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Blazer Almanac - January 11
January 11

Tonight the Blazers face Southern Miss for the 47th time. UAB is 29-17 against USM and have won five straight. Uab is 17-5 in Birmingham against the Golden Eagles and have won three straight at home. The biggest win was last time the two teams met on January 28, 2017 when UAB won by 44 points. USM's biggest win was by 17 points in 1996 and 1998.

The Games
The Blazers are 4-3 in games played on this date. They have lost the last two on this date.

1982 - Charlotte came to UAB with a 10-1 record, their only loss to Florida State. The game was close in the first half, but UAB led throughout the second half. Jonathan Nicholas iced the win with two free throws with 26 seconds left and UAB won 85-81. Quote of the Day belongs to Coach Bartow complaining about Oliver Robinson fouling out due to what he perceived to be a bad call. "If I ever make a million dollars, I'm going to invent a robot to call basketball games." That's one promise he didn't keep, I guess.

1992 - This was UAB's first road trip in the Great Midwest conference when the Blazers traveled to Milwaukee to play Marquette. Gene Bartow was happy about being in the Great Midwest because the Missouri native was back in the heartland, playing games in Chicago, Memphis, Milwaukee and St. Louis. OK, another quote of the day. Coach Bartow said "The only ties I had to Sun Belt cities were somebody who wanted to throw something at me." The Great Midwest was a league of large arenas full of fans who cared about basketball. The Sun Belt was a handful of fans in dreary buildings. Bartow said he was excited about the new league.

The game at Marquette was close for awhile. Stanley Jackson had 13 points at the half. Marquette coach Kevin O'Neil put Will Gates, soon to be known as the star of the documentary "Hoop Dreams" on Jackson in the second half, and he held Jackson to four second half points. UAB led 50-42 with 6:24 to go, but Marquette went on a 9-0 run to take the lead. Marquette converted free throws and won the game 66-54.

1997 - CUSA's inaugural season was 1995-96. However one team joined the conference a year late, the Houston Cougars. On this date, Houston played their first CUSA game at home against UAB. It was also the first ever meeting between the two schools. Houston was a fast paced team, so Murry Bartow's plan was to work the shot clock down to ten each time. Coach Alvin Brooks said after the game that UAB had to play five seconds of defense and his team had to play 35 seconds of defense. Murry's plan worked. UAB won 69-66. Carlos Williams had 27 points and James Bristow had 25. Chad Jones hit two of his 12 points at the free throw line with 26 seconds left to secure the win.

2003 - UAB played in Houston again on this date in 2003 and won 63-50.

2006 - UAB welcomed Tulsa to CUSA in the first ever conference game between the two schools. UAB hosted and forced 39 turnovers and had 21 steals. UAB had only 8 turnovers and won 84-54.

2012 - UAB lost at home to Marshall 61-59 when Marshall converted a three point play with 41 seconds left.

2014 - Chad Frazier scored 28 points as UAB battled back from 13 point second half deficit, but it was only good enough to force overtime against Middle Tennessee in Murfreesboro. Rob Williams tied the game at 77 with two free throws with 35 seconds left to force overtime. In overtime, took control and won the game 89-84.
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