UAB Primed For Saturday Showdown With Southern Miss

Go C-USA! Jordan Swing is averaging 20 ppg over his last three contests
Jordan Swing is averaging 20 ppg over his last three contests

Feb. 1, 2013

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. ---- After a thrilling come-from-behind overtime victory vs. UTEP on Wednesday night, the UAB men's basketball team welcomes Southern Miss to Bartow Arena on Saturday at 7 p.m. CT.  The game will be televised on CSS.

UAB (9-12, 1-5 C-USA)
vs. Southern Miss (17-4, 6-0 C-USA)
Date: February 2, 2013
Time:  7 p.m. CT
Location:  Birmingham, Ala.
Venue:  Bartow Arena (8,500)

Talent:  Matt Stewart (pxp), Brian Oliver (analyst)
Radio:  WUHT-FM 107.7
Talent:  David Crane (pxp), Steve Mitchell (analyst)
Live Stats:  GameTracker (
Twitter Updates:  @UABathletics

The Series
UAB leads 24-15
Last Meeting:  Southern Miss 74, UAB 59 (1/19/13)

The Coaches
UAB:  Jerod Haase (Kansas, '97)
Record at UAB:  9-12 (1st season)
Career Record:  9-12 (1st season)

Southern Miss: Donnie Tyndall (Morehead State, '93)
Record at USM:  17-4 (1st season)
Career Record:  131-89 (7th season)

On The Blazers
>> UAB enters Saturday’s game at 9-12 overall and 1-5 in C-USA after winning its first conference game on Wednesday in thrilling fashion. The Blazers defeated UTEP in overtime, 78-72.

>> In the win over the Miners, the Blazers stormed back from a 15-point second half deficit to force the game to overtime.  Jordan Swing came off the bench and scored a career-high 24 points.

>> Wednesday’s overtime game was the first of the season for UAB and marked the third time in the last five meetings with UTEP that the contest needed extra time to determine a winner.

>> UAB leads C-USA in shots per game, putting up 62.2 attempts a contest.

>> In C-USA games only, the Blazers top the league in offensive rebounds per game (14.7), led by Rod Rucker who individually grabs 4.8 per game.

> The Blazers have surpassed the 70-point mark 12 times this season and are averaging 73.1 points per game, ranking fifth in the conference.

> UAB ranks second in C-USA and 12th in the nation in assists per game, dishing out 16.5 per contest.  A total of five players have 30 or more assists for the season, led by Terence Jones with 84.

> Jordan Swing tops the Blazers in points (14.1) and has scord in double figures in 17 of 21 games this year.

> Rod Rucker has a team-best eight double-doubles on the season and finished one rebound shy of his ninth, posting 18 points and nine rebounds vs. UTEP.

On The Golden Eagles
> Southern Miss has been off since last Saturday, when it defeated Tulsa on the road, 62-59.  The Golden Eagles sit tied atop the league standings at 6-0 in conference play, 17-4 overall, and currently on a nine-game winning streak.

> USM allows a league-low 57.6 points per game, while also holding the opposition to 38.5 field goal percentage and 30 percent from 3-point range, the lowest marks in the league.  In addition the Golden Eagles' swarming defense averages 12.2 steals per game, which ranks first in the NCAA.

> The Golden Eagles have been extremely efficient on offense, owning the highest overall field goal percentage (48.6) and 3-point percentage (38.8).

> In total USM has eight players averaging more than 5.8 points per game, led by Dwayne Davis (13.2) in C-USA.  Other weapons on offense include - Jerrold Brooks (10.5 ppg), Michael Craig (9.2 ppg) and Jonathan Mills (9.0 ppg).

Last Meeting With Southern Miss In Bartow
The last time UAB and Southern Miss met in Bartow Arena, UAB earned a 71-61 victory back on Feb. 8, 2012.  Cameron Moore led UAB with 27 points and 12 rebounds.  

The game was tied at 49-all with eight minutes to go, but the Blazers scored seven straight points and held the lead the rest of the way.

Two Week Rewind
Two weeks ago when UAB and Southern Miss met in Hattiesburg, the Blazers led in the first half 18-11 after three consecutive 3-pointers by Terence Jones. However, USM went on a 27-9 run to close out the half and eventually earned the victory, 74-59.

Jones led the Blazers with 15 points, while Robert Williams added 12.

Swing Shines Off Bench
Jordan Swing has come off the bench the last three games and has flourished in his new role.  During the recent three-game stretch, Swing is averaging 20 points, 5.3 rebounds, 4.3 assists and 2.0 steals.  Against UTEP, Swing poured in a career-high 24 points, including the game-tying basket with five seconds left to send the game to overtime.

Comeback City
In the second half, UAB trailed UTEP 43-28 with 13:56 left in the game, but the Blazers used a 22-7 run to even up the score at 50-all with 6:08 left. Trailing by two point in the final seconds, Jordan Swing drove into the lane and made a layup with five seconds left to send the game to overtime. UAB eventually won 78-72 over the Miners.

UAB trailed at halftime against UTEP, 28-24, marking just the second time all season the Blazers overcame a halftime deficit. The other being against Prairie View A&M back on Nov. 20.

Extra Time With The Miners

UAB picked up its first conference victory of the season, defeating UTEP 78-72 in overtime at Bartow Arena on Wednesday.  It marked the third time in the last five meetings that the Blazers and Miners needed extra time to determine a winner.  All three of those overtime meetings took place in Bartow Arena, including a triple overtime victory for UAB, 100-97 (1/8/11).

Big Men Play Big Minutes
Against UTEP, UAB's starting center Fahro Alihodzic and forward Rod Rucker played 40 and 38 minutes respectively in the overtime victory.  For Alihodzic his minutes logged marked a career-high, while Rucker was one minute shy of his personal-best of 39 set against Houston the game prior to defeating the Miners.

Defense Cooks Up Turnovers
UAB forced UTEP into committing 21 turnovers in the overtime victory, 14 of which came after halftime.  It marked the eighth time this season the Blazers forced an opponent to make 20 or more turnovers in a game.



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