Blazers Host Georgia Southern To Start New Year

Terence Jones needs just four points to reach 1,000 for his collegiate career

Dec. 31, 2012

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. ---- The UAB men's basketball team will start the new year by hosting Georgia Southern on Wednesday at 7 p.m. CT inside Bartow Arena.

The contest is the nightcap of a doubleheader at Bartow Arena, as the UAB women's basketball team faces Chattanooga at Noon CT on Wednesday. 

UAB (7-6) vs. Georgia Southern (6-7)
Date:  Wed., Jan 2, 2013
Time:  7 p.m. CT
Location:  Birmingham, Ala.
Venue:   Bartow Arena (8,500)

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The Series
UAB leads, 5-1

The Blazers won the first five meetings against Georgia Southern, before falling in the most recent match up, 59-57, on Nov. 17, 2007 in Daytona Beach, Fla., as part of the Glenn Wilkes Classic.

Wednesday's game marks the fifth time UAB has hosted GSU, with the Blazers winning the previous four games in Bartow Arena.

The Coaches

UAB:  Jerod Haase (Kansas, '97)
Record at UAB:  7-6 (1st season)
Career Record:  7-6 (1st season)

GSU:  Charlton "C.Y." Young (GSU, '94)
Record at GSU:  35-72 (3rd season)
Career Record:  35-72 (3rd season)

On The Blazers
>> UAB enters Saturday's game with a 7-6 record after defeating Northeastern 83-63 last Saturday.

>> In the victory against the Huskies, Terence Jones and Preston Purifoy topped the Blazers with 17 points each.  Rod Rucker posted a double-double (12 pts, 10 rebs) and Jordan Swing was three assists and one rebound shy of a triple-double (15 pts, 9 rebs, 7 assists).

>> The Blazers are 6-0 at home this season and have won 10 consecutive contests inside Bartow Arena dating back to last season.  

>> T.Jones is just 4 points shy of reaching 1,000 for his career. He scored 874 the last three seasons at Texas A&M Corpus Christi before joining UAB.

>> Swing has scored in double figures in all 13 games this season and in 15 straight contests dating back to last season.

>> Purifoy (23-23) & Swing (22-22) are a combined 45-for-45 at the foul line at home.

>> The six teams that have defeated UAB have a combined record of 59-17 (.776).

>> UAB boasts three of the top seven free throw shooters in C-USA: (1) Purifoy 93.9%, (5) Swing 85.4%, (7) Fahro Alihodzic 83.3%.

>> UAB is averaging 78 ppg, which ranks second in C-USA and 32nd nationally. The Blazers have scored 75 or more points in all six home games this season.

>> UAB tops C-USA and ranks 11th in Division I in assists per game (17.4).

>> UAB has made the most 3-pointers (97) of any team in C-USA this season.  On average, UAB makes 7.46 treys per game.

>> The Blazers have made 6 or more 3-pointers in 9 straight games. 

On The Eagles

>> Georgia Southern, located in Statesboro is a member of the Southern Conference (SoCon).

>> GSU is coming off a thrilling overtime victory vs. instate foe Georgia State, 68-64.  Eric Ferguson led all scorers with 24 points.

>> Ferguson as been a major contributor for the Eagles, topping the team in  points, rebounds, blocks and steals per game.  He ranks fifth in rebounds and ninth in scoring in the SoCon.

>> GSU has held opponent under 70 points eight times.


Swing Nearly Twirls Triple Double
In the win against Northeastern, Jordan Swing nearly posted the first triple-double since 2009.  Swing finished the night 15 points, nine rebounds and a career-high seven assists.  The last Blazer to post a triple-double was Paul Delaney III against Tulane on Feb. 4, 2009.

Three Blazers On Fire From Foul Line
A trio of UAB players rank in the top-10 in Conference USA in foul shooting percentage.  Preston Purifoy tops the league making 93.9 %, followed by Jordan Swing (5th/85.4%) and Fahro Alihodzic (7th/83.3%).

TJ Nearing 1,000 Career Points
Senior Terence Jones is just 4 points shy of reaching 1,000 career points in his collegiate career. Jones, who is in his first year with the Blazers, competed the last three years for Texas A&M Corpus-Christi, where he scored 874 total points, averaging 9.4 points per contest.  Through 13 games this season, Jones has totaled 122 points.

Better At Bartow
UAB is a perfect 6-0 at home this season, compared to 1-6 away from the friendly confines of Bartow Arena.  Below are some comparisons between home and away/neutral site games for the Blazers this season.

>> UAB has won nine consecutive home contests dating back to last season.  The last time UAB lost in Bartow Arena was on Jan. 28, 2012 vs. East Carolina, 73-66.

>> At home, UAB is averaging 85.7 ppg, shooting 47.9 percent from the floor, 36.4 percent from 3-point range and 80.6 percent from the foul line.

>> Away from Bartow Arena, the Blazers are averaging 71.4 ppg, shooting 42 percent from the floor, 35.8 from 3-point range and 69 percent from the foul line.

>> In addition, the UAB defense is allowing 79.9 ppg on the road, compared to 67.0 at home.

>> Offensively, UAB has five players averaging double figures at home -- Rucker (15.2), Swing (13.8), Alihodzic (11.7), Purifoy (11.7) and T.Jones (10.7).

>>  In games away from Bartow Arena, only Swing (16.7) and Rucker (11.9) are scoring in double figures.

Starting Lineup Consistency
Through the first 13 games of the 2012-13 season, UAB has started the same five players in each game:  G Terence Jones, G Robert Williams, F Jordan Swing, F Rod Rucker, C Fahro Alihodzic.