Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Chattanooga (9-10) @ UNCG (4-14)

When: Thursday, January 19 7 pm
Where: Greensboro Coliseum (7,617/23,500)
TV: None/Spartan All-Access (free)

Chattanooga Athletics

Preseason Preview

UNCG Notes
Last Game: @ Citadel (W 67-66) Recap
PPG: 65.8
RPG: 34.9
APG: 11.6
Leader Points: Trevis Simpson (16.5)
Leader Rebounds: David Williams (4.7)
Leader Assists: Drew Parker (2.6)
FG%: 38.7
3 Pt %: 31.9
FT %: 64.4

Chattanooga Notes
Last Game: @ Samford (L 70-81) Recap
PPG: 70.7
RPG: 39.9
APG: 16.0
Leader Points: Ricky Taylor (13.2)
Leader Rebounds: Drazen Zlovaric (6.9)
Leader Assists: Keegan Bell (7.1)
FG %: 42.2
3 Pt %: 35.7
FT %: 66.9

UNCG played some inspired basketball this past weekend in the low country of SC. All of the breaks went their way. Some of the breaks included everyone in the North Division taking a step backwards and leaving the Spartans with a chance to really get back into the race for a bye. UNCG is only 1.5 games back (1 in the win column) of Elon, UTC, App State and Western Carolina. With ASU-WCU and UTC-Elon playing games against each other on Saturday, the Spartans can take another huge step forward this weekend. However, it all starts with beating the Mocs.

Chattanooga hasn't won a game on the road this season. They've lost at places like Kentucky and Indiana, but also at Samford. This points to a bigger problem for the Mocs. It would be nice to jump on the Mocs and see if they'll lose hope early. The Mocs have the talent to be one of the best in the SoCon, but they've been very erratic this season. It'll be interesting to see which UTC team shows up in Greensboro.

The Spartans on the other hand, have turned themselves around by doing 2 things that they haven't done well for a while ... shoot better and play better defense. Now I know the overall numbers in the Citadel game don't look that great, but it was the second half defense that UNCG brought to the court that gave them the chance to win at the end.

The last time UNCG made a bunch of Youtube "Sportscenter" type plays, they came out the next game flat and lackluster. Hopefully, the Spartans have learned from this experience and will bring intensity and heart to the court on Thursday night. Go Spartans !!!


JohnMoc said...

We should have done something as a cooperative effort to do a preview. Next time the two play, we'll have to work something out.

Dash said...

I'd be down for that. We'll exchange emails next time.