Bama/Morehead State game notes

Next up for the No. 2 ranked Crimson Tide, 8-0 overall, is Morehead State, 4-3, on Monday, December 23, 2002. Tip-off in the University of Alabama's Coleman Coliseum is set for 7 p.m. CT.

UPCOMING GAME: Morehead State
Monday, December 23, 2002
Coleman Coliseum (capacity 15,316)

TIP-OFF TIME: 7:00 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

TV: None

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
WVUA (University of Alabama campus station), 90.7 FM (when classes are in session)

INTERNET: Live audio of CTSN's radio broadcast is available on the internet on;
UA basketball is also featured on on

Probable Starters

No. 2 AP/ No. 4 ESPN (Dec. 16 rankings) ALABAMA (8-0 OVERALL, 0-0 SEC):

PF- 35, Erwin Dudley, 6-8, 260, SR, Uniontown, 14.9 ppg/10.8 rpg
F- 02, Emmett Thomas, 6-4, 205, JR/TR, Birmingham, 5.3 ppg/2.1 rpg
C- 42, Kenny Walker, 6-9, 220, SR, Jacksonville, Florida, 13.8 ppg/6.5 rpg
G- 14, Terrance Meade, 6-2, 190, SR, Scottsboro, 6.1 ppg/3.4 rpg
G- 25, Mo Williams, 6-1, 195, SO, Jackson, Mississippi, 15.9 ppg/4.6 rpg/5.0 apg

Head Coach: Mark Gottfried (Alabama, 1987)


F- 24, Ricky Minard, 6-4, 201, JR, Mansfield, Ohio, 23.3 ppg/7.0 rpg
F- 50, Chad McKnight, 6-7, 220, SO, Lancaster, Ohio, 8.7 ppg/4.6 rpg
C- 35, Ike Lopez, 6-9, 220, SR, San Sebastian, Spain, 7.1 ppg/5.3 rpg
G- 03, Chez Marks, 6-3, 160, SR, Paris, Kentucky, 9.4 ppg/0.6 rpg
G- 11, Marquis Sykes, 6-0, 175, SR, Mansfield, Ohio, 9.1 ppg/3.4 rpg/6.3 apg

Head Coach: Kyle Macy (Kentucky)

Head Coaches

Alabama Head Coach MARK GOTTFRIED: 159-74 (.682%) in 7 complete seasons overall, 90-49 (.647%) 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.

Morehead State Head Coach KYLE MACY: 59-86 (.407) in his 5th season at Morehead State; Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame member; a two-time All-America at Kentucky, playing on the Wildcats' 1978 national championship team; played seven seasons in the NBA

Key Game Notes

  • 1st time in 25 years since two teams have met
  • Series tied at 1-1
  • Kyle Macy is familiar to Tide basketball fans, working in Coleman Coliseum as both a player at the University of Kentucky and as a part of UK's basketball radio crew
  • Bama's home game win streak is 24 straight

Series is Tied at 1-1

It has been 25 years since the last time Alabama and Morehead State have played one another in men's basketball. Only two games have ever been played between the pair, and the series is tied at 1-1.

Both previous meetings were high scoring affairs. The first time the Tide and the Eagles played one another was in Starkville, Mississippi at the 1958 Mississippi State Holiday Tournament. Morehead won that game 98-91. The last time the two teams played was the second game of the 1977 season when Morehead State visited Coleman Coliseum and left with a 114-68 loss to a Tide team that included T.R. Dunn, Reggie King and Robert Scott, among others.

Bama Fans Remember This Visiting Coach as a UK Star

Morehead State is coached by a Kentucky basketball legend, Kyle Macy. Macy was an annual visitor to Coleman Coliseum during the three seasons (1978, 1979, 1980) that he played for the Wildcats. His visits were not typically welcome as the Tide beat Kentucky in Tuscaloosa in 1978 but lost to Macy and crew there in 1979 and 1980. And on the road in Lexington, Macy and his teammates beat Alabama in 1978 and 1979 (but Alabama won in 1980).

After playing for seven seasons in the NBA and then later in Europe, the two-time collegiate All-American would later find himself courtside at Alabama and Kentucky meetings as a member of the Wildcats radio crew. This is his first coaching job. He's in his fifth season.

Gottfried Familiar with Morehead State

While none of his players were even born yet the last time Alabama played Morehead State (1977), Mark Gottfried is familiar with the Eagles. Gottfried's first head coaching job, before he headed to Alabama in March 1998, was at Murray State (1996, 1997 and 1998 seasons). Murray State and Morehead State are not only dueling Kentucky state teams, both are in the Ohio Valley Conference.

Dudley Should Reach 1,000 Rebounds Monday

Tide senior power forward Erwin Dudley, who is averaging 10.8 rebounds a game this season, goes into Monday night's Morehead State game with 994 career rebounds. With six more rebounds, the 2002 All-American will have grabbed his 1,000th rebound at Alabama.

Only five other men at this basketball tradition that has produced 14 NBA 1st round draft picks have achieved that milestone. Jerry Harper is Alabama's and the Southeastern Conference's all-time rebounding leader. He had 1,688 in 93 career games for a career average of 18.2 rebounds a game.

Bama's all-time leading rebounders:

  1. Jerry Harper: 1,688
  2. Leon Douglas and Reggie King: 1,279
  3. Eddie Phillips: 1,129
  4. Bobby Lee Hurt: 1,012
  5. Erwin Dudley: 994

Tide Trio Gets Celebrates their 50th

Saturday's 69-61 Alabama win against Providence was a career milestone for three men on the Tide team. It was the 50th win in Coleman Coliseum for seniors Kenny Walker, Terrance Meade and Erwin Dudley. The trio is 50-4 at home in Coleman Coliseum since they arrived as freshmen four years ago.

Alabama's senior class has not lost a game at home since their sophomore season.

Team Breaks Briefly for Holidays

Following Monday night's game against Morehead State, Alabama's players and coaches will take a short break to celebrate Christmas with their families. The team will re-group for practice on the night of December 26. Alabama plays at Utah on December 30. That game will tip at 8 p.m. CT/7 p.m. MT. Alabama returns home from that trip to host Top 20 ranked Xavier on January 4, 2003.

Non-Conference Home Attendance Has been Healthy

Alabama drew its largest home crowd of the young 2002-03 season on Saturday, December 21 when 10,394 fans came to watch the Tide play Providence. After five regular season non-conference home games, Alabama is averaging 9,036.

8-0 One of Tide's Better Recent Starts

Alabama is 8-0 going into Monday night's game against Morehead State. The last time Alabama started out with that many wins was the 2001 season when Alabama won its first nine games before falling to Cincinnati in overtime at the Puerto Rico Holiday Classic.

The 1997 Alabama team opened at 10-0 before losing in overtime to San Jose State in the Cable Car Classic. Then you have to go back to 1982 when Wimp Sanderson's Tide team started out 9-0 before losing the conference opener at Tennessee.

Bama's 8-game Win Streak Nation's 2nd Best

While there are several teams that are undefeated at this point, Alabama's eight wins ranks second nationally in Division I in the category of current "Winning Streak." Creighton has a nine-game streak.

Pettway Has Started a New Ladies Footwear Craze

Spotted on the feet of at least a half a dozen women who sit in the first rows of the floor seats at Coleman Coliseum---flashy red vinyl shoe covers. The ladies in Alabama's TIDE PRIDE seats love Antoine Pettway's style of play and the flashy red shoes that have become his trademark so much that they've designed their own shoe coverings to match his footwear.

Could carbon copies of Mo Williams' "Mr. Peanut" tattoo be next? Stay tuned.

Two New Signs Unveiled

Also seen at the Providence game, two new signs in the "Mark's Madness" student section. In honor of sophomore point guard Mo Williams:
"Welcome to MoTown"

And, referring to a quote from Mo Williams who refers to Erwin Dudley as "the Beast" because of his work ethic and power:
"Feed the Beast"

Williams Goes 40-Again

There's no rest for the talented. For the second time in eight games this season, Mo Williams played a game from starting horn to ending horn, all 40 minutes. Williams played the entire Ohio State game on November 30. He repeated that feat on Saturday when he never left the Providence game. Williams had 19 points, eight rebounds and six assists in that Providence win, tying Erwin Dudley as the Tide's leading scorer.

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