UAB will be without seniors Ty Brewer and Javian Davis for today’s Conference USA game against Rice. Both players were suspended for today's game by UAB head coach Andy Kennedy for conduct detrimental to the team. Neither player made the trip to Houston with the team.
No further details were given on what happened, but both played in Thursday’s 65-59 win over Louisiana Tech. Both players played 12 minutes in the game. Brewer failed to score while Davis had three points and three rebounds.
Both players are in their first season at UAB. Brewer averages 6.1 points and 3.4 rebounds in 17.7 minutes per game. Davis averages 6.9 points and 4.7 rebounds in 16 minutes per game.
Leading scorer Jordan ‘Jelly’ Walker is also out for today’s game. The Blazers will have nine scholarship players available for the game, which tips off at 2 p.m. at Tudor Fieldhouse.
Walker hurt his foot while scoring on a layup against Western Kentucky on Jan. 11. The Blazers beat Louisiana Tech twice and lost to Middle Tennessee and North Texas without Walker. Walker took part in pregame warmups before the North Texas game last Saturday and, according to UAB head coach Andy Kennedy, was listed as a starter in the official scorebook. After warmups, though, Walker said he wasn’t ready to play, so he was taken out of the lineup.
In the four games without Walker, the Blazers averaged 67 points per game, shot 36.1% from the field and hit 30.6% from outside the 3-point line. UAB made nine 3-pointers in the first game without Walker and hit a total of nine 3-pointers in the next three games.
Walker is the country’s second leading scorer at 23.8 points per game. Detriot Mercy’s Antoine Davis leads the country at 26.5 points per game and Penn’s Jordan Dingle is third at 23.6 points per game. Despite missing the past four games, Walker still leads C-USA with 70 3-pointers made. North Texas’ Tylor Perry has 66 3-pointers in four more games played than Walker.
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