Alabama/Temple game notes

Alabama's next opponent is not currently ranked in the Top 25--but it has been for a few weeks this season and is currently receiving votes in both polls. The Crimson Tide, 7-2 overall, travels to East Rutherford, New Jersey where it will participate in a basketball lover's dream-the Jimmy V. Classic.

NEXT GAME:

  • Temple
  • Tuesday, December 18, 20001
  • Continental Airlines Arena
  • East Rutherford, New Jersey
  • 6:00 p.m. CST/7:00 p.m. EST

TICKETS:

$35 www.Ticketmaster.com or by phone: 201-507-8900 OR 212-307-7171. 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:

ESPN with Dick Vitale, Brad Nessler & Jay Bilas

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 (subscription site).

No. 22 AP/No. 21 ESPN/USA Today Alabama (7-2 overall, 0-0 SEC):

  • F- 35 Erwin Dudley 6-8, 260, JR, Uniontown 12.6 ppg/7.9 rpg
  • C- 42 Kenny Walker 6-9, 230, JR, Jacksonville, Fla. 10.0 ppg/6.3 rpg, Or 4 Reggie Rambo 6-7, 218, SO, Lena, Louisiana 3.8 ppg/3.3 rpg
  • G- 21 Rod Grizzard 6-8, 200, JR, Birmingham 14.9 ppg/5.9 rpg, Or 22 Travis Stinnett 6-0, 170, JR, Maryville, Tennessee 3.0 ppg/1.3 rpg
  • G- 14 Terrance Meade 6-2, 190, JR, Scottsboro 12.7 ppg/3.2 rpg
  • G- 25 Mo Williams 6-1, 185, FR, Jackson, Miss. 9.7 ppg/3.6 rpg/5.6 assists per game
  • Head Coach: Mark Gottfried (Alabama, 1987)

Temple Owls (3-4 overall, 0-0 Atlantic 10)

  • F-03 Brian Polk 6-4, 210, SO, Harbeson, Deleware 7.4 ppg/4.0 rpg
  • F-23 Alex Wesby 6-6, 190, Philadelphia, Pa. 12.1 ppg/3.4 rpg
  • C-30 Ron Rollerson 6-10, 294, SR, Pennsauken, N.J. 7.0 ppg/7.0 rpg
  • G-14 Lynn Greer 6-2, 175, Philadelphia, Pa. 27.3 ppg/3.7 rpg/4.1 assists per game
  • G-21 Nile Murry 6-4, 200, Houston, Texas 6.0 ppg/4.1 rpg/2.7 assists per game
  • HeadCoach: John Chaney (Bethune-Cookman, 1955)

THE HEAD COACHES

ALABAMA: Mark Gottfried; 130-68 (.657%) in 7 (6 complete) seasons overall, 62-44 (.585%) 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.

TEMPLE: John Chaney; 659-342 (.658%) in 30 (29 complete) seasons overall, 434-183 (.703%) in 20 seasons (19 complete) at Temple; 2001 Basketball Hall of Fame inductee; 10th all-time winningest active coaches in Division I; 17 NCAA tournament appearances at Temple (12 straight since 1990); 1978 Division II National Champion at Cheyney State

KEY GAME NOTES

  • This is Coaches vs. Cancer event is dear to the hearts of the Crimson Tide as it lost its assistant coach, Robert "Rah Rah" Scott to cancer in May 2000 (despite being diagnosed in September 1999, he only missed coaching a couple of games that season)
  • Alabama and Temple have never played one another in men's basketball; (they've played 3 times in football with UA winning all three in 1986, 1988 and 1991)

Coaches Have Stark Contrast in Careers

When Alabama tips off against Temple on Tuesday night, it will mark the 199th career game for Mark Gottfried as a head coach. This is his seventh overall season, fourth at Alabama (he was at Murray State for three before coming to Alabama, his Alma Mater, in March 1998). Gottfried has a 130-68 overall record for .658% winning percentage.

In sharp contrast is the experience he goes up against Tuesday night in Temple coach John Chaney. Tuesday night Chaney will be coaching in his 1,002nd career game as a head coach. Inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame on October 5, 2001, Chaney is in his 30th year as a head coach and has a 659-342 (.658%) career head coaching record.

Both Coaches Know Feeling of A Champion

While John Chaney may have 23 years more experience as a head coach than Bama's Mark Gottfried, the two do share two words that are placed on both their coaching resume: National Champions.

Gottfried was an assistant coach at UCLA when the Bruins won the 1995 NCAA National Championship. Chaney was head coach at Cheyney State when his team won the Division II 1978 National Championship.

Another Stellar Group of Head Coaches

With a season just nine games old, Alabama's players and coaches have already been associated in games and events with some of the nation's most celebrated and successful coaches. Alabama hosted Rick Majerus, who ranks 4th all-time among the nation's winningest coaches on November 26 when the Tide beat the Utes 76-61 in Tuscaloosa.

At the Guardians Classic Finals in Kansas City November 20-21, the head coaches among the four teams there included Missouri's Quinn Snyder (Missouri beat Bama 75-68), Memphis' John Callipari (Alabama beat Memphis 81-70), and Iowa's Steve Alford.

Alabama competed in the John R. Wooden Classic on December 8. Like the Jimmy V. Classic, it's a doubleheader. Arizona's Lute Olsen, the 7th winningest active coach was there as was Purdue's Gene Keady. And Tuesday night the cast is equally stellar with nation's 10th winningest active coach John Chaney, NCAA champion coach Tubby Smith of Kentucky and Duke's Mike Krzyzewki, owner of three national championships and 11 national coach of the year awards.

Game Will Be A First

Alabama and Temple will be playing one another for the first time in men's basketball on Tuesday night. The two schools have played one another in football, in 1986, 1988 and, the last time, 1991. Alabama won all three of those games.

Jacksonville Natives on Both Teams

Two men from the same hometown will be sitting on opposite benches when Alabama plays Temple. Both Alabama junior center Kenny Walker and Temple freshman forward Smith Hawley hail from Jacksonville, Florida. Smith played at Wolfson High, Hawley at the Bolles School.

Only Nine Months Since Last Time In Area

It's been about nine months since Alabama played in the New York City area. Alabama advanced to Madison Square Garden and the championship final of the 2001 NIT tournament. Alabama defeated Detroit 74-63 in the semifinals but fell to Tulsa 79-60 in the championship game.

Dudley & Grizzard Will Soon Be Pop History

Bama juniors Erwin Dudley and Rod Grizzard will soon be a part of a pop sports phenomenon. Both will have "bobble-head" dolls of them made for giveaways at two home basketball games. Tentatively, Dudley's doll will be given away at the February 6 Ole Miss game (which will be on JP TV) and Grizzard's likeness as a toy doll will be shared with Bama fans at the January 19th Mississippi State game. Only a limited number of the dolls are being produced to be given away at those games. (Dates are subject to change).

Double Digits Not Uncommon For Tide

So far in seven of Alabama's nine games, four or more players have scored in double digits in each of those games.

Five players scored in double digits in the Memphis and Jacksonville State games. Four players reached the double digit scoring mark in games against Missouri, Utah, Tennessee Chattanooga, Samford and McNeese State.

Four in Double Digits & a Fifth is Flirting

Four of Alabama's players come into the Temple game with two-digit scoring averages and a fifth, freshman guard Mo Williams, is flirting with joining the group with his 9.7 points per game average.

Rod Grizzard leads Alabama's offense with his average of 14.9 points a game. Terrance Meade is next at 12.7 points a game, just a tad bit ahead of Erwin Dudley's 12.6 points a game. And Kenny Walker is averaging 10.0 points a game.

Mo Just Needed One More

With Alabama safely ahead, Mark Gottfried let freshman point guard Mo Williams spend some late game time resting on the bench. Too bad for Williams-another minute or two and he might have had his second double-double of the season-in points and assists. Williams, who played 26 minutes in the game, scored 10 points and had nine assists in that game. On December 3, he experienced his first double double with 13 points and 10 assists against UTC, becoming Alabama's first player in a decade to get a double in points and assists.

Steals The Show vs. JSU

It was Bama's steals that stole the show in its last outing on the floor as the Tide set a school record with its 22 steals in its December 14 game against Jacksonville State. (Previous best was 18).

Two Alabama players collected career bests with five steals apiece, including Terrance Meade and Rod Grizzard. Mo Williams had three; Kenny Walker, Travis Stinnett and Solomon Davis had two each; and Erwin Dudley, Earnest Shelton and Antoine Pettway each had one to help set that school record.

Shelton Gives "Earnest" Effort vs. JSU

Freshman Earnest Shelton played an earnest game Friday night when the freshman from Memphis came off the bench and scored 17 points and made five rebounds in his 26 minutes on the court in the Jacksonville State game. Shelton was 7 of 14 from the field (3 of 9 from 3-point range). He also blocked a shot.

Foot Problems Gave Dudley Some Bench Time

2001 SEC Rebounding Champion Erwin Dudley started against Jacksonville State, but he only played 14 minutes of that game. Dudley slightly rolled his left ankle in the first half, and, rather than risk further injury, he sat out most of the rest of the game. Still he managed to score 13 points in those 14 minutes, including going 7 of 10 at the free throw line.

JSU Marked 1st Lineup Shuffle

After playing with the same starting five for the first eight games and two exhibition games, Mark Gottfried decided to shuffle up his lineup for the Jacksonville State game and may possibly have an altered lineup for Temple. The changes were based on some back-to-back bad shooting nights.

After starting in 55 straight games dating to his freshman season, junior Rod Grizzard did not start against JSU. Neither did junior Kenny Walker who had started in 20 straight, dating to last season. In his place Reggie Rambo started. Travis Stinnett, a starter in the last half of the 2001 season, started in Grizzard's slot.

Tide's Shooting Percentage Improved

Alabama shot a dismal 29.7% against UCLA on December 8, making only 19 of 64 shots from the field. A week of team meetings and hard practices later find Alabama following that UCLA performance (or lack thereof) with a 50.8% shooting night against Jacksonville State where Alabama made 32 of 63 shots from the field.

It marked the sixth time in nine games that Alabama has shot 50 percent or better. Alabama opened the season at 50 percent (40-80) against Mississippi Valley State. In game two it shot 51.6% (32-62) against Samford, 50.8% (30-59) against Memphis, in its best shooting night to date 53.1% against Utah (26-49), 51.5% (34-66) against McNeese State and now 50.8% (32-63) against JSU.

Kenny Gets Another 20

Kenny Walker celebrated his second career 20-points performance on Friday night against Jacksonville State. Walker came off the bench to score 20 points, making a near perfect six of seven shots attempted. He was eight of ten in free throw shooting. He coupled that performance with seven rebounds and two steals-all in 21 minutes of play.

Walker, who missed 10 games in the heart of the SEC season his freshman year with a leg fracture, had his first 20-plus points game last season at Purdue. He scored a career high 24 points in that game.

Four Tide Players Shoot 50-Percent Plus

Going into the Temple game, four Alabama players are shooting 50 percent or better. Antoine Pettway leads the way as the most accurate on the team at 57.1%. Both Erwin Dudley and Reggie Rambo are shooting 54.2% and Kenny Walker is at 50.8%.

Mo's Assists Are Climbing

Freshman point guard Mo Williams is averaging 5.6 assists per game after nine games for the Tide this season. He ranks among the top five in the SEC in assists.

Bama Has One of Nation's Best Totals

In the NCAA's first release of team stats for the season on December 10, Alabama ranked 19th in Division I in points scored in a game with the 107 it scored in its 107-67 season opening win against Mississippi Valley State.

Alabama's 15 3-point field goals made against MVSU ranked 6th so far in Division I games.

Bama's is Outscoring Its Opponents By 16.2

After nine games this season, Alabama is averaging 81.7 points a game and holding its opponents to 65.4 points a game for a margin of 16.2.

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