UAB Blazers men's basketball

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UAB Blazers
2014–15 UAB Blazers men's basketball team
UAB Blazers athletic logo
University University of Alabama at Birmingham
Conference C-USA
East Division
Location Birmingham, AL
Head coach Jerod Haase (2nd year)
Arena Bartow Arena
(Capacity: 8,508)
Nickname Blazers
Colors

Green, Old Gold, and White

                  
Uniforms
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Home jersey
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Team colours
Home
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Away jersey
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Team colours
Away
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Alternate jersey
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Team colours
Alternate
NCAA Tournament Elite Eight
1982
NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen
1981, 1982, 2004
NCAA Tournament appearances
1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1990, 1994, 1999, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2011
Conference tournament champions
1982, 1983, 1984, 1987
Conference regular season champions
1981, 1982, 1990, 1999, 2004, 2011

The UAB Blazers men's basketball team represents the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) in the National Collegiate Athletic Association's (NCAA) Division I men's college basketball, and have competed in Conference USA (C-USA) since 1995. UAB is led by head coach Jerod Haase.

History[edit]

The UAB Blazers, in effect, started their entire athletics program with the creation of a men's basketball team in 1978. Setting high standards from the start, UAB hired former UCLA, University of Illinois and Memphis head coach Gene Bartow.[1][2] Known to many as the "Father of UAB athletics", Bartow led the Blazers to almost instant success. Since their inaugural season, the Blazers have made 14 appearances in the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament including 3 Sweet Sixteen appearances and 1 Elite Eight appearance.[3] UAB has also appeared in the NIT a total of 11 times, including 2 appearances in the NIT Final Four.[3] After 33 years of basketball, UAB has had 30 winning seasons including wins over Kentucky, North Carolina, Indiana, Louisville, Alabama, Florida, LSU, Virginia, Villanova, Cincinnati, Connecticut and Memphis, among others.[3] UAB has been ranked in the Associated Press Top 25 Poll many times in school history and as recently as 2010.[3]

Conference affiliations[edit]

Coaches[edit]

UAB Men's Basketball Coaches
Coach Years Wins-Losses
Gene Bartow 1978–1996 365–204 (.641)
Murry Bartow 1996–2002 103–83 (.554)
Mike Anderson 2002–2006 89–41 (.685)
Mike Davis 2006–2012 123–75 (.621)
Jerod Haase 2012–Present 34–29 (.540)
Overall 714–429 (.625)
[4]

Season by Season Records[edit]

Season Coach Overall Conference Standing Postseason
UAB (Independent) (1978–1979)
1978–1979 Gene Bartow 15–11
UAB (Sun Belt Conference) (1979–1991)
1979–1980 Gene Bartow 18–12 10–4 T–2nd NIT 1st Round
1980–1981 Gene Bartow 23–9 9–3 T–1st NCAA Sweet 16
1981–1982 Gene Bartow 25–6 9–1 1st NCAA Elite 8
1982–1983 Gene Bartow 19–14 9–5 3rd NCAA 1st Round
1983–1984 Gene Bartow 23–11 8–6 5th NCAA 1st Round
1984–1985 Gene Bartow 25–9 11–3 2nd NCAA 2nd Round
1985–1986 Gene Bartow 25–11 9–5 T–3rd NCAA 2nd Round
1986–1987 Gene Bartow 21–11 10–4 3rd NCAA 1st Round
1987–1988 Gene Bartow 16–15 7–7 5th
1988–1989 Gene Bartow 22–12 8–6 4th NIT Final Four
1989–1990 Gene Bartow 22–9 12–2 1st NCAA 1st Round
1990–1991 Gene Bartow 18–13 9–5 2nd NIT 1st Round
UAB (Great Midwest Conference) (1991–1995)
1991–1992 Gene Bartow 20–9 4–6 5th NIT 1st Round
1992–1993 Gene Bartow 21–14 5–5 4th NIT Final Four
1993–1994 Gene Bartow 22–8 8–4 T–2nd NCAA 1st Round
1994–1995 Gene Bartow 15–15 5–7 6th
UAB (Conference USA) (1995–Present)
1995–1996 Gene Bartow 16–14 6–8 2nd (Red)
1996–1997 Murry Bartow 18–14 7–7 2nd (Red) NIT 1st Round
1997–1998 Murry Bartow 21–12 10–6 2nd (National) NIT 2nd Round
1998–1999 Murry Bartow 20–12 10–6 1st (National) NCAA 1st Round
1999–2000 Murry Bartow 14–14 7–9 T–3rd (National)
2000–2001 Murry Bartow 17–14 8–8 4th (National)
2001–2002 Murry Bartow 13–17 6–10 T–4th (National)
2002–2003 Mike Anderson 21–13 8–8 T–2nd (National) NIT Quarterfinals
2003–2004 Mike Anderson 22–10 12–4 T–1st NCAA Sweet 16
2004–2005 Mike Anderson 22–11 10–6 T–4th NCAA 2nd Round
2005–2006 Mike Anderson 24–7 12–2 2nd NCAA 1st Round
2006–2007 Mike Davis 15–16 7–9 T–8th
2007–2008 Mike Davis 23–11 12–4 2nd NIT 2nd Round
2008–2009 Mike Davis 22–12 11–5 3rd NIT 1st Round
2009–2010 Mike Davis 25–9 11–5 T–3rd NIT Quarterfinals
2010–2011 Mike Davis 22–9 12–4 1st NCAA 1st Round
2011–2012 Mike Davis 15–16 9–7 T–5th
2012–2013 Jerod Haase 16–17 7–9 T-7th
2013–2014 Jerod Haase 18-12 7-9 T-8th
Total: 714–429

      National champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion

Post-season[edit]

Rivalries[edit]

Rivalries
Rival First meeting Last meeting Overall record
Memphis Tigers 1984 2011 Memphis Leads 34–10
Auburn Tigers 1982 1999 UAB Leads 10–7

Players[edit]

Retired jerseys[edit]

Retired Basketball Jerseys
Number Player Years
14 Steve Mitchell 1982–1986
20 Oliver Robinson 1978–1982
40 Jerome Mincy 1982–1986
[5]

Since UAB established its basketball program, only 3 jerseys have been retired and now hang in the rafters of Bartow Arena. It was decided early on in UAB's basketball program that such an honor would only be bestowed on those players that earned AP All-America honors and who completed their degree at UAB.

In the NBA[edit]

UAB has also seen a number of its players move on to a professional career in the NBA.[6] Some of UAB's highest NBA draft picks include:

Other former Blazers to move on to the NBA include:

Facilities[edit]

UAB vs. Tulsa at Bartow Arena
Main article: Bartow Arena

UAB initially played their games at the Birmingham–Jefferson Convention Complex Arena, but moved its games to the on-campus facility beginning with the 1988–89 season.[7] Originally known as UAB Arena, the name was officially changed to Bartow Arena on January 25, 1997.[8] The 8,508-seat arena is named after Gene Bartow, the coach who largely built the school's men's basketball program from scratch over the last quarter of the 20th century.[7][8]

References[edit]

General[edit]

Specific[edit]

  1. ^ Florence, Mal (June 14, 1977). "Bartow takes job and heads South". Los Angeles Times. p. D1. 
  2. ^ "It's official: Bartow leaves UCLA for Birmingham post". The Herald-Journal. Associated Press. June 15, 1977. p. D1. Retrieved March 20, 2011. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f 2010–11 UAB Basketball Information Guide, pp. 118–123
  4. ^ 2010–11 UAB Basketball Information Guide, p. 102
  5. ^ 2010–11 UAB Basketball Information Guide, p. 103
  6. ^ 2010–11 UAB Basketball Information Guide, p. 115
  7. ^ a b 2010–11 UAB Basketball Information Guide, p. 60
  8. ^ a b Scarbinsky, Kevin (January 26, 1997). "Bartows still on the go". The Birmingham News. p. B16. 
  9. ^ a b 2010–11 UAB Basketball Information Guide, p. 62