Bama/Ole Miss game notes

The University of Alabama men's basketball team continues a swing where three of its last four games (including its next) will have been played on the road. The Crimson Tide, 12-3 overall and 2-2 in Southeastern Conference play, travels to Oxford, Mississippi for a late night TV date on Tuesday, January 21st with the Ole Miss Rebels, 10-4 overall and 1-2 in league play.

Game time in the Rebels' C.M. "Tad" Smith Coliseum (known on campus as "The Tad Pad") is set for 8 p.m. CT.

Tuesday, January 21, 2003
C.M. "Tad" Smith Coliseum (8,700)

TIP-OFF TIME: 8:00 p.m. CT

TICKETS: $15; Available as of 1-17-03;
call Ole Miss Ticket Office 662-915-7167 or 1-888-732-8587

UA HOME TICKETS: $17 adults/$8 youth;
Buy at UA box office in Coleman Coliseum; or 205-348-BAMA;
or; (Kentucky, Auburn & LSU home games are sold out)

TV: ESPN with Dave O'Brien and Larry Conley

UA WEEKLY TV: "The Mark Gottfried Show" on CSS with host Tom Roberts, Tuesdays at 10 p.m. CT

"Crimson Tide This Week" with host David Crane: Check local listings on CSS

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. 9 AP/ No. 10 ESPN (Jan. 13 polls) ALABAMA (12-3 OVERALL, 2-2 SEC):

PF-35, Erwin Dudley, 6-8, 260, SR, Uniontown, 14.2 ppg/10.1 rpg
F- 02, Emmett Thomas, 6-4, 205, JR/TR, Birmingham, 6.8 ppg/2.2 rpg
C- 42, Kenny Walker, 6-9, 220, SR, Jacksonville, Florida, 11.7 ppg/5.8 rpg
G- 14, Terrance Meade, 6-2, 190, SR, Scottsboro, 4.7 ppg/2.9 rpg
G- 25, Mo Williams, 6-1, 195, SO, Jackson, Mississippi, 15.9 ppg/4.1 rpg/4.6 apg


F- 01, Aaron Harper, 6-7, 217, JR, Jackson, Mississippi, 13.6 ppg/3.9 rpg
F- 40, Derrick Allen, 6-8, 238, SR, Gadsden, Alabama, 8.6 ppg/4.7 rpg
G- 02, Trey Pearson, 6-4, 165, FR, South Fulton, Tennessee, 4.7 ppg/3.4 rpg/3.2 apg
G- 15, David Sanders, 6-3, 185, SR, Jackson, Mississippi, 9.1 ppg/3.6 rpg/3.2 apg
G- 32, Emmanuel Wade, 6-3, 185, SR, Marianna, Arkansas, 8.2 ppg/2.8 rpg

Head Coaches

Alabama Head Coach MARK GOTTFRIED: 163-77 (.679%) in 7 complete seasons overall, 94-52 (.644%) 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...Coached Bama to its 1st No. 1 ranking...Born January 20, 1964 in Crestline, Ohio.

Ole Miss Head Coach ROD BARNES: 96-50 (.658%) in 5th season as head coach at Ole Miss and overall; 2001 Naismith Coach of the Year; 2001 SEC Coach of the Year; 3 NCAA tournament appearances, one NIT

Key Game Notes

  • Alabama head coach Mark Gottfried and Ole Miss head coach Rod Barnes are both coaching at their alma maters and the pair used to play against each other in college at Alabama and Ole Miss
  • Bama's Mo Williams will have a Jackson, Miss., reunion when he sees his childhood pals Aaron Harper, David Sanders, and Justin Reed who are all also from Jackson and play at Ole Miss
  • Game marks 150th meeting between Alabama and Ole Miss in a series that dates to 1921 and is led 105-44 by Alabama
  • Player of the Year candidate Erwin Dudley continues as the only SEC player averaging a double double (14.2 ppg/10.1 rpg)

Tuesday Marks 150th Meeting Between Bama & Ole Miss

On Tuesday night the University of Alabama and the University of Mississippi will be playing their 150th game against one another in a series that dates to the first meeting in Tuscaloosa in 1921.

Ole Miss won that first game in 1921, a year the two teams played four times, and since that first meeting, Alabama has collected a series lead of 105 wins to 44 by Ole Miss.

Following is a quick series breakdown:

  • Series Record: UA 05 wins, Ole Miss 44 wins
  • Streak: Split last season with UA winning in Tuscaloosa and Ole Miss winning in Oxford
  • In Tuscaloosa: Alabama leads 60-8
  • In Oxford: Alabama leads 35-33
  • Neutral Sites: Alabama leads 8-3

SEC teams have become dominant on their home courts in the last few years, and this series is another example. Alabama and Ole Miss play one another twice each regular season as both teams compete in the SEC Western Division.

Alabama hasn't won in Oxford since the 1997 Bama team won 57-54. It has lost its last five games there. Ole Miss has not won in Tuscaloosa since 1998 (David Hobbs' final season at Alabama) when the Rebels avenged Alabama's previous season win in Oxford by defeating Alabama on its home court 74-63. Ole Miss has lost in Tuscaloosa its last four straight trips/years.

These Two Coaches Played Against One Another-Literally

The two men who will direct Alabama and Ole Miss in Tuesday night's game know a lot about this series. Both are coaching at their Alma Maters. And both played against one another, Mark Gottfried as an Alabama player (1984-87)and Rod Barnes as an Ole Miss player (1984-88).

Gottfried was 6-0 against the Rebels and Barnes as an Alabama player. Though Gottfried transferred from Oral Roberts after his freshman season in 1984, Alabama began a nine-game win streak against Ole Miss from 1984 through the first of three meetings in 1988 (Barnes' senior year).

The Jackson FOUR Will Be In Oxford Tuesday

The City of Jackson, Mississippi will certainly be well-represented in Tuesday night's game. Four of its citizens will be on the team benches, three on the Ole Miss side and one on the Alabama side.

All are childhood friends who get together in the summer and holidays and play hoops in their hometown. Alabama's Jackson connection is point guard extraordinaire Mo Williams, the Tide's sophomore who leads the team in scoring at 15.9 points a game. He'll likely be starting against his hometown friends, Ole Miss junior forward Aaron Harper and senior guard David Sanders. Also on the Rebel squad is Justin Reed who has played in 11 of Ole Miss's 13 games.

Williams played at Murrah High, Harper and all three of the Ole Miss Jackson players played at Provine. Murrah and Provine played one another regularly.

And There's a Memphis Connection As Well

The City of Memphis also has a connection in Tuesday night's game between Alabama and Ole Miss. Memphis native Earnest Shelton, a sophomore guard who prepped at White Station High, plays for the Crimson Tide. Jonathan Loe, a redshirt freshman guard from Memphis' Bartlett High School, plays for the Rebels. Shelton says he and Loe played against one another during their high school regular season and on all-star teams.

Pettway Had Great Ole Miss Series Last Year

Junior guard Antoine Pettway came off the bench in both games played between Alabama and Ole Miss last season and ended both with double digit scoring. In Tuscaloosa on February 6, 2002, Alabama beat Ole Miss 79-59, led by Erwin Dudley's 22 points but also powered by 2nd leading scorer Pettway. He come off the bench and scored 16 points. Pettway was 4 of 7 from the field and was a perfect 7 of 7 at the free throw line.

Alabama waged a losing battle in Oxford on March 3, 2002, falling 84-56. Again coming off the bench, this time the Alberta, Ala., former walk-on co-led Alabama in scoring with 14 points (Rod Grizzard had 14 as well). Pettway was 5 of 8 from the field, 2 of 4 from 3-points range and 2 of 5 at the line.

...And Erwin Dudley Has Had Some Big Games as Well

In Alabama's 79-59 win against Ole Miss in Tuscaloosa last season, the win was powered by power forward Erwin Dudley's 22 points. His sophomore year against the Rebels in Tuscaloosa, Dudley led Alabama's 82-63 win with 24 points, including a 14 of 17 free throw shooting performance.

Road Is Tough in the SEC

The SEC teams have proven they are strong at home this season. This past week, of the 12 games played in the league between January 14 and 18th, seven of those found the league's teams winning on their home court. Going into this week's round of games, examples that prove the strength include these home records: LSU is 11-1; Auburn is 10-1; Alabama is 9-0; Florida is 9-0; Georgia is 6-0; Ole Miss is 8-1; Vanderbilt is 8-2. Tennessee is 7-1; South Carolina is 7-2; and Kentucky is 5-1.

Thomas Has Breakout Game At Parents' Alma Mater

JUCO transfer Emmett Thomas proved to Mark Gottfried and the Alabama coaching staff that he had the talent and the work ethic worthy of a starter seven games into the season when he got his first start December 14 against Bowling Green.

Though there were few bright spots in Alabama's trip to Auburn this past weekend, Thomas shone in his performance at his parents' Alma Mater. (His father played at Auburn, lettering in 1974). Thomas scored a season-high 20 points, making 8 of 11 of his shots from the field, including a 3 of 5 connection from 3-point range. He went to the free throw line once and made the shot. He also had three rebounds in the game.

Thomas, a Birmingham native who prepped at John Carroll High School, started his college career at South Alabama. The illness and subsequent death of his grandmother found him desiring to be closer to home and his family, so he went to Beville State last season.

He's played in all 15 games for the Tide this season and has started in eight of those, all since December 14. (Kennedy Winston started in that spot in the Vanderbilt game on January 11). He's averaging 6.8 points and has scored in double digits in four games, 20 against Auburn, 14 against Bowling Green and 12 against both Middle Tennessee State and Morehead State.

1st Foul Out Comes 15 Games Into Season

Emmett Thomas fouled out with 5:38 remaining in the January 18 Auburn game. That marked the first time all season an Alabama player has fouled out. The last time an Alabama played had five fouls in a game was on March 8, 2002 in the quarterfinal of the SEC tournament when Kenny Walker fouled out with 3:23 remaining. It played four more games last season, making his foul out Alabama's first in 19 games.

Dudley Ranks 12th Nationally in Rebounding

The NCAA releases national Division I men's basketball statistics each Tuesday. In the January 14th statistics released by the NCAA for Division I, Bama's Erwin Dudley ranked 12th in the nation in rebounding.

Dudley League's Lone Double-Double Man

Erwin Dudley continues to be the only player in the SEC who is averaging in double digits in both scoring and rebounding. The 2002 SEC Player of the Year averages 14.2 points and 10.1 rebounds a game. Those 10.1 rebounds per game continue to lead the SEC. Dudley, the 2002 Southeastern Conference Player of the Year by both the Associated Press and the SEC Coaches' votes, was the league's rebounding champion in 2001 and 2002.

Dudley Is UA's 4th All-Time Best Rebounder

Erwin Dudley climbed to No. 4 all-time in rebounding at Alabama with the 14 boards he got in the January 8 Arkansas game. Dudley now has 1,060 career rebounds at Alabama which ranks him fourth all-time (though the third-best total as two are tied for 2nd) at this school which has produced 14 NBA 1st round draft picks.

His next target includes two of Alabama's all-time greatest players, Reggie King who had 1,279 rebounds during his 1976-79 UA career, and Alabama's 1st NBA 1st rounder, Leon Douglas who had 1,279 rebounds during his 1973-76 UA career. That duo is tied for 2nd all-time at Alabama. Dudley would need 219 rebounds to tie that duo.

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