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Today in Blazer History - BLAZER Top 30 - #28
Today we will continue our countdown of the Top 30 with a look at the 28th greatest Blazer, game and season.


BLAZER Top 30 - 30 Greatest Players
30. Will Campbell (2000-2002)
29. Norman Anchrum (1980-82)

28. McKinley Singleton (1982-1984)
Number 28 on the All time Greatest Blazers is McKinley Singleton. Singleton came to UAB from Shelby State Junior College in Memphis, Tennessee. He was a part of the 2nd invasion of the Memphis connection, which in 1982, also included freshmen Steve Mitchell, Jerome Mincy and Anthony Gordon.

Singleton played his high school ball at Booker T. Washington in Memphis. He played for Coach Fred Horton, who had played for Gene Bartow at Memphis State on the 1973 NCAA 2nd place team. He played one year with UAB teammate Anthony Gordon. During his senior year in 1979, he averaged 25 points per game, 2nd best in the competitive Memphis high school league.

McKinley played started both years at Shelby State Junior College. He held all of the school’s scoring and assists records when he graduated and is still the all time leading scorer. He averaged 23.6 points during his last year and was named to the All State Junior College team for the second year in a row. He led Shelby State to 25-7 and 23-6 records during his two years and scored 1358 total points and 197 assists at Shelby State. The B/C Scouting Service rated Singleton as one of the top 33 junior college players in the country.

Because UAB was a senior laden team in 1981-82, Coach Gene Bartow decided to redshirt Singleton for the 1981-82 season. He joined fellow Memphians Steve Mitchell, Anthony Gordon and Jerome Mincy for the 1982-83 season at UAB. Coach Bartow felt that McKinley would challenge for the starting guard position, replacing Oliver Robinson.

During his junior year for UAB, he proved to be a streaky shooter, shooting only 38.4% from the field for the year. He played in 28 games, but started only 4 games and averaged 15 minutes a game. He averaged 5.6 points per game, but had great games against Wichita State when he scored 24 points on 9 of 13 shooting and Depaul when he scored 15 points on 6 of 10 shooting. In the NCAA tournament game, Singleton led the Blazers in scoring with 16 points, mostly from long range.

Singleton returned for his senior year determined to improve and he did. He led the Blazers in scoring with 498 points and averaged 14.8 points per game. McKinley started 33 of 34 games and shot a much better 45.7% from the field. He also led the team in steals. Singleton had his best games at the end of the season. He had been a starter all year, but had struggled in February as the Blazers lost two straight on the road. Coach Bartow told him that he would have ask for his starting position back and look him in the eye and tell him that he was ready to play in the last regular season game of the year at Western Kentucky.

McKinley was challenged effectively and retained his starting position. During the first half of the game, it did not appear that he would play well as he only had two points at the half and the Hilltoppers led by 18 points with 4:27 left in the half. However, in the second half, Singleton took over the game and scored 31 points in the second half. He pulled UAB to within five points with 4:45 left in the game. However, UAB could not make up the deficit and the Hilltoppers won 89-76, but his 33 points on the night was the beginning of an amazing run. McKinley Singleton’s 31 point second half performance is still the most points ever scored in one half.

Next up was the Sun Belt Tournament, held in Birmingham. Singleton led the Blazers to three straight victories and the championship. Singleton was named the Tournament MVP. The Blazers entered the NCAA tournament as the ninth seed and was matched up against Brigham Young. McKinley again was an amazing player, shooting 14 of 23 from the field and 6 of 6 from the line, tying the UAB scoring record at the time with 34 points. Unfortunately, no other Blazer played nearly as well as Singleton did and UAB lost the game 84-68.

McKinley Singleton became the first Blazer to score more that 30 points on two occasions. He finished his UAB career with 655 points, which ranks him #41 among all Blazers in scoring and in the top ten in scoring among two year players. He was drafted in the 6th round of the 1984 NBA draft by the Milwaukee Bucks. He did not make the NBA roster, but played in the CBA for several years. In 1984, he joined the Wisconsin Flyers and averaged 17.1 points per game and shot 50% from the field as a rookie. His best year was the 1985-86 season when he averaged 20 points per game and led the Flyers to the CBA playoffs. In the 1986-87 season, he was called up the NBA and played two games for the New York Knicks. He played a total of 10 minutes and scored four points. Singleton played several years in the CBA for several different teams. His last year was in 1993. As of 2006, he is ranked 46th on the CBA All time scoring list.

Eventually, McKinley returned to Memphis. He coached basketball at an exclusive private school for several years. Over the last few years, he has been a successful Cadillac salesman at a Memphis dealership.

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BLAZER Top 30 – The 30 Greatest Games
30. 11/24/78 Nebraska (Lost 64-55)
29. 12/3/1988 Vanderbilt (Won 76-69)

28. 11/26/82 - Auburn (Lost 61-63)
The 28th greatest Blazer game was the very first game in the UAB- Auburn series. The game was played on November 26, 1982 and was the season opener for both teams. The game was played at the BJCC the night before the Iron Bowl and was a designated Auburn home game. This historic game would be overshadowed in the Birmingham media by the Iron Bowl and the announcement the following day that Bear Bryant would be retiring. Auburn was led by the “Round Mound of Rebound”, Charles Barkley, who had reported to the season opening practice weighing 295 pounds. He had lost 30 pounds in a month. His coach, Sonny Smith joked that “We’ve got a new diet for Barkley. If it tastes good, spit it out”

The Blazers were doing a major rebuilding job. Gone from the Elite Eight team of the previous year was Oliver Robinson, Chris Giles, Norman Anchrum and Donnie Speer. The best player that Coach Bartow had to go up against Barkley was UAB Center Lex Drum. Auburn had finished 14-14 the year before and was predicted to finish fourth in the SEC in the upcoming season.

The BJCC was sold out with 16,797 UAB and Auburn fans and the atmosphere was electric, although many Auburn fans chanted “We want Bama” the entire game. UAB led 31-28 at the half and was outrebounding the bigger Tigers 25-12. In the second half, Barkley took command and scored nine of Auburn’s 15 points in a three minute span as Auburn outscored UAB 15-2 to start the second half. UAB went to full court pressure and forced 5 turnovers by Auburn before Barkley then took over again and blocked two shots and brought down key rebounds giving Auburn the lead. A Luellen Foster layup tied the game with 2:15 left in the game. The game was decided however, when Barkley fed the ball to Darrell Lockhart in the paint. He banked home a shot and was fouled. His free throw game Auburn a 60-57 lead. Lockhart’s free throw with 28 seconds left in the game gave the Tigers a four point lead. Blazer newcomer, McKinley Singleton cut the lead to two with a 10 foot jumper, but with no three point shot, the game was over. Auburn won the first game in the series 63-61. UAB was led by Luellen Foster with 17 points. Coach Bartow admitted that he may have made a costly mistake at the end of the game when he decided to go with experience on the court (Raymond Gause, Lex Drum, Luellen Foster, Eugene Jones and McKinley Singleton) while he had very promising talent sitting on the bench in the form of freshmen Steve Mitchell, Jerome Mincy and Anthony Gordon. Barkley finished with 15 points and nine rebounds.

BLAZER Top 30 – The 30 Greatest Seasons
30. 2001-02 team (13-17)
29. 1994-95 team (14-16) Great Midwest (5-7) - 6th place

28. 2006-07 team (15-16) CUSA (7-9) - tie 8th place
Our 28th team on the list is a team many of us are familiar with. The 2006-07 team was Mike Davis’s first team as coach of the UAB Blazers. UAB fans were faced with many changes for the upcoming season. Gone was Coach Mike Anderson and his “Fastest 40 Minutes” style of basketball. Gone was the familiar voice of the play by play announcer, Gary Sanders who had retired the year before. Gone were six seniors, including Squeaky Johnson and Demario Eddins, leaders of a team who had led the Blazers to a second place CUSA finish and the programs third straight NCAA appearance. The whole UAB Athletic program seemed in flux because the athletic department had had an interim director since December of the previous year. Everything associated with the Blazers seemed unstable.

However, it was the basketball program that seemed to be headed in the right direction. Mike Davis, former coach at Indiana had decided to return to his home state and become the coach of the Blazers. Birmingham had not been this excited about a new head coach on Southside since President S. Richardson Hill held up a bumper sticker that read “UAB 1 UCLA 0” in 1978. Davis brought the experience of playing in a national championship game. He brought the experience of being a head coach in a major conference. He brought in a talented staff, Kerry Rupp, Tracy Dildy, and Donnie Marsh, all who had head coaching experience on their resumes. He brought a disciplined style of offense to the team, something many fans missed in the Anderson era, no matter how exciting the game was. The most excitement, however, may have been that Davis brought Robert Vaden, the second leading scorer on the Indiana team, although he would have to sit for a year. Vaden joined nine newcomers on the 2006-07 Blazer team, although not everyone would be eligible immediately.

The Roster:
As mentioned earlier, UAB had lost 6 seniors off of the 2005-06 team. Furthermore, they had lost a couple of commitments that had been recruited by Anderson. Mykial Riley had decided to play for Alabama and JT Tiller had decided to follow Anderson to Missouri. Davis came to UAB with a lot of holes to fill. He would also have to blend the returning players in with the newcomers and teach them all a new style of play. Therefore, many UAB fans were saying “Wait until next year” even before this season was started.

Returning Players
Maurice Gibbs (Senior guard)
Wen Mukubu (Senior guard/forward)
Paul Delaney (Junior guard)
Frank Holmes (Junior guard)
Lawrence Kinnard (Sophomore forward)
Roderick Ollie (Sophomore forward

Newcomers
Mike Davis Jr. (sophomore guard – walk-on)
Andre White (sophomore guard)
Howard Crawford (freshman forward – recruited by Anderson)
Taurus Dortch (freshman guard)
Tyler Marsh (freshman guard – walk-on)
Jeremy Mayfield (freshman forward)
Curtis Nickson (freshman center – did not qualify academically)
Thurston Rawls (freshman guard – walk-on)

Transfers
Robert Vaden (junior guard/forward – transfer from Indiana – not eligible until 2007-08
Walter Sharpe (sophomore forward – transfer from Ms. State – not eligible until 2007-08
Channing Toney (junior guard) – transfer from Georgia – not eligible until 2007-08

The style of play the returning players had played under was completely different from the system that Davis was attempting to teach, and their confidence was probably damaged even more as stories leaked out that the players not eligible to play were regularly beating the eligible team in practice. It was a season of frustration. Three players would leave the team midseason and only one player, Paul Delaney could be said to have a breakout season. “Wait until next year” was heard more and more as the team suffered through the third losing season in its history.

November
The season opened earlier than any other game in UAB history, on November 10. The Blazers opened the season in Milwaukee, Wisconsin at the John Thompson Foundation Classic. Their first game was against Washington State of the Pac 10. The Cougars had a new coach as well, but the transition was smoother since Coach Tony Bennett was taking over for his father, Dick Bennett. The Cougars opened the game with a amazing display of accuracy as they hit seven of their first ten shots and took a commanding 17-3 lead. Washington State took a 17 point lead to halftime with a 39-22 lead. UAB hit only eight field goals in the first half and shot 28.6%. The second half was not any better for the Blazers as Washington State pushed their lead out to 24 points and held on to win 71-60. Washington State turned out to be one of the better teams on the Blazer schedule that season. They would achieve a #9 ranking in the polls and finish the season with a 26-8 record and a #3 seed in the NCAA tournament. Still, the Blazers had hoped for a better start to the Davis era.

UAB fared better in the next two games of the tournament, with convincing wins over Radford and the home team Wisconsin-Milwaukee. In both teams, UAB shot exceptionally well, hitting 9 of their first 10 shots against Radford and shooting 63% in the first half against Wisconsin-Milwaukee. It was obvious that this team could be a very good team…if they could hit their shots.

The 2006-07 had an interesting quirk in that UAB traveled across country to play Wyoming and then four days later, the two teams played again in Birmingham. The teams split the two game series with each home team winning. The game in Laramie was close throughout, but the Cowboys Brad Jones scored 35 points including the last 5 points for the Cowboys to give Wyoming a 93-87 win. Paul Delaney was emerging as the leader of the team and led the team in scoring with 26 points. Lawrence Kinnard scored 20 points.

In the return game in Birmingham, UAB limited Brad Jones to 7 of 22 from the field, most of his shots coming after the game was settled. Jones had done most of the damage in Laramie on transition drives to the basket. UAB focused on stopping Jones on defense, and they won the game 92-71 The Blazers shot an impressive 60% from the field. Paul Delaney had a career high 32 points to go along with 7 assists and 4 rebounds.

Next up was a road trip to Western Kentucky, always a dangerous place to play. In this game, the Hilltoppers were effective in shutting down Delaney “the only true ballhandler we have” according to Davis. Delaney scored 17 points, but had 7 turnovers. Western won the game 69-54. The Blazers finished the first month of the Davis era with a 3-3 record. It was obvious that this team could play good defense, but struggled on offense. It was also obvious that Paul Delaney was the heart and soul of the team and victories depended on how he plalyed. There was still a lot to learn about this team.

December
UAB opened the month by traveling to Cincinnati to face off against the former CUSA member. The Blazers found themselves down by five points with 36 seconds to go, and coach Mike Davis was mentally preparing to explain the loss to the media. However, Paul Delaney lived up to his nickname “Superman” by taking over the game. With 36 seconds to go, Delaney rushed down the court and hit a long three pointer, cutting the lead to two. The Bearcats were immediately fouled, but hit only one of two free throws. Delaney hit another basket with 22.4 seconds, cutting the lead to 57-56. Cincinnati failed to get the ball in, turning the ball over to UAB. Delaney (was anyone else playing for UAB) got off a quick shot off and missed, and John Williamson of the Bearcats was fouled on the rebound. Williamson missed the front end of a bonus free throw and UAB had a chance to go ahead. Delaney (who else?) hit the basket with seven seconds left and was fouled by Williamson on the shot. Delaney converted the three point play giving the Blazers a two point lead. Cincinnati’s last shot was blocked by Frank Holmes, and UAB improved to 4-3. Davis gave all credit to Delaney after the game, admitting that there was not a play drawn up, it was just Delaney finding a way to win. Delaney had scored UAB’s last 8 points, and had brought the Blazers from a five point deficit in 37 seconds.

UAB returned home for a two game home stand against Minnesota and DePaul. Both games were close and went to overtime. Against Minnesota, the Blazers gave up two double digit leads in both halves, and the Gophers managed to extend the game to double overtime. UAB won the game 88-81 in double overtime improving to 5-3. Delaney, who played all 50 minutes scored 25 points, but the hero of the game was Frank Holmes. He scored 22 points, 11 rebounds, four blocks and only one missed shot.

Depaul was next up and this game also went to overtime. This was not a pretty game and was the first game of the next three in which the Blazers had trouble scoring. UAB shot 31% for the game and did not hit a basket in the final 9:17 of the game. UAB led by 5 with just over two minutes left, but DePaul scored a two and a three to send the game to overtime. UAB prevailed in overtime on free throws and won the game when Delaney hit two free throws with 28 seconds to go. The Blazers won 58-57. Delaney who again played an entire game without a break scored 25 points of UAB’s 58 points. Wen Mukubu scored 19, leaving 14 points scored by the rest of the team. Still the Blazers were 6-3 as they headed to Virginia for a two game road trip.

This road trip was one of the lowest points of the season. UAB first played Virginia Commonwealth, coached by first year coach Anthony Grant, who coincidentally had been considered for the UAB job as well. The Blazers, for the second game in a row, shot under 35% from the field and had 22 turnovers. VCU won the game 53-44. 44 points was the 7th lowest score for the Blazers in their history.

Unfortunately, the Blazers immediately topped that mark with an pitiful outing against Old Dominion. Against the Monarchs, they only managed 42 points for the game, losing 56-42 for their 5th loss of the season. The Blazers would began a trend that would continue throughout the year in which they did not seem to even look for a shot until the last ten seconds of the shot clock. Davis blamed the short bench for the loss. “We don’t have 10 guys we can run in and out,” Davis said. “We have nine scholarship players and three of them are freshmen.” It was obvious that some of the players were not grasping the new system and other than Delaney, there were not many shooters on the team.

After returning to Birmingham and defeating Winston Salem State and South Florida convincingly, the Blazers traveled to Florida for the last game before conference play. The opponent was the national champions Florida Gators, currently ranked #3 in the country. The Blazers almost pulled an amazing upset. UAB led by as many as 11 points in the first half and led 40-33 at the half, silencing the 15,000 Florida fans in attendance. In the second half, the Gators slowly chipped away at the lead until the tied the game at 55 with 11:43 left in the game. But UAB refused to go away. Florida could not gain its first lead until 7:43 left in the game. However, UAB quickly took the lead back and eventually led by three, 69-66 with 2:43 left in the game. Florida used free throws to take the lead for good with 1:32 left. The third ranked Gators won the game 75-70. UAB’s biggest surprise was the contribution of freshman Jeremy Mayfield who held his own against Al Horford and Joakim Noah and contributed 15 points and nine rebounds. It was hopefully a good sign heading into conference play.

January

The Blazers entered CUSA play with an 8-6 record. Despite the disastrous Virginia trip, there was real hope for the team after the great effort against Florida. There were some problems. An experienced bench was getting shorter when Roderick Ollie left the team in late December after disagreements with Coach Davis.

UAB opened conference play in El Paso and was hoping to avenge the embarrassing loss to the UTEP Miners the previous year. UAB had lost 65-37. This trip resulted in another loss. UTEP opened up an 11 point lead in the first half. UAB was playing without Wen Mukubu in the first half, who had been suspended for a half because of a missed class. The Blazers missed 7 of their first 8 shots. Again, the Blazers seemed confused by the Davis offense, and let the shot clock tick down to almost zero before even looking for a shot. Mukubu returned in the second half but was not a factor. Still, the Blazers cut the lead to six, but could get no closer and UTEP won the game 76-63. Coach Davis was very angry with the team after the game and told the press “It’s embarrassing for me to coach a team like this. The players have to figure out if they want to play and play the way I want them to play.”

The rage of Mike Davis inspired the Blazers to win the next two games, at home verses Central Florida and on the road against Tulane. Against Central Florida, UAB struggled again offensively and allowed Central Florida to send the game to overtime. UAB finally got hot and scored enough in overtime to win by ten, 84-74. Davis believed that the problem was that only Delaney was scoring with any regularity. Delaney was averaging over 20 points in the first 9 games, but opponents were figuring out how to stop him and no one else was stepping up. Over the past five games, Delaney was averaging just over 13 points a game. Against Tulane, Delaney got help from Lawrence Kinnard as the two players combined for 46 of UAB’s 67 points. The Blazers won at Fogelman Arena by the score of 67-60. It was the first win against Tulane in Fogelman since 2001. Kinnard was really showing a new offensive side. He had the game winning shot against Central Florida and scored 25 points at Tulane.

Unfortunately, the Blazers problems returned for the last four games of January. In those four games, UAB went 1-3, and did not score more than 60 points in any game. They lost 79-54 at Memphis, a game in which they allowed the the 17th ranked Tigers to grab 16 offensive rebounds and score 19 second chance points. Next up was a home game against Southern Miss. The Blazers were undefeated at home going into the game and had a 19 game winning streak on the line. Again, the Blazers had another low scoring game go to overtime. UAB had their winning streak broken when Jeremy Wise blew by Taurus Dortch with 20 seconds left in overtime, to break a tie and win the game 57-55.
After a 58-42 win at East Carolina, the Blazers returned home to play SMU at Bartow Arena. After winning 19 home games in a row, the Blazers lost their second consecutive game at Bartow, by the score of 60-56. UAB finished the month of January with a 11-10 record overall and a 3-4 record in the conference.

February
The losses continued in February, as the Blazers lost their next two games, at Marshall and to Memphis in Bartow. The Blazers had lost four of their last five games and their last three home games. In mid January, the Blazers questionable depth took another hit when promising point guard, Andre White, Davis’s first signee at UAB left the team. This left the Blazers with only 8 scholarship players.

By now, the secret to beating the Blazers was known throughout the conference – shut Paul Delaney down, and the rest of the team can’t shoot. Marshall held Delaney to 9 points, the third straight game he failed to reach double digits and no one else could step up. Delaney’s scoring average had dropped from over 20 points a game to around 16 points per game. UAB shot 32% for the game and was 10 of 18 from the field. Marshall won the game 61-54. Mike Davis Jr. and Wen Mukubu led the Blazer team with 11 points a piece. Mike Davis Sr. was quoted as saying “When Mike is one of our leading scorers, we are in trouble.”

Next up was a rematch against Memphis in Birmingham. The game was delayed when a Memphis player damaged the backboard in a dunk during pregame warm-ups. However, once the game started, all the damage was done by Jeremy Hunt in the first half, when he hit 25 1st half points, shooting 8 of 13 from the field, including a 30 foot buzzer beater at halftime. The Tigers went to the locker room with a 12 point lead and the Blazers, who shot 30% for the game, played hard, but could not overcome the deficit. The Tigers won their first game at Bartow Arena since 2003 by the score of 70-55.

Two days later, the Blazers hosted UTEP and finally broke out of their shooting slump. UAB never trailed in the game and led by 26 points at one point. More importantly, UAB finally shot well, shooting over 50% for the first time in 10 days. They won the game 73-64 and was led by Delaney with 19 points. Frank Holmes had his second straight double double with 13 points and 10 rebounds in 23 minutes.

After a home win against Morris Almond and Rice by the score of 84-73, the Blazers improved their record to 13-12, and Coach Davis admitted that for the first time all season, he liked the direction the team was going. The momentum continued as the Blazers hit the road and traveled to Houston. UAB shot better than 50% in the first half and led the entire first half. They started quickly in the second half and built a 12 point lead with 15:42 left in the game. The wheels then began to slowly fall off. Houston scored 12 unanswered points to tie the game and took their first lead with only 2:22 left in the game. The Cougars held the lead and won the game 70-64. Davis was frustrated with the officiating and picked up a technical with just over a minute to go. He stated that the players did everything they needed to do to win, and that he thought his team was fouled a lot in the paint. Mukubu led the Blazers with 24 points, 7 rebounds and he shot 9 of 10 from the free throw line.

Despite the loss, the team seemed to have turned the corner. They next traveled to Tulsa and used seven first half three point baskets to beat Tulsa by the score of 62-57, improving their record to 14-13. With two of the last three regular season games at home, and the team playing well, it seemed very possible that the Blazers would pull out a winning season. After a home victory over Marshall, the Blazers were 15-13 and 7-7 in conference. Two more wins would put them in contention for a bye in the CUSA tournament and possibly an NIT bid. Entering the game at Southern Miss, there were four teams tied for fourth place in the conference. The Blazers, with a win could join the group looking for a bye. With only eight scholarship players, the Blazers could lose the rest.

It wasn’t to be, however, as UAB lost in Hattiesburg by the score of 76-68. UAB was content to feed the ball inside or drive to the basket. They attemped only seven three pointers, and made only one, a Wen Mukubu basket with only 24 seconds to go in the game. Had the Blazers gone scoreless from three point range, it would have been the first game in 359 games, dating back to 1996 that UAB had not made a three point shot in a game. Mukubu led the Blazers with 26 points in the loss, dropping the Blazers into a tie for 8th place in CUSA.

March
The regular season ended at home against Tulane. It was Senior Day for Wen Mukubu and Maurice Gibbs. The last game of the regular season ended just the way the rest of the season had gone – heartbreaking. The game was close throughout the first half and tied at halftime. Tulane built a 62-54 lead with 8:40 left in the game, but the Blazers came back and Delaney fed Holmes a layup with 1:59 left in the game, putting UAB up by one 74-73. UAB held the lead until a Tulane player hit a three pointer with ten seconds left to give the Green Wave a two point lead. UAB got two good looks at the basket on its final possession. Delaney missed on a drive down the lane. Kinnard got the rebound and fired up an 18-foot jumper that would have tied it, but the shot bounced off the rim, giving Tulane a two point victory. After winning 19 straight home games, UAB had lost four of their last seven home games.

UAB finished the conference with a 7-9 record, bad enough to be the 9th seed. Their first round opponent was Marshall, the 8th seed. Marshall stormed out in the first half and held a 14 point lead at halftime. However, the Blazers were not finished with the season yet, and battled back to make a game of it. Marshall helped along the way with 13 second half turnovers and by shooting 5-20 from the field in the second half after shooting 56% in the first half. The Blazers made up the halftime deficit and took a 52-51 lead with 28 seconds to go in the game on a Delaney layup. However, five seconds later, Marshall scored a layup to regain the lead. That was enough to win the game, as Delaney’s 12 foot shot fell short as the clock and the season expired.

Summary
The 2005-06 Blazers finished the season at 15-16, only the third losing season ever. The season had begun with excitement and expectations with the hiring of Mike Davis. It ended with disappointment and frustration as the team continually failed to score or shoot well. However, late in the season, there were glimmers of hope as it appeared the players were starting to adjust to Davis’s system. With transfers Robert Vaden, Channing Toney and Walter Sharpe waiting in the wings, the 2007-08 season was expected to be much better.
11-22-2008 02:44 AM
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RE: Today in Blazer History - BLAZER Top 30 - #28
Another great read MB. I really enjoy reading these.

I was still cheering when we played Auburn in '82. What a great game and atmosphere!

That was back in the days when our students would get to the BJCC early to grab a seat. The student sections would fill up early every game.

I noticed you didn't mention our free throw woes during that Tulane game at home in Davis' first year. We missed a ton of them. We should have pulled that one out.

Also, I remember the CUSA tounament game against Marshall where Wen decided to "hot dog" a bit and missed several open dunks. We might have pulled that one out as well.

Go Blazers!
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