UCF vs. UAB: Full Game Preview

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UCF vs. UAB: Full Game Preview
UCF
(19-10, 4-5 away)
UAB
(15-14, 11-4 home)
Venue: Bartow Arena
7:00PM ET / 4:00PM PT, March 06, 2013
Team Leaders
Points Rebounds Assists
UCF I Sykes 15.6 K Clanton 8.6 I Sykes 4.6
UAB R Rucker 14.6 R Rucker 8.1 T Jones 3.7

On Wednesday, UAB plays host to UCF at Bartow Arena. Tipoff is at 7 p.m. EST and you can catch it on CSS. The Blazers fell to the Knights 64-48 on Jan. 9 and are 4-4 against them over the last four years.

UAB is in fifth place in the Conference USA and needs to keep pace with UCF, who is currently in fourth place. UAB has won four straight.

In their last outing, behind 21 points and 11 rebounds from Rod Rucker, the Blazers defeated Southern Methodist 74-69 on Mar. 2. He leads the team in points with 14.6 per game, rebounds with 8.1 per game, and blocks with 0.8 per game. For the Knights, Keith Clanton put up 29 points and six rebounds in the 76-67 loss to Memphis on Mar. 2. With 8.6 rebounds per game and 2.1 blocks per game, he has team-best marks in both categories.

UCF StatSmack

  • AP voters think more highly of UAB and ranked them in the AP Top 25 more often over the past 10 years than UCF (10 vs. four).
  • Rod Rucker is ranked 7th in Conference USA in rebounds.
  • The UAB three-point leader (Jordan Swing, 52 three-pointers) has more three-pointers than the UCF three-point leader (Tristan Spurlock, 39 three-pointers).
  • UAB is a better free-throw-shooting team (72.8 percent vs. 64.4 percent) than UCF this season.
  • UAB has a stronger schedule than UCF this season (SOS Rank: No. 116 vs. No. 133).
  • Terence Jones is ranked 8th in Conference USA in assists.
  • UAB players are more experienced than UCF players (13,889 minutes played vs. 11,902 minutes played).
  • UAB has more NCAA Tournament appearances over the last 10 years than UCF (four vs. two).
  • Over the past 10 years, UAB has had more players drafted by the NBA than UCF (two vs. one).
  • UAB has more wins over the last 5 years than UCF (121 vs. 110).
UCF Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
B+ Keith Clanton 0 15 9 3 1 2 3
B+ Isaiah Sykes 0 16 7 5 2 0 3
B- T. Spurlock 33 11 6 2 1 1 1
C+ C. Newell Jr. 32 11 2 3 1 0 2
C Kasey Wilson 24 9 4 1 1 1 1
D+ Daiquan Walker 21 4 2 2 0 0 1
D+ Matt Williams 15 5 1 1 0 0 0
D Staphon Blair 7 2 1 0 0 0 0
D Robert King III 3 1 1 0 0 0 0
D Rod Days 9 1 1 0 1 0 0
D Dylan Karell 5 1 1 0 0 0 0
D Tyler Coons 3 0 0 0 0 0 0
D- Bobby Horodyski 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
D- Isaac Lang 2 1 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+ Robert Williams 27 9 6 2 1 0 2
C Fahro Alihodzic 25 10 5 1 1 1 1
C Terence Jones 27 9 2 4 1 0 3
C Preston Purifoy 22 8 3 1 1 0 1
C Jekore Tyler 13 7 2 1 1 0 1
D+ Quincy Taylor 21 4 2 3 1 0 2
D+ Isiah Jones 11 3 1 1 1 0 1
D Karl Moton 2 1 0 0 0 0 0
D A. Scotland-Williamson 5 1 1 0 0 0 1
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