Bama/Jacksonville State game notes

The No. 22 AP/No. 21 ESPN/USA Today University of Alabama men's basketball team, 6-2, will end exams week with a test on the court when it plays host to the Jacksonville State University Gamecocks, 1-3, on Friday, December 14, 2001. Alabama leads this series 10-1; all 11 games have been played in Tuscaloosa; the last time these two teams played one another was in 1999, with Alabama winning 87-44 (Mark Gottfried's 1st season coaching at UA).

NEXT GAME:

  • JACKSONVILLE STATE
  • Friday, December 14, 20001
  • Coleman Coliseum (15,316), Tuscaloosa, Alabama
  • 7:00 p.m. CST

TICKETS:

$12; youth ticket (15 & under) is $6, 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:

CSS with David Crane and Chris Stewart

RADIO:

Crimson Tide Sports Network with Eli Gold and Tom Roberts; engineer Tom Stipe, 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. 21 ESPN/USA Today ALABAMA (6-2 OVERALL, 0-0 SEC):

  • F- 35 Erwin Dudley 6-8, 260, JR, Uniontown 12.5 ppg/6.5 rpg
  • C- 42 Kenny Walker 6-9, 230, JR, Jacksonville, Fla. 8.8 ppg/6.3 rpg
  • G- 21 Rod Grizzard 6-8, 200, JR, Birmingham 15.8 ppg/6.5 rpg
  • G- 14 Terrance Meade 6-2, 190, JR, Scottsboro 12.5 ppg/3.6 rpg
  • G- 25 Mo Williams 6-1, 185, FR, Jackson, Miss. 9.6 ppg/3.5 rpg
  • Head Coach: Mark Gottfried (Alabama, 1987)

JACKSONVILLE STATE (1-3 OVERALL, 0-2 Atlantic Sun Conference)

  • F-13 Jay Heard 6-3, 212, JR, Oxford 8.8 ppg/5.3 rpg/2.8 spg
  • F-15 Carl Brown 6-7, 226, FR, Birmingham 2.8 ppg/4.5 rpg/2.8 spg
  • F-32 Omar Barlett 6-8, 235, JR, Miami, Fla. 10.8 ppg/6.8 rpg
  • G-00 Emerson Brown 6-2, 190, SO, Lithonia, Georgia 7.8 ppg/4.0 rpg
  • G-01 Poonie Richardson 6-11, 180, JR, Auburn 10.5 ppg/2.5 rpg/2.8 apg
  • HeadCoach: Mike LaPlante (Maine, 1989)

The Head Coaches

ALABAMA: Mark Gottfried; 129-68 (.654%) in 7 (6 complete) seasons overall, 61-44 (.581%) 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.

JSU: Mike LaPlante; 10-22 (.313%) in 2 (1 complete) seasons overall and at JSU; LaPlante was an assistant for Cliff Ellis at Auburn before becoming head coach at JSU; LaPlante is a 1989 graduate of Maine

TV Will Capture This One As Well

Alabama has been a popular television draw this season. It's last six games have all been televised, and its next five will be televised. In fact 14 of Alabama's remaining 22 regular season games have already been picked up for television.

CSS will televise Alabama's game against Jacksonville State on Friday night. David Crane will provide the broadcast's play-by-play. Chris Stewart is the color commentator.

Tide Follows This Game With Big Road Test

Following Friday night's home game with JSU, the Crimson Tide hits the road for yet another good test when it plays Temple, 3-4, in the Jimmy V. Coaches Classic. The Owls have been ranked in the Top 25 this season and are currently receiving rankings votes in both the AP and the ESPN/USA Today polls. Temple, the 2001 Atlantic 10 champion, is coached by John Chaney.

The Tuesday, December 18 event is a doubleheader of hoops at the Continental Airlines Arena in East Rutherford, N.J. Alabama and Temple kick if off at 7 p.m. EST/6 p.m. CST followed by No. 1 Duke and No. 9 AP/No. 10 ESPN/USA Today Kentucky. ESPN will televise the games.

Friday Marks 12th Meeting for UA & JSU

Alabama and Jacksonville State University are meeting on the basketball court for the 12th time in a series first played in 1951. All of the games in this series have been played in Tuscaloosa.

Alabama has won all but one of these games-and the last nine straight, dating to 1954. JSU's win came in 1953, 48 years ago. (That was Johnny Dee's first year at Alabama. His team finished 12-9. By Dee's fourth and final UA season, Alabama went 21-3 and a perfect 14-0 in the SEC).

While Alabama and JSU played one another each year from 1953-59, the two teams took an eight year break and didn't play again until 1967. The lapse then went 31 years before they'd meet again in 1998, David Hobbs' last season as head coach at Alabama (105-72 UA win). Mark Gottfried played JSU the following season, his first at Alabama. His 1999 Alabama team took a 43 point victory (87-44).

In that last meeting, five Alabama players finished the game with double digits in scoring, led by Brian Williams with 16, Jeremy Hays with 13, MC Mazique and, from the bench Cedric Patton, both with 12 and Chris Rollins with 10 points. Mazique, Rollins and Hays shred leading rebounding honors with seven each.

Alabama, a 40-27 leader at the half, shot 51.5% from the field that night, making 35 of 68 attempts. It was 4 of 12 from 3-point range (33.3%) and was 13 of 19 (66.7%) in free throw shooting. Alabama outrebounded JSU 48-29. JSU, whose current team includes no players who have ever played against Alabama, had one player in double digits, Marlon Gurley, who scored 10. Wes Fowler had 10 rebounds. It was 19 of 55 (34.5%) from the field, 2 of 17 (11.8%) from 3-point range and 4 of 13 (30.8%) at the line.

Bama is on the Rebound

Alabama experienced six team lows in its 79-57 loss to No. 17 UCLA this past Saturday in the John R. Wooden Classic in Anaheim, Calif., a loss that snapped a four-game win streak for the Tide. Alabama's points, 57, were a season low as were the 19 field goals made and its 29.7 (19-64) field goal percentage. Alabama made a season low eight total assists, two steals, and two blocked shots as well along with a season high 17 turnovers.

The game marked the third this season against a Top 25 ranked team and Alabama's second loss overall and to the Top 25.

Terrance Meade led Alabama's scoring with 16 points, Rod Grizzard had 14 and Erwin Dudley 11.

Dudley Pulls Double Duty-Again

Erwin Dudley collected his second straight and second of the season double double against No. 17 ranked UCLA Saturday when he exited the game with 11 points and 13 rebounds. That gives the junior forward from Uniontown 17 career double doubles.

Going into this weekend's round of SEC games, Dudley was one of five SEC players who has pulled the double double in scoring and rebounding. Only two other players, LSU's Ronald Dupree and Collis Temple III, have bettered that stat. Those two have three double-doubles this season.

Rod Grizzard, in scoring and rebounding, and Mo Williams, in scoring and assists, have also had double doubles for Alabama this season.

Double Digit Scorers Down to Three

Last week four men were averaging in double digits in scoring for the Crimson Tide but the number is now three as Alabama faces JSU. Rod Grizzard, who averaged 17.0 points a game last season as a sophomore, leads Alabama with his average of 15.8 points a game. Erwin Dudley is averaging 12.5 points a game as is junior guard Terrance Meade.

Freshman point guard Mo Williams is just a fraction away from re-joining his older teammates in the two digit column. He's averaging 9.6 points a game.

Williams Averages Full Handful of Assists

After eight games Bama's starting freshman point guard Mo Williams has 41 assists. That's an average of 5.1 a game. He ranks among the Southeastern Conference's top six in that stat.

Mo Will Unveil a New Head Vs. JSU

Fans who have just become accustomed to recognizing freshman Mo Williams may do a double take when they see the Tide starter Friday night. The Jackson, Miss., has sported his long hair in braids ever since he stepped foot on campus for summer school this past June. On Wednesday, Alabama's day off from practice, Mo decided to go for a new head of hair-or lack there of. He clipped off the braids and is now sporting a closely cropped hair style.

Three Bama Players Are Among Top 12 Rebounders

Three Alabama players rank among the top 12 in the Southeastern Conference in rebounding. Erwin Dudley is inching his way back up to the top-he led the league in rebounding last season. He's got the league's second best numbers with his 8.5 rebounds a game. The only players averaging more are LSU's Collis Temple III and Ronald Dupree who are averaging 8.9 a game to rank ahead of him.

Rod Grizzard is tied at 12th with his average of 6.5 a game and Kenny Walker is tied at 17th with an average of 6.2 rebounds a game.

Tide and JSU Have Two Common Opponents

There are two teams that are on both Alabama's and Jacksonville State's schedules this season. Both play Samford and Auburn.

JSU has already played Auburn on a November 18 date, falling, in Auburn, 75-53. It plays Samford twice this season in Atlantic Sun Conference games.

Alabama plays Auburn twice and played Samford in Tuscaloosa on November 14, winning 83-51 in the Guardians Classic second round game.

Kenny Walker Is Among SECs Swat Leaders

Junior center Kenny Walker has blocked 13 shots in eight games this season, a stat that ranks the Jacksonville, Fla., native second in the Southeastern Conference.

Walker & Dudley SEC Leaders in Offensive Boards

Erwin Dudley leads the SEC in his ability to pick up where someone left off. He's averaging 3.25 offensive rebounds a game, first in the SEC. Right behind him at No. 2 is Bama's Kenny Walker who's averaging 3.12 offensive rebounds.

Three Tide Players Shooting 50% and Better

Three Alabama players are making more than 50 percent of their shots from the field after eight games. Sophomore forward Reggie Rambo comes off the bench and hits 59.1% of his shots (13 of 22). Antoine Pettway, a sophomore guard also comes off the bench. He's making 57.6% of his shots (19 of 33) and starter Erwin Dudley has made 42 of 72 shots attempted for 53.8%.

JSU Game Marks Beginning of Home Promotion

The University of Alabama and Pizza Hut are unveiling the Pizza Hut 90-point Promotion for all remaining Crimson Tide home men's basketball games, starting with the Jacksonville State game, Friday night. If the Tide scores 90 points or more in a home game, fans can take their ticket stub to any participating Pizza Hut location in Alabama, and with the purchase of any large pizza, receive an additional large pizza for free. The offer is only good for dine-in or carry-out customers. The offer is good until the next home game is played. Students who are admitted on their ID card will be given a coupon to use if the Tide hits 90 points that game.

Bama In This Week's SEC Team Stats

  • Scoring: 5th at 79.5 ppg
  • Defensive Rebounds: 3rd
  • Offensive Rebounds: 4th
  • 3-point Field Goals Made: 4th
  • 3-point Field Goal Percentage Defense: 4th
  • Rebounding Offense: 4th
  • Blocked Shots: 4th
  • Assist/Turnover Ratio: 4th (1.17)
  • Rebounding Margin: 5th
  • Turnover Margin: 5th

Bama In This Week's SEC Individual Stats

  • Scoring: Rod Grizzard is 10th
  • Rebounding: Erwin Dudley is 3rd, Grizzard 12th, Kenny Walker 17th
  • Offensive Rebounds: Dudley is 1st, Walker is 2nd
  • Blocked Shots: Kenny Walker is 2nd
  • Field Goal Percentage: Dudley is 4th
  • Assists: Mo Williams is 6th
  • Defensive Rebounds: Dudley is 6th, Grizzard is 10th
  • Assist/Turnover Ratio: Antoine Pettway is 8th (2.83)

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