Bama/South Carolina game notes

The University of Alabama men's basketball team, 20-4 overall and 8-2 in Southeastern Conference play, will attempt to rebound from a loss in Starkville on Saturday when it heads to Columbia, S.C., for a Wednesday, February 13 date with the University of South Carolina Gamecocks, 14-9 overall and 4-6 in the SEC.

Tip off in Columbia's Frank McGuire Arena (12,401 capacity) is set for 6:30 p.m. CT or 7:30 p.m. ET. The game marks the only regular season meeting between the Tide, which competes in the Southeastern Conference Western Division and South Carolina, which competes in the SEC Eastern Division.

NEXT GAME:

  • at South Carolina
  • 6:30 p.m. CST/7:30 p.m. EST
  • Wednesday, February 13, 2002
  • Frank McGuire Arena (12,401)
  • Columbia, South Carolina

TICKETS:

$13; Call USC Ticket Office at 803-777-4274 or www.capitoltickets.com, 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:

None, UA WEEKLY TV: Crimson Tide This Week: Check local listings, airs regionally, The Mark Gottfried Show: Tuesdays, 9:30 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. 7 AP/No. 7 ESPN/USA Today ALABAMA (20-4 OVERALL, 8-2 SEC):

  • F- 35 Erwin Dudley 6-8, 260, JR, Uniontown 15.5 ppg/8.8 rpg
  • C- 42 Kenny Walker 6-9, 230, JR, Jacksonville, Fla. 9.3 ppg/5.8 rpg
  • G- 21 Rod Grizzard 6-8, 200, JR, Birmingham 14.8 ppg/5.9 rpg
  • G- 14 Terrance Meade 6-2, 190, JR, Scottsboro 10.2 ppg/3.5 rpg
  • G- 25 Mo Williams 6-1, 185, FR, Jackson, Miss. 10.0 ppg/3.4 rpg/4.3 assists per game
  • Head Coach: Mark Gottfried (Alabama, 1987)

SOUTH CAROLINA GAMECOCKS (14-9 OVERALL, 4-6 SEC)

  • G- 31 Chuck Eidson 6-7, 205, JR, Summerville, South Carolina 9.0 ppg/3.6 rpg
  • F- 55 Rolando Howell 6-9, 220, SO, Columbia, South Carolina 8.1 ppg/5.7 rpg
  • C- 12 Marius Petravicius 6-10, 250, JR, Kltenenu, Luthuania 8.8 ppg/5.7 rpg
  • G- 5 Aaron Lucas 5-11, 185, SR, Columbia, South Carolina 10.3 ppg/2.0 rpg/4.0 assists per game
  • G- 10 Jamel Bradley 6-2, 170, SR, Beckley, West Virginia 14.3 ppg/2.0 rpg
  • HeadCoach: Dave Odom (Guilford, 1965)

THE HEAD COACHES

ALABAMA: Mark Gottfried; 143-70 (.671%) in 7 (6 complete) seasons overall, 75-46 (.620%) 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.

SOUTH CAROLINA: Dave Odom; 292-183 (.614%) in 15 seasons (14 complete) overall, 14-9 (.609%) in 1st season at USC; 1995 National Coach of the Year at Wake Forest; 1991, 1994 and 1994 ACC Coach of the Year at Wake Forest; 1 NCAA appearance (Elite Eight in 1977) at Wake Forest; as an assistant at Virginia, Virginia made 5 NCAA trips, including 1984 Final Four

KEY GAME NOTES

  • Alabama remains in 1st place in the SEC regular season race with its 8-1 league record
  • Alabama leads the series 14-8, though USC leads narrowly 5-4 in Columbia
  • Two UA loose connections on South Carolina staff; USC assistant Barry Sanderson is the son of former Tide coach Wimp Sanderson; USC head coach Dave Odom's son, Lane, is a former UA assistant coach

Comparing the Stats

                    Alabama     South Carolina

Streak               L 1         W 1

Scoring             79.2        70.0

Opponents Scoring   65.8        62.4

Scoring Margin     +13.4       +7.6

Rebound Avg.        40.2        32.5

Opponents Rebounds  35.2        34.0

Rebound Margin     +5.0        -1.5

Field Goal %       .453        .434

3-Pt Field Goal %  .315        .360

Free Throw %       .717        .656

Personal Fouls      433         386

Assists/Average    328/13.8   366/15.9

Turnovers/Average  335/14.0   336/14.6

Assists/Turnovers  +1.0       +1.09

Blocks/Average      90/3.8     63/2.7

Steals/Average     196/8.2    240/10.4

Fans Still Can Get Tickets to Two Tide Home Games

Alabama has three remaining home games, and tickets remain to two of those games. The February 23 game, which will be televised by CBS, is sold out. But tickets remain to Saturday's February 16 game against Tennessee (2 p.m.) and to the February 27th Auburn game (7 p.m.).

Alabama's home SEC game tickets are $15 for adults, $8 for youth aged 15 and under. Tickets are available at the UofA's athletic ticket box office in the main entrance of Coleman Coliseum (205-348-BAMA), through SouthTix (1-800-240-2300) or through Alabama's website, www.rolltide.com.

Tide SEC Leader

The University of Alabama is in first place in the 2002 Southeastern Conference regular season standings. The Crimson Tide is 8-2 overall, 5-2 in Western Division play.

South Carolina a Relatively Rare Rival

Wednesday night's game between Alabama and South Carolina marks only the 23rd meeting in men's college basketball between these two teams. South Carolina is a relatively rare opponent by SEC standards---Alabama and Mississippi State, for example, have played one another 188 times. That's largely because South Carolina didn't join the Southeastern Conference until the 1991-92 season. Alabama and South Carolina compete in different divisions, Alabama in the West and USC in the East, so there is only one regular season meeting each year.

Alabama leads the overall series 14 wins to 8 wins by South Carolina. Alabama dominates the series in Tuscaloosa 7-1, but in Columbia, S.C., where the next meeting will take place, the Gamecocks have a narrow 5-4 series lead. (Alabama leads 3-2 on neutral courts).

Gottfried Beat USC As A Player

During the three seasons Mark Gottfried played at Alabama (he transferred after his freshman season from Oral Roberts), Alabama placed South Carolina once. It was during his senior season in 1987. The game took place in Tuscaloosa and Alabama won 73-63. Gottfried was a starter at Guard in that game (along with Derrick McKey, Michael Ansley, Jim Farmer and Terry Coner). Gottfried scored four points in that game and had three rebounds. He played 31 minutes. (Farmer led the win with 24 points).

Alabama is 3-0 vs. The East

Alabama is 3-0 vs. the SEC Eastern Division teams this season. South Carolina marks the fourth team from the East Alabama will have played. Yet on the schedule from the Eastern Division are home games against Tennessee on Saturday, February 16 and Florida on February 23rd.

In play against Eastern Division teams, Alabama beat Vanderbilt in Tuscaloosa 92-79 on January 9 and then won on the road at Georgia and at Kentucky. It beat Georgia 77-72 on January 16 and Kentucky 64-61 on January 26.

Dudley Reaches Rebounding Milestone of 800 Career

On February 9th Erwin Dudley became only the 10th player ever in Alabama basketball history to get 800 (or more) rebounds. Dudley, who ranks 10th all-time in career rebounding as a junior has 807 career rebounds going into the South Carolina game for a career average of 9.1 rebounds in 89 career games.

With 19 more rebounds he ties, 20 he owns, the No. 9 all-time spot currently held by All-American Wendell Hudson. Hudson had 826 rebounds (an 11.9 average) during his three varsity seasons at Alabama (from 1971-73).

Erwin Dudley: SEC Player of the Year Watch

Trying to decide who the most impactive player in the Southeastern Conference is this season? How about Tide junior forward Erwin Dudley, who:
  • Leads SEC with 11 double doubles in 2002 (30 career)
  • 6 double-doubles this season vs. the SEC
  • Leads the SEC in field goal percentage (all games)
  • Averages 17.7 points and 9.6 rebounds vs. SEC
  • SEC scoring includes 23 at MSU, 22 vs. Ole Miss, 24 vs. Vanderbilt, 24 vs. MSU (home)
  • Has 807 career UA rebounds, 10th All-Time at Bama
  • Leads Top 10 Alabama in scoring

And How About These Guys for All-Stars?

Junior guard Rod Grizzard, an 1st team All-SEC selection in 2001, has made a strong bid to repeat in 2002. Grizzard is averaging 14.8 points a game and 5.9 rebounds. He's led the Top 10 ranked Tide in scoring in eight games, including 21 against Arkansas, 21 against Notre Dame, 19 against LSU, and 16 against Georgia (on the road). He had seven assists in a game against Alabama A&M and went 10-12 at the free throw line against LSU.

Mo Williams is also an all-star contender, particularly when picking freshman stars, including SEC Freshman of the Year. Williams, Bama's freshman point guard from Jackson, Miss., has started in every game. He's averaging 10.0 points a game. Williams also ranks in the league's top 10 in assists and steals. He had 10 assists in a game against UTC, has scored in double digits in 15 games and is producing some very unfreshman like performances in some of the nation's toughest venues. In his first ever trip to Rupp Arena, Williams scored 13 points against Kentucky, making six of his nine shots attempted. Against Missouri, in Kansas City, he scored 12 and he had 13 against Memphis (in Kansas City)

Tide Figures Into NCAA's Best Stats

In the Feb. 4 Division I men's basketball statistics released by the NCAA, Alabama ranked 17th in field goal percentage defense, 12th in scoring margin, T-7th in won-lost percentage, 9th in home court winning streaks, and Erwin Dudley ranked 12th in field goal percentage.

Alabama Leads SEC in FT% in League Games

So far this season, Alabama has been the most accurate at the line when it comes to shooting free throws in SEC games. The Tide leads the SEC in free throw percentage, having made 206 of 270 in 10 games for .763%. Tide sophomore Antoine Pettway is the league's most accurate free throw shooter in SEC vs. SEC games, ranking first in that stat. He's made 29 of 32 of his SEC free throws for 90.6%. (Next best is Florida's Udonis Haslem at 84.4%). Kenny Walker ranks 4th at 81.6%. He's made 29 of 35 SEC free throws this season.

Dudley 1st In SEC Rebounding

Bama's Erwin Dudley leads the SEC in rebounding. He's averaging 9.6 boards a game in SEC vs. SEC games. Joining him among the SEC's best under the boards is Rod Grizzard who ranks 14th and Kenny Walker who ranks 20th.

Dudley ranks 5th in the SEC in scoring at 17.7 points an SEC game (10th all games).

Grizzard Ranks 16th All-Time in Scoring

Rod Grizzard has scored 1,347 career points at Alabama, ranking him 16th all-time in scoring at Alabama. To step into the Top 15, Grizzard needs 47 more points. Mike Nordholz ranks 15th all-time, having scored 1,394 points from 1966-68.

Team SEC stats

  • Scoring Offense: 3rd
  • Scoring Defense: 4th
  • Scoring Margin: 2nd
  • Free throw Percentage: 1st
  • Field Goal Percentage Defense: 3rd
  • Rebounding Offense: 3rd
  • Rebounding Defense: 2nd
  • Rebounding Margin: 2nd
  • Turnover Margin: 3rd (+2.3)
  • Offensive Rebounds: 2nd
  • Defensive Rebounds: 4th

Individual SEC stats

  • Scoring: Dudley 5th, Grizzard 13th
  • Rebounding: Dudley 1st, Grizzard 14th, Walker 20th
  • Field Goal Percentage: Dudley 3rd
  • Assists: Williams 8th
  • Free Throw Percentage: Pettway 1st, Walker 4th
  • Steals: Williams 4th
  • Blocked Shots: Walker 8th
  • Offensive Rebounds: Dudley 5th, Walker 7th
  • Defensive Rebounds: Dudley 1st
  • Assist/Turnover Ratio: Pettway 2nd (1.83)

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