Bama/Ole Miss game notes

Next up for the University of Alabama men's basketball team is a mid-week home date with Top 25 ranked Ole Miss. The Crimson Tide, 19-3 overall and 7-1 in the Southeastern Conference, play host to the Rebels, 17-5 overall and 6-3 in the SEC, in Coleman Coliseum on Wednesday, February 6, 2002. Game time is set for 7 p.m. CST.

NEXT GAME:

  • Ole Miss
  • 7:00 p.m. CST
  • Wednesday, February 6, 2002
  • Coleman Coliseum (15,315 capacity)
  • Tuscaloosa, Alabama

TICKETS:

AVAILABLE
Uof A Home Game Tickets ($15 adults/$8 age 15 & under), UofA Ticket Office (205) 348-BAMA or SouthTix 800-240-2300, Tickets can be ordered on www.rolltide.com

Television:

Jefferson-Pilot with David Steele (play-by-play) and Barry Booker (analyst), UA 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. 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 COACHES

ALABAMA: 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 Win

Alabama 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-Again

When 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 Lineup

Should 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 Series

Wednesday 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 One

Alabama 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 Starter

Returning 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 One

He'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 Division

Wednesday 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 Guys

SEC 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 Scoring

Rod 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 Climbs

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 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.

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.

Four Players Average Double Digits & a 5th Is Close

Four Alabama players are averaging scoring in double digits after 22 games and a fifth is ever so close to it. Rod Grizzard leads at 15.1, followed by Erwin Dudley 14.8, Terrance Meade 10.6 and Mo Williams at 10.2. Alabama's fifth starter (as are the above four), Kenny Walker, is averaging 9.7 points a game.

Alabama in the National Rankings

Alabama has now been ranked in the ESPN/USA Today poll for 12 straight weeks and for 25 of the past 33 weeks (dating to the 2001 season). It has been ranked in the AP poll for 14 straight weeks and 18 out of the last 24 weeks. NOTE: Bama's highest ever regular season ranking is No. 4 AP in 1974. Tide assistant coach T.R. Dunn was a member of that Alabama team.

Tide on a Roll in Rankings

With this weeks' February 4-11 Associated Press rankings, the Tide has now been nationally ranked for 14 straight weeks. It has been in the Coaches' poll, administered by ESPN/USA Today for 12 straight weeks.

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