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East Carolina (11-10) at UAB (14-6)



The Sports Network

DATE & TIME: Saturday, February 1, 3 p.m. (ET)

FACTS & STATS: Site: Bartow Arena (8,508) -- Birmingham, Alabama. Television: None. Home Record: East Carolina 6-5, UAB 11-1. Away Record: East Carolina 2-5, UAB 2-3. Neutral Record: East Carolina 3-0, UAB 1-2. Conference Record: East Carolina 0-6, UAB 3-3. Series Record: UAB leads, 12-5.

GAME NOTES: The East Carolina Pirates will try to pull out of a six-game skid as they travel to face the UAB Blazers in Conference USA action at Bartow Arena.

All six losses in the streak for East Carolina have been in conference play. The Pirates are 0-6 in Conference USA and occupy the last position in the standings. They are coming off an 84-67 thumping by Middle Tennessee.

UAB had won two games in a row, and five of the team's last eight. The Blazers find themselves 3-3 in the conference - two games back of Southern Miss and Louisiana Tech for the lead. UAB handled Old Dominion, 75-66, Thursday night in a conference tilt.

The Blazers have a solid 12-5 all-time series lead over the Pirates, including a 6-3 record in Birmingham. This is the first and only time these programs will meet during the regular season.

East Carolina spent seven minutes in the first half of Thursday's loss to Middle Tennessee searching for a basket, but couldn't connect for one. The Blue Raiders went on a 13-0 run that pushed their lead to 27-10 with over seven minutes to play in the first period, and continued to pile it on afterwards. Caleb White scored 18 points to pace the Pirates, while Petar Torlak added 13. Akeem Richmond and Prince Williams each netted 12, while Michael Zangari chipped in 10. East Carolina shot 41.4 percent from the floor in the game.

Richmond has been a force for East Carolina this season, although that hasn't been able to translate into wins for the Pirates recently. Richmond leads the team with 18.4 ppg on 39.5 percent shooting from the field. Paris Campbell is second with 13.1 ppg and a team-best 31 steals. Williams tops the squad in assists with 66 on the year, and Brandon Stith leads in rebounding with 8.4 rpg. The Pirates are averaging 77.9 ppg through the 21 contests they've played this season.

After trailing for the first 47 seconds of the game against Old Dominion, UAB quickly grabbed a lead and held onto it for the remainder of the contest. The lead stretched to 18 points in the second half for the Blazers, who got a solid contribution from guard Chad Frazier in the game. Frazier netted a game- high 27 points on 9-of-18 shooting from the floor, including 4-of-8 from 3- point range. C.J. Washington chipped in 19 points and eight rebounds. The Blazers did turn the ball over 19 in the win, however, being outscored by the Monarchs 25-6 in points off turnovers.

Frazier's 27-point explosion helped boost his scoring average to 18.2 ppg on the year. Frazier is shooting 42.9 percent from the field through 20 games, and leads the team with 85 total assists (but has 89 turnovers as well). Washington is second on the team in scoring at 13.7 ppg and is tied for the team lead with 7.5 rpg with Rod Rucker. Rucker is third in scoring at 11 ppg. The Blazers are one of the top rebounding teams in the country, averaging 47 rpg.

With the way East Carolina has been struggling recently, and UAB's dominance on the boards and scoring in the paint, the Blazers shouldn't have much trouble taking this one.

Sports Network Predicted Outcome: UAB 78, East Carolina 67

02/01 11:59:18 ET

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Scoreboard
Local
Final
CHA 91
CHI 86
Final
DUR 6
NOR 9
 
7:05pm Tonight
DUR
NOR
 
Final
CIN 4
PIT 0
Final
BAL 3
TAM 0
Final
NYY 3
CHC 0
Final
MIL 5
STL 1
Final
ARI 2
NYM 5
Final
PHI 0
ATL 1
Final
NYY 2
CHC 0
Final
DET 2
CLE 3
Final
MIA 3
WAS 6
Final
TEX 3
SEA 2
Final
CWS 4
BOS 6
Final
HOU 4
KAN 6
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MIN 0
TOR 0
Final
ANA 5
OAK 4
Final
SDP 4
COL 2
Final
SFG 2
LOS 1
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PHI
ATL
 
1:08pm Today
DET
CLE
 
1:10pm Today
MIN
TOR
 
2:05pm Today
TEX
SEA
 
3:45pm Today
SFG
LOS
 
6:40pm Tonight
SDP
COL
 
7:05pm Tonight
PIT
MIL
 
7:05pm Tonight
WAS
STL
 
7:10pm Tonight
TAM
NYY
 
7:10pm Tonight
MIN
TOR
 
8:10pm Tonight
CWS
BOS
 
8:10pm Tonight
HOU
KAN
 
Final
CHA 91
CHI 86
Final
ORL 86
IND 101
Final
MIL 103
ATL 111
Final
CLE 114
BRK 85
Final
MEM 106
DAL 105
Final
OKC 112
DET 111
Final
NOP 105
HOU 100
Final
SAN 100
LAL 113
Final
MIA 87
PHI 100
Final
NYK 95
TOR 92
Final
MIN 130
UTA 136
Final
BOS 102
WAS 118
Final
DEN 112
GSW 116
Final
POR 110
LAC 104
Final
SAC 99
PHO 104
Final
TAM 4
MON 5
Final
PIT 4
CLB 3
Final
ANA 4
DAL 3
7:00pm Tonight
NYR
PHI
8:00pm Tonight
STL
CHI
9:30pm Tonight
COL
MIN
10:30pm Tonight
SJS
LOS
Final
DUR 6
NOR 9
 
7:05pm Tonight
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NOR