Bama/Arkansas game notes

Next up for the Alabama men's basketball team is a Wednesday night home date with Nolan Richardson and his Arkansas Razorbacks. The January 30th game will tip off in Tuscaloosa's Coleman Coliseum at 7 p.m. CST. The game will be a key as both teams are competing for the SEC Western Division title.


  • 7:00 p.m. CST
  • Wednesday, January 30, 2002
  • Coleman Coliseum (15,315 capacity)
  • Tuscaloosa, Alabama


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No. 7 AP /No. 8 ESPN/USA Today ALABAMA (17-3 OVERALL, 5-1 SEC):

  • F- 35 Erwin Dudley 6-8, 260, JR, Uniontown 15.1 ppg/8.4 rpg
  • C- 42 Kenny Walker 6-9, 230, JR, Jacksonville, Fla. 9.8 ppg/6.3 rpg
  • G- 21 Rod Grizzard 6-8, 200, JR, Birmingham 15.2 ppg/5.9 rpg
  • G- 14 Terrance Meade 6-2, 190, JR, Scottsboro 10.5 ppg/3.7 rpg
  • G- 25 Mo Williams 6-1, 185, FR, Jackson, Miss. 10.3 ppg/3.5 rpg/4.5 assists per game
  • Head Coach: Mark Gottfried (Alabama, 1987)


  • F- 04 Carl Baker 6-8, 209, JR, Palestine, Arkansas 3.0 ppg/1.9 rpg
  • F- 33 Dionisio Gomez 6-8, 218, SR, Panama City, Florida 6.6 ppg/6.3 4pg
  • G- 13 Brandon Dean 6-1, 199, SR, Monroe, Louisiana 13.4 ppg/2.6 rpg/2.3 assists per game
  • G- 03 Charles Tatum 6-10, 182, Midland, Texas 3.5 ppg/0.5 rpg/
  • G- 05 T.J. Cleveland 6-1, 166, SR, Birmingham, Alabama 4.4 ppg/2.1 rpg
  • ** Arkansas Coach Nolan Richardson is legendary for lineup changes-19 different combos in 2001. This is the group that started in last Saturday's game at Florida.
  • HeadCoach: Nolan Richardson (Texas-El Paso, 1963)


ALABAMA: Mark Gottfried; 140-69 (.670%) in 7 (6 complete) seasons overall, 72-45 (.615%) 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.

ARKANSAS: Nolan Richardson; 506-200 (.717%) in 22 (21 complete) seasons overall, 387-163 (.704%) in 17 (16 complete) seasons at Arkansas; 1994 NCAA championship; 16 NCAA appearances (4 Final Fours); 6 conference championships (3 Southwest, 2 SEC, 1 MVC);


  • Alabama junior guard Rod Grizzard and Arkansas senior guard T.J. Cleveland got their basketball starts together. Their families go to the same Birmingham church and the two began to play church league ball together as kids
  • Arkansas swept this series last season and leads the overall series 19-13. Alabama leads 8-4 in Tuscaloosa Alabama has been nationally ranked now 13 consecutive weeks (the entire season so far). It went 14 straight last year.
  • Alabama has won 14 straight at home-dating to the last loss which was to Arkansas on Feb. 28, 2001. Bama is 29-1 at home in the last two seasons. It was 17-1 last year (with Arkansas being the spoiler)

Grizzard And Cleveland Got their Hoop Starts Together

Two men sitting on opposite benches in Wednesday night's basketball game once shared the same bench-and took up a lot less space.

Alabama junior guard Rod Grizzard and Arkansas senior guard T.J. Cleveland grew up going to the same church in Birmingham. The church sponsored a kids basketball team, and that's where the two first began playing the game.

Arkansas Played Spoiler When Last It Visited

In the past two seasons, Alabama has dominated at home, collecting a 29-1 home record. Alabama went 17-1 at home last season and is 12-0 at home this season. On Wednesday night, the team that spoiled Alabama's dream of going undefeated at home will return to the scene of the crime.

Alabama was 14-0 at home last season when Arkansas snapped the streak with its 66-63 win in Tuscaloosa on February 28, 2001. Alabama went on to post a single season school record of 17-1 at home. (Alabama has had four seasons where it didn't lose a game at home, 1972 (13-0), 1976 (12-0), 1978 (12-0) and 1989 (14-0). The Tide has five home games remaining this season, Arkansas on Jan. 30, Ole Miss on Feb. 6, Tennessee on Feb. 16, Florida on Feb. 23 and Auburn on Feb. 27.

The Tide has a long way to go to set a home win streak all-time record. Alabama's longest home win streak is 22 games from 1971-73.

Tide on a Roll in Rankings

With this weeks' January 28- February 4 Associated Press rankings, the Tide has now been nationally ranked for 13 straight weeks. It has been in the Coaches' poll, administered by ESPN/USA Today for 11 straight weeks. Alabama is back in the Top 10 this week for the first time since the 1987 season-Mark Gottfried's senior year at Alabama. Tide assistant coach T.R. Dunn was a member of Alabama's highest ever ranked team. He and his Bama teammates went as high as No. 4 in 1974.

Both Alabama & Arkansas Coming Off Big Wins

Alabama comes home following a 64-61 road win at No. 8 Kentucky on Saturday. The game marked the fifth time this season Alabama has played at team ranked in the Top 25. It's now 3-2 against the Top 25 with wins against Kentucky, Memphis and Georgia and losses to Missouri and UCLA.

Alabama's latest win was led by Erwin Dudley's 16 points, 14 points from Rod Grizzard and 13 apiece from Mo Williams and (from off the bench) Antoine Pettway.

Arkansas also knocked down a top 10 opponent when it defeated No. 4 Florida 94-92 in overtime on Saturday in Fayetteville.

Kenny Walker, Meet Kenny Walker

While Alabama was on the floor warming up before its January 26 game in Rupp Arena, Kenny "Sky" Walker, a man who made his mark in the NBA and in SEC and Kentucky basketball annals arrived on press row. A few yards away shooting was Alabama's Kenny Walker. An introduction between the two men who share the same name was quickly made. The elder Kenny "Sky" Walker likely made the younger man's day when he told him he'd heard all-about him, ever since Alabama's Kenny Walker was a high school recruit out of Jacksonville, Fla.

Arkansas Leads the Series

Wednesday night's game between Alabama and Arkansas marks the 33rd meeting in men's basketball between these two schools. The first one was in Memphis in 1948. Since that time, Arkansas leads the series 19-13, including sweeping last season with a 87-58 win in Fayetteville on January 20, 2001 (Mark Gottfried's 37th birthday) and a 66-63 win in Tuscaloosa on February 28th.

The series breakdown finds: Alabama leads 8-4 in Tuscaloosa with the last Bama win there in 2000 (73-64); Arkansas leads 7-3 in Fayetteville (It's won the last two there); and Arkansas leads 8-2 at neutral sites. Arkansas joined the SEC in 1992.

Three Alabama Natives are On Arkansas Roster

Two Alabama natives play for Arkansas. The duo includes Birmingham senior guard T.J. Cleveland who prepped at Minor High. Mark Gottfried recruited Cleveland when Gottfried was head coach at Murray State.

Gottfried needed not take Cleveland's choice of Arkansas over Murray State personally. Cleveland's uncle, Mike Anderson, is the assistant head coach at Arkansas

And has been there for more than a decade. Anderson grew up in Birmingham where he was an all-state guard at Jackson Olin High School. He went to Jefferson State CC before transferring to Tulsa to play ball.

Arkansas junior guard Blake Eddins is a Montgomery native. His father, Liston Eddins, played football at Auburn from 1972-75 (his brother is a linebacker at Auburn). Eddins was an all-state player at Trinity High School.

Tide Has League's Best Record

Alabama comes into the Arkansas game leading the SEC Western Division. Alabama is 5-1 overall in league play, the only team in the league with just one conference loss.

Alabama Has Most Overall Wins in SEC

In addition to having the league's best record in SEC play, going into this week's round of games, Alabama has the league's best overall record at 17-3. Florida, Ole Miss and Mississippi State are all next at 16-4.

Mo Williams Featured in SI

Alabama freshman Mo Williams is one of the players featured (his photo from the Temple game is included) in this week's Sports Illustrated which hit the newsstands January 28th. The story by Seth Davis is about the bumper crop of talented freshman guards around the country.

Pettway Sparks Tide Win-Again

Antoine Pettway continues his rags-to-riches success story at Alabama. The former walkon whose play against Georgia sparked Alabama's road win against the then No. 20 ranked Bulldogs on January 16 did it again at Kentucky on January 26. Pettway came off the bench and scored 13 points for the Tide, making five of his six shots attempted, including going 2 of 2 from 3-point range. He also had four rebounds and played 32 minutes of that game that found Alabama downing the No. 8 Wildcats 64-61.

Good Night for Young Guards

Alabama freshman guard Mo Williams and sophomore guard Antoine Pettway combined to go 11 of 15 for Alabama in its win against Kentucky.

No Rest for the Weary

Alabama knew it was in for a battle going up against Kentucky where it hadn't won since 1989, and there was no rest for the weary. Rod Grizzard played 39 minutes of that game, going out for just a minute in the first half and then never leaving the floor. Erwin Dudley played 35 minutes, Mo Williams 33 minutes and Antoine Pettway 32 minutes.

Shelton Back to Business

When Alabama freshman guard Earnest Shelton checked into the Kentucky game with 5:28 remaining in the first half, it marked the first time he's played since the December 27 Notre Dame game.

The Memphis native underwent surgery on January 3 to repair articular cartilage in his right knee.. He injured it in a Dec. 29 collision at practice (the knee cap got hit and chipped the covering of the bone). After playing in Alabama's first 12 games, the injury caused him to sit out seven games. He averages 5.2 points a game.

Bama In This Week's SEC Team Stats

  • Scoring: 5th
  • Scoring Defense: 4th
  • Scoring Margin: 2nd
  • Free Throw Percentage: 2nd
  • Field Goal Percentage Defense: 3rd
  • 3-point Field Goal Percentage Defense: 4th
  • Rebounding Margin: 4th
  • Turnover Margin: 4th (+2.67)
  • Rebounding Defense: 4th
  • Offensive Rebounds: 5th

Bama In This Week's SEC Individual Stats

  • Scoring: Dudley 8th, Grizzard 11th
  • Rebounding: Dudley 4th, Walker 15th
  • Field Goal Percentage: Dudley 3rd
  • Assists: Williams 8th
  • Free Throw Percentage: Pettway 2nd, Williams 3rd, Walker 7th
  • Steals: Williams 6th
  • Blocked Shots: Walker 5th
  • Assist/Turnover Ratio: Pettway 3rd
  • Offensive Rebounds: Walker 4th, Dudley 7th
  • Defensive Rebounds: Dudley 4th

1,000 Fans Will Get Collector's Poster

The first 1,000 fans through the doors at Wednesday night's Arkansas game will receive a free team poster featuring Alabama's men's basketball players. Sponsored by Golden Flake, the poster is different than any the men's basketball team has ever done. Designed by Dan Murphy, the poster is 35 inches wide and 18 inches high and is printed on a canvas-type textured paper.

Other upcoming February home game giveaways (dates to be announced later) include TOPS trading card night and Bama Basketball player trading cards and the Rod Grizzard bobblehead doll.

SAAB Holds Clothing Drive at Game

The University of Alabama's Student Athlete Advisory Board, of which Tide starting guard Terrance Meade is Vice President, is holding a clothing drive this month for the Salvation Army.

There will be a collection trailer set up near the entrance of Coleman Coliseum on Wednesday night so that fans may bring clothing donations for the clothing drive. A collection bin has also been set up, and will be there through Thursday, outside the Center for Athletic Student Services on campus adjacent to Bryant Hall.

The Chips Will Be Flying After This Game

Wednesday night's Arkansas game is Golden Flake Night at UA Hoops. In addition to sponsoring a team poster that will be given out to 1,000 fans, Golden Flake Snack Foods will distribute free samples to fans at selected exits as they leave the game.

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