Game notes: Alabama/Samford

The game will mark the 31st meeting between Alabama and Samford. Alabama leads 27-3. Samford won the last meeting, however, taking a 79-67 victory in Coleman Coliseum in 2000. <br><br>The winner in Tuscaloosa plays the Missouri bracket winner in Kansas City on Tuesday, November 20th.at 9 p.m. CST.

NEXT GAME:

  • 8:30 p.m. (or 30 minutes after 1st game's conclusion) CT ALABAMA vs. Samford
  • Guardians Classic Regional Championship
  • November 14, 2001
  • Coleman Coliseum (15,316 capacity)
  • 6:00 p.m. CT Loyola-Marymount vs. Mississippi Valley State

TICKETS:

  • $18 & $10 (youth); covers both games, Available
  • UofA Ticket Office (205) 348-BAMA
  • Season Tickets can be ordered on www.rolltide.com

RADIO/TV:

  • Crimson Tide Sports Network with Eli Gold (play-by-play) and Tom Roberts (color)
  • WVUA 90.7 FM (UofA Campus Station)

INTERNET:

  • Live audio of CTSN's radio broadcast with Eli Gold and Tom Roberts is available on the internet on www.rolltide.com.
  • Tide basketball information is available there As well as on www.markgottfried.com
  • And www.crimsontradition.com.

No. 24 AP ALABAMA (1-0 OVERALL, 0-0 SEC):

  • F- 35 Erwin Dudley 6-8, 260, JR, Uniontown 9 ppg/10 rpg
  • C- 42 Kenny Walker 6-9, 230, JR, Jacksonville, Fla. 7 ppg/5 rpg/2 bpg
  • G- 21 Rod Grizzard 6-8, 200, JR, Birmingham 22 ppg/7 rpg/2 spg
  • G- 14 Terrance Meade 6-2, 190, JR, Scottsboro 17 ppg/4 rpg/4 apg
  • G- 25 Mo Williams 6-1, 185, FR, Jackson, Miss. 15 ppg/6 rpg/8 apg
  • Head Coach: Mark Gottfried (Alabama, 1987)

SAMFORD BULLDOGS (1-0 OVERALL, 0-0 Atlantic Sun)

  • F- 24 Corey Green 6-3, 175, SR, Calera 9 ppg/6 rpg/4 apg/2 spg
  • F- 52 Sebastian Sachse 6-8, 220, SO, Chemnitz, Germany 5 ppg/2 rpg/3 apg
  • C- 44 Phillip Ramelli 6-10, 210, SO, New Orleans, La. 8 ppg/1 rpg
  • G- 20 Chris Weaver 6-2, 190, SR, Arab 13 ppg/6 rpg/2 apg
  • G- 31 Bryan Boerjan 6-8, 220, FR, Rock Falls, Ill. 9 ppg/3 rpg/3 apg
  • Head Coach: Jimmy Tillette (Our Lady of the Holy Cross, 1975)

THE HEAD COACHES

ALABAMA: Mark Gottfried; 124-66 (.653% overall) in 7 (6 complete) seasons, 56-42 (.571%) in 4th season at Alabama; 2 NCAA appearances (1997 & 1998) at Murray State; 3 NIT appearances (1996 at MSU, 1999 & 2001 at UA); Assistant for UCLA's 1995 NCAA Champions team; 3 NCAA Sweet 16 appearances as a UA player 1985-86-87.

Samford: Jimmy Tillette (Our Lady of the Holy Cross, 1975); 75-44 in his 5th season at Samford; Trans Atlantic Conference regular season and tournament champion in 1998-99 & TAAC champion in 1999-2000; 2 NCAA tournament trips in 1999 and 2000

KEY GAME NOTES

  • Alabama is one of four regional hosts for 1st & 2nd round games in Guardians Classic. Missouri, Iowa and Memphis also host. The winners in Iowa and Memphis play one another at 6:30 p.m. CST. Teams are guaranteed two games. Consolation play is at 6:30 p.m. and the championship game is at 9:00 p.m. on November 21st.
  • Terrance Meade turns 21 on game day vs. Samford. Earnest Shelton will be 19 on Thursday, November 15.
  • Other regional finals include: Iowa vs. Boston, Memphis vs. Old Dominion and Missouri vs. Air Force
  • Alabama remains No. 24 in the AP poll released Tuesday evening

Alabama Opens With a Win

The No. 24 ranked University of Alabama men's basketball team improved its all-time opening night record to 74-15 (.831%) and starts its 2001-02 season at 1-0 after defeating Mississippi Valley State 107-67 in the opening round of the Guardians Classic in Tuscaloosa on November 13.

Alabama advances to the region's championship game on Wednesday, November 14 where it will play Samford. Winner takes a trip to Kansas City, Mo., to the tournament's semifinals and championship on November 20-21st. Alabama and Samford will tip at 8:30 p.m. CT-or 30 minutes following the conclusion of the consolation game between Mississippi Valley State and Loyola-Marymount.

Tickets Available at UA Box Office

Tickets are on sale at the Coleman Coliseum Box Office for Wednesday night's game. Tickets are $18 and include both games. A youth ticket (15 and under) is also available for $10. Call (205) 348-BAMA for more information. Ticket information on the games in Kansas City can be found on the event's website, www.guardiansclassic.com or by calling Ticketmaster (816) 931-3330.

Starter Celebrates Birthday on Game Day

Alabama junior starting guard Terrance Meade celebrates his 21st birthday on game day, November 14. Meade, a Scottsboro native, is the son of William and Ollie Meade.

Samford Holds Special Significance

Samford will forever have a special connection to Coleman Coliseum. That's because Samford was the first team Alabama ever played in the facility. After first hosting a Broadway touring production of "The Roar of the Greasepaint; The Smell of the Crowd" two days before for the official opening, Alabama hosted its first athletic competition when Samford came to play basketball in Coleman Coliseum on February 1, 1968. Alabama won the game 86-65.

Meeting Marks 31st Between Tide & Bulldogs

Wednesday night's game between Alabama marks the 31st meeting between Alabama and Samford. Alabama leads the series 27-3. The first game between the two came in Tuscaloosa in 1917. Alabama won 26-9. Samford, then Howard University, won the next two games, taking a 17-5 and a 18-16 win in 1919 before Alabama won the next 26 straight in the series between 1920 and 1969. Samford's 79-67 win during the fall of the 2000 season marked the first time the two teams played after 1969.

All Four Hosts Advanced

All four of the regional host teams in the Guardians Classic won their opening round games. No. 8 Missouri defeated Tennessee-Martin 89-63. It plays Air Force, a 68-62 winner against Yale for the trip to Kansas City where it will play the winner from Alabama's regional on November 20th at 9 p.m. in Kemper Arena. No. 9 (AP)/10 ESPN/USA Today Iowa was a 89-59 winner against Maryland-Eastern Shore. It plays Boston in that regional final. Boston University defeated New Orleans 69-63.

And No. 12 AP/No. 14 ESPN/USA Today Memphis won 88-61 against Wofford. Memphis plays Old Dominion, a 69-52 winner against Sacramento State on Tuesday for that regional championship.

Tide Stays at No. 24 in AP Poll

In the second Associated Press poll, which was released on Tuesday evening, Alabama stayed at No. 24 in the rankings. Alabama is receiving votes but unranked in the ESPN/USA Today poll.

Opener Comes One Short of 3-point Record

In its season opener, Alabama came one short of tying its school 3-point field goals made record. Alabama made 15 (of 37) 3-point shots against Mississippi Valley State. The school record is 16 (of 27) made against Mercer on December 16, 1996.

The 3-point shot will be a feature of Alabama's weapon arsenal this season. Alabama made 16 (of 33) 3-point shots in its exhibition game against Athletes in Action on November 1. (It was 8-18 vs. EA Sports).

Gottfried is Good at Home

Alabama set school records at home last season with its 17-1 record in Coleman Coliseum. Just beginning his fourth season at Alabama, head coach Mark Gottfried is now 40-7 at home and 29-4 since 2000.

Stinnett Doubtful for This One As Well

Junior 6-0 guard Travis Stinnett (6.8 ppg, 82% FT shooter, 43% 3-point shooter), who did not dress out for the Mississippi Valley State game, is listed as doubtful to play on Wednesday night as well. Stinnett collided on the court with (redshirt) walkon Jason Reese at the end of practice on Thursday, November 8 and injured his left shoulder

Tide Hit Century Mark for 4th Time in 2 Seasons

Alabama was a 107-67 winner against MVSU on Tuesday night. It marked the fourth time in the past two seasons Alabama has scored 100 or more points in a game as Alabama did it three times last season (110-53 vs. Arkansas-Pine Bluff; 107-61 vs. Grambling State, and 100-71 vs. Louisville). The 40 point win was Alabama's best since its 57 point victory against Arkansas-Pine Bluff last fall.

It marked the 61st time in school history Alabama has scored 100 or more points. (The school record is 123 (to 97) vs. South Florida in 1972).

Samford & Alabama Share Two Opponents

Two teams appear both on Alabama and Samford's schedules this season. One of those is Jacksonville State which Alabama plays in Tuscaloosa on December 14. Samford will play JSU as well. Alabama plays Georgia on January 16, a team that also appears, for the very first time, on Samford's schedule.

Tide Offers Weekend Ticket Package

The University of Alabama is offering a weekend package that is tailor-made for fans outside of Tuscaloosa who live too far to drive to weeknight men's basketball games to see the Top 25 ranked Crimson Tide in action.

The "Weekend Package" includes tickets to six home games, including Bama's home date with No. 5 ranked Florida on Saturday, February 23. It also includes some of the Tide's favorite rivalries, a February 16 game with Tennessee and LSU on January 5. The other three games included in the package are Mississippi State on Saturday, January 19, Jacksonville State on Friday, December 14 and Alabama A&M on Friday, December 21.

The cost of the Weekend Package is $84. Crimson Tide men's basketball tickets are available through the Athletic Ticket Box Office in Coleman Coliseum (205) 348-BAMA.

Tide Freshman a Dyna-MO

While his fellow coeds worry about the "Freshman 10", Tide guard Mo Williams celebrated the "Freshman 15" in his first official turn on the collegiate basketball court.

The Jackson, Mississippi native, playing against a couple of his old Murrah High School teammates, scored 15 points, made 8 assists and 6 rebounds in his season opener against MVSU on Tuesday night.

Williams was 5 of 13 from the floor, 3 of 6 from 3-point range and 2 of 2 at the free throw line.

And Shelton Makes An "Earnest" Effort

Tide freshman guard Earnest Shelton came off the bench in his first official collegiate game and scored 15 points, made five rebounds and two assists in 26 minutes of play against MVSU. Shelton hit 50 percent from 3-point range, making 5 of his 10 shots attempted from the long range. He was 5 of 11 from the field.

First Half Total Not Far From Record

Alabama scored 59 points in the first half of play against MVSU on Tuesday night. The Coleman Coliseum record for points in a half is 66 (by Alabama in the 2nd half vs. South Florida on December 9, 1971).

Gottfried's Old Roommate Debuts Album Friday

Mark Gottfried's old Alabama roommate, Jim Farmer, a starter with Gottfried on Alabama's 1987 SEC Champion team (and a man who helped power Alabama to three straight NCAA Sweet 16 appearances), debuts his first album as a recording artist on November 16.

The Dothan native as a 1st round NBA draft pick in 1987. He now lives in Nashville. The album will be available for purchase on his website, www.jimfarmer.com.

Farmer appeared with the country group Sawyer Brown on stage in Dothan on November 7, sharing vocals on the group's number one hit "Some Girls Do."

Basketball fans in Tuscaloosa who watched him help carry a team will hear him carry a tune at halftime of the November 16 Utah game.

Guardian's Classic Has a Purpose

In addition to providing some premier matchups with four top 25 ranked teams serving as regional hosts, the Guardians Classic has been created to spread a message. It's sponsored by the National Association of Basketball Coaches and the Gazelle Group, created to promote the NABC's Guardians of the Game program which emphasizes four core values: advocacy, leadership, service and education.

Grizzard's Dunks at 55 and Counting

Rod Grizzard recorded the season's first dunk in the November 8 EA Sports Southeastern All-Stars game. He ended that game with two dunks.

Grizzard Celebrates 21st 20-plus

When Rod Grizzard scored 22 points to lead Alabama's 107-67 win against Mississippi Valley State University on November 13, it marked the 21st time in his UA career that he has scored 20 or more points in a game. He did it 15 times in 2001 and five in 2000, his freshman season.

NBA Rosters Include Five From Tide

Five former Tide players are on the NBA's active rosters. The list includes Jason Caffey (Milwaukee Bucks), Robert Horry (LA Lakers), Antonio McDyess (Denver Nuggets), Latrell Sprewell (New York Knicks) and Gerald Wallace (Sacramento Kings).

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