- AT ARKANSAS
- 7:00 p.m. CST
- Wednesday, February 20, 2002
- Bud Walton Arena (19,200)
- Fayetteville, Arkansas
TICKETS:Call 1-800-982-HOGS for Availability, All Remaining Uof A Home Games SOLDOUT
TV:Jefferson-Pilot Sports with Paul Kennedy and Larry Conley, UA WEEKLY TV: "Crimson Tide This Week" with host David Crane: Check local listings, airs regionally, "The Mark Gottfried Show", Tuesdays, 9:30 p.m., Wednesdays 5:30 p.m. on CSS, host Tom Roberts
RADIO:Crimson Tide Sports Network with Eli Gold and Tom Roberts; engineer Tom Stipe, WVUA 90.7 FM (UofA Campus Station/home games only)
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No. 5 AP (Feb. 11 poll)/No. 6 ESPN/USA Today ALABAMA (22-4 OVERALL, 10-2 SEC):
- F- 35 Erwin Dudley 6-8, 260, JR, Uniontown 16.0 ppg/8.8 rpg
- C- 42 Kenny Walker 6-9, 230, JR, Jacksonville, Florida 8.9 ppg/5.8 rpg
- G- 21 Rod Grizzard 6-8, 200, JR, Birmingham 14.6 ppg/5.8 rpg
- G- 14 Terrance Meade 6-2, 190, JR, Scottsboro 9.6 ppg/3.4 rpg
- G- 25 Mo Williams 6-1, 185, FR, Jackson, Mississippi 9.7 ppg/3.6 rpg/4.5 assists per game
- Head Coach: Mark Gottfried (Alabama, 1987)
ARKANSAS RAZORBACKS (12-12 OVERALL, 4-8 SEC)
- F- 00 J.J. Sullinger 6-5, 202, FR, Columbus, Ohio 10.7 ppg/3.3 rpg
- F- 33 Dionisio Gomez 6-8, 218, SR, Panama City, Florida 5.8 ppg/5.6 rpg
- C- 50 Larry Satchell 6-9, 227, JR, Waco, Texas 2.9 ppg/2.9 rpg
- G- 12 Jannero Pargo 6-2, 164, SR, Chicago, Illinois 17.2 ppg/2.3 rpg
- G- 13 Brandon Dean 6-1, 199, SR, Monroe, Louisiana 12.4 ppg/3.3 rpg
- HeadCoach: Nolan Richardson (Texas El-Paso, 1963)
THE HEAD COACHESALABAMA: Mark Gottfried; 145-70 (.674%) in 7 (6 complete) seasons overall, 77-46 (.626%) in 4th season at Alabama; 2 NCAA appearances (1997 & 1998) at Murray State; 3 NIT appearances ( 1996 at MSU, 1999 & 2001 at UA); Four 20-win seasons (out of 7) 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; 507-204 (.713%) in 22 (21 complete) seasons overall, 388-167 (.699%) in 17 seasons at Arkansas; 1994 NCAA national champions; 16 NCAA appearances, including four Final Four; 6 conference championships (3 Southwest Conference, 2 SEC, 1 MVC)
KEY GAME NOTES
- Alabama junior guard Rod Grizzard and Arkansas senior guard T.J. Cleveland got their basketball starts together. Their families attended the same Birmingham church and when the two were small, their first basketball games were played together with their charge league
- Arkansas swept the series last season but Alabama won the first meeting of this season 109-94 in Tuscaloosa on January 30, 2002. Arkansas leads the overall series 19-14 and leads 7-3 in Fayetteville
- Erwin Dudley is the SEC Player of the Week. He's averaging 22.5 points a game in his last four games, 10.3 rebounds per game in his last 6 games
- Alabama leads the SEC overall at 10-2 and is 5-2 in the SEC West (Ole Miss is also 5-2)
Alabama and Arkansas Stats
Alabama Arkansas Current Streak W 2 L 3 Scoring 78.7 75.9 Opponents Scoring 65.8 73.1 Scoring Margin +12.9 +2.8 Field Goal % .452 .440 3-Pt. Field Goal % .311 .333 Free Throw % .719 .647 Rebound Average 40.1 32.3 Rebound Margin +4.8 -8.2 Personal Fouls 471 537 Assists/Average 358/13.8 372/15.5 Turnovers/Average 355/13.7 353/14.7 Blocks/Average 96/3.7 87/3.6 Steals/Average 208/8.0 260/10.9
Auburn Sellout Stretches Streak of Series SelloutsAlabama and Auburn are one another's biggest rivals, and the string of basketball series sellouts continues. The two teams play one another twice each year during the regular season, and these games have sold out both in Auburn and in Tuscaloosa every season dating to 1999. (There have been 19 sold out Auburn games in Coleman Coliseum since 1975).
Bama Hasn't Sold Out This Many Since 1992By season's end, Alabama will have had four home sellouts this season, the most season sellouts since 1992 when the Tide (which seated 300 less then) had five Coleman Coliseum sellout games. The four sellouts this season include Mississippi State, Tennessee, Auburn and Florida. The number of home sellouts ranks fifth all-time at Alabama. There were six sellouts in 1989, five in 1990, five in 1991, five in 1992 and now four in 2002.
Incidentally, since Alabama's seating capacity was expanded to 15,316 last season, anytime Alabama has a sellout it ties the state of Alabama's on-campus attendance record as Alabama has the largest arena capacity of the state colleges and universities. Last season Alabama set the record with three sellouts and now ties those four-fold this year.
Bama Down to the Final FourThe Crimson Tide is down to its final four games of the regular season. The final two weeks of regular season play finds Alabama at Arkansas on February 20th (7 p.m.), hosting first Florida on Saturday February 23 (1 p.m./CBS) then Auburn on Wednesday, February 27th (7 p.m.), and then concluding the season in Oxford, Miss., on Sunday, March 3 at Ole Miss in a 1 p.m. game televised by CBS.
The SEC tournament is March 7-10 in the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Ga. (Alabama has sold out its allotment of SEC tournament tickets).
Tide Leads SEC Regular Season RaceThe Crimson Tide leads the SEC regular season race with a 10-2 record going into this week's round of league play. (The wins include, in order, LSU, Vanderbilt, Goergia, Mississippi State, Kentucky, Arkansas, LSU, Ole Miss, South Carolina and Tennessee. The losses are (road games) to Auburn and Mississippi State.
Arkansas Leads the SeriesWednesday night's game will mark the 34th meeting in men's basketball between Alabama and Arkansas. Arkansas leads the overall series 19-14, sweeping both games in 2001. Alabama has a chance to return the favor as a win in Fayetteville on Wednesday night would give it a sweep of the 2002 series.
The series breakdown finds Arkansas leading 7-3 in Fayetteville, Alabama leading 9-4 in Tuscaloosa and Arkansas leading 8-2 on neutral courts.
Dudley Is SEC Player of the WeekAlabama junior forward Erwin Dudley has been named the Southeastern Conference Player of the Week for February 11-17. It is the first time the Uniontown player-the only player in the SEC to average double digits in scoring and rebounding last season as well as lead the league in rebounding and rank 10th in scoring-has been named Player of the Week.
Dudley co-led Alabama (with Rod Grizzard) in scoring with 20 points in Bama's 52-51 win at South Carolina on February 13 and led Alabama with 25 points in a February 16 home win against Tennessee. He coupled the South Carolina output of 20 points with 11 rebounds, his 7th SEC double-double of the season. For the week, he averaged 22.5 points and 9 rebounds.
It is the first Player of the Week honor for Alabama, the SEC leader. Dudley is also the first Alabama player to earn Player of the Week since Gerald Wallace was tabbed by the conference office in December of 2000. He is Alabama's ninth Player of the Week since the 1992-93 season.
Tide Has League's Best Overall Record Last 2 SeasonsIn the past two seasons, Alabama has the best overall record of the 12 Southeastern Conference teams. Going into this week's round of play, Alabama is 47-14 in the past two seasons. Ole Miss is 46-15, Florida is 43-12 and Kentucky is 41-17.
Tide Has League Best Home Record of Last 2 SeasonsGoing into the week's round of games, Alabama's home record in these last two seasons is the best in the SEC, 32-1. Ole Miss is next at 27-2 and Kentucky is 20-4.
And Speaking of Home: Streak is Now 17 StraightAntoine Pettway can click those ruby red sneakers he wears on court together and repeat: "There's no place like home" for the Crimson Tide. Alabama has a 17game home win streak dating to last season going into the February 23 Florida game. The Tide is 32-1 at home in the last two seasons. Alabama went 17-1 at home last season (Arkansas was the spoiler with a 3-point win) and is 15-0 at home this season.
Alabama Has SEC Leading StatsGoing into the week's round of games, Alabama had the best team and individual numbers in a few statistical categories. Erwin Dudley leads the SEC (all games and SEC vs. SEC) in both rebounding and in field goal percentage. He also leads the SEC in conference games in defensive rebounds. Antoine Pettway leads the SEC in conference games in free throw percentage (.892) and right behind him in second place is his teammate, Kenny Walker (.846), and Rod Grizzard rounds out the top 10 (.737).Mo Williams does not meet the minimum number of attempts to go into that stat, but he's made 24 of 26 free throws for 92%.
Alabama leads the SEC (all games) in field goal percentage defense (.395%) as opponents have made only 602 of 1523 shots attempted. That's in 26 games. Auburn is second in that stat at .400 (533 of 1333), but Auburn has played three fewer games.
Alabama leads the SEC in free throw percentage (242-318 for .761) in conference games. The Tide, in league play, is second in scoring margin (+6.3), field goal percentage defense (.424), rebounding defense (33.6), rebounding margin (+4.20) and offensive rebounds (14.33).
And in superlatives, the individual highs, Erwin Dudley ties for lead with the most free throws made in a game at 12, ties for the lead in free throw percentage in a game (9 of 9 for 1.000), and ties for the lead in single game rebounds (16 at LSU). In team superlatives Alabama's 37 free throws made against Vanderbilt is the most any SEC team has made in ANY game this season as are the 60 rebounds it had against Mississippi Valley State, and the 22 steals it made against Jacksonville State.
Dead of Winter is HOT Month For DudleyFebruary typically produces some of winter's coldest temperatures, but Erwin Dudley is producing the hottest play of his career this month.
In his last four games, the junior from Uniontown is averaging 22.5 points. He's averaging 10.3 rebounds a game in his last six games. The numbers include 22 points and 10 rebounds against Ole Miss, 23 points and 8 rebounds at Mississippi State, 20 points and 11 rebounds at South Carolina and 25 points and seven rebounds against Tennessee. Dudley is Alabama's scoring and rebounding leader at 16.0 points and 8.8 rebounds a game.