Alabama/McNeese State game notes

In game two of a three-games in seven days home stretch, the No. 22 ranked University of Alabama men's basketball team, 4-1 overall, plays host to the McNeese State Cowboys, 1-2, on Thursday, November 29. Tip-off in Tuscaloosa's Coleman Coliseum (15,316) is set for 8 p.m.

NEXT GAME:

  • No. 22 ALABAMA VS. MCNEESE STATE
  • Thursday, November 29, 2001
  • Coleman Coliseum (15,316 capacity), Tuscaloosa, Alabama
  • 8:00 p.m. CT

TICKETS:

Available; $12 adults; youth ticket $6 for age 15 & under Uof A Home Game Tickets: UofA Ticket Office (205) 348-BAMA or SouthTix 800-240-2300 Season Tickets can be ordered on www.rolltide.com

TV:

Comcast Sports Southeast (CSS)

RADIO:

  • Crimson Tide Sports Network with Chris Stewart;
  • WRTR-FM 105.5 in Tuscaloosa
  • Also assorted CTSN stations
  • WVUA 90.7 FM (UofA Campus Station) for home campus games only

INTERNET:

Live audio of CTSN's radio broadcast 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. 22 AP/No. 22 ESPN/USA Today ALABAMA (4-1 OVERALL, 0-0 SEC):

  • F- 35 Erwin Dudley 6-8, 260, JR, Uniontown 12.0 ppg/7.4 rpg/1.6 bpg
  • C- 42 Kenny Walker 6-9, 230, JR, Jacksonville, Fla. 10.0 ppg/5.2 rpg
  • G- 21 Rod Grizzard 6-8, 200, JR, Birmingham 16.6 ppg/7.8 rpg
  • G- 14 Terrance Meade 6-2, 190, JR, Scottsboro 11.4 ppg/3.2 rpg/2.2 apg
  • G- 25 Mo Williams 6-1, 185, FR, Jackson, Miss. 9.8 ppg/4.0 rpg/5.2 apg
  • Head Coach: Mark Gottfried (Alabama, 1987)

McNeese State University Cowboys (1-2 overall, 0-0 SLC)

  • G-03 Jason Coleman 6-4, 180, JR, Brooklyn, NY 17.3 ppg/3.7 rpg/1.7 apg
  • PG-10 Chauncey Bryant 5-9, 167, SR, Jersey City, N.J. 4.7 ppg/1.7 rpg/3.3 apg
  • C-40 Raynell Brewer 7-1, 210, SR, Houston, Texas 9.7 ppg/7.3 rpg/1.0 apg
  • F-15 Ben Perkins 6-7, 210, SR, Vinton, Louisiana 11.0 ppg/4.3 rpg/3.3 apg
  • F-42 Fred Gentry 6-7, 225, SR, DeQuincy, Louisiana 10.3 ppg/4.3 rpg/0.7 apg
  • Head Coach: Tic Price (Virginia Tech, 1979)

THE HEAD COACHES

ALABAMA: Mark Gottfried; 127-67 (.655%) in 7 (6 complete) seasons overall, 59-43 (.578%) 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.

MCNEESE STATE: Tic Price; 94-56 (.627%) overall; 1-2 in his 1st season at McNeese State; has been head coach at University of New Orleans (63-27), two conference titles and NCAA and NIT appearances; and Memphis (30-27) with one conference championship and an NIT trip

KEY GAME NOTES

  • Game will be televised on Comcast (CSS)
  • Game pits two friends, Mark Gottfried and Tic Price, coaching against one another
  • Night marks the first time Alabama has simultaneously hosted home (Birmingham) football and basketball games as the Tide football team is playing its postponed Sept. 15 game against Southern Miss on Nov. 29 as well in a 6 p.m. ESPN game
  • Alabama leads the series against McNeese State 2-0; the last meeting was in Tuscaloosa in 1999 (Mark Gottfried coached the game for Bama); Alabama won 71-60

Game is On TV

Mark Gottfried's Alabama basketball teams have become a popular television draw---already three of its first five games have been on TV-and Thursday night's game against McNeese State will also be televised. It's being broadcast regionally on the CSS network.

Tip-Off Time Has Changed Three Times Now

There may be some confusion as regards Alabama's tip-off time for the McNeese State game. When the game was originally scheduled, tip-off was set for 7 p.m. CT. But the events nationally on September 11 caused postponement for nearly every sporting event the weekend of September 15th, including Alabama's scheduled football game against Southern Miss.

When that game was re-scheduled-and picked up by ESPN-for Thursday night, November 29, Alabama's athletic officials faced an unusual delimna-they were hosting home football games and home basketball games on the same nights. Thinking fans could come to the basketball game and be home in time to watch the second half of the football game, the basketball game time was changed to 6 p.m. CT. But last week the time changed again, this time to 8 p.m. CT, for the live CSS broadcast.

Hosting two major events simultaneously has posted a challenged for the Tide's ticket, event management and media relations staffs as all these staffs use their entire crews for football games. For instance, PA announcer Tony Giles does both football and basketball. He'll do football Thursday night and Alan Guenther, football's press box interior PA announcer, will fill in for Giles at the basketball game. (Guenther does PA for Alabama's women's basketball games). Alabama's official scorer, Brian Roberts, works as the statistician for the Crimson Tide Sports Network for football, so a substitution has been made there as well. Several others who work both football and the basketball stats crew had to be divvied up as well.

Bama Leads This Series

Thursday night's game between Alabama and McNeese State marks the third meeting between the two schools in men's basketball.

Alabama leads the series 2-0. Both games were played in Tuscaloosa. Alabama won 93-77 in the 1984 season meeting (Mark Gottfried was a player then). And Bama won 71-60 in the 1999 season. (Mark Gottfried was Bama's head coach in his first season then.)

Only two Tide players were on the team for that last meeting. Senior forward Solomon Davis was a freshman that year, but he was a redshirt, so he did not play in the game. Travis Stinnett did play---one of only four games he played in his freshman year before his an injury (osteitis pubis) caused him to become a medical redshirt that year. (He played in one more game, the next game against Jacksonville State, before he was sidelined for the remainder of the year---and the entire next season-with the injury).

McNeese Plays Back-To-Back SEC Teams

The Alabama game marks the second of back-to-back road games against the State of Alabama's two Southeastern Conference teams for McNeese State. The Cowboys played at Auburn (falling 78-74) on Tuesday night in Auburn. A third SEC school lies on the Cowboys' schedule as they play at LSU on December 15.

Cowboys Defending Southland Champions

McNeese State is the defending Southland Conference Champion. The Cowboys finished 22-9 overall last season, advancing to the NIT tournament where it played UTEP in the first round (and fell 84-74). McNeese went 17-3 in the SLC and was strong at home, finishing 13-1 at home last season.

The Cowboys return nine lettermen from that team, including starters Chauncey Bryant, Fred Gentry and Raynell Brewer who are all expected to reprise their starting roles against Alabama on Thursday night. Among the nine returners from last season's team, however is not the SLC Player of the Year Demond Mallet who led the SLC in scoring his senior season last year with 21.3 ppg as well as Tierre Brown who ranked second in the league in scoring with his 20.1 senior season average. The duo accounted for an average of 40 points a game last season for the Cowboys.

Tide & McNeese Player Share Common Stat

Two men involved in Thursday night's game will be on opposite benches but share a common thread. Alabama junior forward Erwin Dudley has started in every possible game of his career-already 70 and counting-as has McNeese State senior Fred DeQuincey. He's at 89 straight starts going into the Alabama game. A 3-point Note

Though Alabama has attempted more than three times the number of 3-point shots this season than McNeese State, McNeese has a 3-point shot weapon in Jason Coleman. Coleman leads the SLC in 3-point shooting percentage (almost 42 percent).

Tide Remains at No. 22 in Both Polls

With a week that included a win against then No. 12/14 Memphis last Wednesday in the Guardians Classic 3rd place (of 16 teams) game and a seven point loss to No. 5 Missouri, Alabama remains at No. 22 in both the Associated Press and the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Polls.

Bama's opponents still dot the list of the nation's Top 25 teams, including (listed 1st with AP ranking then ESPN) No. 3/No. 11 UCLA, No. 5/No. 5 Missouri, No. 7/No. 6 Florida, No. 10/No. 14 Kentucky, No. 12/No. 19 Memphis, and No. 25 Temple.

Several more Tide opponents are receiving Top 25 votes, including Ole Miss, Tennessee, Notre Dame, Arkansas, Mississippi State, Auburn and Utah.

Tide Averaging Well After Five Games

The Crimson Tide has now scored a total of 415 points-83 of those provided by Rod Grizzard (16.6 ppg). That gives the Tide an average of 83.0 points per game after five games. It's holding its opponents-that have included two Top 15 teams---to an average of 64.8 points a game (324 total). For those who don't like to do their own math, that's a scoring margin of 18.2 points.

Alabama is also outrebounding its opponents 40.4 rebounds to 35.8-a rebound margin of 4.6 a game.

That's One for the Big Guy

He amazes his teammates at every meal with his ability to fill up a tray, and Monday night against Utah Erwin Dudley wowed the crowd by launching and making a trey. With 3:08 remaining in the first half, Dudley attempted his first 3-point shot since his freshman season-and made it. He's now a perfect 1 of 1 from that range this season. He did not attempt any 3-point shots his sophomore season last year but was 2 of 3 from 3-point range his freshman year.

Grizzard Collects 1st Official Double Double of Year

While Erwin Dudley had double doubles in points and rebounds in Alabama's two exhibition games, All-SEC guard Rod Grizzard recorded the team's first official double-double of the season Monday night in the Utah game. Grizzard had 16 points and 11 rebounds in that game.

T-Meade Has Career Night at the Line

Terrance Meade had the best night at the free throw line in his Tide career to date. The junior from Scottsboro was 9 of 13 at the line against Utah on Monday night.

And Bama Gets an Assist (or 7) from Mo Williams

Tide freshman Mo Williams had seven assists in the Utah game Monday night, bringing his season average to 5.2 assists per game. His game-by-game assist totals have included 8 against Mississippi Valley State, and six against Memphis as well.

Here's How Bama Fares In League Stats

TEAM:
  • 2nd in scoring offense
  • 2nd in scoring margin
  • 2nd in Assist/turnover ratio (1.32)
  • 3rd in 3-point field goal percentage defense
  • 3rd in turnover margin
  • 4th in field goal percentage
  • 5th in rebounding margin
INDIVIDUAL:
  • Scoring: Rod Grizzard is 8th
  • FG%: Erwin Dudley is 3rd (.600)
  • Rebounding: Grizzard is 7th & Dudley 9th
  • Assists: Mo Wiliams is 4th
  • 3-Pt FG%: Earnest Shelton is 9th
  • Blocked Shots: Grizzard is 4th
  • Assist/Turnover Ratio: Antoine Pettway is 7th (4.33) & Earnest Shelton is 9th (3.00)
  • Offensive rebounds: Kenny Walker is 5th
  • Defensive rebounds: Grizzard is 4th & Dudley 8th

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