Men's Basketball Game Notes: Bowling Green

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Thursday, December 12, 2002

Reggie Rambo

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UPCOMING GAME: Coors Classic vs. Bowling Green
Saturday, December 14, 2002
USA Mitchell Center
Mobile, Alabama

TIP-OFF TIME: 5:00 p.m. CT

TICKETS: $25, $15 & $5, USA Ticket Office (251)460-6047

UA HOME TICKETS: Non-Conference: $15 adults/$8 youth (age 15 & under); SEC $17 adults/$8 youth
At UA box office in Coleman Coliseum; or 205-348-BAMA; or http://www.rolltide.com/

TV: CSS (Comcast Sports Southeast) with Matt Stewart (play-by-play)

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)
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 

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.  2 AP/ No. 4 ESPN/USA Today ALABAMA CRIMSON TIDE (6-0 OVERALL, 0-0 SEC):

PF-35 Erwin Dudley 6-8, 260, SR, Uniontown 15.8 ppg/10.2 rpg
C-42 Kenny Walker 6-2, 220, SR, Jacksonville, FL 12.7 ppg/6.5 rpg
G-05 Erwin Dudley 6-3, 205, SO, Memphis, TN 4.0 ppg/3.5 rbg
G-14 Terrance Meade 6-2, 190, SR, Scottsboro 6.3 ppg/3.7 rpg
G-25 Mo Williams 6-1, 195, SO, Jackson, MS 15.7 ppg/4.7 rpg/5.0 apg

Head Coach:  Mark Gottfried (Alabama, 1987)

BOWLING GREEN STATE UNIVERSITY FALCONS (2-3 OVERALL, 0-0 MID AMERICAN CONFERENCE)

F-24 Cory Eyink 6-8, 235, Maria Stein, OH 2.4 ppg/4.0 rpgpg
F-14 John Reimold 6-6, 225, SO, Greenville, PA 14.0 ppg/4.2 rpg
C-45 Kevin Netter 6-10, 209, JR, Richmond Dale, OH 20.6 ppg/4.2 rbg
G-12 Ron Lewis 6-4, 185, FR, Columbus, OH 9.0 ppg/4.2 rpg
G-05 Jabari Mattox 6-1, 186, JR, Bloomingdale, IL 5.4 ppg/3.4 rpg/4.8 apg

Head Coach:    Dan Dakich (Indiana, 1985)

ALABAMA HEAD COACH MARK GOTTFRIED: 156-74 (.678%) in 7 complete seasons overall, 88-49 (.642%) 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.

BOWLING GREEN HEAD COACH DAN DAKICH:  91-60 (.603) in 5 seasons overall, all at BGSU; 2000 MAC Champions; Two NIT postseason appearances in 2000 and 2002; assistant coach at Indiana, where in his 1st season IU won the 1987 national championship; 11 NCAA trips & 4 Big 10 championships as an assistant at IU

KEY GAME NOTES:

  • Coors Classic is a double header. South Alabama hosts Georgia State at 3 p.m. CT
  • Mark Gottfried returns to his hometown of Mobile for this game; host school South Alabama’s director of athletics is Mark’s father, Joe Gottfried
  • Alabama’s ranking at No. 2 AP this week is the school’s highest ranking ever

Alabama Hits the Road for Coors Classic

The University of Alabama men’s basketball team will travel four hours south to Mobile this weekend where it will play a single game in the University of South Alabama’s annual Coors Classic.

The Crimson Tide, 6-0, plays in the second game of the double header of basketball from Mitchell Center. Alabama and Bowling Green, 2-3, tip off at 5 p.m. CT. That game is preceded by host team South Alabama playing Georgia State in the opening game at 3 p.m. CT.

Tickets Sold Through USA Box Office

Tickets to Saturday’s Coors Classic double header of basketball featuring South Alabama vs. Georgia State at 3 p.m. followed by Alabama vs. Bowling Green at 5 p.m. are being sold through the University of South Alabama’s athletics ticket office.

Depending on the sections, prices are $25, $15 and $5 a ticket. For ticket information call the USA ticket office at (251) 460-6047.

CSS Will Televise Game

Tide fans that can’t be at the game in person can catch the live action from the Coors Classic on CSS. Matt Stewart will be calling the television broadcast’s play-by-play. CSS will carry the South Alabama vs. Georgia State game as well beginning at 3 p.m.

CSS (Comcast/Charter Sports Southeast) is available in nine Southeastern States including Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee, going into some 3,097,019 homes. It is available on Comcast and Charter cable systems but is not available through direct broadcast systems (DBS) or direct-to-home satellite services. (Its website which includes channel lineup information is http://www.css-sports.com/).

Tide Played In 2000-01 Event In Mobile

This is Alabama’s second trip to South Alabama’s holiday tournament. Alabama played North Texas in this event in December 2000 and won that game 94-55.

It’s A Trip Back to Hometown For Gottfried

Mark Gottfried will be returning to his hometown this weekend when he takes his Alabama men’s basketball team to Mobile to play in the Coors Classic.

Gottfried’s family moved to the Port City when he was in high school when his father, Joe, took the job as Director of Athletics at the University of South Alabama. Mark Gottfried went to school and graduated from UMS-Wright (his junior and senior years).

Gottfried played in only 13 games his senior season at Mobile’s UMS-Wright because of a stress fracture in his leg. He apparently made that time count on the court, however, as he was an all-state selection and the publication Midwest Basketball named him its “National Sleeper of the Year.” He was averaging 21.6 points and 11.2 assists prior to his leg injury.

Fun Week For Tide in the Polls

Remembering that it’s not how you start but how you finish, the week has still been a fun one for the Tide basketball program. On Monday Alabama received its highest ranking ever when the Associated Press ranked it No. 2 in the nation in this week’s collegiate poll. Alabama climbed a spot in the coaches poll as well as it is No. 4 in the ESPN/USA Today rankings.

Bowling Green a New One For Tide Schedule

Saturday evening’s match up between the Tide and the Falcons will be a first. Alabama and Bowling Green have never played one another in men’s basketball.

Comparing the Stats

Here’s how Alabama and Bowling Green  compare in stats:

                                 UA      Bowling Green
Win/loss Streak:                W 6      L2
Scoring Avg.                   75.0      69.0
Scoring Margin                +15.0      +1.8
Field Goal Percentage          .421      .442
3-point Field Goal Percentage  .323      .333
3-Points Per Game               7.0      5.8
Free Throw Percentage          .730      .722
Rebounds Average               43.5      30.8
Rebound Margin                 +8.3      -5.6
Assists Total/Per  Game     83/13.8      73/14.6
Turnovers/Per Game          89/14.8      82/16.4
Assists/Turnover Ratio          0.9      0.9
Steals/Per Game              45/7.5      48/9.6
Blocks/Per Game              26/4.3      12/2.4

Falcons Feature an Alabama Guy

Bowling Green’s trip to Alabama will mark a return to his home state for the Falcons’ Germain Fitch. Fitch, who wears jersey number one, is from Huntsville. He played at Butler High for Jack Doss. He was all-state, all-city, all-regional and all-metro, leading the Rebels to a 24-7 record his senior season and averaging 13.8 points and 7 assists a game. Fitch, who began his high school career in Ohio at Mentor High, went to Notre Dame Prep before going to Bowling Green. He’s a 6-5, 220 pound sophomore forward who started three games last season for Bowling Green.

Week Has Included Practice & Final Exams

It has not been the typical game week for Alabama’s players this week. Alabama’s last game was on Saturday, December 7 against St. Bonaventure. Classes for the fall semester ended last Friday (December 6) and this week the players have been taking their final examinations. Alabama’s coaches have had to divert from their normal 3-5:15 practice sessions on some days in order to hold a practice session where all 14 players can be in attendance.

Media will want to note that for the next few weeks, Alabama’s practice times will vary since the players will be out of school. Christmas break games include Bowling Green in Mobile on December 14, Providence in Tuscaloosa on December 21, Morehead State in Tuscaloosa on December 23, Utah in Salt Lake City on December 30 and Xavier in Tuscaloosa on January 4.

Dudley Now Averaging Double Doubles

One of his nicknames among his teammates is “E-Dub” as in “double-double” because of his ability to reach double digits in both scoring and rebounding. And now Tide senior power forward Erwin Dudley is living up to his nickname.

The Uniontown native is averaging in double digits in both scoring and rebounding. Thanks to the 28 points and 17 rebounds he had in this past Saturday’s St. Bonaventure game, Dudley is averaging 15.8 points and 10.2 rebounds a game.

Dudley, who has 36 career double doubles, led the SEC in double doubles with 15 last season, his junior year. His sophomore year he was the only player in the league who ended the season with double digit averages in both scoring (14.4) and rebounding (10.0).

His current rebound average of 10.2 ranks 26th in the NCAA stats released on December 12.

Tide’s Home Win Streak Nation’s 2nd Best

With its 77-68 win against St. Bonaventure on December 7, Alabama set the school’s home win streak record at 23 games.

That ranks second in the nation. Tennessee Tech, which next plays at home on December 14 against Creighton, has won 32 consecutive home games.

Two Tide opponents this season are also among the list of teams who have won their last 10 or more home games.

The Tide plays one of those teams on their court. Ole Miss, where Alabama plays on January 21, 2003, ranked fourth at week’s beginning with its 14 straight home wins. And Xavier, Alabama’s January 4 opponent in Tuscaloosa ranked sixth at week’s beginning in home court streaks with 13 straight home wins.

Alabama’s home win streak 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. Alabama also won 22 straight games from the last three games of 1971 through the first six games of 1973. 

Home Streaks A Gottfried & Staff Trademark

At Alabama Mark Gottfried owns the Tide’s all-time longest home win streak at 23 straight. Gottfried came to coach at Alabama after coaching three seasons at Murray State. When he left Murray State, the Racers had won a school record 33-straight home games. His staff at Murray State that helped him coach his teams to that many home wins included current Tide assistant Philip Pearson and director of basketball operations Darron Boatright.

Here’s How Alabama’s Stats Rank Nationally

Following are where Alabama’s players and team rank amongst the NCAA’s Division I stats this week:

  • Erwin Dudley, 26th in rebounding
  • Team was tied at 1st in won/lost percentage at 6-0
  • Team is 34th in scoring defense (60.0 opponent ppg)
  • Team is 38th in scoring margin (15.0 ppg)
  • Team is 23rd in field goal percentage defense (36.7)
  • Team is 34th in rebound margin (8.4)

Senior Duo Was “Doubly Delightful”

For the first time since December 3, 2001, the final stats box score found two Alabama players, seniors Erwin Dudley and Kenny Walker, ending the game with double doubles.

In Alabama’s December 7, 2002 home game against St. Bonaventure Dudley had 28 points and 17 rebounds, making 11 of 19 shots from the field and 6 of 8 free throws. Walker was 4 of 10 from the field and a perfect 4 of 4 at the line. He ended the night with 12 points and 10 rebounds.

Walker Stepping Up

Tide senior center/forward Kenny Walker has been out-muscling the competition this season. The Jacksonville, Fla., native is averaging 12.7 points and 6.5 rebounds a game. He picked up his third career double double—his first of the season---when he scored 12 points and got 10 rebounds against St. Bonaventure on December 7. (Dudley had 18 points & 12 rebounds against Florida A&M last season and 16 points and 11 rebounds against Louisville his freshman season).

Walker’s scoring sprees this season have included 14 in the opener against then No. 3 Oklahoma, 8 against Alabama State, 14 against Middle Tennessee, 11 against Ohio State, 17 against UNC Greensboro and 12 against St. Bonaventure. He had seven rebounds in both the Oklahoma and Alabama State games, six against Middle Tennessee, five against Ohio State and four against UNCG.

Shelton Becomes Board Member

Tide sophomore guard Earnest Shelton was a member of the board last Saturday. The Memphis native collected a career high seven rebounds in the St. Bonaventure game; five of those were defensive boards.

Shelton also proved he could dish it out. He had four assists in that game as well.

“Mo” is Shining As Well

Alabama’s All-American prospect at point guard, sophomore Mo Williams, has scored in double digits in all six of Alabama’s games this season and is averaging 15.7 points.

His numbers include 25 in the opener against Oklahoma, 20 against Alabama State, 14 against Middle Tennessee, 11 against Ohio State, 13 against UNCG and 11 against St. Bonaventure.

The Jackson, Mississippi native is averaging five assists after six games with a season single game high of seven in the UNCG game.

Tide’s First Halves Are Most Productive

After six games, Alabama is averaging 40.2 points a first half. Alabama has scored 241 first half points this season, 79 more points during that first 20 minutes than its opponents who have scored a total of 162 first half points.

Alabama has led at the half in each of its first six games. The closest score so far going into halftime was eight points when Alabama led Oklahoma 33-25 at the break. Its largest halftime lead was by 20, 48-28 at halftime of the UNCG game.

Second half production has been much tighter with Alabama scoring 209 second half points and allowing its opponents to score 198 second half points. Three teams have out-scored Alabama in the second half, including Oklahoma (37-35), Middle Tennessee (40-38) and Ohio State (23-19).

All that counts in the end, of course, is the final score. Alabama is averaging 75.0 points a game and holding its opponents to an average of 60.0 points a game for a 15.0 scoring margin.

Home Tickets Available

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.

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.

All Tide 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.