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UAB (11-13) at East Carolina (13-9)



The Sports Network

DATE & TIME: Wednesday, February 13, 7 p.m. (et)

FACTS & STATS: Site: Minges Coliseum (8,000) -- Greenville, North Carolina. Television: none. Home Record: UAB 9-3, ECU 10-3. Away Record: UAB 2-8, ECU 3-6. Neutral Record: UAB 0-2, ECU 0-0. Conference Record: UAB 3-6, ECU 4-5. Series Record: UAB leads, 12-4.

GAME NOTES: The East Carolina Pirates look for the season sweep of the UAB Blazers as the squads face off in a Conference-USA battle at the Minges Coliseum.

The Blazers are coming off a 75-61 win over Marshall. It was the second win in a row for UAB and third in the last four games after a six-game losing streak. UAB is now 11-13 overall, and buried in the league standings at just 3-6. It's a one-game road swing for the Blazers before heading back to the Bartow Arena to face the Rice Owls.

The Pirates most recently suffered an 83-73 loss at the hands of UCF. It was the third loss in the last four games for East Carolina, which hasn't fared much better in conference play at a mere 4-5. This is the first of a two-game homestand for the Pirates before hitting the road four three straight.

UAB leads the all-time series between these teams 12-4. Although the Blazers have won seven of the last 10 meetings, the Pirates have won three of the last four, including a 91-85 win just a few weeks ago at UAB.

In the win over Marshall, Rod Rucker led the Blazers with a double-double of 18 points and 10 rebounds. He also dished out six assists in his 37 minutes on the floor. Preston Purifoy scored 15 points with three steals, while Jordan Swing had 13 points and Robert Williams managed 12. Rucker leads the squad in scoring and rebounding this season with 14.0 ppg and 8.2 rpg, shooting just under 50.0 percent from the field. Swing adds 13.8 ppg and Terence Jones manages 10.0 ppg. Despite having multiple scorers and ranking 10th in the country in assists per game (16.7) the Blazers have struggled due to their play on the defensive end, where they allow 72.5 ppg.

Maurice Kemp played 39 minutes in the loss to UCF and in that time scored 24 points with 11 rebounds. Ty Armstrong scored 13 points with nine rebounds, while Robert Sampson had 10 points, seven boards, and four blocks. Miguel Paul managed 11 points, ten assists and three steals but recorded eight turnovers. Kemp is the top scorer in Conference-USA, posting 18.1 ppg with 8.0 rpg and shooting 50.0 percent from the floor. Paul averages 12.9 ppg with 5.6 apg as he helps rank ECU eighth in the nation with 17.1 apg. Armstrong and Sampson manage 9.7 ppg and Sampson leads the team with 9.1 rpg. A potent offensive squad, the Pirates are the 20th in the nation at 77.0 ppg. ECU's explosive offense has been dragged down greatly this season by the defensive play, allowing opponents to score over 71 ppg.

The Blazers will have trouble slowing down the Pirates. ECU has played its best on its homecourt. Kemp should have a field day and put up big numbers in this one.

Sports Network Projected Outcome: East Carolina 79, UAB 72

02/13 10:33:21 ET

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Local
Final
UVA 27
UNC 28
Final
NCCU 42
SAVST 14
 
1st
SFG 0
KAN 0
 
Final
WISC 52
MD 7
Final
SMU 10
MEM 48
Final
ILL 28
MINN 24
Final
RICE 41
UNT 21
Final
NEB 42
RUTG 24
Final
KST 23
TEX 0
Final
ARK 45
UAB 17
Final
UVA 27
UNC 28
Final
EMICH 17
NILL 28
Final
NAVY 41
SJST 31
Final
BST 35
AKR 21
Final
GASTATE 31
GASO 69
Final
TOL 42
UMASS 35
Final
WMICH 42
OHIO 21
Final
COL 37
UCLA 40
Final
UMO 10
KSU 3
Final
WAKE 17
BC 23
Final
BUF 14
CMICH 20
 
Final
MARS 35
FATL 16
 
Final
PITT 28
GT 56
Final
SMISS 20
LATU 31
 
Final
MSU 35
MICH 11
 
Final
KENT 31
MSST 45
Final
STAN 38
ORST 14
 
Final
TCU 82
TTU 27
 
Final
OKST 10
WVU 34
Final
WKENT 66
ODU 51
 
Final
UTST 34
UNLV 20
 
Final
MIZZ 24
VANDY 14
 
4th
UCF 34
TEMPL 14
 
3rd
WASU 16
ARZ 38
 
2nd
CLEM 3
SYR 3
 
Half
LAMON 13
TXST 0
 
2nd
TXSANANTO 0
UTEP 17
 
2nd
COLST 24
WYO 3
 
2nd
LSU 0
MISS 7
 
1st
TENN 0
ALA 20
 
2nd
AUB 7
SCAR 7
 
1st
PSU 0
OSU 0
 
10:00pm Tonight
UTAH
USC
10:45pm Tonight
WASH
ARST
11:59pm Tonight
HAW
NEV
Final
SJS 1
BUF 2
2nd
TOR 0
BOS 1
 
2nd
NYI 3
DAL 3
 
2nd
PHI 0
DET 1
 
2nd
OTT 0
NJD 0
 
2nd
MON 1
NYR 1
 
1st
STL 0
CHI 1
 
1st
NAS 0
PIT 1
 
1st
MIN 0
TAM 0
 
9:00pm Tonight
ARI
FLA
10:00pm Tonight
CAL
WAS
Final
NCCU 42
SAVST 14