Tuesday, February 24, 2009

UNCG (4-23) @ Davidson (22-6)

When: Wednesday, Feb 25 7 pm
Where: Belk Arena (5,223)
TV: None

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Last meeting: UNCG 54 - Davidson 75 (Greensboro Coliseum)

Spartan Notes:
- Last time out, UNCG trailed by 19 at the half on it's way to losing 69-56 to Western Carolina. Damian Eargle scored 17 points in a very uninspired Spartan effort.
- With a current conference record of 3-15, UNCG is locked into the 6th seed (North Division) for the SoCon Tournament in Chattanooga.
- When UNCG and Davidson met on Feb 5th, it was in front of 11,687 fans at the Greensboro Coliseum. This was the only game that the Spartans played in the coliseum this year. Next season, all Spartan home games will be played there.
- Mikko Koivisto leads UNCG in scoring (13.0) and assists (2.5). Ben Stywall is averaging 11.3 points and a team leading 8.4 rebounds.
- For the season, UNCG is shooting from the 39.9% field, 31.7% from behind the arc and 64.8% from the free throw line.

Wildcat Notes:
- Stephen Curry scored 20 points and handed out 6 assists, but it wasn't enough as Butler defeated Davidson 75-63. This non-conference game was part of the ESPN Bracketbuster series. Davidson will play a return game at Butler next season.
- Davidson comes into Wednesday's game sporting a 15-2 conference record. Both losses occurred at Belk Arena.
- Stephen Curry missed last week's game against The Citadel with a sprained ankle. The Wildcats went on to lose 64-46.
- Curry leads Davidson in points (28.6) and assists (5.9). Andrew Lovedale is averaging 12.5 points and a team high 8.9 rebounds.
- For the year, Davidson is shooting 43.5% from the field, 35.7% from 3-point range and 70.8% from the free throw line.

My Thoughts:
I was a little surprised by the shooting percentages of Davidson. I really expected them to be higher. With that said, UNCG will have to play the perfect game to beat the Wildcats in Belk. The Spartans will definitely have to play with more passion and focus than they did on Saturday against Western Carolina.

UNCG plays much better on the road than it does in Fleming Gym. Maybe the team can pull a shocker and gain some confidence to finish the season.

Go Spartans !!!