Men's Basketball Game Notes: Alabama State

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UPCOMING GAME: ALABAMA STATE
Friday, November 22, 2002
Coleman Coliseum (15,316)

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

TICKETS: Available; $15 adults/$8 youth (age 15 & under)
At UA box office in Coleman Coliseum; or 205-348-BAMA; or http://www.rolltide.com/

TV: CSS with Barry McKnight (play-by-play) and Bryan Passink (color)

UA WEEKLY TV: “Crimson Tide This Week” with host David Crane: Check local listings on CSS
“The Mark Gottfried Show” on CSS beginning in January with host Tom Roberts

RADIO: Crimson Tide Sports Network with Chris Stewart (play-by-play) and Tom Roberts (color)
WVUA (University of Alabama campus station), 90.7 FM 

INTERNET: Live audio of CTSN’s radio broadcast is available on the internet on http://www.rolltide.com/; UA basketball is also featured on on http://www.markgottfried.com/ and http://www.crimsontradition.com/ (subscription site).

PROBABLE STARTERS

No.  4 AP/ No. 8 ESPN/USA Today ALABAMA CRIMSON TIDE (1-0 OVERALL, 0-0 SEC):

PF- 35 Erwin Dudley        6-8, 260, SR, Uniontown
12.0 ppg/8.0 rpg

C- 42  Kenny Walker        6-9, 220, SR, Jacksonville, Florida
14.0 ppg/7.0 rpg

G- 05  Earnest Shelton     6-3, 205, SO, Memphis, Tennessee
0.0 ppg/1.0 rpg

G- 14  Terrance Meade      6-2, 190, SR, Scottsboro
2.0 ppg/2.0 rpg

G- 25  Mo Williams         6-1, 195, SO, Jackson, Mississippi
25.0 ppg/7.0 rpg/3.0 apg

Head Coach:  Mark Gottfried (Alabama, 1987)

ALABAMA STATE HORNETS (0-2 Overall, 0-0 SWAC)

F- 15  Keith Gamble        6-4, 185, SR, Mobile
7.5 ppg/2.0 rpg

F- 34  Xavier Oliver       6-7, 195, JR, Savannah, Georgia
3.0 ppg/3.0 rpg

C- 25  Alvin Pettway       6-9, 240, SR, Montgomery
7.0 ppg/7.5 rpg

G- 10  Lamar Clark         6-4, 185, JR, Prichard
9.0 ppg/6.0 rpg/3.0 apg

G- 23  Malcolm Campbell    5-10, 155, JR, Kansas City, Missouri
15.0 ppg/1.5 rpg/3.5 apg

Head Coach:    Rob Spivery (Ashland College, 1972)

ALABAMA HEAD COACH MARK GOTTFRIED: 151-74 (.671%) in 7 complete seasons overall, 83-49 (.629%) 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...Born January 20, 1964 in Crestline, Ohio.

ALABAMA STATE HEAD COACH ROB SPIVERY: 259-238 (.521%) in 17 seasons overall, 84-93 (.474) in six seasons at Alabama State; 2001 SWAC Champions; 2001 NCAA tournament appearance (ASU’s first NCAA appearance).

KEY GAME NOTES:

  • Alabama will unfurl its new 2002 SEC Champions banner prior to tip off
  • Alabama is 34-1 in home openers; Also, the Tide is amidst a 19-game home win streak
  • Alabama junior guard Antoine Pettway and ASU senior center Alvin Pettway are cousins
  • Alabama leads the series 3-0 with wins in 1998, 1999 and 2001
  • Alabama’s No. 4 AP ranking is its highest since the 1977 season (25 years)

It’s (HOME) Opening Night For the Crimson Tide

After officially opening its 2002-03 basketball season on the road in New York’s Madison Square Garden on November 14, the University of Alabama men’s basketball team will have its home opener on Friday, November 22, 2002. The Tide, 1-0, play host to Alabama State University, 0-2. Tip-off in Tuscaloosa’s Coleman Coliseum is set for 7:00 p.m. CT. 

Tickets Available

Tickets are available for Friday night’s game against the Alabama State Hornets. Tickets for all Alabama’s home games are on sale at the Athletic Ticket Box Office in Coleman Coliseum 1-877-TIDETIX  (877-843-3849) or 205-348-BAMA (2262), or on the Crimson Tide’s official website, http://www.rolltide.com/.

Ticket prices are $15 adults/$8 youth for non-conference home games (those games include Alabama State,  Middle Tennessee, UNC-Greensboro, St. Bonaventure, Providence, Morehead State and Xavier) and $17 adults/$8 youth for Southeastern Conference home games. (There is also a handling fee for phone and internet orders).

Tickets for the January 25, 2003 Kentucky game and February 15, 2003 Auburn game are available only as part of a “flex” package for $32 which includes one ticket to Kentucky OR one ticket to Auburn and one ticket to any other NON-SEC game. If any tickets remain, single tickets for the Kentucky and Auburn games will go on sale on January 2, 2003.

First Official Home Game Will Mark Unveiling

Just before tip-off of Friday night’s game against Alabama State, the Tide will unfurl its latest decorative accessory to Coleman Coliseum’s arena---the 2002 SEC Championship banner. Alabama finished 12-4 overall in league play to claim the regular season title. It won the SEC Western Division as well with a 6-4 divisional record.

CSS Will Broadcast the Game

Fans who can’t make it to Coleman Coliseum to see the Tide play in person can watch the Alabama State game on television. Comcast/Charter Sports Southeast (CSS) will televise the game.

Barry McKnight will handle the play-by-play for the broadcast crew and former Tide guard Bryan Passink will handle the broadcast’s color commentary. Passink played for Alabama, lettering in 1993-94-95. He was a member of back-to-back NCAA tournament teams at Alabama in 1994 and 1995.

CSS will also broadcast the November 25 Middle Tennessee game (7 p.m.) and the December 14 Bowling Green game (5 p.m.) in Mobile.

CSS is available in nine Southern states, including Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee, as well as Tell City, Indiana and six cities in Virginia, bringing Alabama Basketball into more than three million homes. 

(HOME) Opening Night is Nearly Always A Success

The Crimson Tide is 34-1 in its home openers since moving into Coleman Coliseum midway through the 1967-68 season. Alabama’s first home game was a win. On Feb. 2, 1968 Alabama played its first game ever in Coleman Coliseum and defeated Samford 85-68.

Alabama’s only loss in a home opener came on December 1, 1993 when the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga came in and left with a 67-57 win against the Tide. Alabama has since won its last eight straight home openers.

Home Win Streak on The Line

Going into Friday night’s Alabama State game, the Tide has a 19-game home streak. It dates to the final two games of the 2001 season and includes Alabama’s 17-0 record at home in 2002. The last team to beat Alabama at home was Arkansas (66-63) in February of 2001.

The 19-game win streak ranks tied for fourth all-time in school records. A win against Alabama State would move it up a notch to No. 3. Alabama won 20 straight from the second game of 1994 through the seventh game of 1995.

The school record for home win streak is 22 straight games, from the last three games of 1971 through the first six games of 1973. To reach that 22 games, Alabama would have to beat, in order, Alabama State, Middle Tennessee (Nov. 25), and UNC Greensboro (Dec. 3). To set the record, it would have to win those three games and then defeat St. Bonaventure on December 7.

Game Marks 3rd Meeting Between UA & ASU

Although it’s a little more than 90 miles from Tuscaloosa, home of the Tide, to Montgomery, home to the Hornets, meetings on the basketball court have been rare. Friday night’s match-up marks only the fourth time these two teams have played one another in men’s basketball.

Alabama leads the series 3-0. All three games were played in Tuscaloosa. Bama won 85-61 in 1998; 69-49 in 1999 and 82-56 in 2001, the year Alabama State made school history by winning the SWAC’s automatic berth as champs and advancing to its first NCAA tournament appearance.

Alabama Has Played Once, ASU Twice This Season

Alabama opened its season on November 14 with a win against then No. 3 (both polls) Oklahoma at the AT&T Wireless Coaches vs. Cancer Classic in New York’s Madison Square Garden.

Sophomore guard Mo Williams led the Alabama win, scoring his jersey number, 25 points. He also had seven rebounds. Four Tide players scored in double digits. In addition to Williams’ performance, Kenny Walker scored 14 and Erwin Dudley 12 points. Antoine Pettway came off the bench and scored 11 points and dished out a team-leading four assists.

Highlights of the game included the start of the second half where Alabama held Oklahoma scoreless until the 14:31 mark while making a 10-0 run during that time.

Alabama State opened play this week in the Guardians Classic, in games hosted by Creighton. The Hornets, which finished 19-13 last season, opened their season on November 17 and was edged by Furman 74-73. Cedric Mitchell scored 20 points to lead the game and Malcolm Campbell contributed 14 and Keith Gamble 12 points.

On Monday night ASU remained in Omaha, Neb., to play a second game in the Guardians Classic, this time Texas-Arlington. UTA won 59-47. Malcolm Campbell was 7 of 11 from the field and scored 16 points. Lamar Clark was 5 of 10 and scored 10 points.

Cousins Will Fued in this Game

Friday night’s game will mark a battle of the Pettway’s as cousin will play against cousin. Alabama’s Antoine Pettway will come off the bench. He’s a junior from Alberta, Ala.  ASU’s Alvin Pettway is a year older and is from Montgomery. The two last saw one another this summer but have talked to each other occasionally since then.

Dudley 1st Team AP All-American

As he was winding down interstate 20/59 on the team bus to the Birmingham airport for Alabama’s trip to New York and the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic on November 12, Erwin Dudley received word by cell phone that he’d been named to the Associated Press Preseason All-America first team.

Dudley joins Xavier’s David West, Arizona’s Luke Walton and Jason Gardner and Kansas’ Kirk Hinrich on the five man squad that represents the top players in collegiate basketball. Dudley finished the 2002 season among the top 15 as an AP All-American, 3rd Team.

Dudley Up For Top Senior Player of the Year As Well

The Senior CLASS Award is presented annually to the nation’s senior player-of-the-year for NCAA Division I men’s and women’s basketball.  The inaugural men’s award winner was Juan Dixon of Maryland.

The formation of the Senior CLASS Award - an acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School - was announced  last season.  The CLASS Award was developed in response to the recent trend of college basketball players leaving college early to turn professional. 

Selection criteria is based on a number of factors, the most important being that the recipient must have exhausted their four years of eligibility and have fulfilled their commitment to their respective university.  In addition, the recipient must be working toward their degree, be in good academic standing and be of sound moral character. The performances of the “Players to Watch” for both men and women will be tracked during the season.  From that pool of players, a national committee of sportscasters and sportswriters who cover college basketball on the Division I level will select 10 Finalists. 

The names of these Finalists will appear on the official ballot during the national voting process in March.  The selection of the men's and women's award winner will be based on the cumulative ballots of the national media committee and Division I college basketball coaches.  The winner will be announced during the respective NCAA Final Four events in March.

The 2003 Men’s Senior CLASS Award “Players to Watch” include: Marcus Bailey, Wyoming; Troy Bell, Boston College; Steven Blake, Maryland; Brett Blizzard, UNC-Wilmington; Keith Bogans, Kentucky; Matt Bonner, Florida; Nick Collison, Kansas; Brian Cook, Illinois; Tom Coverdale, Indiana; Willie Deane, Purdue; Henry Domercant, Eastern Illinois; Erwin Dudley, Alabama; Ronald Dupree, LSU; Ebi Ere, Oklahoma; Reece Gaines, Louisville; Jason Gardner, Arizona; Marcus Hatten, St. John’s;  Kirk Hinrich, Kansas; Josh Howard, Wake Forest University; Brandon Hunter, Ohio; Britton Johnsen, Utah; Dahntay Jones, Duke;Jason Kapono, UCLA; Brandin Knight, Pittsburgh; Kyle Korver, Creighton; Chris Marcus, Western Kentucky; Brett Nelson, Florida; Kirk Penney, Wisconsin;  Hollis Price, Oklahoma; Hector Romero, New Orleans; Ron Slay, Tennessee; Theron Smith, Ball State; Darrell Tucker, San Francisco; Luke Walton, Arizona; Travis Watson, Virginia; David West, Xavier

Tide Highest It’s Been Ranked in 25 Years

It’s been a quarter of a century since an Alabama basketball team has been ranked as high as this season’s version is this week. Alabama jumped from No. 8 last week to No. 4 in this week’s Associated Press poll.

The spot at No. 4 marks the highest Alabama has been ranked since it was ranked No. 4 in the February 15, 1977 AP poll. The highest Alabama has ever been ranked happened that same season when the Crimson Tide spent two weeks at No. 3 in the nation in the January 18, 1977 and January 25, 1977 AP polls.

Top 10 Includes Bama Hoops & Bama Football

The University of Alabama football team is ranked No. 9 in this week’s Associated Press national rankings and the men’s basketball team is ranked No. 4. It’s the second straight week both teams have been ranked simultaneously in the Top 10.

Having both teams ranked in the nation’s top 10 has occurred in seven different seasons, including this one. The first time was in 1972-73 when the Alabama basketball team spent two weeks in the top 10 in late January and the football team finished No. 7 in the final poll. In 1973-74 the basketball team spent seven weeks in the top 10 after the football team finished No. 4 in the final ranking. In 1974-75 the basketball team spent 13 weeks in the top 10 and the football team finished fifth. In 1975-76 the basketball team spent seven weeks in the top 10, reaching as high as No. 6 on March 2, 1976. The football team was No. 3 in that final poll. In February 1982 the basketball team was ranked No. 8 with the football team ending at No. 7. And on January 13, 1992, the basketball team was ranked No. 8 while the football team was No. 8 in the final AP poll.           

Two Newcomers Score First Official Points

Two newcomers to the Tide team scored their first official points at Alabama against the No. 3 ranked Sooners on November 14. Emmett Thomas, a junior JUCO transfer from Birmingham, played 24 minutes against Oklahoma. He scored two points and made an assist. Despite the team having a high turnover rate (23 total turnovers), Thomas turned it over only once in those 24 minutes.

Freshman Evan Brock from Roswell, Ga., played eight minutes against the Sooners. He was 1 of 2 from the field, scoring two points. He also had two rebounds during his time on the court.

More Birthdays Approaching

Alabama had five straight days of team birthdays from November 11-15, and next week marks two more. Demetrius Smith will turn 21 (responsibly, natch) on Tuesday, November 26 and Tide assistant coach Orlando Early will turn 35 on Wednesday, November 27.

Tide Favorite to win the SEC

The University of Alabama is the favorite to repeat as Southeastern Conference Champions in 2003, according to a vote by media gathered in Birmingham at the Southeastern Conference Basketball Media Day. Of the 35 voter ballots, 20 voted for the Tide to win it all. Alabama was also the overwhelming favorite to win the SEC Western Division. In the overall league title voting, Alabama was first (20), followed by Florida and Georgia with four votes apiece, Kentucky (3), Mississippi State (2) and Auburn and Ole Miss with one vote apiece.

Alabama’s senior power forward Erwin Dudley, the 2002 SEC Player of the Year, was voted the preseason favorite to repeat as the league’s best player. Georgia’s Jarvis Hayes was second, followed by Mississippi State’s Mario Austin and Kentucky’s Keith Bogans.

The media’s preseason All-SEC team included two Tide first team players, Dudley and sophomore point guard Mo Williams, as well as Austin, Hayes and Florida’s Brett Nelson.

Preseason Publications Like the Tide

Alabama and its players have been ranked high in national and conference honors in preseason basketball publications and polls. Here are some samples:

ATHLON:  Sweet 16 in NCAA Tournament; Dudley 1st team All-America; Dudley 1st team and Mo Williams 2nd team all-SEC; Mo Williams is No. 8 in its pick of the Top 10 Floor leaders; Erwin Dudley is ranked first nationally in its pick of leading Post Men; and Tide assistant coach Orlando Early is ranked fourth among Assistants to watch

BASKETBALL NEWS:  Erwin Dudley 1st team all-America; Dudley 1st team All-SEC; SEC Player of the Year Erwin Dudley; Mo Williams 17th nationally in list of Playmakers; Erwin Dudley 1st in national list of “Bangers”; Bama’s Front Court ranked 1st in Best of Best front courts; Bama ranked 5th in Best of the Best Starters.

ESPN:  No. 11 ranking; Erwin Dudley 2nd Team All-Rolls Roycers; Curry Kirkpatrick says: “one of two previously obscure yet massive talents, Erwin Dudley from Alabama or David West from Xavier, could wind up as Player of the Year.”

LINDY’S:  Alabama Sweet 16; Dudley 1st team All-SEC; Dudley SEC Player of the Year; Williams 14th nationally among Point Guards; Dudley 2nd nationally among Power Forwards; Dudley SEC Top Rebounder

SPORTING NEWS:  Dudley 1st Team All-American; Williams & Dudley 1st team All-SEC; Williams 5th nationally among all Point Guards; Dudley 2nd nationally among all power forwards; Dudley SEC’s best rebounder; Williams SEC’s Best Playmaker

SPORTS ILLUSTRATED:  No. 8 preseason; Refers to Erwin Dudley as “Lord of the Boards” in its November 25 basketball preview issue.

STREET & SMITH’S:  Beast of the East (national tournament predictions) Alabama; Dudley 1st team All-America; Dudley All-SEC 1st team; Mo Williams Best Passer in SEC

COLLEGEINSIDER.COM:  Dudley 1st team All-America

FOXSPORTS.COM:  Williams 8th best Point Guard in nation; Dudley 2nd best Power Forward in Nation

DICK VITALE’S ALL-ROLLS ROYCE TEAM: Dudley 2nd team

NATIONAL PREDICTIONS:

Sports Illustrated: No. 8; Street & Smith’s: 10th; Basketball News: 21st; Sporting News: 4th; Lindy’s: 4th; United States Basketball Writers Association: 6th; Collegeinsider.com: 6th; ESPN Magazine: No. 11; ESPN.com: 13th; CBS Sportsline.com: 4th ; Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook: 7th; Slam Magazine: 10th; Basketball Time in Tennessee: 10th; ACC Basketball Handbook: 7th; ESPN.Com Bracketology: 3rd; FoxSports.com: 4th

SEASON NOTES TO KEEP ON PACE:

Dudley Chases Career Starts Record

Erwin Dudley has 101 career starts at Alabama. 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 181 consecutive games between high school and college.

Dudley should set Alabama’s all-time career starts this season. Eddie Phillips, 1979-82, holds Alabama’s career starts record at 121. Robert Horry is 10th on the top 10 list at 108 and is Dudley’s hurdle to crack the top 10.

Senior Class Has 66 Wins

Alabama’s senior class of Kenny Walker,Terrance Meade and Erwin Dudley have been starters together since their freshman year in 2000. 

In the past two seasons this class has won 53 games and they’ve won 66 since they were freshmen. Alabama’s records with this class are: 13-16 in 2000, 25-11 in 2001,  27-8 in 2002, and 1-0 in 2003. They are 45-4 in Coleman Coliseum during their careers at Alabama. They were 11-3 at home in 2000 (freshmen), 17-1 in 2001 (sophomore) and 17-0 at home as juniors.