recent contest, dropping a 58-52 decision at home to New Mexico State.

UAB (4-5) vs. South Alabama (4-4)
Date:  Dec. 8, 2012
Time:  7 p.m. CT
Location:  Birmingham, Ala.
Venue:  Bartow Arena (8,500)

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Radio:  WUHT-FM 107.7
Talent:  David Crane (pxp), Steve Mitchell (analyst)
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Twitter:  @UABathletics

Inside The Series

UAB leads, 29-14

Last Meeting:  South Alabama 55, UAB 47 in Mobile, Ala. (11/30/11)

The Blazers fell behind by as much as 12 late in the second half, but made a late charge to get back within four points with under a minute to play.  However, the Jaguars made 8-of-9 free throws in the final minute to hold off UAB and earn the victory.

Cameron Moore had 13 points as the Blazers shot just 31.6 percent (18-for-57) from the floor.

USA was paced by Augustin Rubitt, who posted a double-double, 14 points and 10 rebounds.

Series Notes:  Prior to last season's loss, UAB had won the previous six meetings dating back to 1998.  The Blazers are 8-0 all-time in Bartow Arena against South Alabama.

The Coaches

UAB:  Jerod Haase (Kansas, '97)
Record at UAB:  4-5 (first season)
Career Record:  4-5 (first season)

USA:  Ronnie Arrow (Southwest Texas State, '69)
Record at USA:  210-160 (14th season)
Career Record:  344-251 (22nd season)

On The Blazers

Last Time Out:  Middle Tennessee 84, UAB 64 in Murfreesboro, Tenn. (12/4)

MTSU used a balanced scoring attack, as six players scored nine or more points to defeat the visiting Blazers.  UAB was held to a 37.3 shooting percentage for the game and was led by Jordan Swing's 13 points.  Preston Purifoy (10), Quincy Taylor (nine) and Jekore Tyler (nine) combined for 28 points off the bench in a losing effort.

• UAB looks to stop a two-game skid, dropping its last two games on the road at then No. 14 North Carolina and Middle Tennessee.

• The Blazers are averaging 76.0 ppg as a team, which ranks fourth in Conference USA.  The UAB defense is surrendering 73.7 ppg, after allowing 84 at MTSU.

• From beyond the arc the Blazers have been a threat to opposing defenses, making an average of 7.44 3-pointers per game, the most in C-USA.  UAB is shooting 36.0 percent from long range, third in the league, and has made a total of 67 trifectas in nine games this season.

Jordan Swing leads the Blazers in scoring, averaging 14.8 ppg and ranks second on the team in rebounds, posting 5.9 per game.  Swing has been sniper from downtown, making 52.5 percent of his attempts on 3's, draining 21 of 40 shots. 

Rod Rucker tops the Blazers in rebounds (7.8 pg) and shooting percentage (55.2 percent) and ranks second on the team in scoring (13.1 ppg) and assists per game (2.6).

On The Jaguars

Last Time Out:  New Mexico State 58, South Alabama 52 in Mobile, Ala. (12/4)

The Jaguars were only able to shoot 31.7 percent and were out-scored in the paint, 38 to 22, falling at home to New Mexico State.  Mychal Ammons topped the South Alabama offense with 16 points in a losing effort.

• South Alabama had won two games in a row, claiming its first two Sun Belt Conference contests, defeating both FAU and FIU on the road prior to losing to New Mexico State.

• The USA offense is averaging 70.9 points per game, led by forward Augustine Rubit.  The post player tops the Jaguars in both points (17.8) and rebounds (9.1) per game.  Both those averages rank second in the SBC.  Rubit is also one of the best free throw shooters in the nation.  He enters Saturday's game making 87 percent of his attempts, best in the SBC.

• Adding to the offense is Mychal Ammons and Xavier Roberson, who each average 12.9 ppg.  Ammons is a dangerous player that is multidimensional, averaging 8.1 rebounds per game and shooting 52.4 percent from 3-point range.

• The Jaguars have shown the ability to shoot from beyond the arc through eight games this season.  USA is averaging 7.1 3-pointers per game and shooting a league-best 38.8 percent from downtown.  A trio of USA players are amongst the top-12 in 3-point shooting percentage led by Ammons (52.4 percent).

• USA have also shown a strong presence around the basket, blocking a SBC-best 5.9 shots per game.  The Jaguars' average is more than a block per game higher than then the next closest team in their league.  Javier Carter tops the SBC with 2.6 blocks per game, while Rubit is fifth in the conference collecting 1.8 swats on average.