Tide takes on Alabama State

After officially opening its 2002-03 basketball season on the road in New York's Madison Square Garden on November 14, the University of Alabama men's basketball team will have its home opener on Friday, November 22, 2002. The Tide, 1-0, play host to Alabama State University, 0-2. Tip-off in Tuscaloosa's Coleman Coliseum is set for 7:00 p.m. CT.

Friday, November 22, 2002
Coleman Coliseum (15,316)

TIP-OFF TIME: 7:00 p.m. CT

TICKETS: Available; $15 adults/$8 youth (age 15 & under)
At UA box office in Coleman Coliseum; or 205-348-BAMA; or www.rolltide.com

TV: CSS with Barry McKnight (play-by-play) and Bryan Passink (color)

UA WEEKLY TV: "Crimson Tide This Week" with host David Crane: Check local listings on CSS
"The Mark Gottfried Show" on CSS beginning in January with host Tom Roberts

RADIO: Crimson Tide Sports Network with Chris Stewart (play-by-play) and Tom Roberts (color)
WVUA (University of Alabama campus station), 90.7 FM

INTERNET: Live audio of CTSN's radio broadcast is available on the internet.

Key Game Notes

  • Alabama will unfurl its new 2002 SEC Champions banner prior to tip off
  • Alabama is 34-1 in home openers; Also, the Tide is amidst a 19-game home win streak
  • Alabama junior guard Antoine Pettway and ASU senior center Alvin Pettway are cousins
  • Alabama leads the series 3-0 with wins in 1998, 1999 and 2001
  • Alabama's No. 4 AP ranking is its highest since the 1977 season (25 years)

First Official Home Game Will Mark Unveiling

Just before tip-off of Friday night's game against Alabama State, the Tide will unfurl its latest decorative accessory to Coleman Coliseum's arena---the 2002 SEC Championship banner. Alabama finished 12-4 overall in league play to claim the regular season title. It won the SEC Western Division as well with a 6-4 divisional record.

Probable Starters

No. 4 AP/ No. 8 ESPN ALABAMA (1-0 OVERALL, 0-0 SEC):

PF- 35 Erwin Dudley, 6-8, 260, SR, Uniontown, 12.0 ppg/8.0 rpg
C- 42 Kenny Walker, 6-9, 220, SR, Jacksonville, Florida, 14.0 ppg/7.0 rpg
G- 05 Earnest Shelton, 6-3, 205, SO, Memphis, Tennessee, 0.0 ppg/1.0 rpg
G- 14 Terrance Meade, 6-2, 190, SR, Scottsboro, 2.0 ppg/2.0 rpg
G- 25 Mo Williams, 6-1, 195, SO, Jackson, Mississippi, 25.0 ppg/7.0 rpg/3.0 apg
Head Coach: Mark Gottfried (Alabama, 1987)

ALABAMA STATE (0-2 Overall, 0-0 SWAC)

F- 15, Keith Gamble, 6-4, 185, SR, Mobile, 7.5 ppg/2.0 rpg
F- 34, Xavier Oliver, 6-7, 195, JR, Savannah, Georgia, 3.0 ppg/3.0 rpg
C- 25, Alvin Pettway, 6-9, 240, SR, Montgomery, 7.0 ppg/7.5 rpg
G- 10, Lamar Clark, 6-4, 185, JR, Prichard, 9.0 ppg/6.0 rpg/3.0 apg
G- 23, Malcolm Campbell, 5-10, 155, JR, Kansas City, Missouri, 15.0 ppg/1.5 rpg/3.5 apg
Head Coach: Rob Spivery (Ashland College, 1972)

Head Coaches

Alabama's Mark Gottfried: 151-74 (.671%) in 7 complete seasons overall, 83-49 (.629%) in 5th season (4 completed) at Alabama; 2002 SEC Coaches & AP SEC "Coach of the Year"; three total NCAA tournament appearances, one at Alabama (2002, 2nd round), 2 (1997 & 1998) at Murray State; 3 NIT appearances (1996 at MSU, 1999 & 2001 at UA); One SEC Championship (2002) at Alabama; three conference championships at Murray State; Four 20-win seasons (out of 7) as a head coach; Assistant for UCLA's 1995 NCAA Champions team; three NCAA Sweet 16 appearances as a UA player 1985-86-87; Academic All-SEC as a player at Alabama...Born January 20, 1964 in Crestline, Ohio.

Alabama State's Rob Spivery: 259-238 (.521%) in 17 seasons overall, 84-93 (.474) in six seasons at Alabama State; 2001 SWAC Champions; 2001 NCAA tournament appearance (ASU's first NCAA appearance).

Tickets Available

Tickets are available for Friday night's game against the Alabama State Hornets. Tickets for all Alabama's home games are on sale at the Athletic Ticket Box Office in Coleman Coliseum 1-877-TIDETIX (877-843-3849) or 205-348-BAMA (2262), or on the Crimson Tide's official website, www.rolltide.com.

Ticket prices are $15 adults/$8 youth for non-conference home games (those games include Alabama State, Middle Tennessee, UNC-Greensboro, St. Bonaventure, Providence, Morehead State and Xavier) and $17 adults/$8 youth for Southeastern Conference home games. (There is also a handling fee for phone and internet orders).

Tickets for the January 25, 2003 Kentucky game and February 15, 2003 Auburn game are available only as part of a "flex" package for $32 which includes one ticket to Kentucky OR one ticket to Auburn and one ticket to any other NON-SEC game. If any tickets remain, single tickets for the Kentucky and Auburn games will go on sale on January 2, 2003.

(HOME) Opening Night is Nearly Always A Success

The Crimson Tide is 34-1 in its home openers since moving into Coleman Coliseum midway through the 1967-68 season. Alabama's first home game was a win. On Feb. 2, 1968 Alabama played its first game ever in Coleman Coliseum and defeated Samford 85-68.

Alabama's only loss in a home opener came on December 1, 1993 when the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga came in and left with a 67-57 win against the Tide. Alabama has since won its last eight straight home openers.

Home Win Streak on The Line

Going into Friday night's Alabama State game, the Tide has a 19-game home streak. It dates to the final two games of the 2001 season and includes Alabama's 17-0 record at home in 2002. The last team to beat Alabama at home was Arkansas (66-63) in February of 2001.

The 19-game win streak ranks tied for fourth all-time in school records. A win against Alabama State would move it up a notch to No. 3. Alabama won 20 straight from the second game of 1994 through the seventh game of 1995.

The school record for home win streak is 22 straight games, from the last three games of 1971 through the first six games of 1973. To reach that 22 games, Alabama would have to beat, in order, Alabama State, Middle Tennessee (Nov. 25), and UNC Greensboro (Dec. 3). To set the record, it would have to win those three games and then defeat St. Bonaventure on December 7.

Game Marks 3rd Meeting Between UA & ASU

Although it's a little more than 90 miles from Tuscaloosa, home of the Tide, to Montgomery, home to the Hornets, meetings on the basketball court have been rare. Friday night's match-up marks only the fourth time these two teams have played one another in men's basketball.

Alabama leads the series 3-0. All three games were played in Tuscaloosa. Bama won 85-61 in 1998; 69-49 in 1999 and 82-56 in 2001, the year Alabama State made school history by winning the SWAC's automatic berth as champs and advancing to its first NCAA tournament appearance.

Alabama Has Played Once, ASU Twice This Season

Alabama opened its season on November 14 with a win against then No. 3 (both polls) Oklahoma at the AT&T Wireless Coaches vs. Cancer Classic in New York's Madison Square Garden.

Sophomore guard Mo Williams led the Alabama win, scoring his jersey number, 25 points. He also had seven rebounds. Four Tide players scored in double digits. In addition to Williams' performance, Kenny Walker scored 14 and Erwin Dudley 12 points. Antoine Pettway came off the bench and scored 11 points and dished out a team-leading four assists.

Highlights of the game included the start of the second half where Alabama held Oklahoma scoreless until the 14:31 mark while making a 10-0 run during that time.

Alabama State opened play this week in the Guardians Classic, in games hosted by Creighton. The Hornets, which finished 19-13 last season, opened their season on November 17 and was edged by Furman 74-73. Cedric Mitchell scored 20 points to lead the game and Malcolm Campbell contributed 14 and Keith Gamble 12 points.

On Monday night ASU remained in Omaha, Neb., to play a second game in the Guardians Classic, this time Texas-Arlington. UTA won 59-47. Malcolm Campbell was 7 of 11 from the field and scored 16 points. Lamar Clark was 5 of 10 and scored 10 points.

Cousins Will Feud in this Game

Friday night's game will mark a battle of the Pettway's as cousin will play against cousin. Alabama's Antoine Pettway will come off the bench. He's a junior from Alberta, Ala. ASU's Alvin Pettway is a year older and is from Montgomery. The two last saw one another this summer but have talked to each other occasionally since then.

Dudley 1st Team AP All-American

As he was winding down interstate 20/59 on the team bus to the Birmingham airport for Alabama's trip to New York and the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic on November 12, Erwin Dudley received word by cell phone that he'd been named to the Associated Press Preseason All-America first team.

Dudley joins Xavier's David West, Arizona's Luke Walton and Jason Gardner and Kansas' Kirk Hinrich on the five man squad that represents the top players in collegiate basketball. Dudley finished the 2002 season among the top 15 as an AP All-American, 3rd Team.

Dudley Up For Top Senior Player of the Year As Well

The Senior CLASS Award is presented annually to the nation's senior player-of-the-year for NCAA Division I men's and women's basketball. The inaugural men's award winner was Juan Dixon of Maryland.

The formation of the Senior CLASS Award - an acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School - was announced last season. The CLASS Award was developed in response to the recent trend of college basketball players leaving college early to turn professional.

Tide Highest It's Been Ranked in 25 Years

It's been a quarter of a century since an Alabama basketball team has been ranked as high as this season's version is this week. Alabama jumped from No. 8 last week to No. 4 in this week's Associated Press poll.

The spot at No. 4 marks the highest Alabama has been ranked since it was ranked No. 4 in the February 15, 1977 AP poll. The highest Alabama has ever been ranked happened that same season when the Crimson Tide spent two weeks at No. 3 in the nation in the January 18, 1977 and January 25, 1977 AP polls.

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