- Ole Miss
- 7:00 p.m. CST
- Wednesday, February 6, 2002
- Coleman Coliseum (15,315 capacity)
- Tuscaloosa, Alabama
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No. 5 AP /No. 6 ESPN/USA Today ALABAMA (19-3 OVERALL, 7-1 SEC):
- F- 35 Erwin Dudley 6-8, 260, JR, Uniontown 14.8 ppg/8.8 rpg
- C- 42 Kenny Walker 6-9, 230, JR, Jacksonville, Fla. 9.7 ppg/6.0 rpg
- G- 21 Rod Grizzard 6-8, 200, JR, Birmingham 15.1 ppg/6.0 rpg
- G- 14 Terrance Meade 6-2, 190, JR, Scottsboro 10.6 ppg/3.6 rpg
- G- 25 Mo Williams 6-1, 185, FR, Jackson, Miss. 10.2 ppg/3.5 rpg/4.5 assists per game
- Head Coach: Mark Gottfried (Alabama, 1987)
OLE MISS REBELS (17-5 OVERALL, 6-3 SEC)
- F- 23 Justin Reed 6-8, 230, SO, Jackson, Mississippi 14.7 ppg/6.0 rpg
- F- 40 Derrick Allen 6-8, 230, JR, Gadsden, Alabama 10.1 ppg/6.9 rpg
- G/F-05 Aaron Harper 6-7, 215, SO, Jackson, Mississippi 11.0 ppg/4.0 rpg
- G- 11 Jason Harrison 5-5, 160, SR, Little Rock, Arkansas 10.3 ppg/1.9 rpg/4.1 assists per game
- G- 15 David Sanders 6-3, 185, JR, Jackson, Mississippi 11.6 ppg/4.5 rpg
- HeadCoach: Rod Barnes (Ole Miss, 1988)
THE HEAD COACHESALABAMA: Mark Gottfried; 142-69 (.673%) in 7 (6 complete) seasons overall, 74-45 (.622%) 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.
OLE MISS: Rod Barnes; 83-40 (.675%) in four seasons (3 complete) at Ole Miss and overall; 2001 Naismith National Coach of the Year; 2001 SEC Coach of the Year; 2001 NCAA Sweet 16; three consecutive NCAA tournament appearances in 1999, 2000 & 2001; All-SEC as a senior in1988 at Ole Miss
KEY GAME NOTES
- These two head coaches, Mark Gottfried and Rod Barnes, used to play against one another in college. Barnes, who played at Ole Miss, is a year older than Gottfried, who played at Alabama.
- Jackson, Mississippi is well represented in starting lineup with Bama's Mo Williams and Ole Miss's Justin Reed, Aaron Harper and David Sanders
- Alabama leads the series 104-43. Alabama leads 59-8 in Tuscaloosa.
- Erwin Dudley needs just six more rebounds to tie, seven to own, the top 10 all-time spot at Alabama
- Tide assistant T.R. Dunn celebrates a birthday on game day
Tide Seeking 20th WinAlabama brings a 19-3 overall record into Wednesday night's game against Ole Miss and is obviously seeking win number 20 of the season. The tradition of the Crimson Tide basketball program finds it with twenty-one 20-win seasons. The latest of those 20-win seasons came last year when Mark Gottfried's team finished 25-11. A 20th-win by Alabama this season would give Gottfried his second 20-win season in his fourth year as Alabama's head coach.
The last time Alabama had a pace like this-a 19-3 record with eight regular season games remaining---would be Wimp Sanderson's 1992 team. Alabama finished 26-9 that year. That team was 19-4 with seven regular season games remaining.
Tide Faces Top 25-AgainWhen Alabama plays Ole Miss on Wednesday night, it will mark the sixth time this season Alabama has played a Top 25 ranked team. Alabama is 3-2 against teams ranked in the Top 25 on game day, defeating Memphis, Georgia and Kentucky and falling to UCLA and Missouri.
Jackson, Mississippi Well-Represented in Starting LineupShould the probable starting lineup ring true, Jackson, Mississippi will be represented. Alabama starts at point guard 2001 Murrah High School graduate and Alabama freshman Mo Williams. Ole Miss starts Jackson natives and fellow Provine High School grads junior guard David Sanders and sophomore guard/forward Aaron Harper. All, naturally, know one another.
Alabama Leads the SeriesWednesday night's Alabama vs. Ole Miss game marks the 148th meeting in men's basketball between Alabama and Ole Miss. Alabama leads the series 104-43. The breakdown finds Alabama leading 59-8 in Tuscaloosa, 34-32 in Oxford and, in games played on a neutral court, 8-3.
Last season Alabama and Ole Miss split the series with Alabama winning 82-63 at home in Tuscaloosa and Ole Miss winning 105-71 in Oxford to capture the SEC Western Division championship. Ole Miss' s last win in Tuscaloosa was in 1998 when it defeated Alabama 74-63.
Mark Gottfried is 3-3 against Rod Barnes at Alabama.
Two Coaches Used to Play One Another in This OneAlabama head coach Mark Gottfried and Ole Miss head coach Rod Barnes used to play against one another in this series. Gottfried, a senior in 1987, had a year on Barnes, a senior in 1988, back when they were college players at Alabama (Gottfried) and Ole Miss (Barnes). Gottfried was 6-0 as a player against Barnes and Ole Miss.
Alabama Native Is An Ole Miss StarterReturning to his homestate-and playing less than two hours from his hometown-will be Gadsden native Derrick Allen, a junior forward who is a starter for the Ole Miss Rebels. Allen was an all-state player at Gadsden High and played two seasons at Southern Union State Community College in Wadley, Ala., before transferring to Ole Miss.
Dudley Could Achieve A Milestone In This OneHe's averaging 8.8 rebounds a game this season, so it is possible-Erwin Dudley could move into 10th all-time in rebounding at Alabama in the Ole Miss game. Dudley, who had 16 rebounds in Alabama game at LSU on Saturday, has 789 career rebounds. He ranks 11th all-time in career rebounding at Alabama. He needs six rebounds to tie and seven to own the No. 10 all-time spot currently held by Alan House who had 795 rebounds during his Alabama career, between 1970-72.
Game Key In SEC Western DivisionWednesday night's game is the first of two regular season meetings between Alabama and Ole Miss. Alabama and Ole Miss both end their 2002 regular season by playing one another in Oxford on Sunday, March 3.
Alabama is first in the league with its 7-1 overall record. Alabama is 4-1 in Western Division play (loss was at Auburn). Right behind the Tide in the SEC West is Ole Miss with its 6-3 overall and perfect 4-0 divisional record. Mississippi State, Alabama's road opponent on Saturday, is third in the West at 4-4 and 1-4 in divisional play. Arkansas is fourth at 4-5 and 3-3. LSU is fifth at 2-6 and 2-4, and Auburn is sixth at 1-8 and 1-4.
Comparing Bama and Ole Miss statistically:
Alabama Ole Miss Current Streak W 5 L 1 Scoring Average 80.0 74.5 Opponents' Scoring 65.6 63.9 Scoring Margin +14.3 +10.6 Rebound Average 40.8 34.2 Opponents' Rebounds 35.6 31.0 Rebound Margin +5.2 +3.2 Field Goal % .455 .470 3-Pt Field Goal % .323 .385 Free Throw % .712 .740 Personal Fouls 398 435 Assists/Average 305/13.9 322/14.6 Turnovers/Average 310/14.1 330/15.0 Blocks/Average 85/3.9 45/2.1 Steals/Average 179/8.1 172/7.8
Don't Foul These GuysSEC opponents take note: careful who you foul. Alabama has three of the league's top four free throw percentage shooters in SEC vs. SEC games. Freshman point guard Mo Williams leads the SEC in that stat. He's made 21 of 22 free throws in SEC games for .955%. Sophomore guard Antoine Pettway is next in line, ranking second in the league in that stat. Pettway has made 22 of 25 free throws attempted for .8880%. And junior center/forward Kenny Walker ranks fourth in the league in that stat. Walker has made 27 of 33 shots for .818%.
Grizzard Now Tied at 16th All-Time in ScoringRod Grizzard is now one spot up above one of his all-time favorite coaches as the nine points Grizzard scored against LSU pushed him to 1,326 career points at Alabama. That makes him tied at 16th all-time in scoring with Wendell Hudson. Grizzard jumped ahead of his coach, the late Robert "Rah-Rah" Scott who'd scored 1,321 points during his Alabama career.
Dudley Starting Stat ClimbsTalk about dependable---Erwin Dudley has started in every game Alabama has played in since he arrived here three years ago. The string is at 87 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 167 consecutive games between high school and college.