Jan. 11, 2013
Tigers On TV/Radio/Web
Television: Comcast Sports Southeast/Comcast digital channel 22 (Matt Stewart, play-by-play; Brian Oliver, color analyst)
Radio: WREC 600 AM (Dave Woloshin, play-by-play; Matt Dillon, color analyst; Forrest Goodman, studio host)
Web: Fans in certain states can watch the Memphis vs. UAB game streamed live on the Memphis Tiger Network via the Memphis athletics website All-Access (must register to view game) at gotigersgo.com. Please note that video is not available for streaming in the CSS broadcast territory states (AR, KY, WV, NC, VA, TN, SC, GA, FL, AL, MS, LA and TX) due to television broadcast restrictions.
Additional Comcast Sports Net Stations
Televising Memphis-UAB Game
CSN Bay Area
SETTING THE SCENE
Memphis (11-3, 1-0 C-USA) takes to the road Saturday, Jan. 12 when it travels to Birmingham, Ala., to face longtime rival UAB (8-8, 0-1 C-USA) in a Conference USA match-up. The game, to be televised on Comcast Sports Southeast, is scheduled for a 7:30 p.m. (CT) start.
The Tigers did not appear in either national poll this week.
The Tigers bounced back after their Dec. 15 setback to No. 6/6 Louisville with five-consecutive wins over Lipscomb 62-56 Dec. 20, Oral Roberts 72-57 Dec. 28, Loyola, Md., 78-64 Dec. 30, Tennessee 85-80 Jan. 4 and East Carolina 67-54 Jan. 9.
Prior to the Dec. 15 loss, Memphis had won four straight with victories over Northern Iowa 52-47 Nov. 24, UT Martin 93-65 Nov. 29, Ohio 84-58 Dec. 5 and Austin Peay 83-65 Dec. 8.
UAB is 3-2 in its last five outings, with all three victories coming at home and the two losses on the road.
The Blazers are a perfect 7-0 at Bartow Arena this season.
UAB returns three starters and seven letterwinners from last year's 15-16 squad.
WHAT'S UP NEXT
The Tigers travel to Houston, Texas, to meet Rice in C-USA action Wednesday, Jan. 16. The game, which is set to air on Comcast Sports Southeast, is scheduled for a 6 p.m. (CT) tip.
The Blazers will be off from game action midweek before returning to the court against Southern Miss in Hattiesburg, Miss., Saturday, Jan. 19. The game is set for a 5 p.m. (CT) start.
WHAT THE BLAZERS DID A YEAR AGO
UAB posted a 15-16 overall record and a 9-7 Conference USA mark.
The Blazers finished in fifth place in the C-USA regular-season standings.
UAB defeated Tulane 72-64 in its C-USA Tournament opening-round game, before dropping a 64-54 decision to UCF in the quarterfinal.
SCOUTING THE BLAZERS
UAB enters Saturday's rivalry showdown with an 8-8 overall record and a 0-1 Conference USA mark.
The Blazers are 3-2 in their last five outings, with all three wins at home and the two losses on the road.
UAB is a perfect 7-0 at Bartow Arena in 2012-13.
Junior Rod Rucker leads a trio of double-figure scorers with a 14.2 average. Jordan Swing (14.0 ppg) and Terence Jones (10.5 ppg) also average double figures.
Rucker (8.3 rpg), Robert Williams (6.3 rpg) and Swing (6.0 rpg) all average six or more boards per game.
Jones leads the team with 67 total assists (4.2 apg), while Swing is the squad's top three-point threat at 41.3 percent.
The Blazers are shooting 42.9 percent from the floor, 32.3 percent from the three-point line and 75 percent from the charity stripe.
UAB is out-rebounding its opponents by an average margin of +2.9 boards per game (38.7-35.8).
The Blazers defense forces the second-most turnovers per game in C-USA (17.6).
RIVALS TO PLAY FOURTH ANNUAL BARTOW CLASSIC SATURDAY
Memphis and UAB will play the fourth annual Bartow Classic Saturday in Birmingham, Ala.
For the fourth-consecutive year, a portion of the proceeds from ticket sales will benefit the Coach Gene Bartow Fund for Cancer Research at the UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center.
The event pays tribute to the legendary former UAB coach and athletics director who was diagnosed with cancer in April of 2009 and passed away Jan. 3, 2012.
Bartow has strong ties with both Memphis and UAB.
From 1970-74, Bartow served as the Tigers head coach and compiled an 83-32 overall record (.722 winning percentage).
Bartow's Memphis squads posted won 18 or more games each of his four seasons in the Bluff City.
His most memorable year was the 1972-73 campaign when he guided the Tigers to a 25-6 overall record and the school's first trip to the NCAA Final Four and national championship game.
Even in recent years, Bartow remained active in the Memphis community and served as president of Hoops, LP, the company that runs the Memphis Grizzlies and FedExForum.
Bartow is considered by many as the "founding father" of UAB athletics. As the UAB Director of Athletics from 1977 until his retirement in 2000, Bartow developed an intercollegiate athletics program there from its infancy into one that featured 17 sports.
He coached the Blazers hoops program for 18 seasons (1978-96), compiling a 366-203 record.
Bartow led UAB to 14 postseason appearances, 10 of which were NCAA Tournaments. He guided UAB to the 1981 NCAA Sweet 16 and the 1982 NCAA Elite Eight.
Bartow was inducted into the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame in November 2009.
He was inducted in the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame in the summer of 2012. Bartow's son, Murry, was presented with his father's induction plaque in October of 2011.
GET YOUR TRACK SHOES ON
Saturday's hoops contest could turn into a track meet.
Memphis and UAB both rank among the top-four scoring offenses in Conference USA.
In the C-USA statistical leaders, the Tigers are fourth in scoring offense (74.3), while the Blazers have C-USA's third-leading scoring offense (74.9).
Memphis has scored 75 or more points in eight games this season, and UAB has nine contests in which it scored 75-plus points.
DISHIN' AND THIEVIN'
The winner of Saturday's Memphis-UAB match-up could depend on which team shares and takes care of the ball.
The Tigers and Blazers rank among the top-three in C-USA in both assists and steals.
Memphis is third in assists (15.6) and second in steals (10.1). UAB is second in assists (16.8) and third in steals (9.1).
IT'S AN NCAA RING THING
Both head coaches in Saturday's Memphis-UAB match-up have NCAA title rings.
Memphis head coach Josh Pastner won his NCAA title as a player on the 1996-97 Arizona squad.
UAB head coach Jarod Haase won his NCAA rings as the Director of Operations on Roy Williams' staff at North Carolina in 2004-05 and 2008-09.
A 1997 BIRMINGHAM REUNION
Saturday's game is a reunion of a 1997 NCAA Tournament regional contest played in Birmingham, and both head coaches were involved in that contest.
On Mar. 23, 1997, Kansas, the Southeast Region No. 1 seed, faced the region's No. 4 seed Arizona in a regional semifinal match-up at the Birmingham Jefferson Convention Complex, which is located just over two miles from Bartow Arena.
On the opposing benches -- as collegiate players -- that night were Josh Pastner for Arizona and Jarod Haase for Kansas.
In an upset, Pastner's Arizona squad defeated Haase's Kansas team 85-82.
Arizona went on to win the 1997 NCAA title.
DID YOU KNOW?
Memphis heads to Birmingham, Ala., Saturday to face UAB at Bartow Arena, a place where the Blazers are unbeaten in 2012-13 (7-0 record).
However, the Tigers have been rather successful at Bartow Arena the last six seasons (2006-07 through 2011-12).
Memphis has won its last six trips to Bartow Arena, including the thrilling 79-78 come-from-behind win in 2007-08 (Tigers overcame a 77-70 deficit in final 1:21).
In fact, Memphis is the only team to win on the Blazers' homecourt each of the last six seasons.
RECENT CLOSE CALLS IN SERIES
Close encounters are the norm when you have a rivalry like Memphis-UAB, and that's been the case in recent contests.
Seven of the last eight encounters have been decided by a total of 49 points (7.0 average; all Memphis wins). The Feb. 11, 2012, meeting is the only game in the last eight meetings that was not close (79-45 Memphis win).
Of the seven games prior to that Feb. 11, 2012, contest, four were single-digit outcomes.
The margin of victory in those four single-digit games was 3.8 points (15 total points).
Memphis-UAB Recent Close Calls
2011-12 62-59, UM 2009-10 70-65, UM
2010-11 62-58, UM 85-75, UM
76-73, UM 2008-09 71-60, UM
C-USA WINNINGEST PROGRAMS MEET SATURDAY
Saturday's contest features Conference USA's top-two winningest programs in the league's history.
Memphis has the most league victories in C-USA history with 200 wins. On Jan. 9, the Tigers became the first program in C-USA history to reach the 200-win milestone.
UAB is C-USA's second-winningest program with 158 all-time league victories.
TIGERS IN C-USA ROAD OPENERS
Memphis has an 11-6 record (.647 winning pct.) in its previous 17 C-USA road openers.
The Tigers won their 2012 Conference USA road opener at UAB 62-59 on Jan. 7, 2012.
The last time Memphis dropped a C-USA road opener was in the 2010-11 season, a 64-58 loss at SMU Jan. 12, 2011.
Prior to that 2010-11 C-USA road opener setback, Memphis had won its last six league road openers at Southern Miss 59-57 in 2009-10, at UCF 73-66 in 2008-09, at Marshall 68-45 in 2007-08, at Houston 79-69 in 2006-07, at East Carolina 77-67 in 2005-06 and at USF 73-67 in 2004-05.
PASTNER IN C-USA ROAD OPENERS
Memphis head coach Josh Pastner has a 2-1 record in C-USA road openers.
Pastner won his first C-USA road opener in 2010 with a 59-57 victory at Southern Miss. In 2011, Pastner's Tigers lost at SMU 64-58. Last season, Pastner guided Memphis to a 62-59 victory at UAB in the Tigers' C-USA road opener.