Bama/Georgia game notes

The University of Alabama men's basketball team, 14-7 overall and 4-6 in the Southeastern Conference, plays host to the Georgia Bulldogs, 14-7 overall and 6-4 in the SEC, tonight, February 18, 2003. <br><br>Tip off in Coleman Coliseum (15,316) is set for 8 p.m. CT, the later tip due to the game being televised nationally on ESPN.

After Tuesday night, Alabama hits the road again for a pair of games against first Tennessee in Knoxville on February 22 then in Starkville at Mississippi State on February 26.

Probable Starting Lineups

ALABAMA (14-7 OVERALL, 4-6 SEC):

F- 35, Erwin Dudley, 6-8, 260, SR, Uniontown, 14.7 ppg/10.0 rpg
F- 03, Kennedy Winston, 6-7, 200, FR, Mobile, 8.8 ppg/3.7 rpg
C- 42, Kenny Walker, 6-9, 220, SR, Jacksonville, Florida, 11.0 ppg/5.8 rpg
G- 50, Antoine Pettway, 6-0, 170, JR, Alberta, 5.8 ppg/2.5 rpg
G- 25, Mo Williams, 6-1, 195, SO, Jackson, Mississippi, 15.2 ppg/4.0 rpg/4.0 apg

No 20 AP/No. 22 ESPN GEORGIA (14-7 OVERALL, 6-4 SEC)

F- 24, Jarvis Hayes, 6-7, 220, JR, Atlanta, Georgia, 17.2 ppg/4.2 rpg
F- 50, Chris Daniels, 6-7, 220, JR, Albany, Georgia, 10.4 ppg/7.0 rpg
F- 55, Steve Thomas, 6-8, 240, JR, Carrollton, Georgia, 9.8 ppg/7.1 rpg
G- 05, Ezra Williams, 6-4, 235, SR, Marietta, Georgia, 16.8 ppg/5.1 rpg
G- 03, Rashad Wright, 6-3, 190, JR, Statesboro, Georgia, 7.9 ppg/2.4 rpg/5.4 apg

Head Coaches

Alabama Head Coach MARK GOTTFRIED: 165-81 (.671) in 7 complete seasons overall, 96-56 (.632%) in 5th season 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.

Georgia Head Coach JIM HARRICK: 465-234 (.665%) in 23rd season overall, 62-52 (.544%) in 4th season at Georgia; 1995 National Champion as head coach at UCLA; 16 NCAA appearances (Pepperdine, UCLA, Rhode Island & Georgia) and 2 NIT

Key Game Notes

  • Terrance Meade bobblehead dolls will be given away to the first arrivals at the game (limited supply)
  • Alabama coach Mark Gottfried was an assistant coach to Jim Harrick, Georgia's head coach, when Harrick was head coach at UCLA in 1995, the year UCLA won the national championship
  • Harrick gave Gottfried his first coaching job
  • Alabama leads the series 84 wins to 43, including last year's 77-72 win in Athens
  • Alabama has won the last two games in the series
  • Erwin Dudley keeps the double double alive with averages of 14.7 points & 10.0 rebounds
  • Dudley continues to be the only double-double man in the SEC

Game Will Air on ESPN

For the fourth time this season, the Crimson Tide will play to a national television audience on ESPN when Alabama plays host to Georgia on Tuesday night. Larry Conley and Dave O'Brien are the broadcast's duo for the game.

Here's Where to Buy Tide Home Tickets

Tickets for Alabama's home games against Georgia (February 18), Ole Miss (March 2) and South Carolina (March 5) are on sale at the Athletic Ticket Box Office in Coleman Coliseum and may be purchased at the ticket window, by phone at 1-877-TIDETIX (877-843-3849) or 205-348-BAMA (2262), or on the Crimson Tide's official website rolltide.com.

Fans Can Catch All Tide Games on the Radio or Internet

All University of Alabama men's basketball games are broadcast on the radio on the Crimson Tide Sports Network with Chris Stewart and Tom Roberts calling the action. Fans can listen locally on 105.5 in Tuscaloosa or 99.5 in Birmingham. Fans from around the country or around the world may listen to Alabama Basketball radio broadcasts on the internet. There's an audio link on Bama's official wesite rolltide.com.

Fans Entering Coliseum Subject to Search

Because of the heightened national security alert, extra security measures will be in place at Coleman Coliseum this weekend. All bags, including purses, backpacks, briefcases, etc., will be searched upon entry to the coliseum. Fans are encouraged to arrive a tad earlier than they might normally arrive as the security checks will slow the lines into the coliseum.

Bobbleheads & Lunch Boxes are Upcoming Home Gifts

Early arrivals at Alabama's home games will receive some fun collectables in the next few weeks. Tentatively scheduled are Terrance Meade bobble head dolls at the Georgia game on February 18th, Kenny Walker bobble head dolls at the Ole Miss game on March 2nd and UA basketball metal lunch boxes at the South Carolina game on March 5th.

Dudley Should Set Starts Record Tuesday

Should he start as expected, senior power forward Erwin Dudley will set the all-time career starts at the University of Alabama with 122 career starts. Dudley has started in every game Alabama has played in since he arrived four years ago. At R.C. Hatch High School, the Uniontown native's alma mater, he also started in every career game. That means he has now started in 201 consecutive games between high school and college.

Two Former Co-Workers Reunite

It was Georgia head coach Jim Harrick who gave Alabama head coach Mark Gottfried his first collegiate coaching job. When Harrick was head coach at UCLA, he hired Gottfried as his graduate assistant beginning with the 1988-89 season.

Gottfried was promoted to assistant coach soon after and remained at UCLA until just after the Bruins won the 1995 national championship and Gottfried as hired weeks later as head coach at Murray State. While Harrick and Gottfried were together at UCLA, UCLA advanced to the NCAA tournament all seven seasons and collected a 168-55 record. (The assistants with Gottfried on that staff also included current UCLA head coach Steve Lavin as well as Lorenzo Romar who went on to become head coach at Pepperdine and St. Louis).

Gottfried and Harrick have remained friends and talk on the phone fairly often. Harrick has even come to Tuscaloosa in the summertime to participate in the Mark Gottfried Celebrity Golf Tournament, which benefits the Robert Scott Foundation.

And Former Teammates Reunite As Well

Four men who were teammates on a Georgia high school All-Star team will reunite in Tuscaloosa for this game. All are juniors. Alabama guard Demetrius Smith is from Hogansville, Ga. He played on the all-star team with Georgia starters Rashad Wright, Steve Thomas and Chris Daniels.

Alabama's roster includes two Georgia natives, Smith and freshman Evan Brock who is from Roswell, Ga., and prepped at Lassiter High School.

Georgia Series Dates to 1922

It was 1922 when Alabama and Georgia first met in men's basketball, a game that took place in Athens, Georgia. Alabama would win the first five games in the series between 1922 and 1934 and has gone on to lead the series 84 wins to 43 wins by Georgia.

Tuesday night's game marks the 128th meeting in men's basketball between these two schools. Because Alabama competes in the SEC Western Division and Georgia competes in the SEC Eastern Division, these two teams play one another only once each regular season, alternating sites each year.

In the last decade, Georgia took the early decade balance, winning six of eight---including four straight (1996-97-98-99) between 1993 and 1999. Alabama, however, has moved the balance to its side of late, having won three of the last four, including winning the second meeting of 1999 in the SEC tournament Georgia on 75-59 in Athens in 2000, but Alabama won 76-68 in Tuscaloosa in 2001 and then won 77-72 in Athens in 2002.

Following is a quick series breakdown:

Series Record: UA 84 wins, UG 43 wins
Series Streak: Alabama has won the last two
In Tuscaloosa: UA leads 47-11
In Athens: UA leads 28-25
Neutral Sites: UA leads 9-7

Both Teams Come in With Wins

It was a super Saturday for both Alabama and Georgia this past weekend as both teams collected home wins. Alabama, with as much as a 26-point lead early in the second half, collected an 84-68 win against Auburn.

The Tide, which shot 52.7% in the game, had two players pull the double double, led by senior Erwin Dudley's 20 points and 10 rebounds and freshman Kennedy Winston's 15 points and 10 rebounds (his first career double double). The game marked the first time Alabama had two players get a double-double in the same game since the December 7 St. Bonaventure game when Dudly had 28 points and 17 rebounds and Kenny Walker had 12 points and 10 rebounds.

Like Alabama, snapping a two-game road losing streak experienced the week before, Georgia got back on the winning side with a 83-70 win against Vanderbilt. The Bulldogs were led by Ezra Williams and Jarvis Hayes who both scored 16 points.

Kennedy Winston Has Successful Saturday

Tide freshman forward Kennedy Winston collected his second career start and his first career double double this past Saturday when he scored 15 points and had 10 rebounds in 35 minutes of play against Auburn.

The Mobile native was 4 of 9 from the field, 1 of 2 from 3 point range and made 6 of his 8 foul shots. In addition to his big numbers in scoring and rebounding, Winston had six assists, two steals and a block. He's averaging 8.8 points a game after nine games for the Tide. (He was ineligible until the January 8 Arkansas game). The 15 points bettered his previous scoring high of 14 in the Arkansas game (in which was his only other start).

Two of SEC's Top 10 Scorers on Tide Team

Two out of the SEC's top 10 ranked scorers play for the Crimson Tide. Sophomore guard Mo Williams ranks 8th in the league in scoring with his 15.2 points a game (all games) while senior forward Erwin Dudley is right behind him, ranking 9th in the league with his 14.7 points a game.

Dudley leads the league in rebounding.


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