UAB Blazers men's basketball

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UAB Blazers
2017–18 UAB Blazers men's basketball team
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University University of Alabama at Birmingham
Head coach Robert Ehsan (2nd season)
Conference C-USA
Location Birmingham, Alabama
Arena Bartow Arena
(Capacity: 8,508)
Nickname Blazers
Colors Forest Green and Old Gold[1]
         
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 Round of 32
1981, 1982, 1985, 1986, 2004, 2005, 2015
NCAA Tournament appearances
1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1990, 1994, 1999, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2011, 2015
Conference tournament champions
1982, 1983, 1984, 1987, 2015
Conference regular season champions
1981, 1982, 1990, 2004, 2011, 2016

The UAB Blazers men's basketball team represents the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) in the NCAA Division I men's college basketball, and have competed in Conference USA (C-USA) since 1995.

History[edit]

The UAB Blazers started their athletics program with the creation of men's basketball in 1978. Setting high standards from the start, UAB was able to lure Gene Bartow away from his post as the head coach at UCLA to start the Blazer program.[2][3] Known as the "Father of UAB athletics," Coach Bartow was able to guide the Blazers to early success by reaching the NCAA tournament in just their third season of existence. Since their inaugural season, the Blazers have made 15 appearances in the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament, and 12 appearances in the National Invitational Tournament. UAB has been productive in its NCAA tournament appearances, reaching the Elite Eight once, and the Sweet Sixteen 3 times.[4] After 40 years of basketball, UAB has had 36 winning seasons, including 24 seasons with at least 20 wins. UAB's win percentage ranks 30th among NCAA Division I basketball programs with at least 40 seasons. UAB's basketball program has featured wins over many of basketball's most historic programs, including Kentucky, North Carolina, Indiana, Louisville, Kansas, Arizona, Michigan State, Virginia, Villanova, Connecticut and many others.[4]

Conference affiliations[edit]

UAB Head Coaches[edit]

UAB Men's Basketball Coaches
Coach Years Wins-Losses NCAA Tournament Appearances
Gene Bartow 1978–1996 366–203 (.643) 9
Murry Bartow 1996–2002 103–83 (.554) 1
Mike Anderson 2002–2006 89–41 (.685) 3
Mike Davis 2006–2012 123–75 (.621) 1
Jerod Haase 2012– 2016 80–53 (.602) 1
Robert Ehsan 2016–present 37–29 (.561) 0
Overall 40 years 797–521 (.605) 15

UAB 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 First Four
2011–2012 Mike Davis 15–16 9–7 T–5th
2012–2013 Jerod Haase 16–17 7–9 T-7th
2013–2014 Jerod Haase 18–13 7–9 T-8th
2014–2015 Jerod Haase 20–16 12–6 T-4th NCAA 3rd Round
2015–2016 Jerod Haase 26–7 16–2 1st NIT 1st Round
2016–2017 Robert Ehsan 17–16 9–9 7th
2017–2018 Robert Ehsan 20-13 10-8 6th
Total: 797–521

      National champion         Postseason invitational 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

Postseason Results[edit]

Highest Seeds Beaten in NCAA Tournament[edit]

Year Seed Opponent Result/Score
2004 1 Kentucky W 76–74
1982 1 Virginia W 68–66
1981 2 Kentucky W 69–62
2015 3 Iowa State W 60–59

UAB Rivalry Games[edit]

Rivalry Games
Rival First meeting Last meeting Overall record
Auburn 1982 2017 Tied 10–10
Old Dominion 1983 2018 UAB leads 20–11
Charlotte 1980 2018 UAB leads 31–16
Western Kentucky 1981 2018 UAB leads 23–15
Middle Tennessee 1986 2018 UAB leads 10-7
Memphis 1984 2017 UM leads 37–11

Awards[edit]

Conference Coach of the Year[edit]

Year Conference Coach
2004 Conference USA Mike Anderson
2011 Conference USA Mike Davis
2016 Conference USA Jerod Haase

Conference Player of the Year[edit]

Year Conference Position Player
1982 Sun Belt Shooting Guard Oliver Robinson
2011 Conference USA Point Guard Aaron Johnson

All--Conference Players Since 2012[edit]

Year Conference Team Position Player
2012 Conference USA 1st Forward Cameron Moore
2013 Conference USA 2nd Forward Rod Rucker
2014 Conference USA 1st Guard Chad Frazier
2015 Conference USA 3rd Guard Robert Brown
2016 Conference USA 2nd Forward Chris Cokley
2016 Conference USA 3rd Guard Nick Norton
2016 Conference USA 1st Guard Robert Brown
2016 Conference USA 3rd Forward William Lee
2017 Conference USA 2nd Forward William Lee
2018 Conference USA 1st Forward Chris Cokley

Blazers of Note[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
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UAB has retired just 3 jerseys since its inception and they now hang from the rafters of Bartow Arena. This honor is bestowed only on players who earn AP All-America honors and who complete their degree at UAB.

In the NBA[edit]

UAB has seen numerous players move on to professional careers in the NBA.[6] Some of UAB's highest NBA draft picks include:

Other former Blazers to play in the NBA are:

UAB Basketball Facilities[edit]

UAB initially played their home games at the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex Arena, but moved their home games to an on-campus facility starting 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 Coach Gene Bartow, the man who built UAB's men's basketball program from scratch starting in 1978.[7][8]

References[edit]

General[edit]

Specific[edit]

  1. ^ "UAB - Brand Toolkit - Colors". Uab.edu. Retrieved March 25, 2016. 
  2. ^ Florence, Mal (June 14, 1977). "Bartow takes job and heads South". Los Angeles Times. p. D1. 
  3. ^ "It's official: Bartow leaves UCLA for Birmingham post". The Herald-Journal. Associated Press. June 15, 1977. p. D1. Retrieved March 20, 2011. 
  4. ^ a b c d 2010–11 UAB Basketball Information Guide, pp. 118–123
  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

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