Men's Basketball Game Notes: at Tennessee

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Thursday, February 20, 2003

Earnest Shelton

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UPCOMING GAME: at Tennessee
Saturday, February 22, 2003 
Thompson Boling Arena (24,535 capacity)

TIP-OFF TIME: 2:00 p.m. ET/1:00 p.m. CT

TICKETS: Available; $13.50; contact UT Ticket Office 800-332-VOLS

UA HOME TICKETS: $17 adults/$8 youth;  Buy at UA box office in Coleman Coliseum; or 205-348-BAMA; or http://www.rolltide.com/

TV: JP with Tom Hammond (play-by-play) and Eddie Fogler (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 http://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 http://www.rolltide.com/; UA basketball is also featured on http://www.markgottfried.com/ and http://www.crimsontradition.com/ (subscription site).

ALABAMA CRIMSON TIDE (14-8 OVERALL, 4-7 SEC):

F-35 Erwin Dudley 6-8, 260, SR, Uniontown 14.9 ppg/9.8 rpg
F-03 Kennedy Winston 6-7, 200, FR, Mobile 9.2 ppg/3.7 rpg
C-42 Kenny Walker 6-9, 220, SR, Jacksonville, FL 10.7 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, MS 15.5 ppg/3.8 rpg/4.0 apg

Head Coach:  Mark Gottfried (Alabama, 1987)

TENNESSEE VOLUNTEERS (15-7 overall, 7-4 SEC):

F-35 Ron Slay 6-8, 240, SR, Nashville, TN 21.8 ppg/7.5 rpg
F-04 Brandon Crump 6-10, 235, SO, Houston, TX 10.7 ppg/5.8 rpg
G-42 Jon Higgins 6-3, 200,SR,Shaker Heights, OH 8.8 ppg/3.3 rpg
G-10 Thaydeus Holden 6-0, 180, SR, Silsbee, TX 7.5 ppg/2.5 rpg
G-32 C.J. Watson 6-2, 160, FR, Las Vegas, NV 9.5 ppg/4.6 rpg/5.6 apg

Head Coach:  Buzz Peterson (North Carolina, 1986)

ALABAMA HEAD COACH MARK GOTTFRIED: 165-82 (.668) in 7 complete seasons overall, 96-57 (.627%) 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.

TENNESSEE HEAD COACH BUZZ PETERSON:  135-73 (.649) in 7 seasons overall, 30-23 (.566) in his 2nd season as head coach at Tennessee; Head coach Appalachian State (1996-00), Tulsa (2000-01); North Carolina graduate/player

KEY GAME NOTES:

Game marks 128th meeting between Alabama and Tennessee in men’s basketball; Alabama leads the series 66-61 and has won the last two times it played the Vols, taking a 85-82 victory in Tuscaloosa and a 91-72 SEC tournament win; Tennessee has won the last three series games in Knoxville with Bama’s last win there coming in 1995. In the overall series, Alabama has won three of the last four games.
Erwin Dudley has been named to the first team and Mo Williams to the 2nd team of the National Association of Basketball Coaches All-District team for District 9

Tide Hits Road for Next Two Games

The University of Alabama hits the road for a pair of games beginning first in Knoxville, Tennessee where the Crimson Tide takes on the University of Tennessee Vols on Saturday, February 22 at 2 p.m. ET/1 p.m. CT. Following that game, Alabama will next play in Starkville, Mississippi against Mississippi State on Wednesday, February 26 at 7 p.m. CT.

The Crimson Tide is 14-8 overall and 4-7 in Southeastern Conference play. The Vols are 15-7 overall and 7-4 in the league.

Tickets Were Available at Midweek

As of midweek, according to Tennessee’s website, (www.utsports.ocsn.com) tickets were still available for Saturday’s game in Tennessee’s Thompson-Boling Arena which has a 24,535. Tickets ($13.50) are sold through the University of Tennessee athletic ticket box office at 800-332-VOLS.

Game Will Be Televised on JP

Saturday’s game between the Tide and the Vols will be televised by Jefferson Pilot Sports (JP). Tom Hammond is calling the play-by-play action while Eddie Fogler will be the broadcast’s color analyst.

Fans can find the game on the following stations:

In Alabama:  WTTO Birmingham; WSFA Dothan/Montgomery; WZDX Huntsville; WJTC in Mobile
In Arkansas:  KHBS in Fort Smith; KATV in Little Rock
In Mississippi:  WCBI in Columbus/Tupelo; WABG in Greenwood/Greenville; WHLT in Hattiesburg; WJTV in Jackson; WGBC in Meridian
In Florida:  WJTC in Pensacola; WPGX in Panama City;  WTTA in Tampa; WTCN in West Palm Beach
In Indiana:  WTVW in Evansville
In Kentucky:  WNKY in Bowling Green; WKYT in Lexington; WAVE in Louisville
In Louisiana:  WNTZ in Alexandria; WAFB in Baton Rouge; KLAF in Lafayette; WUPL in New Orleans
In Missouri:  KCZ in Springfield
In Oklahoma:  KWHB in Tulsa
In Tennessee:  WFLI in Chattanooga; WJKT in Jackson; WVLT in Knoxville; WLMT in Memphis; WUXP in Nashville; WCYB in Tri-Cities
In Virginia:  WCYB Tri-Cities (Tennessee/Virginia)
In West Virginia:  WVAH in Charleston

OTHER OUTLETS:

FULL COURT: The telecast will be available as part of ESPN’s Full Court Package in U.S. markets not listed above. Full Court is a pay-per-view service offered via DirecTV, Dish Network and participating cable systems. To order call:  1-800-DIRECTV or 1-800-333-DISH

Here’s Where to Buy Tide Home Tickets

Tickets for Alabama’s home games against 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, www.rolltide.com.  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.

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, www.rolltide.com.

“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.

Those Entering Coliseum Subject to Bag Search

Because of the heightened national security alert, extra security measures will be in place at Coleman Coliseum for all of its athletic events, including men’s basketball, until further notice. 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. Kenny Walker bobble head dolls will be given away to the first 1,000 fans who arrive through the gates at the Ole Miss game on March 2nd , and an even larger group of fans will get a fun souvenir a few days later when UA basketball metal lunch boxes are given away at the South Carolina game on March 5th.

NABC Honors Dudley & Mo Williams as All-District

The National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) has announced its NABC Division I All-District Teams which “recognize the best men’s collegiate basketball” players and two Tide players are on the awards list. The honorees are selected and voted on by member coaches of the NABC.

Erwin Dudley was voted to the five man first team District 6 team for a second straight year. Joining on the first team are Florida’s Matt Bonner, Georgia’s Jarvis Hayes, Mississippi State’s Mario Austin and Miami’s Darius Rice.

Mo Williams was named to the 2nd team along with Auburn’s Marquis Daniels, Georgia’s Ezra Williams and Ole Miss’s Justin Reed and Aaron Harper. Williams was all-district as a freshman last season as well.

Dudley’s Numbers All-American Worthy

Bama senior power forward Erwin Dudley’s numbers continue to make him a candidate to repeat as both SEC Player of the Year and All-American.

Going into Saturday’s game at Tennessee, the Uniontown native has powered his way into Alabama’ top 10 all-time in scoring and rebounding and is averaging 14.9 points and 9.8 rebounds this season alone. Dudley has scored 1,674 career points for a career average of 13.7 points a game. He has 1,123 career rebounds for a career average of 9.2 rebounds a game.

Dudley has 41 career double doubles, including six since December 7th. (Against Xavier, with its All-American candidate combo that includes Player of the Year candidate David West and Romain Sato, Dudley scored 18 points and had 10 rebounds on January 4). He’s shooting 51% from the field.

After 21 games this season, Dudley was the only player in the SEC who averaged in double digits in both scoring and rebounding. He’s led the league in rebounding all season---as he did as a sophomore and a junior, making him a threat to “three peat” as the league’s rebounding champion again in 2003.

..And Williams Remains All-SEC/All-Star Material

Tide sophomore guard Mo Williams, the 2002 SEC Freshman of the Year, makes a strong bid for first team status this season as one of the league’s top 10 scorers with his average of 15.5 points a game.

Williams, who is among the league’s best in free throw shooting at 83.3%, scored 22 points against Georgia on Tuesday night—this 39 minute on the floor effort coming despite the fact he’d stayed in bed all day battling the flu and just minutes before tip-off had a 101.5 temperature.

He has started in every game the Tide has played since he arrived as a freshman. He’s averaging 12.2 career points a game after 56 career games (681 career points).

Dudley Sets Starts Record 

Senior forward Erwin Dudley set the all-time career starts record at the University of Alabama with 122 career starts this past Tuesday night against Georgia.   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 202 consecutive games between high school and college.

UA All-Time Career Starts Records

1. Erwin Dudley (2000-03)       122
2. Eddie Phillips (1979-82)     121
3. Reggie King (1976-79)        119
   Ken Johnson (1978-81)        119
5. Gary Waites (1988-91)        116
6. Melvin Cheatum (1988-91)     114
7. T.R. Dunn (1974-77)          111
8. Mike Davis (1980-83)         110
9. Buck Johnson (1983-86)       109
   Leon Douglas (1973-76)       109

Freshman Kennedy Winston Gets Good Play

Alabama has started freshman Kennedy Winston at forward in its last two games and has seen good production in his numbers. The Mobile native started against Auburn on February 15 and played for 35 minutes, making four of nine shots from the field, including one (of two attempted) from 3-point range and six of eight free throws. His defensive play was also on the mark. In addition to scoring 15 points and dishing out six assists,  he experienced his first collegiate double double when he ended the game with 10 rebounds, eight of those defensive.

Against Georgia on Tuesday night Winston played 38 minutes of the 40 minute game. He scored 13 points and had four rebounds. He was six of 14 from the field and one of two at the line. Winston, who also started in the Vanderbilt game on January 11th and scored 14 points in that game, his second ever collegiate game, is averaging 9.2 points and 3.7 rebounds after playing in 10 games.

Alabama Leads UT Series

Saturday afternoon’s game between Alabama and Tennessee marks the 128th meeting in men’s basketball between the two schools. Alabama leads the series 66 wins to 61 by Tennessee. Alabama has won three of the last four games in the series, including taking two wins last season. Alabama won in Tuscaloosa 85-82 and then beat Tennessee in the quarterfinal of the 2002 SEC Tournament in Atlanta by a 91-72 score.

In this series, the home team has typically dominated. Tennessee has won 43 out of the 60 games played against Alabama in Knoxville. Alabama has won 39 of the 54 games played against Tennessee in Tuscaloosa.

Following is a quick series breakdown:
Series Record:     UA 66 wins, Tennessee 61 wins
Series Streak:     Alabama has won the last two
In Tuscaloosa:     UA leads 39-15
In Knoxville:      UT leads 43-17       
Neutral Sites:     UA leads 10-3

Alabama dominated this series from 1990 through 1996 by winning 10 straight against Tennessee. Those ten consecutive Bama wins were followed by four straight Tennessee wins (between a 2nd meeting in 1996 and 1999). Alabama’s 2000 team, which included freshman starters Erwin Dudley and Terrance Meade (Kenny Walker played but was just coming back from a broken leg), had one of the Tide’s bigger all-time wins to snap the Tennessee streak of wins. With a starting lineup that included then freshmen Dudley, Meade, and Rod Grizzard and sophomore Schea Cotton and junior Tarik London at point guard, the Tide knocked off a then No. 7 ranked Tennessee 80-75 in Tuscaloosa.

Tennessee followed in 2001 with an 86-69 win in Knoxville DESPITE Erwin Dudley’s 23 points and 14 rebounds. And then Alabama took the pair of wins last season, led by 25 points from Dudley in Tuscaloosa on February 16 and 33 points from Rod Grizzard in the SEC tournament.

Alabama’s last win in Knoxville was in 1995. (Teams only play one another once each regular season, alternating sites, so that means Tennessee has won the last three straight games there, in 1997, 1999 and 2001).