Bama/Auburn game notes

Alabama, ranked No. 14 AP/No. 15 ESPN/USA Today, travels east a few hours down the road to play the Auburn Tigers on Saturday, January 12, 2002. Tip-off in Beard-Eaves-Memorial Coliseum is set for 4 p.m. CST. The game is listed as a sell out.

NEXT GAME:

  • AT AUBURN
  • 4:00 p.m. CST
  • Saturday, January 12, 2002
  • Beard-Eaves-Memorial Coliseum (10,108)
  • Auburn, Alabama

TICKETS:

Sold Out, 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 SportNet with Ron Thulin (play-by-play) and Joe Dean, Jr. (analyst)

WEEKLY TV:

Crimson Tide This Week: Check local listings, airs regionally, The Mark Gottfried Show: Tuesdays, 10 p.m., Wednesdays 5:30 p.m. on CSS

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. 14 AP/No. 15 ESPN/USA Today ALABAMA (14-2 OVERALL, 2-0 SEC):

  • F- 35 Erwin Dudley 6-8, 260, JR, Uniontown 14.6 ppg/8.6 rpg
  • C- 42 Kenny Walker 6-9, 230, JR, Jacksonville, Fla. 10.3 ppg/6.3 rpg
  • G- 21 Rod Grizzard 6-8, 200, JR, Birmingham 15.3 ppg/5.7 rpg
  • G- 14 Terrance Meade 6-2, 190, JR, Scottsboro 12.5 ppg/3.9 rpg
  • G- 25 Mo Williams 6-1, 185, FR, Jackson, Miss. 9.9 ppg/3.3 rpg/4.8 assists per game
  • Head Coach: Mark Gottfried (Alabama, 1987)

AUBURN TIGERS (8-5 OVERALL, 0-2 SEC)

  • F- 13 Brandon Robinson 6-8, 215, FR, New Market 10.2 ppg/5.8 rpg
  • C- 31 Mack McGadney 6-7, 250, SR, Mobile 5.5 ppg/2.3 rpg
  • G- 03 Marquis Daniels 6-6, 200, JR, Orlando, Fla. 11.8 ppg/4.8 rpg/5.2 assists per game
  • G- 11 Derrick Bird 6-4, 195, JR, Ypsilanti, Mich. 12.7 ppg/3.6 rpg
  • G- 21 Adam Harrington 6-5, 200, JR, Bernardston, Mass. 9.8 ppg/3.5 rpg
  • HeadCoach: Cliff Ellis (Florida State, 1968)

THE HEAD COACHES

ALABAMA: Mark Gottfried; 137-68 (.668%) in 7 (6 complete) seasons overall, 69-44 (.611%) in 4th season at Alabama; 2 NCAA appearances (1997 & 1998) at Murray State; 3 NIT appearances (1996 at MSU, 1999 & 2001 at UA); Three 20-win seasons (in 6) as a head coach; 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.

AUBURN: Cliff Ellis; 572-312 in 30 (29 complete) seasons overall, 146-88 (.624%) in 8th season at Auburn; 1999 National Coach of the Year; 7 NCAA tournament appearances (2 at Auburn, 3 at Clemson, 2 at South Alabama); 11 NIT appearances (4 at Auburn, 6 at Clemson, 1 at USA); Born December 5, 1945 in Marianna, Fla.

KEY GAME NOTES

  • Game marks 1st of two regular season meetings as Alabama closes out its home schedule with Auburn on Feb. 27
  • Alabama leads the series 75 wins to 48 wins by Auburn; Alabama is 21-20 at Auburn although its last win there was in 1996 (75-73); last season's game at Auburn found Auburn winning in overtime on a buzzer-beating 3-point mid court shot (72-69); Alabama won the game in Tuscaloosa 81-80
  • Bama senior forward Solomon Davis and Auburn senior forward Mack McGadney were teammates at LeFlore High
  • This game counts toward the standings in the SEC West where Bama is 1-0 & Auburn is 0-2

Comparing Alabama and Auburn Statistically

                                  Alabama       Auburn

Win Streak                        W last 8      L last 2

Scoring                           81.9          70.5

Opponents Scoring                 64.8          61.9

Scoring Margin                    17.1           8.6

Rebounding                        41.0          36.9

Opponents Rebounds                35.3           7.8

Rebound Margin                   +5.7           -.9

Field Goal Percentage            .464          .440

3-Pt Field Goal Percentage       .329          .359

3-Pt Field Goals Per Game       7.25            6.54

Free Throw Percentage            .699          .583

Personal Fouls                    279           249

Assists                           236/14.75     190/14.62

Turnovers                         225           224

Blocks                             69            72

Steals                            132           132

Bama's On the Road for the Next Two

Alabama is on the road for its next two games, beginning with Auburn on Saturday, January 12 and then traveling to Athens, Ga., for a January 16 date with the Georgia Bulldogs.

The Auburn game will mark Alabama's first official road game of the season, though Alabama has done its share of traveling already, recording a 3-2 record on neutral sites. Though the games were not at their home arenas, Alabama did play UCLA in Anaheim-just a short drive for the Bruins from their arena---and it played Missouri in Kansas City, Missouri---making that a home-away-from-home site for Mizzou.

Grab Those MSU Tickets for Chance at Bobbin' Rod

In addition to seeing a Southeastern Conference showdown, memorabilia collectors won't want to miss Alabama's Saturday, January 19th home game against Mississippi State. Hundreds of fans, those who go through the gate first (about 1,000), will receive a Rod Grizzard "bobbin' head doll." You can't get through the gate without buying a ticket, however, so fans who haven't purchased a ticket to the game should do so now by calling SouthTix at 800-240-2300 or the University of Alabama Box Office at 205-348-BAMA or purchase the ticket online through www.rolltide.com.

Grizzard's is one of two "bobbin' head dolls" Alabama is giving away this season. Fans can take Erwin Dudley home with them on February 6 (Ole Miss).

Mr. T (Meade, that is) Stars on the "A" Team

Bama junior Terrance Meade has been a starring on the court as a starter for the Tide since his freshman season (79 of the 80 games he's played). And he's also starring in the classroom. His grade report from this past semester was a student's dream report card. Meade made a 3.9 (on a 4.0 scale). Holding him back from the perfect 4.0 was an "A minus" he made in a class.

The Scottsboro native, when he's not practicing or studying, also bides his time as a member of Alabama's student athlete advisory board. His work in the community has netted him a spot on the 2002 SEC Good Works Team.

Tide and Tigers is A Long-Standing Series

Saturday's game between the Tide and the Tigers marks the 124th meeting in men's basketball between the two schools. The series dates back to 1924 in Atlanta when Alabama and Auburn first met in the Southern Conference tournament. Alabama won that game (the first of five straight series wins) 40-19.

Alabama leads the overall series 75-48. Alabama barely holds the lead in games played in Auburn-it's ahead 21-20. Alabama dominates in Tuscaloosa 35-7. In games played on neutral courts, Auburn leads 21-19.

LeFlore High Will Hold Mini-Reunion On Saturday

Mobile's LeFlore High School will be represented on both sides of the court Saturday as two old high school teammates reunite for the Alabama vs. Auburn game.

Alabama senior forward Solomon Davis played high school ball at LeFlore with Auburn senior forward Mack McGadney. The duo helped lead LeFlore to a 30-3 record their junior season in 1997, a year Davis made All-State.

One of Best Offenses Faces One of Best Defenses

Alabama ranks third in the SEC in scoring offense with its average of 81.9 points a game. Auburn ranks third in the SEC in scoring defense as it's holding its opponents to an average of 61.9 points a game. Auburn leads the league in field goal percentage defense (.378).

Dudley's the League's Leader in Double Doubles

Bama junior forward Erwin Dudley is leading the Southeastern Conference in double-doubles this season. The Uniontown native has had seven so far this season, including his latest on Wednesday night where he scored 24 points and grabbed 11 rebounds against Vanderbilt. He got his final two rebounds in the last 39 seconds of the game.

Florida's Udonis Haslem is next at six this season.

Dudley now has 23 career double doubles.

Dudley Has Another League Superlative

Erwin Dudley's 12 (of 15) free throws made in the Vanderbilt game on Wednesday night was the most free throws any player in the league has made in a game this season.

Dudley already owned the season's best night at the free throw line for his 9 of 9 performance at the line in the UTC game-a superlative he has to share now with his teammate Rod Grizzard who went 9-9 in the Vanderbilt game.

Tide Sets a Coleman Coliseum Record

Alabama's 37 free throws made (of 43) on January 9 in the Vanderbilt game set a Coleman Coliseum record for single game free throws made. Leading Bama to that record were Erwin Dudley (12 of 15), Rod Grizzard (9-9), Antoine Pettway (6-6), Mo Williams (4 of 4), Demetrius Smith (2 of 2), Terrance Meade (2 of 4), and Kenny Walker (2 of 3).

The previous single game best in Coleman Coliseum was 35 made by Alabama against Ole Miss on February 7, 1972 and 35 made by Alabama against Mississippi State on March 6, 1993.

Pettway Has A Perfect Night

Tide sophomore guard Antoine Pettway came off the bench and in 14 minutes time made it a perfect evening of shooting. He was 1 of 1 from the field and 6 of 6 at the free throw line. (Just for good measure, he helped two teammates score with the two assists he dished out).

It's 2002, But Bama Seems To Like the 90's

It's the year 2002, but Alabama seems to enjoy staying in the 90's---at least when it comes to scoring. Alabama's 92-79 win against Vanderbilt on Wednesday night marked the sixth time in 16 games that the Tide has scored 90 or more points in a game this season. Alabama opened the 2001-02 season with 107 points in its 107-67 win against Mississippi Valley State on November 13. Averaging 81.9 points a game, the other 90-plus nights include a 90-61 win against McNeese State, a 99-57 win against Jacksonville State, a 90-54 win against Alabama A&M, a 93-46 win against Bethune-Cookman and the 92-79 win against Vanderbilt.

90-Points Vs. Vanderbilt Most Vs. SEC Since 1995

Alabama's 92 points scored against Vanderbilt on Wednesday night marked the most points the Tide has scored against an SEC opponent since its 91-59 win against South Carolina (in Tuscaloosa).

Tide Has Some NCAA High Marks

Alabama figures into the latest NCAA statistics for Division I basketball. Alabama ranks 24th in field goal percentage defense, 9th in scoring margin, 20th in scoring offense, 15th in won-lost percentage and T-16th in 3-point field goal percentage. Erwin Dudley ranks 24th in field goal percentage.

Game Features Two Who Can "Dish It Out"

Saturday's game will feature two men who are among the SEC's best when it comes to dishing it out to their teammates. Auburn's Marquis Daniels ranks third in the SEC in assists. He's averaging 5.15 assists after 13 games. Bama freshman Mo Williams ranks sixth in the league in that stat. He's averaging 4.75 assists after 16 games.

...As it Does Three Strong Shot Blockers

Auburn's Kyle Davis leads the SEC in blocked shots this season. He's made 39 blocks for an average of 3.55 blocks a game in 11 games. And the Tigers' Brandon Robinson is 8th in the league with 1.15 blocks a game.

Alabama also has two men among the SEC's top 10 in blocked shots. Kenny Walker ranks fifth in the league with 22 blocks for an average of 1.38 and Erwin Dudley ranks 10th with his average of 1.12 blocks per game.

Auburn ranks 2nd in the SEC in team blocked shots with 72 (5.54 a game). Alabama ranks fifth with an average of 4.31 blocks a game (69 total).

Terrance Meade Joins the Dunk Team

While making dunks was a fairly common occurrence during Tide junior guard Terrance Meade's high school days at Scottsboro, he had yet to dunk in a college game-until this past Wednesday night, that is. He did it in style on a fastbreak with 11:40 remaining in the Vanderbilt game.

Four of Bama's current team members have experienced the fun of a collegiate dunk. Rod Grizzard leads the team with 69 dunks so far during his three seasons. Kenny Walker has 10, and Erwin Dudley has seven dunks.

Double Digit Endings Common for Some

Ending the game with points in double digits has been a common occurrence for some of Bama's players this season. Rod Grizzard has scored in double digits in 14 of Alabama's 16 games. Erwin Dudley has done it in 13 of 16. Terrance Meade has done it in 12 of 16 games. Mo Williams has done it in 11 of 16. And Kenny Walker has gone into double digits nine out of a possible 16 times.

Tide Betters Its Start of A Season Ago

With the 92-79 win against Vanderbilt on January 9, Alabama bettered its season start of a year ago when it opened 2001 with a 13-2 record before taking a third loss. Alabama is now 14-2. It gives Mark Gottfried his best start of his Alabama coaching career.

BAMA's SEC TEAM STATS

  • Scoring: 4th
  • Scoring margin: 3rd
  • Rebounding Defense: 1st
  • Assist/Turnover Ratio: 3rd (+1.08)
  • Rebounding Margin: 2nd
  • Turnover Margin: 3rd (+4.50)
  • Offensive Rebounds: T-3rd

BAMA's SEC INDIVIDUAL STATS

  • Scoring: Dudley 6th, Grizzard 8th
  • Rebounding: Dudley 1st
  • Free throw percentage: Pettway 1st, , Grizzard 4th
  • Assists: Williams & Grizzard 8th
  • Offensive Rebounds: Dudley 7th
  • Defensive Rebounds: Dudley 1st
  • Assist/Turnover Ratio: Pettway 10th

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