Men's hoops returns to the road to renew rivalry with UAB

Nov. 22, 2007

After filling up on Thanksgiving day, the JU men's basketball team hits the road early Friday morning as they prepare for Saturday's contest at UAB.

The Dolphins (3-0) are off to their best start in six seasons and face their old nemesis from the Sun Belt Conference.

"We've had a good week of practice and been able to focus on correcting our mistakes from the first three games," said JU head coach Cliff Warren. "We just want to keep getting better each time out and play for the entire 40 minutes."

One of the key leaders to Jacksonville's hot start has been the stellar play of point guard Ben Smith.

The sophomore from Dublin, Ga. leads the team in scoring, averaging 19.7 point per game, and assists, averaging 7.3 per game.

His scoring average has been buoyed by strong shooting performances. He has hit 54.5 percent of his shots from the floor, including 4-of-10 from behind the 3-point arc.

Smith has also done an amazing job of getting to the free throw line and making them when he gets there. He is 31-of-34 at the stripe, an amazing 91.2 percent, and is ranked in the top five in the Atlantic Sun Conference entering this weekend.

Saturday's contest tips off at 1 p.m. (CST), a change from the original 7 p.m. start time to accommodate the Alabama-Auburn game. The game will be broadcast on 1010XL, with Barry Milligan calling the action as the pregame show will start 30 minutes prior to tipoff.