BIRMINGHAM – UAB men’s basketball head coach Andy Kennedy has put together a challenging nonconference schedule for the upcoming 2021-22 season. In addition to facing a pair of 2021 NCAA Tournament teams, the Blazers will take on two Power 5 programs and participate in a Thanksgiving tournament in Las Vegas.
The first NCAA Tournament team is Morehead State on Nov. 12 at Bartow Arena. The Eagles are the defending Ohio Valley Conference champion and are coming off a 23-win season. MSU returns Ohio Valley Conference Freshman of the Year and First-Team selection Johni Broome (13.8 ppg) as well as Skyelar Potter (12.0 ppg) who was on the OVC Newcomer Team.
UAB’s first road contest of the season is at South Carolina on Nov. 18. The first meeting between UAB and South Carolina was 35 years ago, Feb. 8, 1986. The matchup pitted two legendary coaches against each other that combined for more than 1,100 career wins in Gene Bartow and Bill Foster. Over 6,200 fans saw the Blazers defeat the Gamecocks 83-54 at the BJCC on that evening.
This season, two of today’s most respected coaches will go head-to-head when Kennedy brings his Blazers to Columbia to face Frank Martin’s Gamecocks. Under Martin, South Carolina has won 98 games at home since his hire in 2012.
This will be the 11th time that the head two coaches have gone against each other after sharing the same bench at Cincinnati. Martin served as an assistant coach for Kennedy during the 2005-06 season at UC and the two were also assistants under Bob Huggins in 2004-05 when he was the Bearcats’ head coach.
Over Thanksgiving, UAB will participate in the Las Vegas Classic with New Mexico, San Francisco and Towson. UAB will play two games, one on Nov. 25 and one on Nov. 26. Opponents matchups will be announced at a later date.
The home highlight of the nonconference schedule will be West Virginia on Dec. 18. The game will see Kennedy and Huggins square off for the first time since 2009. In their four seasons together in Cincinnati, Kennedy and Huggins combined for 98 victories, won 76% of its games and made the NCAA Tournament all four years. In Kennedy’s first year at UC, they won a school record 31 games and were a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament.
WVU returns two All-Big 12 Honorable Mention selections in Sean McNeil (12.2 ppg) and Taz Sherman (13.4 ppg).
This game is part of the season ticket package and more information will be announced soon about the game. This marks the first time UAB has hosted a Big 12 opponent since its 90-71 victory over Oklahoma State on Dec. 28, 2005.
It is sure to be an exciting year heading into the Conference USA schedule.
MEN’S BASKETBALL TICKET INFORMATION
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