Bama/UTC game notes

Pettway 5th in SEC assists/turnovers

In a rivalry that is now 87 years old, the No. 22 (November 26-Dec. 2, both polls) ranked University of Alabama men's basketball team, 5-1, will play the University of Tennessee Chattanooga Mocs on Monday, December 3, 2001.

NEXT GAME:

  • No. 22 ALABAMA VS. University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
  • Monday, December 3, 2001
  • Coleman Coliseum (15,316 capacity), Tuscaloosa, Alabama
  • 8:00 p.m. CT

TICKETS:

Available; $12 adults; youth ticket $6 for age 15 & under Uof A Home Game Tickets: UofA Ticket Office (205) 348-BAMA or SouthTix 800-240-2300. Season Tickets can be ordered on www.rolltide.com

Television:

Fox SportsNet (with Bob Rathbun and Charles Davis)

RADIO:

Crimson Tide Sports Network with Eli Gold and Tom Roberts, WVUA 90.7 FM (UofA Campus Station) for home campus games only

INTERNET:

Live audio of CTSN's radio broadcast is available on the internet on www.rolltide.com. Tide basketball information is available there as well as on www.markgottfried.com and www.crimsontradition.com.

No. 22 AP/No. 22 ESPN/USA Today ALABAMA (5-1 OVERALL, 0-0 SEC):

  • F- 35 Erwin Dudley 6-8, 260, JR, Uniontown 12.7 ppg/7.5 rpg
  • C- 42 Kenny Walker 6-9, 230, JR, Jacksonville, Fla. 9.8 ppg/5.3 rpg/2.0 bpg
  • G- 21 Rod Grizzard 6-8, 200, JR, Birmingham 16.0 ppg/6.7 rpg
  • G- 14 Terrance Meade 6-2, 190, JR, Scottsboro 11.3 ppg/3.0 rpg/2.2 apg
  • G- 25 Mo Williams 6-1, 185, FR, Jackson, Miss. 10.0 ppg/3.7 rpg/4.8 apg
  • Head Coach: Mark Gottfried (Alabama, 1987)

UT Chattanooga Mocs (2-3 going into a December 1 game at Kent State)

  • F-03 Neil Ashby 6-8, 200, SR, Atlanta, Ga.
  • F-40 Nick Benson 6-5, 210, JR, St. Louis, MO./Moberly JC
  • C-44 Dusty Pullian 6-8, 215, SR, Benton Harbor, Mich./Southeastern CC
  • G-20 Clyde McCully 6-0, 173, SR, Beaumont, Texas/Northern Iowa CC
  • G-21 Toot Young 6-3, 175, SR, Norfolk, Va./Bervard JC
  • HeadCoach: Henry Dickerson (Morris Harvey, 1973)

THE HEAD COACHES

ALABAMA: Mark Gottfried; 128-67 (.656%) in 7 (6 complete) seasons overall, 60-43 (.583%) in 4th season at Alabama; 2 NCAA appearances (1997 & 1998) at Murray State; 3 NIT appearances (1996 at MSU, 1999 & 2001 at UA); Assistant for UCLA's 1995 NCAA Champions team; 3 NCAA Sweet 16 appearances as a UA player 1985-86-87.

UTC: Henry Dickerson; 58-62 (.483%) in 5 (4 complete) seasons at UTC & overall; Dickerson was a Mocs assistant for 8 seasons before becoming head coach, during which UTC won six Southern Conference regular season and four conference tournament championships & made four NCAA tournament appearances, including the 1997 Sweet 16.

KEY GAME NOTES

  • CTSN'S "Hey Coach" radio show will air from 7-7:30 p.m. CT on Monday, Dec. 3 and will be followed by the UTC game
  • Game will be televised on Fox SportsNet
  • Former Tide player Neil Ashby (1998 & 1999, two seasons) plays for the Mocs
  • Alabama leads the series, which dates back to 1914, 13 wins to 3 by UTC. Last meeting was in 2000 in Huntsville
  • Game is 3rd of three straight home games the Tide has played. It travels to Anaheim, Calif., for the John Wooden Classic where it will play Mark Gottfried's old UCLA team (he was an assistant coach there 8 seasons) on December 8

Fox SportsNet Will Broadcast the Game

The Alabama-Chattanooga game will mark the first of five scheduled appearances by the Crimson Tide on Fox SportsNet. Bob Rathbun will provide the play-by-play and Charles Davis the color commentary. Andy Pollack is the producer.

Fox SportsNet will also carry the December 8 UCLA game in the John R. Wooden Classic (tipoff at 6 p.m. CT/4 p.m. PT), the December 27 Notre Dame game in the Sugar Bowl Classic (7 p.m. CT), the January 5 LSU game in Tuscaloosa (6 p.m. CT), and the January 12 Auburn game in Auburn (4 p.m. CT).

Series Is an Old One

The first time Alabama and UTC ever played one another was in 1914 in Chattanooga. It was Alabama's second season of fielding a men's basketball team. Alabama won 33-23. Ten years later the two teams met again for a second game which was also played in Chattanooga. This time the Mocs won 31-27.

Alabama leads the overall series 13 wins to three by UTC. UTC's wins came in 1924, 1937 and 1994. In fact, the 1994 win marked the last visit UTC made to Tuscaloosa. Alabama and Chattanooga played one another in December 1999, but that game took place in Huntsville's Van Braun Civic Center. Alabama won 75-51.

Mocs Leading Scorer is Former Tide Player

Neil Ashby, UTC's 6-foot-8, 200 pound senior forward, is the Mocs leading scorer. He's also a former Alabama player. Ashby played one season for David Hobbs his true freshman year and then played a season for Mark Gottfried in Gottfried's first season in 1998-99. Ashby transferred from Alabama following that year and had to sit out the 1999-2000 season as a transfer.

The Atlanta native came off the bench at Alabama, playing in 45 games (out of a possible 62). He averaged 2.2 points and 1.0 rebounds his sophomore year and 2.6 points and 1.8 rebounds as a freshman. He was nicknamed "Grasshopper" by the Alabama coaches and players his freshman year because of his leaping ability.

The only players on the current Tide team who were playing for Alabama and were Ashby's teammates are junior guard Travis Stinnett and senior forward Solomon Davis. (Stinnett was declared a medical redshirt after playing in four games that 1998-99 season and Davis was a freshman redshirt that year. Three members of Alabama's coaching staff were here then, including head coach Mark Gottfried, assistant coach Philip Pearson and director of basketball operations Darron Boatright.

Mocs Feature a Local Player on Roster

Coming back home to play Alabama in his hometown is UTC's 6-foot-5 junior guard Tim Parker. Parker was born in Tuscaloosa on March 26, 1980 to Tim and Cathy Parker. His father, Tim, played at Alabama from 1962-65 on Hayden Riley's Tide teams.

Parker prepped at The Baylor School in Chattanooga, however, averaging 20.9 points and 10.3 rebounds there his senior year.

Tim's dad, Tim, is a Tuscaloosa native who prepped at then Tuscaloosa High School. He was coached by some familiar faces who frequent Alabama's courtside, Marion "Pete" Pearson who has a radio sports talk show on Tuscaloosa's WTBC and Billy Henderson, who has been a referee at Alabama's football practices.

Old Friends/High School Rivals Reunite

Sitting on opposite benches Monday night will be two old friends from Jacksonville, Fla., Alabama junior center Kenny Walker and UTC senior forward Michael Townsend. The two are hometown friends. In high school their teams played against one another, Walker at Wolfson and Townsend at Jean Ribault.

Third of Three At Home for Bama

Alabama is playing its third of three straight home games played within seven days time. The string started on Monday, November 26 with Alabama's 76-61 win against Utah. It continued on Thursday, November 29 with a 90-61 win against McNeese State and concludes with Monday night's December 3 date with Chattanooga.

Alabama will then hit the road for one game in the John R. Wooden Classic. Alabama plays UCLA in Anaheim on Saturday, December 8 at 6 p.m. CT/4 p.m.PT. (Arizona and Purdue play the event's opening game). That trip will be a nostalgic one for Tide head coach Mark Gottfried who was an assistant at UCLA for eight years, including its 1995 National Champions season. He was an assistant along with Steve Lavin who is now UCLA's head coach. Gottfried is also a friend of the man the event is named after, John Wooden, and visited with Coach Wooden as recently as this past August.

Tide's Offense is Producing

After six games, the Crimson Tide is averaging 84.2 points a game, topping at 107 in the season opener against Mississippi Valley State. Alabama has outscored its opponents by an average of 20 points (opponents are averaging 64.2 on the Tide).

Two Tide Players Among SEC's Top 20 Scorers

Helping fuel Alabama's offense are two junior starters who both rank among the SEC's top 20 in scoring. Rod Grizzard (16.0) ranks among the top 10 in the league and Erwin Dudley ranks among the second ten (12.7).

Dudley's the SEC's Most Accurate Shooter

Going into the weekend's round of SEC games, Erwin Dudley is the SEC leader in field goal percentage. In six games the Uniontown native has made 35 of his 56 attempted shots from the field for 62.5 percent.

Walker Bats Down Cowboys

Tide junior Kenny Walker set a career best-and pulled together the SEC's second best numbers so far this season-when he blocked five shots against McNeese State on Thursday night (November 29). (Auburn's Kyle Davis blocked six against High Point on November 16).

Four Bama Players In Double Digits

Four Alabama players, including a freshman, are averaging in double digits in scoring and a fifth is just two/tenths of a point away from joining them.

Rod Grizzard leads the Tide at 16.0 points a game. Erwin Dudley is averaging 12.7, Terrance Meade 11.3 and freshman Mo Williams 10.0. Kenny Walker is close on the trail-he's averaging 9.8 points a game.

Dudley Leads Tide Under the Boards

Erwin Dudley continues to lead the Crimson Tide in rebounding, averaging 7.5 boards a game. Dudley has 640 career rebounds now (9.0 average), a total that moves him into 20th place now in Alabama's all-time top 20 career rebounders. Next on his move up list is Derrick McKey's spot at 19th with 643.

Tide at No. 22 in Both Nov. 29-Dec. 2 Polls

With a week that included a win against then No. 12/14 Memphis last Wednesday in the Guardians Classic 3rd place (of 16 teams) game and a seven point loss to No. 5 Missouri, Alabama remains at No. 22 in both the Associated Press and the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Polls.

Bama's opponents still dot the list of the nation's Top 25 teams, including (listed 1st with AP ranking then ESPN) No. 3/No. 11 UCLA, No. 5/No. 5 Missouri, No. 7/No. 6 Florida, No. 10/No. 14 Kentucky, No. 12/No. 19 Memphis, and No. 25 Temple.

Several more Tide opponents are receiving Top 25 votes, including Ole Miss, Tennessee, Notre Dame, Arkansas, Mississippi State, Auburn and Utah.

Bama In Nov. 30 League Stats, TEAM:

  • Scoring: 2nd
  • Scoring Margin: 3rd
  • Field Goal Percentage: 3rd
  • 3-Pt Field Goal Percentage Defense: 3rd
  • Turnover Margin: 3rd
  • Assist/Turnover Ratio: 3rd (1.24)
  • Turnover Margin: 3rd
  • Defensive Rebounds: 3rd
  • Field Goal Percentage Defense: 4th
  • Blocked Shots: 4th

Bama In Nov. 30 League Stats, INDIVIDUAL:

  • Scoring: Rod Grizzard 8th, Erwin Dudley 19th
  • Rebounding: Erwin Dudley 10th, Rod Grizzard 13th
  • Field Goal %: Erwin Dudley 1st, Rod Grizzard 9th
  • Assists: Mo Williams 5th
  • 3-Pt FG%: Earnest Shelton 5th
  • Blocked Shots: Kenny Walker 4th, Rod Grizzard 8th
  • Assist/Turnover Ratio: at 5th Antoine Pettway 4.67;
  • At 9th Terrance Meade 3.25
  • Offensive rebounds: Kenny Walker 5th
  • Defensive rebounds: 8th Rod Grizzard & Erwin Dudley (tied)

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