2016–17 UAB Blazers men's basketball team

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2016–17 UAB Blazers men's basketball
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ConferenceConference USA
2016–17 record17–16 (9–9 C-USA)
Head coach
Assistant coaches
Home arenaBartow Arena
Seasons
2016–17 Conference USA men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
Middle Tennessee 17 1   .944     31 5   .861
Louisiana Tech 14 4   .778     23 10   .697
Old Dominion 12 6   .667     19 12   .613
UTEP 12 6   .667     15 17   .469
Rice 11 7   .611     23 12   .657
Marshall 10 8   .556     20 15   .571
UAB 9 9   .500     17 16   .515
Western Kentucky 9 9   .500     15 17   .469
UTSA 8 10   .444     14 19   .424
Charlotte 7 11   .389     13 17   .433
Florida Atlantic 6 12   .333     10 20   .333
Southern Miss 6 12   .333     9 22   .290
FIU 3 15   .167     7 24   .226
North Texas 2 16   .111     8 22   .267
2017 C-USA Tournament winner

The 2016–17 UAB Blazers basketball team represented the University of Alabama at Birmingham during the 2016–17 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. The Blazers, led by first-year head coach Robert Ehsan, played their home games at the Bartow Arena as members of Conference USA. They finished the season 17–16, 9–9 in C-USA play to finish in a tie for seventh place. They defeated Charlotte in the first round of the C-USA Tournament before losing to Louisiana Tech.

Previous season[edit]

The Blazers finished the 2015–16 season 26–7, 16–2 in C-USA play to win the regular season championship. They lost in the quarterfinals of the C-USA Tournament to WKU. As a regular season conference champion who failed to win their conference tournament, they received an automatic bid to the National Invitation Tournament where they lost in the first round to BYU.

Following the season, head coach Jerod Haase left UAB to accept the head coaching position at Stanford.[1] On April 4, 2016, the school hired Robert Ehsan, who had been an assistant under Haase at UAB, as head coach .[2]

Preseason[edit]

The Blazers were picked to finish in first place in the preseason Conference USA poll.[3] Chris Cokley and William Lee were selected to the preseason All-Conference USA team.[3]

Departures[edit]

Name Number Pos. Height Weight Year Hometown Previous School
Robert Brown 4 G 6'5" 195 Senior Clermont, FL Graduated
Lionel Love 45 G 6'3" 165 Sophomore Huntsville, AL Walk-on; left the team due to personal reasons

Incoming recruits[edit]

US college sports recruiting information for high school athletes
Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight Commit date
Nate Darling
SG
Hyattsville, Maryland DeMatha Catholic HS 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 180 lb (82 kg)  
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:2/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247SportsN/A    ESPN grade: 65
Javien Williams
SG
Birmingham, Alabama Woodlawn HS 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 175 lb (79 kg)  
Recruiting star ratings: ScoutN/A   RivalsN/A   247SportsN/A    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:

  • "2016 Team Ranking". Rivals.com.

Roster[edit]

2016–17 UAB Blazers men's basketball team
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Height Weight Year Previous school Hometown
G 0 Hakeem Baxter 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 186 lb (84 kg) Sr Maryland Eastern Shore Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
G 1 Denzell Watts 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 235 lb (107 kg) Sr Carman-Ainsworth High School Flint, Michigan
G 2 Nick Norton 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m) 168 lb (76 kg) Jr Central Catholic High School Bloomington, Illinois
F 3 Chris Cokley 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 229 lb (104 kg) Jr Savannah High School Savannah, Georgia
G 5 Deion Lavender 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 192 lb (87 kg) RS So Southern Illinois Alton, Illinois
G 10 Javien Williams 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 175 lb (79 kg) Fr Woodlawn High School Birmingham, Alabama
G 11 Dirk Williams 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 178 lb (81 kg) Sr Tallahassee Community College Homewood, Alabama
G 13 Nate Darling 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 185 lb (84 kg) Fr DeMatha Catholic High School Halifax, Nova Scotia
F 21 Tosin Mehinti 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 244 lb (111 kg) Sr Greenforest McCalep Christian Academy Lagos, Nigeria
G 22 Tyler Madison 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 222 lb (101 kg) Sr Shelby County High School Columbiana, Alabama
F 33 Thomas Smallwood 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m) 240 lb (109 kg) So Lycée Général Saint John Perse Bordeaux, France
F 34 William Lee 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 209 lb (95 kg) Jr Dallas County High School Plantersville, Alabama
F 35 Lewis Sullivan 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 222 lb (101 kg) Jr Hazel Green High School Hazel Green, Alabama
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

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

Roster

Schedule and results[edit]

Date
time, TV
Rank# Opponent# Result Record Site (attendance)
city, state
Exhibition
November 3*
7:30 pm
Lindenwood W 92–69 
Bartow Arena 
Birmingham, AL
Non-conference regular season
November 11*
7:00 pm
Arkansas–Pine Bluff
CBE Hall of Fame Classic
W 86–66  1–0
Bartow Arena (4,289)
Birmingham, AL
November 14*
7:00 pm
Furman
CBE Hall of Fame Classic
L 74–84  1–1
Bartow Arena (3,682)
Birmingham, AL
November 17*
7:00 pm
Troy W 74–51  2–1
Bartow Arena (4,656)
Birmingham, AL
November 21*
8:30 pm, ESPN2
vs. No. 5 Kansas
CBE Hall of Fame Classic semifinals
L 63–83  2–2
Sprint Center (10,071)
Kansas City, MO
November 22*
6:30 pm, ESPN3
vs. George Washington
CBE Hall of Fame Classic 3rd place game
W 81–74  3–2
Sprint Center (3,527)
Kansas City, MO
November 27*
4:00 pm
vs. No. 15 Saint Mary's L 63–76  3–3
Orleans Arena (862)
Las Vegas, NV
November 29*
7:00 pm
Alabama A&M W 75–45  4–3
Bartow Arena (3,719)
Birmingham, AL
December 3*
7:30 pm, beIN
Auburn
Rivalry
L 70–74  4–4
Bartow Arena (8,728)
Birmingham, AL
December 7*
7:00 pm, ESPN3
at Stephen F. Austin W 84–73  5–4
William R. Johnson Coliseum (3,650)
Nacogdoches, TX
December 10*
12:00 pm, ESPN3
at Memphis L 55–62  5–5
FedEx Forum (9,424)
Memphis, TN
December 18*
4:00 pm
Southern W 75–74 OT 6–5
Bartow Arena (3,436)
Birmingham, AL
December 21*
7:00 pm, LHN
at Texas L 60–96  6–6
Frank Erwin Center (9,106)
Austin, TX
December 28*
5:00 pm
Miles College W 98–66  7–6
Bartow Arena (3,572)
Birmingham, AL
Conference USA regular season
January 1
3:00 pm, CI
at Middle Tennessee L 49–60  7–7
(0–1)
Murphy Center (4,227)
Murfreesboro, TN
January 5
7:00 pm, ESPN3
at North Texas W 54–52  8–7
(1–1)
The Super Pit (1,603)
Denton, TX
January 7
7:00 pm
at Rice W 88–81 OT 9–7
(2–1)
Tudor Fieldhouse (2,001)
Houston, TX
January 12
7:00 pm, CI
WKU W 72–54  10–7
(3–1)
Bartow Arena (3,745)
Birmingham, AL
January 14
1:00 pm
Marshall W 94–78  11–7
(4–1)
Bartow Arena (3,275)
Birmingham, AL
January 19
7:00 pm, beIN
at Florida Atlantic W 80–78  12–7
(5–1)
FAU Arena (1,706)
Boca Raton, FL
January 21
6:00 pm
at FIU L 85–94  12–8
(5–2)
FIU Arena (1,263)
Miami, FL
January 26
8:00 pm, ASN
Louisiana Tech W 79–70  13–8
(6–2)
Bartow Arena (3,642)
Birmingham, AL
January 28
7:00 pm
Southern Miss W 87–43  14–8
(7–2)
Bartow Arena (4,915)
Birmingham, AL
February 2
9:00 pm, CBSSN
at UTEP L 59–63  14–9
(7–3)
Don Haskins Center (6,248)
El Paso, TX
February 4
3:00 pm
at UTSA L 67–82  14–10
(7–4)
Convocation Center (1,145)
San Antonio, TX
February 9
7:00 pm, CI
Charlotte W 82–69  15–10
(8–4)
Bartow Arena (3,841)
Birmingham, AL
February 11
7:00 pm, ASN
Old Dominion
Bartow Classic
L 62–83  15–11
(8–5)
Bartow Arena (4,185)
Birmingham, AL
February 16
6:00 pm, CBSSN
at Marshall L 59–74  15–12
(8–6)
Cam Henderson Center (5,637)
Huntington, WV
February 18
1:00 pm, CBSSN
at WKU L 64–76  15–13
(8–7)
E. A. Diddle Arena (3,553)
Bowling Green, KY
February 26
12:00 pm, CBSSN
Middle Tennessee L 64–66  15–14
(8–8)
Bartow Arena (3,371)
Birmingham, AL
March 2
7:00 pm
Florida Atlantic W 79–59  16–14
(9–8)
Bartow Arena (3,209)
Birmingham, AL
March 4
7:00 pm
FIU L 56–68  16–15
(9–9)
Bartow Arena (3,881)
Birmingham, AL
Conference USA Tournament
March 8
5:30 pm, CI
(7) vs. (10) Charlotte
First round
W 74–73  17–15
Legacy Arena (6,410)
Birmingham, AL
March 9
5:30 pm, ASN
(7) (2) Louisiana Tech
Quarterfinals
L 57–69  17–16
Legacy Arena (4,005)
Birmingham, AL
*Non-conference game. (#) Tournament seedings in parentheses.
All times are in Eastern Time.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Jerod Haase leaves UAB after four seasons, heading to Stanford". AL.com. Retrieved 2017-01-25.
  2. ^ "UAB promotes assistant Ehsan to head coach". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2017-01-25.
  3. ^ a b "MBK: UAB Voted C-USA Preseason Favorite". Conference USA. Retrieved 2017-01-25.