BIRMINGHAM – The UAB men’s basketball team’s second year under alumnus and head coach Andy Kennedy will begin Monday night with a home exhibition against Auburn Montgomery. Monday night’s tipoff, the first of the 2021-22 season, is set for 6:30 p.m.
Admission to Monday night’s exhibition is free of charge. Fans can also follow Monday’s action via live stats.
No video streaming or radio will be available for Monday’s exhibition matchup.
UAB, who won a league-best 13 Conference USA games this past season, was predicted to win the C-USA regular season championship in October. The Blazers return seven players from this past season’s team that went 22-7 and posted a 7-0 record to open the season, which was the best start in UAB men’s basketball history.
Key returners include Second Team All-Conference USA honoree Tavin Lovan and Conference USA All-Defensive Team recipients Trey Jemison and Quan Jackson. Lovan was also recently named Preseason All-Conference USA after averaging 12.2 points per game this past season. UAB also returns leading scorer Michael Ertel, a Conference USA All-Tournament Team selection.
Newcomers include SEC transfers KJ Buffen (Ole Miss), Josh LeBlanc, Sr. (LSU) and Jamal Johnson (Auburn) along with Division I transfers Jordan Walker (Tulane), Tyreke Locure (South Alabama) and Justin Brown (South Florida). UAB also added former Odessa Junior College teammates AD Diedhiou and Elijah Tate to the 2021-22 roster.
SCOUTING AUBURN MONTGOMERY
Auburn Montgomery, who finished 3-14 this past season, competes in the Gulf South Conference, a Division II league with 13 men’s basketball members.
The Warhawks return second-leading scorer Stanley Davis from the 2020-21 season. Davis, a redshirt senior from Tallahassee, Florida, averaged 14.6 points per game and 4.3 rebounds per game this past season. AUM’s third-leading scorer from 2020-21, second-year freshman Sam Youngblood, will return for the Warhawks after averaging 9.1 points per game a season ago.
Despite a 3-14 record, the Warhawks outrebounded their opponents by more than two boards per game. Maharrith Jackson, AUM’s leading scorer and rebounder from this past season, will not return for this season following graduation.
The Blazers will officially open their 2021-22 season when UAB hosts UNC Asheville on Tuesday, Nov. 9. Tipoff in Bartow Arena is set for 6:30 p.m.
UNCA finished 10-10 this past season and returns Preseason All-Big South honorees Tajion Jones and LJ Thorpe to its 2021-22 roster.
MEN’S BASKETBALL TICKET INFORMATION
UAB men’s basketball single-game tickets start as low as $12 and can be purchased by clicking here or calling the UAB Athletics Ticket Office at (205) 975-UAB1. Season tickets are also still on sale and provide the most cost-effective way to attend games during the 2021-22 men’s basketball season with individual season tickets starting as low as $100 within Blaze’s Corner. Season ticket holders also have access to the best seating locations in Bartow Arena. You can request more information or purchase by clicking here.
Discounted group tickets and fan experiences are available for a minimum purchase of 15 tickets to any home basketball game during the 2021-22 season. Groups are encouraged to complete the UAB Basketball Group Ticket Request Form or call the UAB Athletics Ticket Office for more information.