- 6:00 p.m. CST
- Saturday, January 5, 2002
- Coleman Coliseum (15,316)
- Tuscaloosa, Alabama
TICKETS:Available; $15 adults/$8 age 15 and 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:Fox Sports Net with Dave Neal and Barry Booker, Tape-delay, Newschannel 7 with Gary Harris and Stan Siegal
RADIO:Crimson Tide Sports Network with Eli Gold and Tom Roberts; engineer Tom Stipe, WVUA 90.7 FM (UofA Campus Station/home 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. 18 AP/No. 19 ESPN/USA Today ALABAMA (12-2 OVERALL, 0-0 SEC):
- F- 35 Erwin Dudley 6-8, 260, JR, Uniontown 13.9 ppg/8.3 rpg
- C- 42 Kenny Walker 6-9, 230, JR, Jacksonville, Fla. 10.9 ppg/6.4 rpg
- G- 21 Rod Grizzard 6-8, 200, JR, Birmingham 14.7 ppg/5.9 rpg
- G- 14 Terrance Meade 6-2, 190, JR, Scottsboro 12.3 ppg/3.9 rpg
- G- 25 Mo Williams 6-1, 185, FR, Jackson, Miss. 9.9 ppg/3.6 rpg/4.8 assists per game
- Head Coach: Mark Gottfried (Alabama, 1987)
LSU TIGERS (10-3 OVERALL, 0-0 SEC)
- F- 12 Ronald Dupree 6-7, 210, JR, Biloxi, Miss. 16.1 ppg/8.5 rpg
- F- 21 Jermaine Williams 6-7, 185, SR, Baton Rouge, La. 6.3 ppg/5.2 rpg
- F- 54 Brad Bridgewater 6-8, 250, JR, New Roads, La. 6.9 ppg/3.9 rpg
- G- 03 Torris Bright 6-4, 195, JR, Slidell, La. 13.7 ppg/3.8 rpg/6.5 assists per game
- G- 41 Collis Temple III 6-7, 215, JR, New Roads, La. 16.6 ppg/7.6 rpg
- HeadCoach: John Brady (Belhaven, 1976)
THE HEAD COACHESALABAMA: Mark Gottfried; 135-68 (.665%) in 7 (6 complete) seasons overall, 67-44 (.604%) 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; Academic All-SEC at Alabama...Born January 20, 1964 in Crestline, Ohio.
LSU: John Brady; 161-135 (.544%) in 5 (4 complete) seasons overall, 72-58 (.554%) in 5th season at LSU; 2000 SEC Coach of the Year; SEC West Champion in 2000 & NCAA Sweet 16 (28-6)...Head coach at Samford for 6 seasons prior to LSU
KEY GAME NOTES
The SEC Championship Race Begins!The race is on as twelve teams vie for the Southeastern Conference Championship beginning on Saturday, January 5 when the league opens play for the 2001-02 men's basketball season.
Ten of the twelve schools open their SEC slates on Saturday, including the No. 18 AP/No. 19 ESPN/USA Today ranked Crimson Tide. Alabama, 12-2, plays host to the LSU Tigers, 10-3.Tip-off in Tuscaloosa's Coleman Coliseum is set for 6 p.m. CST.
The first league game to hit the floor is South Carolina at Florida at 11 a.m. CST in a televised Jefferson-Pilot game. Jefferson Pilot is also carrying the Kentucky at Mississippi State game at 1 p.m. CST. Vanderbilt plays at Georgia at 3 p.m. CST. And the SEC-TV doubleheader begins at 4 p.m. CST with Arkansas at Auburn followed by LSU at Alabama at 6 p.m.
On Sunday the league rounds out its opening weekend when Ole Miss plays at Tennessee at 12:30 p.m. CST.
Early Fans Will Get A Year Full of Dates!Looking for a year full of dates? Be one of the first 4,000 or so fans to arrive at the Bama-LSU game and you'll receive a free 2002 University of Alabama basketball calendar. The calendar features photos of different Tide players or coaches each month.
Bama is An SEC Leader In WinsThe Crimson Tide is one of only two Southeastern Conference teams to log 600 or more wins in SEC head-to-head play. Alabama has 635 SEC wins. Kentucky is the other team. (It has 770 SEC wins).
Tide & Tigers 1st On One Another's Plates Last YearAlabama and LSU opened the SEC season against one another both last season and the season before in Baton Rouge. Alabama won the January 6, 2001 tilt by a 82-73 score but lost in Baton Rouge 78-66 to start the 2000 SEC season. It was the win in Baton Rouge in 2001 that snapped Alabama's road woes, snapping a 15-game road loss streak.
Tide Sophomore Rambo Will See Old FriendsAlabama sophomore forward Reggie Rambo got to return to his home state of Louisiana for Alabama's December 27th appearance in New Orleans' Sugar Bowl Classic. Now he gets to play against some of the guys he grew up against.
Rambo, nicknamed "Bo" by his teammates, grew up in Lena, La., which is located about 40 minutes from Baton Rouge. Rambo and LSU junior guard Torris Bright (of Slidell) played in the same Charles Boston tournament and Rambo used to play "rec" ball with LSU's Collis Temple, III, a junior guard from Baton Rouge. Rambo, at Peabody High School, used to play against LSU senior forward Jermaine Williams in high school basketball.
Meade Has Fond Freshman Memory of the TigersThe first time Terrance Meade ever experienced Southeastern Conference basketball live and in person (as a player) was when Alabama traveled to Baton Rouge for the 2000 SEC opener. Meade was a starter at guard as a freshman in that game in front of some 13,670 fans. He ended that game with 22 points, going four of five from 3-point range.
Shelton Has Surgery, Season Status QuestionableTide freshman guard Earnest Shelton underwent surgery on January 3 to repair articular cartilage in his right knee. The Memphis native injured it in a Dec. 29 collision at practice (the knee cap got hit and chipped the covering of the bone). His prognosis for the remainder of the season is not yet known. He has played in 12 games, averaging 15 minutes and 5.6 points, including 15 points in his career debut in Alabama's opener against Mississippi Valley State. His season best was 17 points against Jacksonville State. He would not be a redshirt candidate as he has played in too many games.
Tiger is On the Mend as WellLSU's leading scorer, junior guard Collis Temple III is expected to return to play Saturday against Alabama after missing the two games as a result of a December 15 right ankle sprain. (The two games were not back-to-back).
Temple is averaging 16.6 points a game and 7.6 rebounds-first in scoring and second in rebounding on the LSU team. Temple was the Dec. 3 SEC Player of the Week.
2001's Best Scorers Will Be on Opposite BenchesSaturday's matchup between Alabama and LSU will feature the SEC's top two scoring leaders from the 2001 season. Alabama's Rod Grizzard led the league in scoring right up until the bitter end-only to have LSU's Ronald Dupree slide ahead. Dupree emerged as the league's scoring champion with 17.3 points a game (29 games). Grizzard had to settle for for runnerup, finishing second in scoring in the conference as a sophomore with his 17.0 points a game (36 games).
2002's Best Rebounders Will Anchor Opposites as WellIn addition to boasting some of the league's best scorers, Saturday's Alabama-LSU clash will also feature some of this season's best rebounders. LSU's Ronald Dupree currently ranks 2nd in the league with his 8.5 rebounds per game. Nipping at his heals in 3rd is 2001 SEC rebounding champion Erwin Dudley of Alabama who is averaing 8.3 boards a game.
Three more principals in Saturday's game are also among the league's chairmen of the boards. LSU's Collis Temple III ranks 5th in rebounding (7.6). Alabama's Kenny Walker ranks 13th (6.4) and Bama's Rod Grizzard 19th (5.9).
Tide Scoring More, But Tigers Defending MoreAlabama has played 14 games going into Saturday's game with LSU and is averaging 81.6 points per game. LSU comes into the game with 13 games already under its belt but a lower team scoring average of 77.2, giving Alabama the slight scoring margin edge as it averages 4.4 more points a game.
But LSU has the edge when it comes to comparisons in what its opponents are averaging against them, though Alabama gets the larger victory margin nod. LSU's opponents are only averaging 59.5 points against the Tigers (a 17.7 scoring margin). Alabama's opponents average 63.1 points a game but, with Alabama's higher scoring offense, that still means the Tide has a 18.5 scoring win margin against its opponents.
Following are more comparisons:
Alabama LSU FGM 407 378 FGA 878 779 FG% .464 .485 3FGM 105 90 3FGA 317 232 3FG% .331 .388 FTM 215 157 FTA 330 228 FT% 679 698 Rebounds 42.1 40.5 Fouls 248 209 Turnovers 201 199 Steals 117 121 Blocks 65 37 Assists 210 233 Scoring average 81.6 77.2 Opponents scoring 63.1 59.5 Victory Margin 18.1 17.7
Bama Has the Series EdgeAlabama leads the series 87-59. Out of the 72 games played in Tuscaloosa between the Tide and the Tigers, Alabama has won 55 of those. LSU has left Tuscaloosa with 17 wins in this series that is 86 years old, dating to 1916.
These two teams play one another twice a season as members of the SEC Western Division. Alabama won both games last year, defeating the Tigers 82-73 in Baton Rouge and 76-66 in Tuscaloosa. Rod Grizzard led both wins with 23 points in a game that found the Tide shooting 52% from the field in Baton Rouge. He scored 25 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in the Tuscaloosa win with a decidedly lower team shooting percentage (39.3). Erwin Dudley got a double double that day with 14 points and a game leading 11 rebounds.
Bama & LSU Shared a Non-Conference OpponentAlabama and McNeese State shared one common non-conference opponent this season in McNeese State. Alabama defeated the Cowboys 90-61 in Tuscaloosa on November 29. LSU played McNeese State on December 15 in Baton Rouge and won the game 80-57.
Game Features A Tale of Two FreshmenBoth Alabama and LSU feature freshmen who are getting significant playing time-including starting roles. Alabama's Mo Williams, a true point guard out of Jackson, Miss., has started in all 14 games this season and is averaging 9.9 points and 4.9 assists per game, playing an average of 27.7 minutes a game.
LSU freshman Antonio Hudson has started twice this season, filling in for Collis Temple III. Hudson, from Grambling, La., is averaging 9.5 points a game and 23.8 minutes per game.
Tide's Win Streak is Now at SixAlabama has won its last six games in a string of wins that includes, in order, Jacksonville State, Temple, Alabama A&M, Notre Dame, Florida A&M and Bethune-Cookman.
Streak Includes Latest WinThe LSU game will mark the third game Alabama will have played since Monday (December 31). Last time out marked a 93-46 win on Wednesday night, January 2, against Bethune-Cookman. Erwin Dudley led that win with 20 points and 10 rebounds (in 28 minutes of play), his fifth regular season double double this year.
He was one of four Tide players to reach double digits in scoring as Rod Grizzard had 15 points, Mo Williams 14 and Kenny Walker 11. Alabama was 35-72 for 48.6% from the field, 4 of 14 (28.6%) from 3-point range and 19 of 25 (76.0%) in free throw shooting.
That game marked the fifth time this season (out of 14 games) that Alabama has scored 90 or more points.
Opening at Home a First Since 1999Only once during his tenure as head coach at Alabama has Mark Gottfried gotten to open SEC play at home in Tuscaloosa. That was in 1999, his first season at Alabama. Alabama opened at home against Georgia and was edged 59-58 by the Bulldogs. Alabama opened the 2000 and 2001 SEC seasons on the road in Baton Rouge.
Dudley Makes A Grand Earlier in WeekBama junior forward Erwin Dudley celebrated a career milestone on January 2 when he scored his 1,000th career point at Alabama. His 20 points against Bethune-Cookman placed him over the top. He now has 1,009 career points for a career scoring average of 12.8 points a game. Dudley has played and started in every Alabama game since he was a freshman in the fall of 1999-a string of 79 so far.
Only one other current Tide player has reached that milestone. Junior guard Rod Grizzard has scored 1,199 career points for a career scoring average of 15.2 points a game.
Who's next up to reach a grand? That would be junior guard Terrance Mead who has 881 career points.
And Dudley Should One Day Have 1,000 ReboundsBy the end of the season Erwin Dudley could also have 1,000 career rebounds at Alabama. He's currently at 711.
Last season he had a total of 361 boards-he's had 116 so far this season. The Uniontown native has a UA career rebounding average of 9.0 rebounds a game, 8.3 a game this season.
Dudley Leads League in Double DoublesErwin Dudley goes into SEC play with five double doubles this season (breakdown is included later in this release). He and Florida's Udonis Haslem (Kenny Walker's former high school teammate), lead the league in that stat with five each.
Rod Grizzard has had two double-doubles this season and Kenny Walker and Mo Williams (in points and assists) have also achieved that milestone.