Saturday, January 31, 2009

UNCG (3-16) @ Citadel (12-10)

When: Saturday, Jan 31 7:05 pm
Where: McAlister Field House (6,000)
TV: None/ Spartan All-Access

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- The last time these teams met, The Citadel hit 3 of 4 free throws over the final 30 seconds to win 57-50. Landon Clement Led UNCG with 15 points.
- Game preview from UNCG Athletics.

Spartan Notes:
- Last time out, College of Charleston shot over 50% from the field and hit 13 3-pointers to down UNCG 89-73. Ben Stywall led UNCG with 26 points and 9 rebounds.
- UNCG's 2-8 conference record leaves them tied for last in the North Division with Elon. UNCG defeated Elon earlier this season.
- The Spartans have cut down their average number of turnovers to 15.8 per game. At one point UNCG was averaging 18.8 turnovers a game.
-Mikko Koivisto leads UNCG in points (12.3) and assists (2.7). Ben Stywall is averaging 11 points and leads UNCG in rebounds with an average of 9.3 per game.
- For the year, UNCG is 39.4% shooting from the field, 29.1% from behind the arc and 65.8% from the free throw line.

Bulldog Notes:
- Austin Dahn hit a late 3-pointer to hold off Elon 60-58. Demetrius Nelson lead the Bulldogs with 17 points.
- The Citadel's 7-4 conference record puts them in 3rd place in the South Division behind Davidson & College of Charleston.
- The Bulldogs are 7-4 at home this season. They have won 4 straight games, 3 of them at home.
- Cameron Wells (14.8 pts & 5.5 rebs) and Demetrius Nelson (14.7 pts & 5.8 rebs) lead Citadel in scoring and rebounds. Zach Urbanus leads in assists (3.2).
- For the season, The Citadel is shooting 44.5% from the field, 35.1% from 3 point range and 70.1% from the free throw line.

My Thoughts:
Just when I lose faith that UNCG will win a game, they win a game. The good news for the Spartans is that I feel that way again. On paper the Bulldogs have some really nice stats. The shoot the ball well, share the ball well and lots of interchangeable parts.

The Spartans have guards that are regressing and a star player that didn't score on Thursday night. Stywall and Eargle have been playing very well, but getting no help.

Most sites I have checked are giving the Spartans between 11 and 11 1/2 points. I think I'd take the Dawgs and the points. Good news, Spartans fans.