2018–19 UAB Blazers men's basketball team

The 2018–19 UAB Blazers basketball team represented the University of Alabama at Birmingham during the 2018–19 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. The Blazers, led by third-year head coach Robert Ehsan, played their home games at the Bartow Arena as members of Conference USA.

2018–19 UAB Blazers men's basketball
UAB Blazers wordmark.png
CBI, First Round
ConferenceConference USA
2018–19 record20–15 (10–8 C-USA)
Head coachRobert Ehsan (2nd season)
Assistant coachTurner Battle
Assistant coachDannton Jackson
Assistant coachKevin Devitt
Home stadiumBartow Arena
Seasons
2018–19 Conference USA men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
Old Dominion 13 5   .722     26 9   .743
Western Kentucky 11 7   .611     20 14   .588
Southern Miss 11 7   .611     20 13   .606
UTSA 11 7   .611     17 15   .531
UAB 10 8   .556     20 15   .571
Marshall 11 7   .611     23 14   .622
FIU 10 8   .556     20 13   .606
Louisiana Tech 9 9   .500     20 13   .606
Florida Atlantic 8 10   .444     17 16   .515
North Texas 8 10   .444     21 12   .636
Rice 8 10   .444     13 19   .406
Middle Tennessee 8 10   .444     11 21   .344
Charlotte 5 13   .278     8 21   .276
UTEP 3 15   .167     8 21   .276
2019 C-USA Tournament winner

Previous seasonEdit

The Blazers finished the 2017–18 season 20–13, 10–8 C-USA play to finish in sixth place. The defeated Florida Atlantic in the first round of the C-USA Tournament before losing to Western Kentucky. Despite winning 20 games, they did not participate in a postseason tournament.

OffseasonEdit

DeparturesEdit

Name Number Pos. Height Weight Year Hometown Reason for departure
Nick Norton 2 G 5'10" 166 Senior Bloomington, IL Graduate transferred to Drake
Chris Cokley 3 F 6'8" 238 Senior Savannah, GA Graduated
Deion Lavender 5 G 6'4" 190 RS Junior Alton, IL Graduate transferred to Valparaiso
Hunter Reynolds 12 G 6'0" 161 Freshman Knoxville, TN Walk-on; left the team due to personal reasons
Nate Darling 13 G 6'5" 190 Sophomore Halifax, NS Transferred to Delaware
Thomas Smallwood 33 F 7'0" 243 Junior Bordeaux, France Graduate transferred to Chattanooga
William Lee 34 F 6'9" 206 Senior Plantersville, AL Graduated

Incoming transfersEdit

Name Number Pos. Height Weight Year Hometown Previous School
Tyreek Scott-Grayson 0 G 6'5" Sophomore Severn, MD Junior college transferred from State Fair CC
Jeremiah Bell 2 G 6'0" 171 Senior Louisville, KY Transferred from Milwaukee. Under NCAA transfer rules, Bell will have to sit out for the 2018–19 season. Will have one year of remaining eligibility.
Willesley Butler 12 F/C 6'8" 230 Junior Troy, NY Junior college transferred from Pensacola State College
Will Bathurst 25 G 6'3" 188 RS Senior Olean, NY Transferred from Cornell. Will be eligible to play immediately since Bathurst graduated from Cornell.
Nolan Bertain 32 G 6'4" 185 Sophomore Portland, OR Junior college transferred from Casper College

Incoming recruitsEdit

US college sports recruiting information for high school athletes
Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight Commit date
Jude Akabueze
#24 C
Farmington, WV North Marion High School 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 208 lb (94 kg) Nov 19, 2017 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    Rivals:    247SportsN/A    ESPN grade: 80
Tamel Pearson
#31 C
Chicago, IL Morgan Park High School 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) N/A Sep 4, 2017 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    Rivals:    247SportsN/A    ESPN grade: 80
Tavin Lovan
SG
Franklin, KY Hargrave Military Academy 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 186 lb (84 kg) Apr 6, 2018 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    Rivals:    247Sports:     ESPN grade: NR
Overall recruiting rankings:
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height and weight.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.

Sources:

  • "2018 Team Ranking". Rivals.com.

Recruiting class of 2019Edit

RosterEdit

2018–19 UAB Blazers men's basketball team
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Height Weight Year Previous school Hometown
G 0 Tyreek Scott-Grayson 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 170 lb (77 kg) So Suffield Academy
State Fair Community College
Brick, New Jersey
G 1 Zack Bryant 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 183 lb (83 kg) So Providence School Hastings, Florida
G 1 Jeremiah Bell   6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 180 lb (82 kg) Sr Boyle County High School
Milwaukee
Louisville, Kentucky
G 3 Tavin Lovan 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 196 lb (89 kg) Fr Franklin-Simpson High School Franklin, Kentucky
G 4 Anderson McCoy (W) 5 ft 11 in (1.8 m) 166 lb (75 kg) RS Jr Center Grove High School
Ancilla College
Indianapolis, Indiana
F 5 Makhtar Gueye 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 200 lb (91 kg) RS Fr Aspire Academy Rufisque, Senegal
G 10 Luis Hurtado 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 210 lb (95 kg) RS Fr The Sagemont School Mérida, Venezuela
F 11 Tamell Pearson 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 212 lb (96 kg) Fr Morgan Park High School Chicago, Illinois
F 12 Will Butler 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 255 lb (116 kg) Jr Redemption Christian Academy
Pensacola State College
Troy, New York
G 15 Joshua Sippial (W) 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 165 lb (75 kg) Fr Loveless Academic Magnet Program Montgomery, Alabama
G 21 Jalen Perry 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 197 lb (89 kg) Sr Ballard High School
John A. Logan College
Louisville, Kentucky
F 23 Lewis Sullivan 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 231 lb (105 kg) RS Sr Hazel Green High School Hazel Green, Alabama
G 25 Will Bathurst 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 188 lb (85 kg) RS Sr Olean High School
Cornell
Olean, New York
G 32 Nolan Bertain 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 188 lb (85 kg) So West Linn High School
Casper College
Portland, Oregon
F 34 Jude Akabueze 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 260 lb (118 kg) Fr North Marion High School Lagos, Nigeria
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • (W) Walk-on

Roster

Schedule and resultsEdit

Date
time, TV
Rank# Opponent# Result Record Site (attendance)
city, state
Exhibition
Oct 18, 2018*
7:00 pm
Georgia
Charity Exhibition Game
L 54–56 
Bartow Arena (3,437)
Birmingham, AL
Nov 1, 2018*
7:00 pm
Morehouse W 75–54 
Bartow Arena (2,828)
Birmingham, AL
Non-conference regular season
Nov 6, 2018*
7:00 pm, CUSA.TV
Mercer W 75–67  1–0
Bartow Arena (3,185)
Birmingham, AL
Nov 14, 2018*
7:00 pm, CUSA.TV
New Orleans W 75–68  2–0
Bartow Arena (2,874)
Birmingham, AL
Nov 18, 2018*
4:00 pm, CUSA.TV
West Alabama
AdvoCare Invitational non-bracket game
W 77–47  3–0
Bartow Arena (2,602)
Birmingham, AL
Nov 22, 2018*
8:30 pm, ESPN2
vs. No. 14 Florida State
AdvoCare Invitational quarterfinals
L 63–81  3–1
HP Field House (2,226)
Lake Buena Vista, FL
Nov 23, 2018*
6:00 pm, ESPN3
vs. College of Charleston
AdvoCare Invitational consolation semifinals
L 51–74  3–2
HP Field House (2,185)
Lake Buena Vista, FL
Nov 25, 2018*
9:30 am, ESPNU
vs. Canisius
AdvoCare Invitational
W 68–58  4–2
HP Field House (3,127)
Lake Buena Vista, FL
Nov 29, 2018*
7:00 pm
at Alabama A&M W 67–57  5–2
Elmore Gymnasium (2,109)
Huntsville, AL
Dec 4, 2018*
7:00 pm
North Alabama W 73–67  6–2
Bartow Arena (3,222)
Birmingham, AL
Dec 8, 2018*
12:00 pm, ESPN3
at Memphis L 76–94  6–3
FedEx Forum (14,652)
Memphis, TN
Dec 15, 2018*
6:30 pm, CBSSN
vs. No. 8 Auburn
Rivalry/Mike Slive Invitational
L 71–75 OT 6–4
Legacy Arena (15,856)
Birmingham, AL
Dec 18, 2018*
3:30 pm
Alcorn State W 76–49  7–4
Bartow Arena (2,299)
Birmingham, AL
Dec 21, 2018*
7:00 pm
Troy L 73–74  7–5
Bartow Arena (3,212)
Birmingham, AL
Dec 29, 2018*
7:00 pm
Arkansas–Monticello W 75–67  8–5
Bartow Arena (2,629)
Birmingham, AL
Conference USA regular season
Jan 3, 2019
7:00 pm, ESPN+
Florida Atlantic W 67–50  9–5
(1–0)
Bartow Arena (2,667)
Birmingham, AL
Jan 5, 2019
7:00 pm, ESPN+
FIU W 84–65  10–5
(2–0)
Bartow Arena (2,878)
Birmingham, AL
Jan 10, 2019
6:30 pm, beIN
at Louisiana Tech L 53–64  10–6
(2–1)
Thomas Assembly Center (3,081)
Ruston, LA
Jan 12, 2019
4:00 pm, ESPN+
at Southern Miss L 68–73  10–7
(2–2)
Reed Green Coliseum (2,886)
Hattiesburg, MS
Jan 17, 2019
7:00 pm
UTEP W 76–63  11–7
(3–2)
Bartow Arena (2,927)
Birmingham, AL
Jan 19, 2019
7:00 pm, ESPN+
UTSA W 83–73  12–7
(4–2)
Bartow Arena (3,256)
Birmingham, AL
Jan 24, 2019
7:00 pm, beIN
at North Texas W 52–49  13–7
(5–2)
The Super Pit (4,368)
Denton, TX
Jan 26, 2019
7:00 pm, ESPN+
at Rice W 89–86  14–7
(6–2)
Tudor Fieldhouse (1,731)
Houston, TX
Jan 30, 2019
6:30 pm, ESPN+
at Middle Tennessee L 65–71  14–8
(6–3)
Murphy Center (3,963)
Murfreesboro, TN
Feb 2, 2019
7:00 pm, ESPN+
Middle Tennessee L 78–79  14–9
(6–4)
Bartow Arena (4,075)
Birmingham, AL
Feb 7, 2019
7:00 pm, ESPN+
Old Dominion L 59–70  14–10
(6–5)
Bartow Arena (3,276)
Birmingham, AL
Feb 9, 2019
7:00 pm, ESPN+
Charlotte L 62–69  14–11
(6–6)
Bartow Arena (3,601)
Birmingham, AL
Feb 14, 2019
7:00 pm, CBSSN
at Marshall W 77–68  15–11
(7–6)
Cam Henderson Center (5,521)
Morgantown, WV
Feb 16, 2019
1:00 pm, Stadium/Facebook
at Western Kentucky W 68–60  16–11
(8–6)
E. A. Diddle Arena (6,839)
Bowling Green, KY
Feb 23, 2019
2:00 pm, Stadium
at Southern Miss W 76–72 OT 17–11
(9–6)
Reed Green Coliseum (4,456)
Hattiesburg, MS
Feb 28, 2019
6:30 p.m., beIN
Western Kentucky L 67–73  17–12
(9–7)
Bartow Arena (3,021)
Birmingham, Al
Mar 3, 2019
2:00 pm
at UTSA L 70–76  17–13
(9–8)
Convocation Center (1,259)
San Antonio, TX
Mar 9, 2019
2:00 pm
Old Dominion W 64–50  18–13
(10–8)
Bartow Arena (2,868)
Birmingham, Al
Conference USA Tournament
Mar 13, 2019
6:30 pm, ESPN+
(5) vs. (12) Middle Tennessee
First Round
W 70–61  19–13
Ford Center at The Star (2,704)
Frisco, TX
Mar 14, 2019
6:30 pm, Stadium
(5) vs. (4) UTSA
Quarterfinals
W 85–76  20–13
Ford Center at The Star 
Frisco, TX
Mar 15, 2019
12:30 pm, CBSSN
(5) vs. (1) Old Dominion
Semifinals
L 59–61  20–14
Ford Center at The Star 
Frisco, TX
College Basketball Invitational
Mar 20, 2019*
6:00 pm, ESPN+
at Brown
First round
L 78–83  20–15
Pizzitola Sports Center (683)
Providence, RI
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll. (#) Tournament seedings in parentheses.
All times are in Central Time.

Source[1]

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