Men's Basketball Game Notes Versus Cal State Northridge

Dec. 20, 2000


Game No. 8: December 21, 2000 UAB (4-3) vs. Cal State Northridge (6-3) Stan Sheriff Center (10,330), Honolulu, Hi. (5 pm HST, 9 pm CST)

PROBABLE UAB STARTERS: 2000-2001 Stats: PPG RPG PLAYER NOTES G 4 LeAndrew Bass 6-3 205 Sr. Birmingham, Ala. 16.3 4.0 G 24 P.J. Arnold 6-5 205 Jr. Memphis, Tenn. 15.3 4.0 F 30 Eric Batchelor 6-7 210 Jr. Memphis, Tenn. 13.4 4.9 F 11 David Walker 6-5 205 Sr. Springfield, Tenn. 9.7 7.2 C 50 Igor Nikolic 7-1 240 Sr. Zemun, Serbia 6.7 4.9

UAB HEAD COACH MURRY BARTOW: Murry Bartow (UAB,1985) is in his 5th season as head coach of the Blazers. He has a 77-55 (.583) 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.

UAB IN 23RD YEAR OF BASKETBALL: The Blazers have accumulated a 442-239 overall record in this their 23rd season of basketball for a 64.9 winning percentage. UAB has reached postseason play 17 times in its history with 10 trips to the NCAA Tournament.

ALL-TIME HOME RECORD: UAB has collected a 145-30 record (.829) at Bartow Arena in its 13th season in the facility. UAB was 11-2 in the building last season and has won at least 10 games there in all but one campaign. In all-time home games, the Blazers are 278-66 (.808). UAB has won four of the last five home contests.

AGAINST THE MATADORS: It will be the fourth meeting with the Matadors when the two teams meet in the opening round of the Nike Invitational with the Blazers holding a 3-0 advantage. UAB last play Cal State Northridge on Dec. 3, 1994, with the Blazers taking a 84-62 decision in Northridge, Calif. The Blazers won the other two meetings in Birmingham 75-63 (1/25/93) and 80-43 (2/27/94).

DECEMBER GAMES: The Blazers play some of their best basketball in the month of December as they have accumulated an 82.7 percent winning mark during the final month of the calendar year. UAB is 148-31 all time in the month of December.

LONGEST ROAD SWING CONTINUES: The Blazers begin the second part of their longest road swing of the season -- four games over an eight-day span - when they take on Cal State Northridge. The trip began with UAB dropping a 87-67 decision to Fresno State Saturday night. UAB is also in the midst of a string of six of eight games away from home.

ARE WE THERE YET?: The UAB men's basketball team experienced problems on its trip to Fresno, Calif., last Friday. The team was expected to leave at 12:54 p.m. from Birmingham but delays caused the Blazers not to depart until around 3.45 p.m. for Chicago. Once the team reached Chicago, they had to change their connection that was originally supposed to go through Los Angeles. Instead, UAB took a scheduled 8:45 p.m. flight to San Francisco that actually left at just after 11 p.m. Central Time. A 1:45 a.m. arrival (PT) in San Francisco forced the squad to spend the night there. The squad, which did not get to bed until about 2:30 a.m., got up the next morning about 8 a.m. to catch a 10 a.m. flight. The team reached to hotel just before noon. In all, the trip to approximately 25 hours, six more hours than the amount of time the team spent in Fresno.

THE BLAZERS IN HAWAI'I: UAB is making its 11th trip to the state of Hawai'i and have compiled a 15-4 when they play on the islands. The Blazers are making their first trip since Murry Bartow's first season as head coach during the 1996-97 campaign.

AGAINST THE NIKE INVITATIONAL FIELD: UAB had compiled a collective 11-2 record over its three opponents this week. The Blazers are 3-0 against the Matadors, 5-1 against the Panthers and 3-1 against the Rainbows.

REBOUNDING MARGIN: This season the Blazers are outrebounding their opponents by a margin of 5.5 per contest as they have accumulated 41.1 board per game. UAB has outrebound its foes four times - every time in double digits - and has won each of those contests.

HITTING FREE THROWS: UAB is hitting 73.1 percent of its free throws this season and have collected a pair of 80 percent or better nights at the line this season and three times have hit at least 70 percent from the stripe including a 75 percent night at Fresno State (15-of-20).

INJURIES: Three players will not be available for action tonight as a result of various injuries - Myron Ransom - Suffered an ACL injury in his right knee 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 stress fracture in his back that he sustained over the summer and is probably out for the season. Sidney Ball - Had knee surgery prior to the season, returned to action for the season opener against Alabama A&M and notched six points and eight rebounds. Ball, though, has experienced continued knee pains and has missed the last six games.

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.

SPREADING THE WEALTH: For the first time in the first seven games Saturday, UAB failed to record at least three players to score in double digits. UAB enjoyed a season-high five players who notched at least 10 points against Murray State (12/8).

BASS NEEDS THREE ASSISTS TO MOVE INTO SEVENTH: With four assists against Chattanooga (Dec. 13), senior LeAndrew Bass went over the 300 mark for a career in that category and finds himself in eighth place on the UAB career chart with 305. Bass needs three assists to move ahead of George Wilkerson, who tallied 307 from 1989-94. Here is a list of the UAB top 10 in that category:

DOUBLE-DOUBLES FOR THE BLAZERS: David Walker collected the Blazers second double-double of the season with both 11 points and rebounds against Bradley (12/5). It was Walker 's seventh career double-double. In only his second game as a Blazer versus LaSalle (11/25), Will Campbell collected UAB's first double-double 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.

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.

NEXT OPPONENT: UAB plays its second game of the Nike Invitational against Georgia State. It will be the seventh meeting between the two schools and the first tilt for the two institutions since Feb. 5, 1981, when the Blazers notched a 89-64 win over the Panthers.