• UAB (16-3, 6-0) vs. North Texas (7-12, 2-4)
  • Location: Bartow Arena
  • Time: 7:00 p.m. Central
  • TV: None
  • Online Video Stream: BlazerVision *With Subscription*

 

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Another page was added to the record books Thursday night on the Southside when UAB broke the all-time Bartow Arena consecutive wins record with an 82-70 victory over visiting Rice. Witnessing the historic night was over 1,500 students, which is the most ever to attend a game in the hallowed arena. When combined with the three wins at the Legacy Arena last March, the Blazers have won 23 straight in the Magic City, which is the eighth longest streak in the country.

In the rear view mirror of every record breaking moment is the distant memory of the former holder. During the 1991-92 season, Coach Bartow’s Blazers strung off 13 wins in a row highlighted by wins over Auburn, Minnesota, and West Virginia. UAB had just graduated Andy Kennedy, who is second on UAB’s all-time score list, the year before. Kennedy’s departure made room for the man who is third on that list, Elbert Rogers.  Rogers was a true work horse and on most nights carried the Blazers on his back averaging 20.4 points per game. Its worth noting that the streak consisted of 11 of the 13 games played in Bartow arena. The Blazer’s current 13-game win streak has come with four wins on the road and nine at home. The end of the 91-92 team’s streak came at home to one of the programs eventual rivals, the Memphis Tigers.

Scouting the North Texas Mean Green

Sitting at 2-4 in conference play, the Mean Green come into Bartow Arena with wins over Rice and UTSA. North Texas is the second youngest team in Conference USA. The Blazers have lost to North Texas both times since the Mean Green joined the conference three seasons ago. North Texas doesn’t have a player over 6-foot-9 averaging more than 15 minutes a game. Offensively, three of their players average 14 points per game. The youngest of the trio, 6-foot-7 sophomore forward Jeremy Combs, is one of only two Conference USA players averaging a double-double. He’s recorded 8 double-doubles on the season, which is the second best in the conference.

Prediciton

The Blazers are 13-0 this season when they’ve scored 75 or more points. North Texas has given up more than 80 points in four of their first six conference games. You do the math.

UAB 85 North Texas 70

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