Bowling Green challenges Bama

The University of Alabama men's basketball team will travel four hours south to Mobile this weekend where it will play a single game in the University of South Alabama's annual Coors Classic.

The Crimson Tide, 6-0, plays in the second game of the double header of basketball from Mitchell Center. Alabama and Bowling Green, 2-3, tip off at 5 p.m. CT. That game is preceded by host team South Alabama playing Georgia State in the opening game at 3 p.m. CT.

UPCOMING GAME: Coors Classic: Bowling Green
Saturday, December 14, 2002
USA Mitchell Center
Mobile, Alabama

TIP-OFF TIME: 5:00 p.m. CT

TICKETS: $25, $15 & $5, USA Ticket Office (251)460-6047

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: CSS (Comcast Sports Southeast) with Matt Stewart (play-by-play)

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

PF- 35, Erwin Dudley, 6-8, 260, SR, Uniontown, 15.8 ppg/10.2 rpg
C- 42, Kenny Walker, 6-9, 220, SR, Jacksonville, Florida, 12.7 ppg/6.5 rpg
G- 05, Earnest Shelton, 6-3, 205, SO, Memphis, Tennessee, 4.0 ppg/3.5 rpg
G- 14, Terrance Meade, 6-2, 190, SR, Scottsboro, 6.3 ppg/3.7 rpg
G- 25, Mo Williams, 6-1, 195, SO, Jackson, Mississippi, 15.7 ppg/4.7 rpg/5.0 apg

Head Coach: Mark Gottfried (Alabama, 1987)

BOWLING GREEN (2-3 OVERALL, 0-0 MID AMERICAN CONFERENCE)

F- 24, Cory Eyink, 6-8, 235, Maria Stein, Ohio, 2.4 ppg/4.0 rpg
F- 14, John Reimold, 6-6, 225, SO, Greenville, Pennsylvania, 14.0 ppg/4.2 rpg
C- 45, Kevin Netter, 6-10, 209, JR, Richmond Dale, Ohio, 20.6 ppg/4.2 rpg
G- 12, Ron Lewis, 6-4, 185, FR, Columbus, Ohio, 9.0 ppg/4.2 rpg
G- 05, Jabari Mattox, 6-1, 186, JR, Bloomingdale, Illinois, 5.4 ppg/3.4 rpg/4.8 apg

Head Coach: Dan Dakich (Indiana, 1985)

Head Coaches

Alabama Head Coach MARK GOTTFRIED: 156-74 (.678%) in 7 complete seasons overall, 88-49 (.642%) 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.

Bowling Green Head Coach DAN DAKICH: 91-60 (.603) in 5 seasons overall, all at BGSU; 2000 MAC Champions; Two NIT postseason appearances in 2000 and 2002; assistant coach at Indiana, where in his 1st season IU won the 1987 national championship; 11 NCAA trips & 4 Big 10 championships as an assistant at IU

Key Game Notes

  • Coors Classic is a double header. South Alabama hosts Georgia State at 3 p.m. CT
  • Mark Gottfried returns to his hometown of Mobile for this game; host school South Alabama's director of athletics is Mark's father, Joe Gottfried
  • Alabama's ranking at No. 2 AP this week is the school's highest ranking ever

CSS Will Televise Game

Tide fans that can't be at the game in person can catch the live action from the Coors Classic on CSS. Matt Stewart will be calling the television broadcast's play-by-play. CSS will carry the South Alabama vs. Georgia State game as well beginning at 3 p.m.

Tide Played In 2000-01 Event In Mobile

This is Alabama's second trip to South Alabama's holiday tournament. Alabama played North Texas in this event in December 2000 and won that game 94-55.

It's A Trip Back to Hometown For Gottfried

Mark Gottfried will be returning to his hometown this weekend when he takes his Alabama men's basketball team to Mobile to play in the Coors Classic.

Gottfried's family moved to the Port City when he was in high school when his father, Joe, took the job as Director of Athletics at the University of South Alabama. Mark Gottfried went to school and graduated from UMS-Wright (his junior and senior years).

Gottfried played in only 13 games his senior season at Mobile's UMS-Wright because of a stress fracture in his leg. He apparently made that time count on the court, however, as he was an all-state selection and the publication Midwest Basketball named him its "National Sleeper of the Year." He was averaging 21.6 points and 11.2 assists prior to his leg injury.

Fun Week For Tide in the Polls

Remembering that it's not how you start but how you finish, the week has still been a fun one for the Tide basketball program. On Monday Alabama received its highest ranking ever when the Associated Press ranked it No. 2 in the nation in this week's collegiate poll. Alabama climbed a spot in the coaches poll as well as it is No. 4 in the ESPN/USA Today rankings.

Bowling Green a New One For Tide Schedule

Saturday evening's match up between the Tide and the Falcons will be a first. Alabama and Bowling Green have never played one another in men's basketball.

Falcons Feature an Alabama Guy

Bowling Green's trip to Alabama will mark a return to his home state for the Falcons' Germain Fitch. Fitch, who wears jersey number one, is from Huntsville. He played at Butler High for Jack Doss. He was all-state, all-city, all-regional and all-metro, leading the Rebels to a 24-7 record his senior season and averaging 13.8 points and 7 assists a game. Fitch, who began his high school career in Ohio at Mentor High, went to Notre Dame Prep before going to Bowling Green. He's a 6-5, 220 pound sophomore forward who started three games last season for Bowling Green.

Dudley Now Averaging Double Doubles

One of his nicknames among his teammates is "E-Dub" as in "double-double" because of his ability to reach double digits in both scoring and rebounding. And now Tide senior power forward Erwin Dudley is living up to his nickname.

The Uniontown native is averaging in double digits in both scoring and rebounding. Thanks to the 28 points and 17 rebounds he had in this past Saturday's St. Bonaventure game, Dudley is averaging 15.8 points and 10.2 rebounds a game.

Dudley, who has 36 career double doubles, led the SEC in double doubles with 15 last season, his junior year. His sophomore year he was the only player in the league who ended the season with double digit averages in both scoring (14.4) and rebounding (10.0).

His current rebound average of 10.2 ranks 26th in the NCAA stats released on December 12.


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