Alabama/MTSU game notes

The No. 4 ranked (Nov. 18 AP poll) University of Alabama men's basketball team, 2-0, will play host to the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders, 0-1, on Monday, November 25 in Tuscaloosa. Tip-off in Coleman Coliseum (15,316 capacity) is set for 7 p.m. CT.

UPCOMING GAME: ALABAMA vs. MIDDLE TENNESSEE
Monday, November 25, 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: WVUA with Gary Harris (play-by-play) and Marcus Campbell (Color)
ESPN FullCourt

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 on www.rolltide.com
UA basketball is also featured on www.markgottfried.com.

Probable Starters

No. 4 AP/No. 8 ESPN ALABAMA CRIMSON TIDE (2-0 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, 11.0 ppg/7.0 rpg
G- 05, Earnest Shelton, 6-3, 205, SO, Memphis, Tennessee, 4.0 ppg/1.5 rpg
G- 14, Terrance Meade, 6-2, 190, SR, Scottsboro, 9.5 ppg/4.0 rpg
G- 25, Mo Williams, 6-1, 195, SO, Jackson, Mississippi, 22.5 ppg/4.5 rpg/4.0 apg

Head Coach: Mark Gottfried (Alabama, 1987)

MIDDLE TENNESSEE BLUE RAIDERS (0-1 Overall, 0-0 Sun Belt)

F- 03, William Pippen, 6-8, 210, SR, Hamburg, Ark./Conner St.JC, 7 ppg/6 rpg
F- 32, Tommy Gunn, 6-3, 215, JR, Syracuse, New York, 14 ppg/4 rpg
C- 40, Napoleon Rhodes, 6-8, 240, JR, Ocala, Fla./Central Florida JC, 4 ppg/5 rpg
G- 12, Marcus Robinson, 6-2, 185, JR, Newnan, Ga./Grayson Co. JC, 5 ppg/2 rpg/2 apg
PG-01, Keith Connor, 6-0, 185, JR, Pflugerville, Texas, 10 ppg/3 rpg/1 apg

Head Coach: Kermit Davis, Jr. (Mississippi State, 1982)

Head Coaches

ALABAMA HEAD COACH MARK GOTTFRIED: 152-74 (.673%) in 7 complete seasons overall, 84-49 (.632%) 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.

MIDDLE TENNESSEE HEAD COACH KERMIT DAVIS: 71-49 (.592%) in four complete seasons; 0-1 in 1st season at Middle Tennessee; 1989 Big Sky Coach of the Year; 1989 & 1990 Big Sky Regular season & tournament champions as head coach at Idaho; 1989 & 1990 NCAA tournament; Head Coaching stints also include Texas A&M (1990-91), Southwest Junior College (1984-86) & Chipola JC (1993-94); Head coach at Idaho in 1988-90 and 1996-97; Associate head coach at LSU (1997-02). Mississippi St. grad.

Key Game Notes

  • Tide is amidst a 20-game home win streak
  • Alabama leads series 4-0; last meeting was in 1997
  • Game giveaway is a 2002-03 magnetic schedule

Home Win Streak Grows by One

The Tide has won its last 20 home games. The streak 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.

Alabama's 82-56 win in Coleman Coliseum against Alabama State on Friday night, November 22, moved the streak to No. 3 all-time at Alabama. Alabama won 20 straight from the second game of 1994 through the seventh game of 1995.

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

Game Marks 5th Meeting Between Two Teams

Monday night's game between Alabama and Middle Tennessee marks the fifth meeting between these two schools in men's basketball. Alabama leads the series 4-0. None of the players on either of these teams were a part of any of those past meetings.

The last time these two teams played one another was the 1996-97 season. Though you can drive from one campus to the other in about four hours, the two teams last tangled in Fairbanks, Alaska at the Top of the World Classic. It was Middle Tennessee that Alabama defeated (77-74) in the third and final game there to go a perfect 3-0 in the tournament and win its championship.

Fans Will Recognize Face Leading MTSU Bench

If the face of the man who leads the Blue Raiders looks familiar to fans watching Monday night's game between Alabama and Middle Tennessee, it will because he's been in that facility as both a coach and a player.

Blue Raider head coach Kermit Davis played at Mississippi State (a JUCO transfer) and was Associate Head Coach at LSU from 1997-02. His MTSU associate coach Donnie Tyndall was also on John Brady's staff at LSU for a time, including the 2000 SEC Championship. Davis graduated from Mississippi State in 1982. He is the son of former Mississippi State head coach Kermit Davis, Sr., and coached with former Chicago Bulls head coach Tim Floyd when Floyd was at Idaho as well as Iowa State head coach Larry Eustachy when Eustachy was at Utah State.

Bama 2-0, Blue Raiders 0-1 Going into Game

Both teams are in the infant stages of the 2002-03 season schedule. Alabama is 2-0 with a 68-62 season opening win against Oklahoma in the AT&T Wireless Coaches vs. Cancer Classic in New York and a 82-56 win against Alabama State in Tuscaloosa on November 22.

Mo Williams led both wins, scoring 25 points against the Sooners and 20 points against the Hornets, giving him a 22.5 points per game average. Alabama's latest win was also led by Terrance Meade who scored 17 points and had six rebounds in 26 minutes of play, and Erwin Dudley who had 12 points and eight rebounds.

Middle Tennessee played its season opener on Friday night but was nipped in a close game 65-63 (halftime it led 343-32). John Humprhey came off the bench to lead the Blue Raider scoring. He scored 16 points and had a team-leading 7 rebounds. Also scoring in double digits were Tommy Gunn with 14 points and Keith Connor with 10 points.

It's Birthday Week for Two on Tide Team

Two members of the Tide basketball team will turn a year older by mid-week. Junior guard Demetrius Smith of Hogansville, Ga., will turn 21 on Tuesday, November 26 and Tide assistant coach Orlando Early will turn 35 on Wednesday, November 27.

Bama's Home Opener Record Holds Steady

This past Friday night marked Alabama's home opener. The 82-56 win against Alabama State brought Alabama's home opening night record to 35-1 and extended the home opener win streak to nine games.

Williams Has Led All Four Games

This season Alabama has played two exhibition games and two regular season games, and in all, the man with the most points at the end has been sophomore point guard Mo Williams.

The Jackson, Miss. native scored 34 points in the November 1 exhibition game against EA Sports then scored 31 against Athletes in Action in exhibition play on November 7. He scored 25 against Oklahoma in the official opener on November 14 and 20 in the November 22 game against Alabama State. He's averaging 22.5 points officially. If you added in the exhibition totals, he'd be averaging 27.5 points.

Thanksgiving Will Find Tide In Springfield, Mass.

Next up (following Monday night's game) for the Crimson Tide is a trip to Springfield, Mass., where the team will play in the Basketball Hall of Fame's Tip-Off Classic. It's a one-game event where Alabama and Ohio State are the marquee event. ESPN will televise the game. Tip-off is 6 p.m. CT/7 p.m. ET.

The Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame recently moved into a new building late this summer. Alabama's players and travel party will tour the museum after practice on Thanksgiving day and then cap the evening with a team Thanksgiving dinner.

Georgia Game Time Change

Tip-off for the February 18 Georgia game will now be at 8 p.m. CT for the ESPN game.

Attendance On the Rise

About four thousand more fans have come to view the Tide in person this season than at this point last season. Last season through the first two exhibition games and home opener, the total attendance count was 20,761. Through two exhibition games and Friday night's home opener, this season's home attendance total is 24,120.

When Alabama opened the 2002-03 season at home against Mississippi Valley State last season, the paid fan count at that game was 5,379. Alabama's home opener this season against Alabama State drew 9,316.


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