UAB Basketball Big Start Promises Hope


UAB basketball won its home opener against Lindenwood University in an exhibition game yesterday. The 92-69 victory gleams hope for the rest of the season.

UAB basketball is the only Birmingham basketball team to reach the NCAA tournament in the last 15 years – most recently in the 2015 tournament when the Blazers upset a 3 seed Iowa State team in the first round.

UAB missed the 2016 tournament but is looking to get back to the 2017 tournament. A 23 point margin of victory in the first game of the season points towards a tournament appearance potentially being in the future.

Sure, sure Division II Lindenwood might not be the most formidable opponent but any time you can beat a team that shot over 45 percent from the 3 point line, it shouldn’t be overlooked. For comparison, The Golden State Warriors shot about 40 percent from behind the arc in their championship season two years ago.

UAB was 40 percent on 3 point attempts and 55.7 percent from the field. The team was aggressive and played well and even had some Sports Center Top 10 caliber plays.

UAB takes the court again on November 11th when they tip off their regular season at home. The Blazers will take on Arkansas-Pine Bluff at Bartow Arena. All of Birmingham should go and support the hometown team as they start their road to a potential conference championship and NCAA tournament appearance.