Bama/LSU game notes

Even though it has yet to play one of its Southeastern Conference Western Division opponents (Ole Miss) a first time, the No. 7 AP/No. 8 ESPN/USA Today ranked Alabama men's basketball team faces LSU for a second time this season on Saturday, February 2, when the Crimson Tide travel to Baton Rouge for a date with the Tigers. <br><br>The two teams opened their 2002 SEC schedules in Tuscaloosa on January 5 with Alabama edging the Tigers 76-74.


  • At LSU
  • 7:00 p.m. CST
  • Saturday, February 2, 2002
  • Pete Maravich Assembly Center (14,164 capacity)
  • Baton Rouge, Louisiana


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No. 7 AP /No. 8 ESPN/USA Today ALABAMA (18-3 OVERALL, 6-1 SEC):

  • F- 35 Erwin Dudley 6-8, 260, JR, Uniontown 15.0 ppg/8.5 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 15.4 ppg/6.0 rpg
  • G- 14 Terrance Meade 6-2, 190, JR, Scottsboro 10.7 ppg/3.7 rpg
  • G- 25 Mo Williams 6-1, 185, FR, Jackson, Miss. 10.4 ppg/3.5 rpg/4.6 assists per game
  • Head Coach: Mark Gottfried (Alabama, 1987)


  • F- 12 Ronald Dupree 6-7, 210, JR, Biloxi, Mississippi 17.1 ppg/8.2 rpg
  • F- 21 Jermaine Williams 6-7, 185, SR, Baton Rouge, Louisiana 5.8 ppg/4.6 rpg
  • F- 54 Brad Bridgewater 6-8, 250< JR, New Roads, Louisiana 6.8 ppg/3.7 rpg
  • G- 03 Torris Bright 6-4, 195, JR, Slidell, Louisiana 13.1 ppg/3.5 rpg/5.0 assists per game
  • G- 41 Collis Temple III 6-7, 215, JR, Baton Rouge, Louisiana 15.3 ppg/6.6 rpg
  • HeadCoach: John Brady (Belhaven, 1976)


ALABAMA: Mark Gottfried; 141-69 (.671%) in 7 (6 complete) seasons overall, 73-45 (.619%) 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.

LSU: John Brady; 163-140 (.538%) in 5 (4 complete) seasons overall, 74-63 (.540%) in 5th season at LSU; 2000 SEC Coach of the Year; 2000 NCAA Sweet 16; 2000 SEC West Champion; Head coach at Samford for six seasons prior to LSU


  • Second meeting of the season; Alabama won 76-74 in Tuscaloosa on January 5 led by 19 points from Rod Grizzard
  • Alabama leads the series 88-59, dating to 1916. Alabama has won the last 3 games in the series
  • Bama sophomore forward Reggie Rambo returns to his homestate. He's from Lena, Louisiana

Reggie Rambo Returns To His Home State

Hot from his mid-week game against Arkansas where he was 4 of 5 from the field and scored eight points in just five minutes on the floor, Alabama sophomore forward Reggie Rambo returns to his home state this weekend.

Rambo is a native of Lena, Louisiana, which is very close (about 40 minutes) to Baton Rouge. In fact in high school Rambo befriended many a Tiger basketball player as he and his friends often played pickup games in Baton Rouge with LSU's players. Rambo played "rec" ball with LSU's Collis Temple III who's from Baton Rouge, La. Rambo, at Peabody High, played against Jermaine Williams in high school. LSU junior guard Torris Bright (of Slidell) played in a tournament together.

Game Counts Toward Divisional Title Chase

Saturday night's game pits two SEC Western Division teams against one another. Alabama is currently in first place in the SEC with its 6-1 record, 3-1 in SEC West games. Behind Alabama in the Western Division is Ole Miss, 6-2 SEC overall, 4-0 division, Mississippi State, 4-3 and 2-3; Arkansas, 3-5 and 2-3; LSU, 2-5 and 2-3; and Auburn, 1-7 and 1-3.

The Eastern Division is led by Georgia at 5-3 overall and 4-2 in divisional play. Florida is next at 4-3 and 3-2; followed by Kentucky at 4-3 and 2-1; South Carolina at 3-4 and 2-2; Tennessee at 3-4 and 0-3; and Vanderbilt at 3-4 and 2-1.

Alabama has won the most overall games (conference and non-conference) of any of the 12 SEC teams with its 18-3 record. Ole Miss and Mississippi State are both 17-4. Georgia is 16-5. Florida is 15-4. Kentucky is 14-5. South Carolina is 13-7. LSU is 12-8. Arkansas is 11-9. Tennessee is 10-10. Vanderbilt is 13-7. Tennessee is 10-10 and Auburn is 9-10.

Another Busy Saturday Around the League

All 12 teams will be in action playing fellow conference opponents on Saturday, February 2.

Alabama is at LSU in a non-televised 7 p.m. game. Auburn is at Arkansas at noon CT for a JP game. At noon CT South Carolina will play at Kentucky on the split JP broadcast. Tennessee is at Vanderbilt (Fox SportsNet) with a 2 p.m. game. Ole Miss is at Georgia (no TV) with a 3 p.m. CT tip. And Mississippi State is at Florida (Fox SportsNet) tipping at 4 p.m. CT.

After 21 Games, Tide's Scoring Average Climbing

After 21 games, the Crimson Tide's scoring average has risen to 81.0 points a game, 79.9 point a game vs. the SEC (7 games). The 109 points Alabama scored against Arkansas on Wednesday night marked the second time this season Alabama has reached triple digit scoring and the seventh time this season that Alabama has scored 90 or more points (in order, Mississippi Valley State, McNeese State, Jacksonville State, Alabama A&M, Bethune-Cookman, Vanderbilt and Arkansas).

Florida leads the league in scoring, one spot above Alabama. After 19 games, the Gators are averaging 85.7 points a game. The Gators lead the league in the scoring margin stat at 17.5 a game while Alabama is second at 14.6 a game.

Tide Climbs in the RPI

After Wednesday night's 109-94 win against Arkansas, Alabama climbed to sixth in the RPI according to its official website, Ahead of Alabama, in order, are Kansas, Duke, Oklahoma, Kentucky (who Alabama beat 64-61) and Cincinnati. The top 10 includes Arizona, Maryland, Ohio State, and, at tenth, former Tide player and assistant coach Mike Davis' Indiana at 10th.

Alabama Hasn't Trailed in 3 of Last 4 Games

In three of Alabama's last four games, Alabama has never trailed. Kentucky led Alabama for a period of about two-and-a-half minutes in that January 26th game. That means that in the last 160 minutes of play, Alabama has either tied or led the games 157 minutes of those 160 minutes. (Bama's last four games include Georgia, Mississippi State, Kentucky and Arkansas).

LSU Series Dates to 1916

The LSU Tigers are one of Alabama's oldest opponents in a men's basketball series that dates to 1916. Saturday night's game marks the 148th meeting between these two teams in the 86 year old series.

Alabama leads the series 88 wins to 59 wins by LSU. In Baton Rouge, where the next game will be played, LSU leads 38 wins to 26. (Alabama leads 56-17 in Tuscaloosa and 6-4 on neutral courts).

In the series since Mark Gottfried has been at Alabama, Alabama leads 4-3. Alabama lost 71-70 in Baton Rouge in 1999 but won 72-71 in THREE overtimes in Tuscaloosa. LSU swept in 2000 and Alabama swept in 2001. Alabama came out the winner when last these two teams met, defeating the Tigers 76-74 in Tuscaloosa on January 5. (A complete box from that game is attached to this release).

Grizzard Moves Up Another Notch in All-Time Scoring

With the 21 points he scored against Arkansas on Wednesday night, Tide junior guard Rod Grizzard moved up another notch in Alabama's All-Time Career Scoring list. Grizzard now ranks 18th all-time with his 1,317 career points. He needs but five more points to overtake his former assistant coach, the late Robert "Rah-Rah" Scott who is 17th with the 1,321 points he scored at Alabama during his playing career between 1977-80. Places 14, 15 and 16 belong to some pretty famous names in Alabama basketball records-All-American Wendell Hudson (1,326), Mike Nordholz (1,394) and All-American George Linn (1,444), all Alabama basketball legends.

Some Alabama legends lie behind him, including Derrick McKey (1,231), Mike Davis (1,211), and, hanging in at No. 34 all-time in scoring, Mark Gottfried.

Grizzard's teammate Erwin Dudley is also climbing steadily. He ranks 31st all-time in scoring with 1,129 career points.

Dudley Continues to Be Double Trouble

Erwin Dudley's 12 points and 10 rebounds against Arkansas on Wednesday night gave him his 28th career double-double at Alabama and his ninth of the 2002 season.

And How About This Dudley Stat?

Talk about dependable---Erwin Dudley has started in every game Alabama has played in since he arrived here three years ago. The string is at 86 consecutive starts.

At R.C. Hatch High School, the Uniontown native's alma mater, he also started in every career game. That means he has now started in 166 consecutive games between high school and college.

Tide's 100 SEC Points a First in Nearly Two Decades

When Alabama scored 109 points against Arkansas on January 30th, it marked the first time since 1983 that Alabama has scored 100 or more points against an SEC team. The last time was in Alabama's 106-99 win in double overtime against Florida. The last time Alabama did it in regulation had been in 1982 when it beat LSU 109-86.

For 8th Time, Alabama Shoots 50% or Better

Alabama's 35 of 67 field goals made for .522 percent marked the eighth time this season Alabama has shot 50 percent or better. It's best shooting night so far has come against Utah at .531%. The other games, in percentage order, include: .516 against Samford, .515 against McNeese State, .508 against Memphis and Jacksonville State, and .500% against Mississippi Valley State.

Four Players Average Double Digits & a 5th Is Close

Four Alabama players are averaging scoring in double digits after 21 games and a fifth is ever so close to it. Rod Grizzard leads at 15.4, followed by Erwin Dudley 15.0, Terrance Meade 10.7 and Mo Williams at 10.4. Alabama's fifth starter (as are the above four), Kenny Walker, is averaging 9.6 points a game.

Rambo One Efficient Man

Tide junior forward Reggie Rambo came off the bench and played a total of five minutes against Arkansas on Wednesday night. In five minutes time he scored eight points, making 4 of 5 from the field.

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. 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.

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.

Team SEC Stat Highlights

  • Scoring Offense: 2nd
  • Scoring Margin: 1st
  • Free Throw Percentage: 1st
  • 3-Point field Goal Percentage Defense: 5th
  • Rebounding Offense: 4th
  • Rebounding Margin: 5th
  • Turnover Margin: 3rd
  • Assist/Turnover Ratio: 2nd

Individual SEC Stat Highlights

  • Scoring: Dudley 8th, Grizzard 9th
  • Rebounding: Dudley 3rd, Grizzard 14th, Walker 20th
  • Field Goal Percentage: Dudley 3rd
  • Assists: Williams 4th
  • Free Throw Percentage: Williams 1st, Walker 3rd
  • Steals: Williams 3rd
  • Blocked Shots: Walker 8th
  • Assist/Turnover Ratio: Pettway 1st, Williams 4th
  • Offensive Rebounds: Walker 6th, Dudley 9th
  • Defensive Rebounds: Dudley 1st, Grizzard 10th

Best Fan Signs Posted at A UA Game in 2001-02

"Where there's a will, there's a PETTWAY"
"Give us some MO"

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