Men's Basketball Game Notes: Kentucky


Thursday, January 23, 2003

Earnest Shelton

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UPCOMING GAME: Kentucky, No. 8 AP/No. 10 ESPN/USA Today
Saturday, January 25, 2003
Coleman Coliseum (15,316)

TIP-OFF TIME: 7:00 p.m. CT

TICKETS: Sold out

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 Dan Shulman (play-by-play) and Dick Vitale (analyst)

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 and (subscription site).

PROBABLE STARTERS: (Lineups subject to change)


PF-35 Erwin Dudley 6-8, 260, SR, Uniontown 14.1 ppg/10.2 rpg
F-02 Emmett Thomas 6-4, 205, JR/TR, Birmingham 6.8 ppg/2.3 rpg
C-42 Kenny Walker 6-9, 220, SR, Jacksonville, FL 11.6 ppg/5.6 rpg
G-05 Earnest Shelton 6-2, 205, SO, Memphis, TN 4.4 ppg/3.1 rpg
G-25 Mo Williams 6-1, 195, SO, Jackson, MS 15.4 ppg/4.0 rpg/4.4 apg

Head Coach:  Mark Gottfried (Alabama, 1987)


F-44 Chuck Hayes 6-6, 247, SO, Modesto, CA 8.8 ppg/6.2 rpg
F-14 Erik Daniels 6-8, 214, JR, Cincinnati, OH 9.8 ppg/5.7 rpg
C-50 Marquis Estill 6-9, 236, SR, Richmond, KY 11.1 ppg/5.5 rpg
G-10 Keith Bogans 6-5, 213, SR, Alexandria, VA 17.1 ppg/3.2 rpg/3.2 apg
G-04 Gerald Fitch 6-3, 188, JR, Macon, GA 12.1 ppg/2.7 rpg

Head Coach:  Tubby Smith (High Point, 1973)

ALABAMA HEAD COACH MARK GOTTFRIED: 163-78(.676) in 7 complete seasons overall, 94-53 (.639%) 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.

KENTUCKY HEAD COACH TUBBY SMITH:  270-108 (.714%) in 12 seasons overall; 146-46 (.760) in 6th season at Kentucky;   1998 NCAA Champions as head coach at Kentucky;  8 NCAA tournament appearances, 4 at Kentucky, 2 at Georgia & 2 at Tulsa; 1998 SEC Co-Coach of the Year


  • Alabama has a 28-game home win streak in Coleman Coliseum going into this Kentucky game
  • Wildcats are the fourth nationally ranked team ‘Bama has faced this season. (UA is 3-0 vs. ranked teams)
  • 125th meeting between the two teams; Kentucky leads series 91-33; Alabama has won last two games in series
  • Player of the Year candidate Erwin Dudley continues as the only SEC player averaging a double double (14.1 ppg/10.2 rpg) 

Tide Back Home In Coleman for Next Two Games

After playing three of its last four games on the road, the No. 15 AP/No. 13 ESPN/USA Today ranked University of Alabama men’s basketball team returns home for two straight games.

The first of those finds Alabama facing No. 8 AP/No. 10 ESPN/USA Today ranked Kentucky on Saturday, January 25th. Tip off in the University of Alabama’s Coleman Coliseum is set for 7 p.m. CT. Alabama brings a 12-4 overall, 2-3 Southeastern Conference record into Saturday’s game. Kentucky is 14-3 overall, 4-0 in league play.

Alabama follows Saturday with a brief break in play as there is no mid-week conference game scheduled. Following Saturday night’s game against the Wildcats, next up on the Tide’s schedule is LSU in Tuscaloosa at 4 p.m. CT on Saturday, February 1.

Game is a Sell Out

Tickets for Saturday’s match up between the Tide and the ‘Cats sold out about a month ago.

ESPN Is Televising the Game

The Tide’s sold out game on Saturday, January 25th against Kentucky will be televised on ESPN. Announcers for that game are Dan Shulman and Dick Vitale. Ray Tipton is the producer. Both Alabama games this week will have been televised by the network as ESPN also carried the Alabama-Ole Miss game in Oxford on Tuesday night.

Alabama, who played the Ohio State game on ESPN on November 29th and the Oklahoma game on ESPN2 to open the season on November 14th and won both those games, will appear on the network on February 18th as well when Alabama hosts Georgia in Tuscaloosa for an 8 p.m. CT game.

Here’s Where to Buy Tide Home Tickets

Tickets for Alabama’s home games 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,

Ticket prices are $17 adults/$8 youth age 15 and under. Box office hours are from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and phone hours are from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Tickets may be charged to MasterCard, VISA or Discover.

Tickets for Kentucky, LSU and Auburn are sold out. 

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 website,

“Mark Gottfried Show” Every Tuesday Night

“The Mark Gottfried Show” airs each week on CSS. The 30-minute show stars Tide basketball coach Mark Gottfried and is hosted by Tom Roberts of the Crimson Tide Sports Network. A new show airs each Tuesday night at 10 p.m. CT.

Kentucky Series Dates to Lexington, Circa. 1923

Saturday night’s men’s basketball game between the University of Alabama and the University of Kentucky marks the 125th meeting on the hardwood between these two teams.

It is a series that began in Lexington, Kentucky in 1923 with a 45-35 win by Alabama. Since that time, Kentucky has dominated the win column, leading the series 91 wins to 33 by Alabama.

Mark Gottfried’s teams have changed the series into giving Alabama the momentum. Alabama has won three of the last four, beginning in 1999, his first season coaching at Alabama, when the Tide knocked off a Top 10 ranked Kentucky team 62-58 in Tuscaloosa. Alabama lost in Lexington 66-54 the following season (2000, the year the Tide started then freshmen Erwin Dudley, Terrance Meade and Rod Grizzard—Kenny Walker was injured and sat out that game). Alabama has won the last two, taking a 70-60 win in Tuscaloosa in 2001 and a 64-61 win in Lexington in 2002, its first win in Lexington since 1989 (six trips).

Gottfried’s teams have snapped a 10-game losing streak Alabama had to Kentucky from 1991 through 1998 (the win coming in 1999).

Following is a quick series breakdown:

Series Record:     Kentucky: 91 wins; Alabama: 33 wins
Streak:            Alabama has won the last two                 
In Tuscaloosa:     Kentucky leads 24-20
In Lexington:      Kentucky leads 48-8
Neutral Sites:     Kentucky leads 19-5

Tide Won Last Meeting

Because Alabama competes in the Southeastern Conference Western Division and Kentucky competes in the Eastern Division, the Tide and the Wildcats face one another only once each SEC regular season, swapping home and away sites.

In 2002 Alabama traveled to Lexington and Rupp Arena with its No. 14 ranking (both polls). It came away with a 64-61 win, its first in Lexington since 1989. Erwin Dudley led the charge with 16 points, and, coming off the bench and earning instant national recognition on the ESPN telecast was Antoine Pettway who scored 13 points and was 5 of 6 from the field, including two (of two attempted) from 3-point range. Kenny Walker had nine rebounds and 8 points in the game and Mo Williams, then a mere freshman making his first appearance in one of college basketball’s most famous arenas, showed no signs of stage fright as he was 6 of 9 from the field and ended the game with 13 points.

Two key stat differentials in last season’s game came at the 3-point line and in foul shooting. Kentucky was 7 of 30 from 3-point range. And Alabama went to the line 29 times, making 21 of those free throw shots. Kenny Walker was 6 of 6, Erwin Dudley 6 of 8 and Rod Grizzard 7 of 10 to lead the trips to the free throw line. Kentucky, on the other hand, was only granted eight trips in the game. It made six of those free throws attempted.