Southern Miss vs. UAB: Full Game Preview

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Southern Miss vs. UAB: Full Game Preview
Southern Miss
(17-4, 8-4 away)
UAB
(9-12, 8-3 home)
Venue: Bartow Arena
8:00PM ET / 5:00PM PT, February 02, 2013
Team Leaders
Points Rebounds Assists
Southern Miss D Davis 13.2 J Mills 6.7 N Watson 5.1
UAB R Rucker 14.3 R Rucker 8.4 T Jones 4.0

UAB hosts Southern Miss at Bartow Arena on Saturday. It takes place at 8:00 EST and you can catch it on CSS. The Blazers lost to the Golden Eagles 74-59 on January 19th and are 7-4 against them over the last four years.

UAB is 11th in the conference and Southern Miss is 1st. Both teams continue to jockey for position.

The Blazers got past Texas-El Paso 78-72 on January 30th with the help of 24 points and 6 steals from Jordan Swing. In addition to a team-leading 1.4 steals per game, he chips in 14.0 points per game. For the Golden Eagles, Jonathan Mills put up 9 points and 11 rebounds in the 62-59 win over Tulsa on January 26th. He averages 9.0 points per game in addition to a team-best 6.7 rebounds per game. From a tempo-free perspective, Southern Miss is strong in the following categories: offensive rebounding percentage at 42.1 and effective field goal percentage at 54.6.

Southern Miss StatSmack

  • Rod Rucker is ranked 7th in C-USA in rebounds.
  • Jordan Swing is ranked 10th in C-USA in three-pointers.
  • Keep filling up on cupcakes. UAB has a stronger schedule than Southern Miss this season (SOS Rank: #70 vs #149).
  • We're so much better than you, we get lazy. UAB has come back to win after being down at half against Southern Miss 7 times since 1998.
  • The UAB scoring leader (Rod Rucker) has more points than the Southern Miss scoring leader (Dwayne Davis).
  • It must sting. UAB has blown out Southern Miss by 20 points or more on 3 occasions since 2005.
  • UAB is better under pressure, and has defeated Southern Miss in 5 out of the last 9 games decided by 5 points or fewer.
  • You'll do better on next semester's exams, right? UAB currently has a higher Academic Progress Rate (927 to 922) than Southern Miss, per the NCAA.
  • AP voters think more highly of UAB and have put us in the AP Top 25 more often over the past 10 years than Southern Miss (10 vs 2).
  • Terence Jones is ranked 8th in C-USA in assists.
  • UAB takes less vacation, with more NCAA Tournament appearances over the last 10 years than Southern Miss (4 vs 1).
USM Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
B- Dwayne Davis 27 13 5 2 1 0 3
C+ Jerrold Brooks 29 10 2 2 2 0 1
C+ Michael Craig 20 9 5 2 2 0 2
C+ Neil Watson 30 9 3 5 2 0 3
C+ Jonathan Mills 27 9 7 1 1 0 2
C D. Boardingham 18 8 4 0 1 1 1
C- Norville Carey 14 6 3 0 1 0 1
C- Rashard McGill 18 5 3 1 1 0 1
C- Cedric Jenkins 15 6 1 1 1 0 1
D+ Deon Edwin 12 2 2 1 1 0 1
D+ Jamie Chapman 2 1 0 0 0 0 0
D+ C. Robbins 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
UAB Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
B Rod Rucker 33 14 8 2 1 1 3
B Jordan Swing 30 14 6 3 1 0 2
C Fahro Alihodzic 24 10 4 1 1 1 1
C Robert Williams 26 9 6 1 1 0 2
C Terence Jones 29 10 2 4 1 0 3
C Jekore Tyler 13 7 2 1 1 0 1
C Preston Purifoy 22 7 3 1 1 0 2
D+ Quincy Taylor 17 2 2 2 1 0 2
D Karl Moton 2 1 0 0 0 0 0
D A. Scotland-Williamson 5 1 0 0 0 0 1
D- Isiah Jones 12 3 1 1 1 0 1
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