Southern Methodist vs. UAB: Full Game Preview

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Southern Methodist vs. UAB: Full Game Preview
Southern Methodist
(15-16, 7-9 away)
UAB
(15-16, 11-5 home)
Venue: Bank of Oklahoma Center
4:30PM ET / 1:30PM PT, March 13, 2013
Team Leaders
Points Rebounds Assists
Southern Methodist N Russell 14.2 J Jones 7.6 N Russell 4.4
UAB R Rucker 14.5 R Rucker 8.3 T Jones 5.0

UAB meets Southern Methodist in the first round of the Conference USA Tournament at Bank of Oklahoma Center on Wednesday. The game tips off at 4:30 p.m. EST. The Blazers defeated the Mustangs 74-69 on Mar. 2 and are 5-0 against them over the past four years.

In their last game on Mar. 9, Jordan Swing put up 19 points and seven rebounds for the Blazers in a loss to Memphis, 86-71. He is averaging 14.1 points per game and leads the team in steals with 1.2 per game. For the Mustangs, Cannen Cunningham put up 15 points and five rebounds in the 76-63 loss to Texas-El Paso on Mar. 9. He is averaging 9.3 points per game in addition to a team-best 1.9 blocks per game.

In terms of team stats, UAB has an advantage in a single key area, scoring, where the Blazers have an edge over the Mustangs, 72.2 points per game to 64.9 points per game.

Southern Methodist StatSmack

  • UAB has a better conference record than Southern Methodist this season (7-9 vs. 5-11).
  • UAB has more NCAA Tournament appearances over the last 10 years than Southern Methodist (four vs. zero).
  • UAB has a stronger schedule than Southern Methodist this season (SOS Rank: No. 108 vs. No. 229).
  • UAB is bigger. The average weight of the top 8 players on UAB is 206 lbs compared to 199 lbs for Southern Methodist.
  • UAB has a better record at home than Southern Methodist this season (11-4 vs. 7-7).
  • UAB attacks the glass, with more rebounds (37.2 per game vs. 33.7 per game) than Southern Methodist this season.
  • UAB has a better record in close games than Southern Methodist this season (5-4 vs. 4-6).
  • The UAB scoring leader (Rod Rucker, 449 points) has more points than the Southern Methodist scoring leader (Nick Russell, 439 points).
  • UAB has a much better overall winning percentage over the last 10 years (63.7 percent to 43.6 percent).
  • UAB has an average margin of victory of 9 over Southern Methodist in eight wins since 1983.
SMU Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
B- Jalen Jones 0 14 8 1 1 1 2
C+ Nick Russell 0 14 4 4 1 0 4
C+ Ryan Manuel 0 12 4 2 1 0 2
C+ C. Cunningham 32 9 6 2 1 2 2
C Shawn Williams 0 9 5 2 1 1 2
D Brian Bernardi 11 3 1 0 0 0 1
D London Giles 14 3 1 1 1 0 1
D Uche Ofoegbu 8 1 1 0 0 0 0
D- J. Dickerson 4 1 1 0 0 0 0
UAB Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
B Rod Rucker 0 14 8 2 1 1 3
B Jordan Swing 30 14 6 3 1 0 2
C+ Fahro Alihodzic 25 10 5 1 1 1 1
C+ Robert Williams 27 9 6 1 1 0 2
C Terence Jones 26 8 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
C- 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
F Terence Jones 22 13 1 5 0 0 2
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