Bama/MSU game notes

After playing back-to-back Southeastern Conference road games, the No. 16 AP/No. 17 ESPN/USA Today ranked University of Alabama men's basketball team returns home to host the recently-ranked Mississippi State Bulldogs on Saturday, January 19, 2002.


  • 6:00 p.m. CST
  • Saturday, January 19, 2002
  • Coleman Coliseum (15,316 capacity)
  • Tuscaloosa, Alabama


$ 15 adults, $8 youth 15 & under (limited number available, Uof A Home Game Tickets: UofA Ticket Office (205) 348-BAMA or SouthTix 800-240-2300, Season Tickets can be ordered on


No live television; WJRD Tuscaloosa, tape delayed, 10:30 p.m. Saturday, With Gary Harris and Stan Siegel


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


Crimson Tide Sports Network with Eli Gold and Tom Roberts; engineer Tom Stipe, WVUA 90.7 FM (UofA Campus Station/home games only)


Live audio of CTSN's radio broadcast is available on the internet on Tide basketball information is available there as well as on and (subscription site).

No. 16 AP /No. 17 ESPN/USA Today ALABAMA (15-3 OVERALL, 3-1 SEC):

  • F- 35 Erwin Dudley 6-8, 260, JR, Uniontown 14.6 ppg/8.4 rpg
  • C- 42 Kenny Walker 6-9, 230, JR, Jacksonville, Fla. 9.6 ppg/6.1 rpg
  • G- 21 Rod Grizzard 6-8, 200, JR, Birmingham 14.8 ppg/6.0 rpg
  • G- 14 Terrance Meade 6-2, 190, JR, Scottsboro 11.7 ppg/3.8 rpg
  • G- 25 Mo Williams 6-1, 185, FR, Jackson, Miss. 9.9 ppg/3.4 rpg/4.7 assists per game
  • Head Coach: Mark Gottfried (Alabama, 1987)


  • F- 21 Michael Gholar 6-5, 205, SR, Prentiss, Miss. 7.6 ppg/6.6 rpg
  • F- 44 Michal Ignerski 6-9, 225, JR, Lublin, Poland 8.5 ppg/4.3 rpg
  • C- 33 Mario Austin 6-9, 265, SO, York, Ala. 16.1 ppg/7.8 rpg
  • G- 22 Derrick Zimmerman 6-2, 190, JR, Monroe, La. 9.6 ppg/3.9 rpg/6.3 assists per game
  • G- 24 Marckell Patterson 6-5, 185, SR, Eupora, Miss. 14.1 ppg/4.9 rpg
  • HeadCoach: Rick Stansbury (Campbellsville, 1982)


ALABAMA: Mark Gottfried; 138-69 (.667%) in 7 (6 complete) seasons overall, 70-45 (.609%) 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.

MISSISSIPPI STATE: Rick Stansbury; 67-45 (.598%) in 4 (3 complete) seasons overall and as MSU's head coach; two NIT appearances as head coach at Mississippi State, in 2001 and 1999 (his first season as MSU's head coach); as an assistant at MSU from 1991-98, MSU advanced to the NCAA Final Four in 1996, the NCAA Sweet 16 in 1995d and won the SEC tournament in 1996.


  • Alabama head coach Mark Gottfried celebrates his 38th birthday on Sunday. He was born on January 20, 1964 in Crestline, Ohio.
  • The first 1,000 paying customers arriving through the game will get an Erwin Dudley bobblehead doll
  • Saturday's game marks the 165th meeting between the Tide and the Bulldogs. Alabama leads the series 103-61; the breakdown has Alabama leading 65-12 in Tuscaloosa and 6-1 neutral sites; MSU leads in Starkville 48-32

Game Is Key in SEC West

Every conference game is huge, but this one will count toward the standings in the SEC Western Division. It's the first of two meetings this season between Alabama and Mississippi State who'll meet again in Starkville, Miss., on February 9 at 2:00 p.m. CT (no TV).

Alabama leads the Western Division standings at 3-1 overall, 1-1 division. Arkansas is next at 2-2 and 2-1 followed by Ole Miss (2-2, 2-0), Mississippi State (2-2, 0-2), LSU (1-2, 1-1) and Auburn (1-3, 1-2).

Comparing Alabama and MSU Statistically

                               Alabama     Miss State

Win Streak                     W 1          W 1

Scoring                       80.2         78.5

Opponents Scoring             64.9         69.4

Scoring Margin               +15.3         +9.1

Rebounds                      41.2         41.4

Opponents Rebounds            36.2         32.6

Rebound Margin                +5.0         +8.8

Field Goal Percentage         .455         .496

3-Point Field Goal Percentage .325         .363

3-Point Field Goals Per Game   7.1          5.4

Free Throw Percentage         .698         .649

Fouls                          324          324

Assists/Average                262 (14.6)   301 (16.7)

Blocks                          76 (4.2)     72 (4.0)

Steals                         146 (8.1)    168 (9.3)

Tide Will Get Brief Rest After Saturday

Alabama gets a rare midseason breather this week as, following the January 19 game against Mississippi State, the Crimson Tide doesn't play again until next Saturday, January 26 when it travels to Rupp Arena for 7 p.m. CT ESPN game against the No. 12 ranked Kentucky Wildcats in Lexington.

Dudley is A Doll

Tide junior forward Erwin Dudley is a doll-and plenty of Tide fans at Saturday's game are thrilled that they'll be taking him home with them after the game.

Dudley's likeness has been made into a bobblehead doll and it will be given away to the first 1,000 ticket holding fans through the gate at Saturday's Mississippi State game. His teammate, Rod Grizzard, has also become a sports pop icon as his bobblehead doll will be given away at one of Alabama's February home games. (A date has not been set as it will depend on when the shipment arrives from China where it is being manufactured).

The bobblehead dolls made in the likeness of specific players at Alabama is a first. (Generic bobblehead dolls have been made for Alabama football). Alabama's marketing and promotions department has done one of Tide women's guard Shondra Johnson that will be given away at one of the Tide women's basketball team's home games in February. And, sometime during baseball season, some lucky fans will leave the game carrying their home Jim Wells bobblehead doll. (Wells is Alabama's head baseball coach).

Other upcoming men's basketball promotions include a 36"x16" Dan Murphy designed poster made on special paper that will be given away at the January 30 Arkansas game.

Both Teams Coming Off Wins

Both Alabama and Mississippi State shared the thrill of victory on Wednesday night in their last turns on the basketball court. Alabama traveled to No. 20 Georgia and left Athens with a 77-72 win. Mississippi State was home on Wednesday night and gave its fans a fun night "at home" with its 92-91 overtime win against Tennessee.

Gottfried Will Age After This Game

Regardless of Saturday night's outcome of the game, Mark Gottfried will have aged by the time he wakes up on Sunday morning. Alabama's head coach will turn 38 on Sunday. He was born on January 20, 1964 in Crestline, Ohio to Joe and Mary Gottfried.

Shelton is Questionable For a Return In This Game

Tide freshman guard Earnest Shelton of Memphis was scheduled to return to practice with his teammates-in a limited capacity-on Friday, January 18. He is listed as questionable as regards the possibility of playing in Saturday's Mississippi State game.

Shelton is progressing so far as predicted. He underwent surgery on January 3 to repair articular cartilage in his right knee with an out-time diagnosed of around 3-6 weeks. He injured it in a Dec. 29 collision at practice (the knee cap got hit and chipped the covering of the bone). 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 MVSU with a season best 17 points vs. JSU. He cannot redshirt as he has played in too many games.

MSU Was the 1st Collegiate Team Alabama Ever Played

Mississippi State is Alabama's closest neighboring conference school, easily less than a two-hour drive from Tuscaloosa in its West Mississippi location of Starkville. Saturday's night's game between Alabama and Mississippi State will be the 165th meeting between these two schools in men's basketball. The first of those took place in Starkville in 1913.

Mississippi State was the first collegiate team Alabama ever played. Alabama's first season of basketball was that 1913 season, and it opened first with back-to-back games against the Bessemer (Alabama) Athletic Club. Game three of that season (and game four as well) was against Mississippi State. MSU won both of those games, 26-21 then 21-16. (Both were played in Starkville). Alabama's first win against the Bulldogs waited until the Tide's 2nd season of hoops, in 1914.

Tide Leads This Series

Alabama leads the series against Mississippi State 103-61. In Tuscaloosa, Alabama leads 65-12; in games played on neutral courts, Alabama leads 6-1. MSU is the series leader in Starkville, winning 48 compared to 32 wins in Starkville by Alabama. For the past two seasons in this series, the home team has won. In 2000, Alabama was a 77-74 winner in overtime in Tuscaloosa but MSU won 92-70 in Starkville. Last season Alabama won 72-59 in Tuscaloosa but fell 84-70 at MSU. The Bulldogs' last win in Tuscaloosa was in 1999 (55-50). Alabama's last win in Starkville was 1998 (85-70).

Alabama's Mark Gottfried is 2-4 against MSU's Rick Stansbury in this Alabama-MSU series.

Bulldogs Feature An Alabama Native

One player from the Mississippi State team will be returning to his home state-and close to home-when the Bulldogs travel to Alabama. Sophomore forward/center Mario Austin is from York, Alabama which is about 50 minutes from Tuscaloosa.

Game Features Two Sons of Coaches

Two men who should play key roles in Saturday's game are sons who were coached by their father's in high school. Alabama's Antoine Pettway, a sophomore guard, won two state championships in high school with his father, Joseph, coaching him. The Pettways won state titles at Wilcox Central in 2000 and at Keith High School in 1998. Antoine was an all-state high school player.

Mississippi State junior Derrick Zimmerman played for his dad, Dale Zimmerman, at Wossman High School in Monroe, La. Wossman went 24-5 in 1999 and made it to the state semifinals.

Grizzard Pulls Double Duty

Rod Grizzard collected his ninth career double double-and third of the season-Wednesday night when he scored a team-leading 16 points and grabbed a team-leading 12 rebounds, one rebound short of tying his career best. The Birmingham junior guard dished out three assists for good measure. His other double-doubles this season include 16 points and 11 rebounds against Utah and 15 points and a career high 13 rebounds against Alabama A&M.

Bama, MSU & Florida Have Most Wins

Alabama, Mississippi State and Florida lead the league so far with overall wins. Each of these three teams have 15 wins so far.

Tide Has Some Of Nation's Better Stats

In the most recent NCAA stats released, Alabama ranked 23rd nationally in field goal percentage defense, 10th in scoring margin, 27th in scoring offense and is tied for 20th in won-lost percentage. It's home court win streak ranks 10th nationally.

Four of SEC's Top 20 Scorers on the Floor Here

Four of the SEC's top 16 scorers will be on the floor of Coleman Coliseum Saturday. MSU's Mario Austin ranks 10th in the SEC (16.1 ppg). Alabama's Rod Grizzard is 14th (14.8) and Erwin Dudley 16th (14.6), and MSU's Marckell Patterson is 19th (14.1).

Leagues Best Rebounders Also Represented

Alabama's Erwin Dudley ranks 2nd (8.4) Kenny Walker 17th (6.1) and Rod Grizzard 18th (6.0) in rebounding in the SEC while MSU's Mario Austin ranks 5th (7.8) and Michael Gholar 13th (6.6).

MSU's Zimmerman Leads in Assists, UA's Williams is 6th

The SEC's assist leader and the man who has the 6th most assists in the league are on opposite sides of the ball Saturday. MSU's Derrick Zimmerman leads the SEC in assists at 6.33 assists per game. Alabama's Mo Williams is 6th at 4.72 assists per game.

Zimmerman also leads the league in steals.

Tide Up Against League's Most Accurate Team

Mississippi State leads the SEC in field goal percentage at .496% (521-1050. Alabama ranks ninth in that stat (504-1107 for .455%). Alabama ranks 2nd, however, in field goal percentage defense (.385%).

The two teams are neck-and-neck in rebounding offense with Mississippi State 2nd in the league (41.4) and Alabama right behind at 41.2.

Pettway's Free Throws Still Best In SEC

Antoine Pettway continues to share a three-way tie for first in the SEC in Free Throw Percentage (though he's attempted the most) with Florida's Matt Bonner (12of 12) and LSU's Jermaine Williams (8 of 8) as the three players in the league who haven't missed a free throw yet in an SEC game. Pettway has made all 13 of the free throws he's attempted in SEC play this year.

Grizzard Steps Over Dunn; Dudley Leaps Over Gottfried

Two current Crimson Tide players have passed their Tide coaches in Alabama's All-Time Career scoring list.

Rod Grizzard now ranks 19th all-time in scoring at Alabama, stepping over assistant T.R. Dunn on January 16 with his 16 points at Georgia. Grizzard now has 1,260 points (Dunn drops to No. 20 with 1,247).Dunn was an All-American at Alabama from 1974-77.

Erwin Dudley jumped over Mark Gottfried on January 12. Dudley now has 1,077 career points, placing him 33rd all-time at Alabama, one spot ahead of Gottfried who scored 1,056 points in three seasons, from 1985-87.

And Dudley Jumped Over Dunn in Rebounding As Well

Erwin Dudley has overtaken Tide assistant coach T.R. Dunn as Alabama's 14th all-time leading rebounder at Alabama. Dudley now has 746 boards, a career average of 9.0, after 83 games at Alabama. Dunn had 738 boards in 111 games between 1974-77 for a career average of 6.6 He now ranks 15th all-time in rebounding at Alabama.

To crack Alabama's all-time career top 10, Dudley needs to overtake Alan House (1970-72) who had 795 in 77 games (a 10.3 rebounds per game average).

We'll Start the Countdown on T-Meade

It's countdown time to reach 1,000 points for Tide junior guard Terrance Meade. Going into Saturday's Mississippi State game Meade has scored 919 career points. For the math challenged, he needs 81 more points to break 1,000.

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