Bama/LSU game notes

Tickets have been sold out since December for this Saturday's, February 1st home game featuring the University of Alabama men's basketball team and the LSU Tigers. Alabama is ranked No. 23 AP/No. 21 ESPN/USA Today and brings a 12-5 overall and 2-4 Southeastern Conference record into Saturday's game. LSU is 12-6 overall and 1-5 in SEC play.

UPCOMING GAME: LSU
Saturday, February 1, 2003
Coleman Coliseum (15,316)

TIP-OFF TIME: 4:00 p.m. CT

TICKETS: Sold out

TV: Fox Sports Net South with Preston Scott and Joe Dean, Jr.
WVUA, tape delayed with Gary Harris

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 (when classes are in session)

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.23 AP/No. 21 ESPN ALABAMA (12-5 OVERALL, 2-4 SEC):

PF-35, Erwin Dudley, 6-8, 260, SR, Uniontown, 13.6 ppg/10.3 rpg
F- 02, Emmett Thomas, 6-4, 205, JR/TR, Birmingham, 7.1 ppg/2.3 rpg
C- 42, Kenny Walker, 6-9, 220, SR, Jacksonville, Florida, 11.1 ppg/5.8 rpg
G- 05, Earnest Shelton, 6-2, 205, SO, Memphis, Tennessee, 4.4 ppg/2.9 rpg
G- 25, Mo Williams, 6-1, 195, SO, Jackson, Mississippi, 15.0 ppg/3.9 rpg/4.4 apg

LSU (12-6 OVERALL, 1-5 SEC)

F- 14, Jaime Lloreda, 6-9, 246, JR, Colon, Panama, 12.3 ppg/7.2 rpg
F- 12, Ronald Dupree, 6-7, 209, SR, Biloxi, Mississippi, 15.4 ppg/7.7 rpg
G- 03, Torris Bright, 6-4, 204, SR, Slidell, Louisiana, 10.3 ppg/3.3 rpg/5.2 apg
G- 41, Collis Temple III, 6-7, 218, SR, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, 9.7 ppg/3.7 rpg
G- 42, Antonio Hudson, 6-5, 206, SO, Grambling, Louisiana, 8.9 ppg/2.6 rpg

Head Coaches

Alabama Head Coach MARK GOTTFRIED: 163-79 (.674) in 7 complete seasons overall, 94-54 (.635%) 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.

LSU Head Coach JOHN BRADY: 182-153 (.543%) in 12th season overall, 93-76 (.556%) in 6th season at LSU; 2000 SEC Champions; 1 NCAA tournament appearance (2000 Sweet 16); 1 NIT appearance in 2002.

Key Game Notes

  • Game marks 149th meeting between Alabama & LSU
  • Alabama swept the series last season, winning 76-74 in Tuscaloosa and 57-48 in Baton Rouge
  • Alabama leads 56-17 in Tuscaloosa
  • LSU's last win vs. Tide was 2000 season when it swept with wins in Baton Rouge & Tuscaloosa
  • UA has won last four games of the series
  • Player of the Year candidate Erwin Dudley continues as the only SEC player averaging a double double (13.6 ppg/10.2 rpg)

Groundbreaking Will Precede Game

The University of Alabama Athletic Department will hold a formal ground breaking ceremony at 2 p.m. on Saturday, February 1, 2002 to kickoff construction of Alabama's capital facility improvements. The ceremony will be held adjacent to the Hank Crisp Indoor Facility, between the indoor building and the Sam Bailey Track.

Speaking will be The University of Alabama's interim president, Dr. J. Barry Mason; Athletics Director Mal Moore; Crimson Tradition Fund chairmen Paul Bryant, Jr., and Joe Kelley and head football coach Mike Price. The ground-breaking location is the site where much of the construction will be taking place in the early phases.

The facility improvements will include renovation of Bryant Hall into a state-of-the-art academic center and dormitory; a new weight room and offices and renovation of the existing Football Building; modernization of Coleman Coliseum; new tennis and soccer complex and north end zone expansion of Bryant-Denny Stadium.

LSU Marks 2nd of Three Straight Sellouts

Saturday afternoon's LSU game is sold out. It also comes in the middle of a stretch of three consecutive home game sellouts for the Crimson Tide this season. The January 25th Kentucky game was a sellout as is Alabama's next home appearance (following LSU), the February 15th Auburn game. Coleman Coliseum seats 15,316.

Tide & Tigers Hungry For Wins

Not only does Saturday's game between Alabama and LSU match two Southeastern Conference Western Division teams going head to head, it also pits two teams trying to snap short losing streaks.

Alabama is 12-5 overall, and has lost its last three games, two on the road (Auburn and Ole Miss) and another at home (Kentucky). The loss to the No. 7 ranked 'Cats was particularly disappointing for the players and coaching staff as it snapped Alabama's 28-game home win streak that dated to January 28, 2001 (Arkansas).

The Alabama team had no mid-week game this week (the SEC sets the conference schedule) but has been anything but idle. The team practiced twice on Monday. The first of those sessions was set to begin at 6 a.m. but by 5:30 a.m. all of the players were already on the floor working diligently. They've held early morning practices this week, starting up by 5:45 a.m. and have responded with a "renewed vigor and purpose" according to Tide head coach Mark Gottfried.

LSU is attempting to snap back from four straight losses in a string that started with a home game against Ole Miss on January 18, then back-to-back road trips to Arkansas then Mississippi State. And it played the early week game this week, hosting No. 4 Florida but falling 70-53 on Tuesday night.

Tigers' December 21st Win Helped Tide Reach High

Alabama achieved its first number one ranking on December 23rd, a rise that came compliments of a feat by LSU. LSU knocked off No. 1 Arizona 66-65 in the Tigers' Pete Maravich Assembly Center on December 21st. Two days later, an unbeaten Alabama team slid right in from the No. 2 spot in the AP poll to No. 1 where it remained for two consecutive weeks, the December 23 poll and the December 30th poll.

Gottfried 5-3 Vs. Brady

Mark Gottfried was hired as head coach at Alabama on March 25, 1998. John Brady became LSU's head coach on March 25, 1997. Since that time, the two have coached against one another twice each season, and Gottfried holds a 5-3 lead in head-to-head coaching.

Whenever Brady comes to Tuscaloosa for home games, he's returning close to his former home. He was head coach at Birmingham's Samford University for six seasons before he left to go to LSU.

Both Mark Gottfried and John Brady share Southeastern Conference titles in common. Gottfried coached Alabama to the 2002 SEC regular season and Western Division Championships and was voted SEC Coach of the Year. Brady coached LSU to the 2000 SEC regular season and Western Division Championships and was the league's SEC Coach of the Year.

Reggie Rambo Will See Old Friends From Home

Alabama junior forward Reggie Rambo hails from Lena, Louisiana which is about 40 minutes from the LSU campus. During his high school playing days, Rambo and friends often played pick-up games in Baton Rouge where other guys playing include LSU players from the state.

Rambo will have a reunion of sorts with some of his fellow Louisianan hoopsters. He played "rec" ball with LSU's Collis Temple III who is from Baton Rouge. And he and senior guard Torris Bright of Slidell played in a tournament together.

Tigers Among League Teams Ranked This Season

Five of the Southeastern Conference's twelve teams, including Alabama, are currently ranked in the Top 25. And seven of the 12 teams have been ranked at some point this season. LSU is among the list of the latter. LSU was ranked for three weeks It was No. 24 in the AP poll on December 23, No. 21 A?/No. 25 ESPN/USA Today on December 30th and No. 23 in the January 13th AP poll.

The league's current crop of ranked teams in the AP poll includes No. 4 Florida, No. 7 Kentucky, No. 15 Georgia, No. 21 Mississippi State and No. 23 Alabama. The SEC has had at least three teams ranked in 81 out of the last 82 AP polls and in 82 of the last 84 coaches' polls. That stat dates to the 1998-99 season.

Dudley & LSU's Dupree Lead League in Doubles

Alabama's Erwin Dudley and LSU's Ronald Dupree are currently doubles partners. The two lead the league in double doubles this season with six apiece. Dudley has had two of those in league play. Dupree has had four of his double doubles in points and rebounds in league play.

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