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December 3

Happy Birthday to Bartow Arena. The first game played at Bartow Arena, called UAB Arena at the time occurred on this date in 1988. UAB has won over 81% of its games at Bartow Arena. Since then, it has been the site of basketball games, political rallies, concerts, funerals and a heavyweight boxing championship.

The Games
UAB is 8-3 on this date but have lost the last theee games

1980 - UAB defeated Butler 87-57.

1988 - UAB's opponent on Bartow Arena's opening night was Vanderbilt. A Blazer crowd of 8387 witnessed UAB take down the Commodores, who had beaten #13 Louisville earlier in the week. Andy Kennedy led the Blazers with 26 points in the 76-69 win. UAB would lose only 4 games in the Arena over the next four years.

1991 - UAB defeated Prairie View A&M 110-49, the second highest margin of victory ever for the Blazers.

1994 - UAB won at Cal State Northridge 84-62.
1995 - In Gene Bartow's last game vs. auburn, UAB traveled to Auburn and won 66-54.
2003 - UAB beat Birmingham Southern 90-67.

2005 - Marvett McDonald scored 22 points as UAB traveled to Nebraska and beat the Cornhuskers 73-72. Demario Eddins hit a driving layup with 4 seconds to go to win the game.

2008 - UAB went to overtime today beat South Florida in Birmingham, but pulled out the win 78-77 when Paul Delaney hit two free throws with 14.5 seconds to go. Delaney had tied the game to tie the game in regulation and send the game to overtime.

2010 - Cameron Moore scored 20 points and led the Blazers on a valiant second half comeback at Georgia, but it wasn't enough as the Bulldogs held the Blazers off and won 66-64.

2016 - Last year on this date, the Blazers hosted Auburn at Bartow Arena. Auburn hit 11 three pointers as they won the game 74-70. UAB's was hampered by Chris Cokley's ejection from the game for arguing with the referee over a call.

Blazer Birthdays
Born today in 1964 was Greg Matta who played one year as a freshman from 1983-1984 before transferring to Southern Illinois. He is now a very successful high school coach in the Atlanta area. He is also the older brother of former Ohio State coach Thad Matta.
Great atmosphere at that Vandy game and a great win. C.M. Newton, Barry Goheen, and Will Perdue for the Dores.

When's the last time an SEC team that isn't Auburn came to Bartow? Seems like it's been a while.
Georgia and LSU came not long ago.
After so many years at the BJCC coliseum, I remember that first year at Bartow Arena thinking, this is nice, but it just doesn't feel like home. I know think that when we play downtown.
2005–worst game ever for me.
It was my first year in Iowa. A friend flew up from Bham and got us 5 seats right behind UABs bench (courtesy of an assistant coach).
It was the first blizzard I had ever seen, so we let a Minnesota native drive...we somehow took a wrong turn on what should’ve been a perfectly straight drive...made it almost to Kansas before the driver realized we were going the wrong way...missed the game.
My friend got a call from the coach asking why there were 5 empty seats behind him.
(12-03-2017 10:10 AM)Memphis Blazer Wrote: [ -> ]Georgia and LSU came not long ago.

LSU was here in December 2014.
(12-03-2017 09:20 AM)Memphis Blazer Wrote: [ -> ]December 3

Happy Birthday to Bartow Arena. The first game played at Bartow Arena, called UAB Arena at the time occurred on this date in 1988. UAB has won over 81% of its games at Bartow Arena. Since then, it has been the site of basketball games, political rallies, concerts, funerals and a heavyweight boxing championship.

The Games
UAB is 8-3 on this date but have lost the last theee games

1980 - UAB defeated Butler 87-57.

1988 - UAB's opponent on Bartow Arena's opening night was Vanderbilt. A Blazer crowd of 8387 witnessed UAB take down the Commodores, who had beaten #13 Louisville earlier in the week. Andy Kennedy led the Blazers with 26 points in the 76-69 win. UAB would lose only 4 games in the Arena over the next four years.

1991 - UAB defeated Prairie View A&M 110-49, the second highest margin of victory ever for the Blazers.

1994 - UAB won at Cal State Northridge 84-62.
1995 - In Gene Bartow's last game vs. auburn, UAB traveled to Auburn and won 66-54.
2003 - UAB beat Birmingham Southern 90-67.

2005 - Marvett McDonald scored 22 points as UAB traveled to Nebraska and beat the Cornhuskers 73-72. Demario Eddins hit a driving layup with 4 seconds to go to win the game.

2008 - UAB went to overtime today beat South Florida in Birmingham, but pulled out the win 78-77 when Paul Delaney hit two free throws with 14.5 seconds to go. Delaney had tied the game to tie the game in regulation and send the game to overtime.

2010 - Cameron Moore scored 20 points and led the Blazers on a valiant second half comeback at Georgia, but it wasn't enough as the Bulldogs held the Blazers off and won 66-64.

2016 - Last year on this date, the Blazers hosted Auburn at Bartow Arena. Auburn hit 11 three pointers as they won the game 74-70. UAB's was hampered by Chris Cokley's ejection from the game for arguing with the referee over a call.

Blazer Birthdays
Born today in 1964 was Greg Matta who played one year as a freshman from 1983-1984 before transferring to Southern Illinois. He is now a very successful high school coach in the Atlanta area. He is also the older brother of former Ohio State coach Thad Matta.

If I remember the USF game correctly, it was tied when Delaney went to the line to try to win the game. He missed the first one so everyone was on pins and needles for the 2nd free throw but luckily he hit it.
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