Bama/UNCG basketball notes

After spending the Thanksgiving holidays in the snow in Massachusetts at the Basketball Hall of Fame Tip-Off Classic, the University of Alabama men's basketball team has returned home to host two games this week. The University of North Carolina Greensboro Spartans and the Crimson Tide will make for a first time opponent for the one another on Tuesday, December 3.

Alabama brings a 4-0 record into the game with wins, in order, against Oklahoma (68-62), Alabama State (82-56), Middle Tennessee (80-65) and Ohio State (54-48).

UNCG visits Tuscaloosa with an almost perfect record as well at 3-1 and the one loss coming at the hands of then No. 2 ranked Kansas (105-66) in the preseason NIT. The Spartans wins include, in order, Wagner (84-65), American (80-79 in overtime) and Middle Tennessee (70-58).

UPCOMING GAME: UNC Greensboro
Tuesday, December 3, 2002
Coleman Coliseum (15,316)
Tuscaloosa, Alabama

TIP-OFF TIME: 7:30 p.m. CT

TICKETS: Available

UA HOME TICKETS: Non-Conference: $15 adults/$8 youth (age 15 & under);
SEC $17 adults/$8 youth
At UA box office in Coleman Coliseum;
or 205-348-BAMA; or www.rolltide.com

TV: WVUA with Gary Harris, locally in Tuscaloosa on Comcast channel 49

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)
105.5 FM in Tuscaloosa & 99.5 in Birmingham (complete list on www.rolltide.com)
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 on www.markgottfried.com

Probable Starters

No. 4 AP/ No. 6 ESPN ALABAMA (4-0 OVERALL, 0-0 SEC):

PF- 35, Erwin Dudley, 6-8, 260, SR, Uniontown, 12.3 ppg/9.3 rpg
C- 42, Kenny Walker, 6-9, 220, SR, Jacksonville, Florida, 11.8 ppg/6.3 rpg
G- 05, Earnest Shelton, 6-3, 205, SO, Memphis, Tennessee, 5.5 ppg/2.8 rpg
G- 14, Terrance Meade, 6-2, 190, SR, Scottsboro, 5.8 ppg/3.5 rpg
G- 25, Mo Williams, 6-1, 195, SO, Jackson, Mississippi, 17.5 ppg/4.0 rpg/4.7 apg

Head Coach: Mark Gottfried (Alabama, 1987)

UNCG SPARTANS (3-1 OVERALL, 0-0 SOUTHERN CONFERENCE)

F- 43, James Maye, 6-6, 215, SR, Kennesaw, Georgia, 14.8 ppg/6.0 rpg
F- 30, Ronnie Burrell, 6-8, 185, SO, Montclair, New Jersey, 5.3 ppg/6.5 rpg
C- 42, Luke Boythe, 6-7, 235, SR, Charlotte, North Carolina, 4.3 ppg/5.8 rpg
G- 32, Jay Joseph, 6-4, 205, JR, North Wales, Pennsylvania, 16.8 ppg/4.8 rpg
G- 01, Ronnie Taylor, 6-1, 190, JR, Raleigh, North Carolina, 11.3 ppg/1.3 rpg

Head Coach: Fran McCaffery (Pennsylvania, 1982)

Head Coaches

Alabama Head Coach MARK GOTTFRIED: 154-74 (.675%) in 7 complete seasons overall, 86-49 (.637%) 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.

UNC Greensboro Head Coach FRAN McCAFFERY: 106-76 (.582%) in 7th season overall, 57-37 in 4th season at UNCG; Two career NCAA tournament appearances and two career NIT tournament appearances; was head coach at Lehigh for three seasons, from 1985-88; two NCAA appearances as a player at Penn (two Ivy League championships); also played at Wake Forest in 1978

Key Game Notes

  • First meeting in men's basketball between Alabama and UNCG
  • Alabama has a 21-home game win streak going into Tuesday night's game
  • Game is a double header as Alabama's women host Providence at 5 p.m.

Night Marks Rare Doubleheader

A decade ago, double headers featuring a school's men's and women's team playing was once common place. But scheduling conflicts and the desire for women's teams to have their own separate identities eventually led to the fall of a twin billing on a single night.

But on Tuesday, December 3, Alabama fans are in for a double treat as both the Crimson Tide men's and women's teams will be playing in Coleman Coliseum. The twin bill begins at 5 p.m. when Rick Moody and his Alabama women's team, straight from claiming the tournament championship this past weekend at a tournament hosted by Texas-San Antonio, host Providence at 5 p.m. CT. That will be followed at 7:30 p.m. by the Alabama men playing host to the UNCG Spartans.

One ticket covers both events.

Meeting Marks a First

Tuesday night's meeting between the Tide and the Spartans marks a first. The two teams have never met in men's basketball. The Spartans, who have already played one Top 10 ranked team this season in then No. 2 Kansas (105-66 loss) are amidst a road tour that finds them on the road for seven of their next eight games.

Alabama, which just returned from a neutral site road game with Ohio State in Springfield, Mass., (a 54-48 win), plays two at home this week then hits the road for a neutral site game.

Tide and Spartans Share an Opponent

Alabama and UNCG both share one opponent in common, Middle Tennessee. Both have played that game with Alabama defeating MTSU 80-65 in Tuscaloosa on November 25 and UNCG playing and defeating MTSU in Greensboro, N.C., by a 70-58 score on Saturday, November 30.

UNCG Was NCAA Tournament Team in 2001

UNCG was an NCAA tournament team in 2001 after winning the Southern Conference's tournament championship to receive the league's automatic bid. The draw in the NCAA tournament that year found it facing No. 1 seed Stanford. Stanford won 89-60. Last season, 2002, UNCG was an NIT team.

Teams Share Similar Honors for Two Players

Though he is now a junior, UNCG's starting guard Jay Joseph and Alabama's starting point guard, sophomore Mo Williams, share something in common. Both were named their league's Freshman of the Year. Williams was the SEC's Freshman of the Year last season. Joseph, who scored 27 points against Kansas at Kansas on November 22, was the Southern Conference's Freshman of the Year his first season at UNCG.

Both Teams Strong at Home

Alabama and UNCG share a home domination in common. UNCG finished 11-1 at home last season in its Fleming Gymnasium and are 3-0 at home this season. Alabama, on a 21-game home win streak, went 17-0 at home last season and is 2-0 at home in 2002-03. UNCG's two seniors, James Maye and Luke Boythe, both starters, are 24-2 at home in the last three seasons. Alabama's three seniors, Kenny Walker, Terrance Meade and Erwin Dudley, are 47-4 at home during their careers at Alabama.

Comparing the Stats

Here's how Alabama and UNCG compare in stats:
                        Alabama    UNCG

Win Streak:              4-0        3-1
Scoring Avg.             71.0       75.0
Scoring Margin          +13.3      -1.8
Field Goal %            .422       .487
3-point Field Goal %    .337       .403
3-Points Per Game        7.0        7.0
Free Throw %            .708       .643
Rebounds Average         38.2       37.0
Rebound Margin          +3.3       -1.8
Assists Total/Per Game  54/13.5    60/15.0
Turnovers/Per Game      62/15.5    72/18.0
Assists/Turnover Ratio   0.9        0.8
Steals/Per Game         30/7.5     20/5.0
Blocks/Per Game         16/4.0     29/7.3

Dudley's Double Doubles Match Jersey Number

His fellow senior, Kenny Walker, made the season's first dunk for the Tide against Alabama State on November 22. And senior power forward Erwin Dudley collected the first double-double of 2002-03 season on Monday night, November 25 when he scored 17 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in the Middle Tennessee game.

That double double marked the 35th career double double for Alabama's number 35. Dudley led the SEC in double doubles last season. Dudley had four as a freshman, 15 as a sophomore, 15 as a junior and now one as a senior. His production earned him the nickname from his teammates last season of "Double Double."

Meade & Dudley Moving on All-Time Scorers' List

In a list that includes future NBA stars and even a head collegiate basketball coach, two current members of the Alabama team are making some moves on the all-time scoring leaders list at Alabama.

Senior guard Terrance Meade has moved up to 35th all-time in scoring with his 1,027 career points. The holder of the No. 34 spot that is his next hurdle? That would be Meade's head coach Mark Gottfried who ranks 34th all-time in scoring at Alabama with 1,056 points scored during his Alabama career (1985-87). Meade needs 29 to tie his coach.

Erwin Dudley now ranks 16th with 1,295 career points. His eight points against Ohio State moved him ahead of Mike Nordholz who scored 1,394 points between 1966-68.

And Dudley's Nearing Top 5 on Rebounding List

Erwin Dudley has 945 career rebounds in 104 career games at Alabama for a 9.1 average. He ranks 7th all-time at Alabama in career rebounding.

LA Laker Robert Horry was dropped down a peg to No. 9 all-time in Alabama's All-Time Rebounding Leaders list because of Dudley's recent output. (Horry, who played at Alabama from 1989-92, had 912 career rebounds at Alabama). And Dudley also passed and dropped down another Alabama great, Buck Johnson, who played in the NBA from 1986-93 and is still playing professionally in Greece. Johnson is now 8th all-time with 933 boards.

Dudley needs 68 more rebounds to move up to Alabama's top five. Michael Ansley (1986-89) who also played in the NBA and CBA, is number six on the list with 968. Dudley needs 23 boards to tie Ansley at No. 6.


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