Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Media SoCon Awards

SoCon All-Conference Awards from the media ...

All-Conference First Team
De'Mon Brooks (Davidson)
Jake Cohen (Davidson)
Eric Ferguson (Ga Southern)
Trevis Simpson (UNCG)
Brad Loesing (Wofford)

All-Conference Second Team
Mike Groselle (Citadel)
Andrew Lawrence (Charleston)
Antwaine Wiggins (Charleston)
Jack Isenbarger (Elon)
Kevin Giltner (Wofford)

All-Conference Third Team
Trent Wiedeman (Charleston)
Nik Cochran (Davidson)
Willie Powers III (Ga Southern)
Derrell Armstrong (UNCG)
Drew Windler (Samford)

All-Freshman Team
Adjehi Baru (Charleston)
Austin Hamilton (Elon)
Tyler Hood (Samford)
Raijon Kelly (Samford)
Karl Cochran (Wofford)

Player of the Year
Jake Cohen (Davidson)

Freshman of the Year
Karl Cochran (Wofford)

Coach of the Year
Wes Miller (UNCG)

Tournament Posts

With the SoCon Tournament starting in a couple of days, I thought I would kind of give you an idea of how posts were going to go for the next few days. I will be posting individual game previews for all of Friday's action. Depending on how much I get to see of the Friday games, I will post summaries. I will post something in the way of previews for Saturday's games, but I'm not sure what those will look like quite yet. Beyond that, I will be at the tournament. So, I don't know what I'll get to post. I will be there with my new tablet and will at least try to use Twitter.

Thanks for sticking with me and the UNCG basketball team this year. They haven't always made it easy on us, but it has been a fun ride so far. I'd love to see it go on for a lot longer. Again, I hope to see a huge group of UNCG fans in Asheville. So, please get your tickets and we'll see you there.

Coaches SoCon Awards

SoCon All-Conference Awards from the coaches ...

Trent Wiedeman (Charleston)
Antwaine Wiggins (Charleston)
Mike Groselle (Citadel)
De'Mon Brooks (Davidson)
Jake Cohen (Davidson)
Jack Isenbarger (Elon)
Eric Ferguson (Ga Southern)
Trevis Simpson (UNCG)
Kevin Giltner (Wofford)
Brad Loesing (Wofford)

Adjehi Baru (Charleston)
Austin Hamilton (Elon)
Tyler Hood (Samford)
Raijon Kelly (Samford)
Karl Cochran (Wofford)

Player of the Year
De'Mon Brooks (Davidson)

Defensive Player of the Year
Brad Loesing (Wofford)

Freshman of the Year
Karl Cochran (Wofford)

Coach of the Year
Bob McKillop (Davidson)

SoCon Tournament Challenge

John over at MocsMaina is putting together a SoCon Tournament Challenge Contest. It's basically a bracket contest for fun. I'm encouraging everyone that read this blog to go over there and submit you picks. I'll post my picks when I get around to filling out a submission (probably tomorrow).

BTW ... When the NCAA Tournament rolls around in a few weeks, I will put together a bracket challenge on CBS or Yahoo.

SoCon Tournament Pairings

Southern Conference Tournament
US Cellular Arena (Asheville, NC)

Friday, March 2
Game 1: 4s Charleston - 5N App State (11:30 AM)
Game 2: 3N Western Carolina - 6S Citadel (2 PM)
Game 3: 4N Samford - 5S Furman (6 PM)
Game 4: 3S Ga Southern - 6N Chattanooga (8:30 PM)

Saturday, March 3
Game 5: 1N UNCG - Game 1 Winner (12 PM) ESPN3
Game 6 : 2S Wofford - Game 2 Winner (2:30 PM) ESPN3
Game 7: 1S Davidson - Game 3 Winner (6 PM) ESPN3
Game 8: 2N Elon - Game 4 Winner (8:30 PM) ESPN3

Sunday, March 4
Game 9: Game 5 Winner - Game 6 Winner (6 PM) ESPN3/SoCon TV
Game 10: Game 7 Winner - Game 8 Winner (8:30 PM) ESPN3/SoCon TV

Monday, March 5
Game 11: Game 9 Winner - Game 10 Winner (9 PM) ESPN/ESPN2/ESPN3

Final SoCon Standings

Final Standings

1. UNCG^ (10-8)
2. Elon* (9-9)
3. Western Carolina (8-10)
3. Samford (8-10)
5. App State (7-11)
6. Chattanooga (5-13)

1. Davidson# (16-2)
2. Wofford* (12-6)
2. Ga Southern (12-6)
4. Charleston (10-8)
5. Furman (8-10)
6. Citadel (3-15)

^ - North Division Champion
# - South Division Champion
* - 1st Round Tournament Bye

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

My Postseason SoCon Awards

Purely 100% my opinion ...

1st Team All-SoCon
- Jake Cohen (Davidson)
- Trevis Simpson (UNCG)
- De'Mon Brooks (Davidson)
- Mike Groselle (Citadel)
- Brad Loesing (Wofford)

2nd Team All-SoCon
- Eric Ferguson (GSU)
- Drew Windler (Samford)
- Jack Isenbarger (Elon)
- Antwaine Wiggins (Charleston)
- Brandon Sebirumbi (Furman)

Honorable Mention: Willie Powers III (GSU), Omar Wattad (UTC), Harouna Mutombo (WCU), Derrell Armstrong (UNCG), Omar Carter (App State)

Player of the Year: Trevis Simpson (UNCG)

Coach of the Year: Mike Young (Wofford)

Freshman of the Year: Karl Cochran (Wofford)

USA Today Southern Conference Report

From the the USA Today's Southern Conference report ...

It took a little longer than hoped, but the Spartans finally capped off their first Southern Conference north division title since it moved into the league in 1997-98. UNC Greensboro had to wait until the second-to-last games of the regular season to earn the division title after leading by three games with two weeks of regular-season play remaining. The team lost back-to-back conference games Feb. 18 and Feb. 21 to prolong the championship, and continued to back into the division crown when it lost a third straight in the regular-season finale.

ESPN SoCon Tournament Preview

From ...


The favorite: Davidson won three consecutive SoCon tournament titles from 2006 through 2008. See: Steph Curry. The Wildcats are the tournament's 1-seed. They won the South Division with the help of the conference's top field goal percentage defense (40.7 percent) and top scoring offense (79.4 ppg in conference action).

The top challengers: Wofford, a 2-seed from the South Division, pushed Davidson in the teams' first matchup (72-69 Davidson win on Dec. 1). UNC Greensboro is one of the best turnaround stories in the country (started out 2-14), but the Spartans have lost their past three games. The College of Charleston beat Davidson 86-78 on Feb. 11.

Three players to watch: De'Mon Brooks averaged 16.6 ppg for Davidson in conference play. The Citadel's Mike Groselle finished the regular season averaging 16.6 ppg, and he led the SoCon in rebounding (9.7 rpg). Trevis Simpson of UNC Greensboro led the conference in scoring (19.9 ppg) during the regular season.

Scanning the SoCon - Week 17

Scanning the SoCon - Week # 17

1. Davidson
2. Wofford
3. Ga Southern
5. Elon
6. Charleston
7. Samford
8. Western Carolina
9. Furman
10. App State
11. Chattanooga
12. Citadel

Which team not playing on Friday (outside of your team, so as not to jinx it) is most likely to be upset early in the tournament? Why?

DavidsonCats- UNCG. They are struggling. ASU or CofC will be a very tough game for them. Or for anyone else. I'm glad that my favorite team drew the amford/Furman winner instead of the ASU/CofC winner.

MocsMania- Elon. The Phoenix are clearly the most susceptible to an upset, though the Spartans could lose as well if Trevis Simpson is not fully healthy for UNCG. Elon played well on Saturday against UNCG, but have been struggling lately. They will need to play much better to advance in the tournament on Saturday night in the late game.

TheSportsArsenal- UNCG is the top seed in the North but could get the CofC on Saturday. I would favor the Cougars in that matchup.

UNCGBasketballFan- Elon. I'm not confident that any team from the North Division has a chance to really make a splash in Asheville.

Monday, February 27, 2012

Spartan Skid Continues

UNCG 79 - Elon 93

UNCG Athletics
Elon Athletics

Halftime: UNCG 30 - Elon 39

UNCG Stats
Leader Points: Trevis Simpson (22)
Leader Rebounds: Derrell Armstrong (8)
Leader Assists: Derrell Armstrong (2)
Team FG: 31-75 (41.3%)
Team 3 Pt: 4-17 (23.5%)
Team FT: 13-25 (52.0%)
Rebounds: 45
Turnovers: 13

Elon Stats
Leader Points: Jack Isenbarger (24)
Leader Rebounds: Sebastian Koch (12)
Leader Assists: Austin Hamilton (5)
Team FG: 28-61 (45.9%)
Team 3 Pt: 10-20 (50.0%)
Team FT: 27-39 (69.2%)
Rebounds: 45
Turnovers: 15

I stated in my pregame thoughts that UNCG didn't have anything to play for and Elon had a ton to play for in this game. Well, that was quite obvious. Elon scored the first 11 points and really only was threatened by UNCG once from then on.

Now it seems UNCG is completely out of sorts and struggling big time. Not a good sign for a team that had hopes of a conference championship just a couple of weeks ago. However, the Spartans are the outright North Division Champions and a #1 seed in the tournament.

I'll talk more about the tournament in the next few days, but for now let's hope UNCG can put this game (and this past week in general) out of their minds and focus on the up coming task.

Lack of Update?

Sorry for not posting anything this weekend. I've had a computer and work issues. I'll start getting all of the updates posted later today.

While you're waiting, call the UNCG ticket office and buy SoCon Tournament tickets. I want to hang out with a bunch of blue & gold clad fans on Saturday afternoon.

Saturday, February 25, 2012

UNCG (12-17) @ Elon (13-15)

When: Saturday, February 25 7 pm
Where: Alumni Gym (1,585)
TV: None/UStream (free streaming)

Elon Athletics

Preseason Preview

12/5/2011 - Elon 80 @ UNCG 72 Recap

UNCG Stats
Last Game: Wofford (L 56-68) Recap
PPG: 69.3
RPG: 35.4
APG: 11.9
Leader Points: Trevis Simpson (18.0)
Leader Rebounds: David Williams (5.1)
Leader Assists: Drew Parker (2.8)
FG %: 40.2
3 Pt %: 33.8
FT %: 69.1

Elon Stats
Last Game: @ Davidson (L 45-66) Recap
PPG: 69.6
RPG: 36.9
APG: 13.3
Leader Points: Jack Isenbarger (13.7)
Leader Rebounds: Lucas Troutman (5.6)
Leader Assists: Austin Hamilton (2.9)
FG %: 41.7
3 Pt %: 35.3
FT %: 67.1

Let's start by stating the obvious ... UNCG has very little to actually play for tonight. Whatever the outcome, UNCG will be playing at noon next Saturday as the #1 seed from the North Division. Elon has a ton to play for. They are in teh middle of a fight for the other of the North Division bye. This is their Senior Night and final home game. They are calling the "white out" for this game. Please note that UNCG beat Chattanooga on their "black out" night.

But this is a rivalry game that always turns out to be close. Both of these schools have very similar stats and they played to a close game way back in December.

For UNCG it would be nice to get back on that winning track. The Saprtans have dropped their last 2 games against good teams from the South Division. However, I think that UNCG's fortunes may ride on whether Trevis Simpson see action in this game. According to the UNCG website, he will be a gametime decision.

Friday, February 24, 2012

Spartans Clinch Division Title

Following last night's losses by Elon and Samford, UNCG clinched it's first ever outright North Division title. The Spartans were co-champions in the 2001-2002 season.

Here is an article in today News & Record.

Congrats to the team and coaches for all of their hard work. Let's hope the season continues on a little longer, though!

UNCG-Wofford Highlights

From UNCG's YouTube Channel ...

Current SoCon Standings

As of 2/24 ...

1. UNCG^ (10-7)
2. Samford (8-9)
3. Elon (8-9)
4. App State (7-10)
5. Western Carolina (7-10)
6. Chattanooga (4-13)

1. Davidson^ (15-2)
2. Ga Southern (12-5)
3. Wofford (11-6)
4. Charleston (9-8)
5. Furman (8-9)
6. Citadel (3-14)

^ - Clinched Division

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Terriers Hand UNCG Second Straight Defeat

UNCG 56 - Wofford 68

News & Record
UNCG Athletics
Wofford Athletics

Halftime: UNCG 28 - Wofford 30

UNCG Stats
Leader Points: Derrell Armstrong (19)
Leader Rebounds: Aloysius Henry (6)
Leader Assists: Drew Parker (4)
Team FG: 21-54 (38.9)
Team 3 Pt: 5-19 (26.3%)
Team FT: 9-10 (90.0%)
Rebounds: 24
Turnovers: 15

Wofford Stats
Leader Points: Brad Loesing (19)
Leader Rebounds: Lee Skinner (8)
Leader Assists: Brad Loesing (9)
Team FG: 23-45 (51.1%)
Team 3 Pt: 4-11 (36.4%)
Team FT: 18-21 (85.7%)
Rebounds: 31
Turnovers: 16

Definitely a game to forget for UNCG. There is not a ton to say about this game. Trevis Simpson didn't play for the second time in 3 games. Unlike last Wednesday, the Spartans couldn't overcome the loss of their leading scorer. Now UNCG will need Davidson to beat Elon on Thursday night in order to clinch the North Division title.

Monday, February 20, 2012

Scanning the SoCon - Week 16

Scanning the SoCon - Week # 16

1. Davidson
2. Ga Southern
4. Wofford
5. Elon
6. Charleston
7. Samford
8. Furman
9. Western Carolina
10. App State
11. Chattanooga
12. Citadel

Who is your pick for Coach of the Year?

DavidsonCats- A number of coaches have done really well this year. Mike Young, Charlton Young, Wes Miller, Jimmy Tillette, and Matt Matheny should all get some consideration. I'm going with Bob McKillop. I know that a lot of people picked Davidson to win the division. I thought the Wildcats were a year away and would finish 2nd in the division and behind several of the North teams. Instead, the Wildcats are way out in front in the computer rankings and locked up the 1S seed last week.

MocsMania- To me, there are just five candidates that deserve consideration. Elon's Matt Matheny, UNCG's Wes Miller, Samford's Jimmy Tillette, Georgia Southern's Charlton Young, and Wofford's Mike Young all deserve some recognition. To me there is only one other team that has achieved at their expected level, and that is Davidson, and I expected the Wildcats to lose about three SoCon games preseason. They're pretty close to that right now, so I don't feel like McKillop deserves it. Samford, UNCG, and Georgia Southern all experienced huge turnarounds in SoCon play from their out of conference performance. Elon has really fallen off in the last month. That leaves Mike Young from Wofford. I expected the Terriers to go about 7-11 in SoCon play and be no factor in the SoCon Tournament. As it is, the Terriers are a threat to win their third SoCon Tournament in three years. Young deserves real credit for that.

TheSportsArsenal- I am almost stupefied by UNCG's turnaround under Wes Miller. Interim coach as Coach of the Year? Why not? Bob McKillop is my second choice.

Wofford (17-12) @ UNCG (12-16)

When: Tuesday, February 21 7 pm
Where: Greensboro Coliseum (7,617/23,500)
TV: None/Spartan All-Access

Wofford Athletics

Preseason Preview

UNCG Stats
Last Game: @ Ga Southern (L 69-83) Recap
PPG: 69.8
RPG: 35.8
APG: 12.1
Leader Points: Trevis Simpson (18.0)
Leader Rebounds: David Williams (5.3)
Leader Assists: Drew Parker (2.8)
FG %: 40.2
3 Pt %: 34.1
FT %: 68.7

Wofford Stats
Last Game: @ Charleston Southern (L 59-77) Recap
PPG: 63.9
RPG: 34.1
APG: 14.3
Leader Points: Kevin Giltner (15.4)
Leader Rebounds: Lee Skinner (5.7)
Leader ASsists: Brad Loesing (5.5)
FG %: 43.6
3 Pt %: 33.1
FT %: 65.6

There's not a whole lot to say about this game. It's Senior Day at the Greensboro Coliseum. Add that to the fact that a UNCG win will clinch the North Division title outright and this becomes one of the biggest games UNCG has played in a really long time. Everyone needs to be there early and be loud. Go Spartans !!!

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Current SoCon Standings

As of 2/19 ...

1. UNCG (10-6)*
2. Elon (8-8)
3. Samford (8-8)
4. App State (7-9)
5. Western Carolina (6-10)
6. Chattanooga (4-12)

1. Davidson (14-2)^
2. Ga Southern (12-4)
3. Wofford (10-6)
4. Charleston (8-8)
5. Furman (7-9)
6. Citadel (2-14)

* Clinched Bye
^ Clinched Division

Schedule for this Week
Tuesday 2/21
- Wofford @ UNCG

Wednesday 2/22
- App State @ Citadel

Thursday 2/23
- Elon @ Davidson
- Ga Southern @ Charleston
- Samford @ Western Carolina
- Chattanooga @ Furman

Saturday 2/25
- UNCG @ Elon
- App State @ Western Carolina
- Davidson @ Ga Southern
- Charleston @ Citadel
- Furman @ Wofford
- Samford @ Chattanooga

Turnovers Doom Spartans in Statesboro

UNCG 69 - Ga Southern 83

UNCG Athletics
GSU Athletics

UNCG Stats
Leader Points: Trevis Simpson (16)
Leader Rebounds: Trevis Simpson (6)
Leader Assists: Drew Parker (4)
Team FG: 24-58 (41.4%)
Team 3 Pt: 8-17 (47.1%)
Team FT: 13-17 (76.6%)
Rebounds: 34
Turnovers: 21

Ga Southern Stats
Leader Points: Ben Drayton (19)
Leader Rebounds: Eric Ferguson (6)
Leader Assists: Willie Powers (4)
Team FG: 30-59 (50.8%)
Team 3 Pt: 4-11 (36.4%)
Team FT: 19-24 (79.2%)
Rebounds: 33
Turnovers: 17

Since I had a long ago planned (post) Valentine's Day date for Saturday night, I missed this game completely. Sounds like it a was a good thing. The Spartans couldn't hang on to the halftime lead they had built. The good news was that Trevis Simpson returned from the toe injury that kept him out of Wednesday night's contest against Charleston.

The bad part about the loss was that after Elon fell in overtime to Western Carolina, a Spartan win would have clinched the North Division title outright. However, UNCG will have another opportunity to clinch the division on Tuesday night at home against Wofford.

Friday, February 17, 2012

UNCG (12-15) @ Ga Southern (13-12)

When: Saturday, February 18 7:30 pm
Where: W.S. Hanner Fieldhouse (4,358)
TV: None

Ga Southern Athletics

Preseason Preview

UNCG Stats
Last Game: Charleston (W 78-63) Recap
PPG: 69.8
RPG: 35.9
APG: 12.1
Leader Points: Trevis Simpson (18.1)
Leader Rebounds: David Williams (5.4)
Leader Assists: Drew Parker (2.7)
FG %: 40.2
3 Pt %: 33.7
FT %: 68.5

Ga Southern Stats
Last Game: @ Citadel (W 73-72 OT) Recap
PPG: 67.1
RPG: 31.5
APG: 12.7
Leader Points: Eric Ferguson (15.4)
Leader Rebounds: Eric Ferguson (7.2)
Leader Assists: Willie Powers (5.6)
FG %: 47.3
3 Pt %: 36.0
FT %: 66.5

This is a match up of two of the most improved teams in the Southern Conference. The squads combined to win just 7 SoCon games last season. Two of those wins came from UNCG victories over the Eagles. The Spartans cruised to a 87-75 victory at the Greensboro Coliseum. The return game at Hanner Fieldhouse required a game winning shot from Aaron Bracket with just over 16 seconds left. UNCG managed to score just 16 first half points in that game.

The Spartans can feel like they are looking in a mirror when looking at the Eagles. Both squads are led by super sophomores that are in the running for SoCon player of the Year. Neither team fared very well in their out-of-conference schedule. The main similarities fall in style of play and athleticism. GSU will probably run and gun with UNCG all night and try to push the tempo just as much as the Spartans. Eagles coach C.Y. Young has been collecting talent in Statesboro for several years now. The proof is starting to show.

As for UNCG, they very well may have to play another game without Trevis Simpson. That worked out in the last game against Charleston, but I don't think it's a recipe for long term success. The Spartans will need continued good play from Derrell Armstrong, Aloysius Henry, Kyle Randall, Nick Paulos and all of the starters to take down the 2nd place team in the South Division.

From a league-wide perspective, this game has some importance. UNCG is 2 games ahead of Elon in the North with 3 games left to play. A UNCG win and any loss by Elon in their next 3 games (WCU, @ Davidson, UNCG) will give UNCG the out right division title. Ga Southern is 2.5 games ahead of Wofford with 3 games left to play. With a win, they will wrap up 2nd place in the South Division (and the first round bye in the SoCon Tournament).

So, this is a very important game. Hopefully, UNCG can keep the momentum going in their favor. Go Spartans !!!

Simpson Update

Calvin over at the UNCG Sports Blog posted an update on Trevis Simpson's injury. Apparently, it's a turf toe type injury and he's day-to-day. Hopefully, he'll be back ready to go soon as UNCG needs him to help make a run to the big dance.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Miller on The Mac Attack

UNCG Coach Wes Miller was a guest on WFNZ radio in Charlotte this morning. Miller called into their morning show called "The Mac Attack". The interview can be heard here.

WFU Blog Weighs In on Miller

One of my favorite non-SoCon blogs is the Wake Forest slanted Blogger So Dear. I did a fun Q&A with them a few years ago when the Demon Deacons made the short trip over to the Greensboro Coliseum to play UNCG. Since then I've kept up with their blog closely.

Over the past two years, Wake has fallen on some hard times. The decline started after the 2009-2010 season when they fired Dino Gaudio for hodge-podge of reasons. Since then the program there has turned into a massive rebuild project under the direction of Jeff Bzdelik.

Today, Martin Rickman of Blogger so Dear wrote an interesting blog post comparing what he's seen out of new UNCG coach Wes Miller to the Deacs and Jeff Bzdelik. It's fun to see our team through an outsider's eyes. Plus, I always like it when people in the area realize that there is college basketball being played in other places than Durham and Chapel Hill (*cough* N&R, W-S Journal *cough*).

UNCG-Charleston Highlights

Charleston Post Game

Post game Press conference from UNCG's YouTube channel.

"I personally wouldn't want to play for any other coach other than the guy right next to me." ---Derrell Armstrong

- WFMY News 2 highlights and post game article on

Current SoCon Standings

As of 2/16 ...

1. UNCG (10-5)
2. Elon (8-7)
3. Samford (7-8)
4. App State (7-9)
5. Western Carolina (4-10)
6. Chattanooga (4-11)

1. Davidson (14-2)
2. Ga Southern (11-4)
3. Wofford (10-6)
4. Charleston (8-8)
5. Furman (7-8)
6. Citadel (1-13)

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

UNCG wins 3rd straight, Secures Bye

UNCG 78 - Charleston 63

News & Record
Charleston Post & Courier
UNCG Athletics
Charleston Athletics

Halftime: UNCG 31 - Charleston 30

UNCG Stats
Leader Points: Derrell Armstrong (30)
Leader Rebounds: David Williams (11)
Leader Assists: Kyle Randall (6)
Team FG: 30-62 (48.4%)
Team 3 Pt: 8-19 (42.1%)
Team FT: 10-14 (71.4%)
Reabounds: 34
Turnovers: 16

Charleston Stats
Leader Points: Trent Wiedeman (21)
Leader Rebounds:Trent Wiedeman (18)
LeaderAssists: Andrew Lawrence (7)
Team FG: 21-59 (35.6%)
Team 3 Pt: 5-25 (20.0%)
Team FT: 16-21 (76.2%)
Rebounds: 40
Turnovers: 22

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Charleston (16-10) @ UNCG (11-15)

When: Wednesday, February 15 7 pm
Where: Greensboro Coliseum (7,617/23,500)
TV: None/Spartan All-Access

Charleston Athletics

Preseason Preview

1/12 UNCG 73 - Charleston 66 Recap

UNCG Stats
Last Game: @ Chattanooga (W 77-76) Recap
PPG: 69.5
RPG: 35.9
APG: 12.0
Leader Points: Trevis Simpson (18.1)
Leader Rebounds: David Williams (5.2)
Leader Assists: Drew Parker (2.7)
FG %: 39.8
3 Pt %: 33.4
FT %: 68.4

Charleston Stats
Last Game: Davidson (W 86-78) Recap
PPG: 71.3
RPG: 36.7
APG: 12.1
Leader Points: Antwaine Wiggins (16.5)
Leader Rebounds: Trent Wiedeman (8.4)
Leader Assists: Andrew Lawrence (5.5)
FG %: 42.6
3 Pt %: 34.4
FT %: 64.5

Simpson is SoCon Player of the Week

Sophomore Trevis Simpson was named SoCon Player of the Week by the league office today. He has had some huge games lately and is definitely in the running to be the league's Player of the Year.

Simpson averaged 26.5 points per game last week as UNCG picked up road wins at Samford (71-69) and Chattanooga (77-76) to move into first place in the North Division.

Mid-Major Report

Via ESPN ...


After Davidson (13-2) beat Kansas in December, it was hard to envision the Wildcats losing -- even one game -- in conference play. They've lost two, both on the road. But they won't face much danger in their last four conference games, especially with only one more road game. They'll win the South unless Georgia Southern (11-4) catches them down the stretch. Beyond the regular season, however, Davidson has proven to be a mature team with the poise to score an upset in March Madness. UNC-Greensboro (9-5) is on top in the North. But Elon (8-6) and Samford (7-7) are in the mix.
Via USA Today ...


--The Spartans have completed their run to the top of the Southern Conference north division. Now it's time to see if they can stay there. With their Feb. 11 victory at Chattanooga, UNC Greensboro completed a run in which they won nine of 10 games and went from last place in the division to first.

Staying there, however, will have to include three of the team's final four games coming against south division opponents. The Spartans' lone remaining game against a north foe is the regular-season finale against Elon, quite possibly a game that will determine the division crown.

--Like many of the teams in the league, UNC Greensboro is finding that it better be ready for close games. The Spartans' Feb. 9 win at Samford and Feb. 11 win at Chattanooga were each decided by one basket. In the latter, guard Derrell Armstrong connected on a lay-up with 16 seconds remaining to give Greensboro the victory.

--It's not hard to see how UNCG Trevis Simpson took over the league's top scorer spot. Since his "down" game against Samford on Jan. 22 -- when he scored 15 points -- the sophomore scored at least 23 points in each of his next six contests. Heading into the team's Feb. 15 game against College of Charleston, Simpson was averaging 18.1 points per game, a full point more than The Citadel big man Mike Groselle.

Monday, February 13, 2012

Landon Clement Story

Friday I made a post discussing former players that had transferred to other places. On of the guys I mentioned was NC Central star, Landon Clement. Well, my timing was awesome. Today The Post Game column wrote a great article about Clement, detailing all of his struggles and triumphs. It is truly a good read.

Good luck going forward, Landon.

UNCG-Chattanooga Highlights & Press Conference

From WRCB in Chattanooga, here is a video of the end of the UNCG-Chattanooga game.

Wes Miller's Post Game Press Conference from ...

Blog Updates

Hey guys ... Just thought I'd point out a few other SoCon related blogs that I think everyone should definitely bookmark and go read. I link to most of these below, but I thought I would just make a post to remind everyone that there are a lot of great conference related sites around.

Obviously, I talk about UTC fan Jon's site MocsMania. However, another UTC fan has decided to start making posts again at what used to be one of my favorite sites ... SoConFans. This site should be a must read for UNCG fans right now as we are in the race for a division title. That site always has an updated version of "If it ended today ..." pairings for the SoCon Tournament.

Another very good site is the Western Carolina blog Purple & Gold. While it's not a basketball only site, it's definitely a basketball heavy site at this time of the year.

From the other division of the conference are two very good low country related sites. There's the Citadel geared Sports Arsenal and the Charleston site King Kresse. The Charleston site will be a good read this week for G fans.

Also, let's not forget to mention again the UNCG Sports Blog.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Scanning the SoCon - Week 15

Scanning the SoCon - Week # 15

1. Davidson
2. Ga Southern
4. Wofford
5. Elon
6. Samford
7. Charleston
8. Furman
9. Chattanooga
10. App State
11. Western Carolina
12. Citadel

What role do you believe that blogs and message boards play in a basketball program? What role should they play? Is their role too big or too small?

DavidsonCats- The best thing that the Davidson board has done is to keep distant fans tied in to the program. Passionate fans need a central place to follow the action, celebrate the successes, and vent about the failures. The boards provide this central place. Some people (coaches, players, administrators) should avoid the boards. We are fan sites.

MocsMania- Oh, the million dollar question. I do believe that there is plenty of negativity on message boards, and that is OK. They are for honest discussion. Coaches and players should do everything they can to avoid the message boards, because they serve no good purpose for them. I think their roles have become too big in many cases, because many of the questions that get asked of the coaches and players are driven by the blogs and message boards.

TheSportsArsenal- I know there are people who say that recruits read message boards, etc., and that negative posts can impact recruiting, and I suppose the case could be made that blogs have an effect as well. I'm a bit dubious about all that, at least with regards to schools in the SoCon. There really aren't that many fans on those forums. At any rate, it seems to me that these days players/recruits are more likely to be directly engaged via twitter than message board or blog posts. Blogs really shouldn't play any role in how a basketball program operates -- with the exception of my blog, of course. Alas, I do not believe the denizens of the hoops program hang on every word I type. For shame, for shame.

UNCGBasketballFan- I could probably write a book on this subject. Obviously, UNCG fans have had some first hand experiences with this exact question this year. I think that there is always a line that the message board/blogger fans flirt with between being critical and just being mean. These players are just kids that have a lot on their plate and we (me included) forget that sometimes. However, I think these sites all serve a great purpose. They allow fans to meet and interact regardless of the university/fanbase size. So, in that respect, I think these sites should be embraced by the school for the impact they have on the program and the "buzz" they can generate.

Current SoCon Standings

As of 2/12 ...

1. UNCG (9-5)
2. Elon (8-6)
3. Samford (7-7)
4 App State (6-9)
5. Western Carolina (4-10)
5. Chattanooga (4-10)

1. Davidson (13-2)
2. Ga Southern (10-4)
3. Wofford (9-6)
4. Charleston (8-7)
5. Furman (7-8)
6. Citadel (1-13)

Games this Week
Wednesday 2/15
- Samford @ Davidson
- Charleston @ UNCG
- Chattanooga @ App State
- Elon @ Wofford

Thursday 2/16
- Citadel @ Western Carolina

Saturday 2/18
- UNCG @ Ga Southern
- Winthrop @ App State
- Western Carolina @ Elon
- Charleston @ Kent State
- Wichita State @ Davidson
- Furman @ Samford
- Citadel @ Chattanooga
- Wofford @ Charleston Southern

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Spartans Win Another Nailbiter

UNCG 77 - Chattanooga 76

Times-Free Press
UNCG Athletics
Chattanooga Athletics

Halftime: UNCG 38 - Chattanooga 37

UNCG Stats
Leader Points: Trevis Simpson (28)
Leader Rebounds: Aloysius Henry (7)
Leader Assists: Drew Parker (5)
Team FG: 25-60 (41.7%)
Team 3 Pt: 12-25 (48.0%)
Team FT: 15-20 (75.9%)
Rebounds: 35
Turnovers: 14

Chattanooga Stats
Leader Points: Drazen Zlovaric (22)
Leader Rebounds: Jahmal Burroughs (12)
Leader Assists: Keegan Bell (6)
Team FG: 24-64 (37.5%)
Team 3 Pt: 4-23 (17.4%)
Team FT: 24-30 (80.0%)
Rebounds: 43
Turnovers: 15

UNCG got hit with an ambush on Saturday night. 5,000 rabid fans and a determined basketball team dressed in black were waiting to jump them at McKenzie Arena. When they did jump them, it was almost a complete knockout. Through 10 minutes, UNCG had 3 made baskets and 8 turnovers. But the Spartans got up off the mat to take a 1 point lead at halftime and a 10 point lead in the second half.

The game ended in a scenario that has played out for the Spartans a lot over the past month and a half. Trevis Simpson made a big basket, Derrell Armstrong made a driving layup and David Williams made a block to preserve the win.

Elon lost at Samford earlier in the day. So, the UNCG win put them alone in first place in the North division by 1 game with 4 to play. This season appears to be coming down to the regular season finale in Burlington to decide the North Division Champion.

Friday, February 10, 2012

Transfer Update

I've been keeping up with a few players that were at one time very connected to the UNCG basketball program. I thought it would be a good time to look and see how those players are doing currently.

We can start with former UNCG guard Landon Clement. Clement transferred from UNCG to NC Central towards the end of the 2008-2009 season. After sitting out a year due to NCAA rules, Clement had a great junior season. He scored in double figures in all 30 of the Eagles games and finished the season averaging 18.7 points per game. Starting this season, Clement was voted preseason first team All-MEAC. Unfortunately, he has been facing injury issues that have allowed him to only play in 9 games. He has averaged scoring 15.9 points in those 9 games.

Next, let's check in on former UNCG forward Damien Eargle who transferred after his freshman season back to his hometown of Youngstown, Ohio. Last season, the redshirt sophomore averaged 11.3 points, 6.0 rebounds and a whopping 3.0 blocks per game. This season, Eargle has improved his numbers for the Penguins. He is averaging 10.5 points, 7.4 rebounds and 4.0 blocks through 24 games.

Former UNCG assistant coach Rod Jensen became the head coach at College of Idaho last season. Two former UNCG players have ended up on his current roster. DeAngelo Jackson appeared in 6 games for the Coyotes, averaging 4.2 points and 3.8 rebounds. Former Spartan walk-on guard Sean Spooner is averaging 4.4 points and 2.2 rebounds in close to 20 minutes of playing time per game.

Former Spartan forward Cody Henegar left the team at the end of the first semester. He has transferred to NCAA Division II Carson-Newman.

The final player I want to find is former UNCG commit Mike Liabo. Liabo singed his NLI to attend UNCG. However, unknown reasons caused the Spartans to release him from the NLI. Liabo ended up enrolling at Tennessee-Martin. He had a solid freshman campaign, averaging 11.2 points and 3.2 rebounds. This year he currently averages 14.9 points, 4.0 rebounds and 2.8 assists.

UNCG (10-15) @ Chattanooga (10-16)

When: Saturday, February 11 7:30 pm
Where: McKenzie Arena (10,928)
TV: None

Chattanooga Atheltics

Preseason Preview

1/19 Chattanooga 72 @ UNCG 81 Recap

UNCG Stats
Last Game: @ Samford (W 71-69) Recap
PPG: 69.2
RPG: 36.0
APG: 11.8
Leader Points: Trevis Simpson (17.7)
Leader Rebounds: David Williams (5.2)
Leader Assists: Drew Parker (2.6)
FG %: 39.8
3 Pt %: 32.7
FT %: 68.1

Chattanooga Stats
Last Game: Elon (W 83-75) Recap
PPG: 71.4
RPG: 39.3
APG: 15.0
Leader Points: Omar Wattad (13.3)
Leader Rebounds: Drazen Zlovaric (6.8)
Leader Assists: Keegan Bell (6.4)
FG %: 42.6
3 Pt %: 35.3
FT %: 67.4

UNCG has already managed to at least earn a split in this far west SoCon road trip. Now it's time to get greedy. If the Spartans can grab a win on Saturday night, they will set themselves up to really make a challenge for the North Division crown. The other two competitors in that race are playing each other in Birmingham. So, it is very important for UNCG to escape "the Roundhouse" with a win.

The last time these two teams met at the greensboro Coliseum, Derrell Armstrong put up a career high 29 points. However, the Mocs frustrated current SoCon scoring leader Trevis Simpson. Simpson ended the night with just 5 points to go along with his 5 fouls. UNCG did manage to hit a season 14 3 pointers, as UTC was more than happy to play UNCG fast paced style.

Historically, UNCG has had success in this arena. It was the sight of one of the bigger upsets in program history. On March 4, 2005 UNCG defeated a Davidson team that had gone undefeated through conference play in the semifinals of the SoCon Tournament, 73-68. The Spartans lost the follow day to the host Mocs by 4.

As for this trip to the "Scenic City", let's hope the Mocs (who have dropped 7 of their last 8) are again interested in playing UNCG's frenetic pace. Also, let's hope that UNCG is able to shoot the ball better than they did at Samford. UTC is a very athletic team with several very good post players. Aloysius Henry will need to continue his strong play. Also, Aaron Brackett will need to pick back up his level of play in order for the Spartans to sweep this road trip. Go Spartans !!!

SoCon Tournament and Asheville Update

I meant to post this last week, but completely forgot.

The Asheville Citizen-Times recently ran an article detailng the progress of the renovations on the US Cellular Center (formerly the Asheville Civic Center). Apparently, everything is running on schedule and the $5 million dollars worth of improvements are going to be ready in time for next month's Southern Conference Tournament (March 2- March 5).

Also, it appears that ticket sales are going really well.

Powers said ticket sales are hard to measure at this point, but 5,300 of the expected 6,600 seats at U.S. Cellular Center are in circulation, which means they have been sold, are part of sponsorship or other packages or are being made available to each SoCon school.

“If I’m a local basketball fan and wanted to make sure I saw all the games, I would get a ticket now,” Powers said. “Some schools have already sold their allotment and are asking for more.”
Asheville is a great destination city that is really making an effort to own the SoCon Tournament. With the way UNCGhas been playing lately, I think it would be wise to get a huge Spartan group of fans there for every game. I'm sure if you give the UNCG ticket office a call (336-334-3250) they can hook you up or you can buy them online here. Also, has all the hotel info and some other deals for things to do around Asheville.

Current SoCon Standings

As of 2/10 ...

1. Elon (8-5)
1. UNCG (8-5)
3. Samford (6-7)
4. App State (6-8)
5. Chattanooga (4-9)
5. Western Carolina (4-9)

1. Davidson (13-1)
2. Ga Southern (10-4)
3. Wofford (8-6)
4. Charleston (7-7)
5. Furman (6-8)
6. Citadel (1-12)

Thursday, February 9, 2012

UNCG Picks Up Huge Road Win

UNCG 71 - Samford 69

News & Record
UNCG Athletics
Samford Athletics

Halftime: UNCG 41 - Samford 41

UNCG Stats
Leader Points: Trevis Simpson (25)
Leader Rebounds: Aloysius Henry (11)
Leader Assists: Parker, Van Dussen, Armstron (3 tie)
Team FG: 23-61 (37.7%)
Team 3 Pt: 9-28 (32.1%)
Team FT: 16-20 (80.0%)
Rebounds: 44
Turnovers: 11

Samford Stats
Leader Points: Drew Windler (18)
Leader Rebounds: Will Cook, Tyler Hood (8 tie)
Leader Assists: Jeffrey Merritt (5)
Team FG: 26-65 (40.0%)
Team 3 Pt: 7-32 (21.9%)
Team FT: 10-16 (62.5%)
Rebounds: 39
Turnovers: 10

There is no other way to look at this game ... it was a big win. UNCG needed this game to put some distance between themselves and the 3rd place Bulldogs. Also, this win gives UNCG the season sweep over Samford. This will help in case of a tie-breaker.

As an added bonus, UTC defeated Elon on Thursday night. So, the Spartans moved back into a tie for 1st place in the North Division. Elon and UNCG now switch places for their Saturday games. If the Spartans can defeat the Mocs, either outcome in Birmingham is acceptable.

That Spartans gutted out this win on a night when they didn't play their best. They got big contributions from reserve players like Aloysius Henry (11 rebs), Nick Paulos (12 pts) and Derrell Armstong (13 pts).

Now it's on the "Scenic City" with a real chance to seize control of the north. Gotta keep grinding out these wins!

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

UNCG (9-15) @ Samford (9-14)

When: Thursday, February 9 8 pm
Where: Pete Hanna Center (4,974)
TV: None

Samford Athletics

Preseason Preview

1/22 Samford 60 @ UNCG 61 Recap

UNCG Stats
Last Game: @ Furman (L 85-93) Recap
PPG: 69.1
RPG: 35.6
APG: 11.7
Leader Points: Trevis Simpson (17.4)
Leader Rebounds: David Williams (5.2)
Leader Assists: Drew Parker (2.6)
FG %: 39.9
3 Pt %: 32.7
FT %: 67.6

Samford Stats
Last Game: @ Wofford (W 66-61 OT) Recap
PPG: 65.1
RPG: 32.1
APG: 14.0
Leader Points: Drew Windler (13.7)
Leader Rebounds: Jeffrey Merritt (6.8)
Leader Assists: Jeffrey Merritt (3.3)
FG %: 43.7
3 Pt %: 33.7
FT %: 66.4

This game is very cructial to how the rest of UNCG's season is going to play out. The Spartans lead Samford by 1 game and trail Elon by 1 game. UNCG can't afford to lose this game and have Elon win. It would all but take them out of the race for 1st place in the North. Also, it would put UNCG in a tough spot for trying to take 2nd in the North.

Samford played very well in Greensboro 3 weeks ago. It took a last second put back by David Williams to defeat the Bulldogs by 1 point. However, it was entertaining that the put back was made possible by Samford's players complaining about a possible travel violation by Trevis Simpson and not boxing Williams out. It was quite ironic since Samford spent more time complaining about calls than any other basketball team I've ever seen.

The last two Spartan trips to the Pete Hanna Center have turned out well for UNCG. In order to have a chance for a first round bye, this trip needs to also go well. Go Spartans !!!

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

"Taking Charge in Greensboro"

Here is an article on about Coach Miller taking over at UNCG. It's great to still see UNCG getting positive press. The more the Spartans win, expect to see more positive press.

"I don't think any of us in this program feel like we've been successful yet. We have big goals and dreams and not all of them have to do with winning streaks in the middle of the season," Miller said.

Also, Yahoo Sports' Pat Forde has this little blurb in in his coulmn on Rivals today ...

Back from the Dead
Teams and people we’ve all given up on at least once, and now are showing signs of life:

UNC-Greensboro. The Spartans were 2-14 at one point, with the victories over a non-Division I opponent and truly dreadful Towson. Then they won seven in a row before losing Saturday to Furman. They’re now 9-15 and second in their division in the Southern Conference, which is otherwise known as Davidson, Wofford and 10 stiffs.

UNCG-Citadel Highlights

I thought I'd try to re-eastablish some good feelings for Spartan fans. Here are some highlights from last Thursday's win over the Citadel.

Scanning the SoCon- Week 14

Scanning the SoCon - Week # 14

1. Davidson
2. Wofford
3. Ga Southern
4. Elon
6. Furman
7. Samford
8. Charleston
9. App State
10. Western Carolina
11. Chattanooga
12. Citadel

Which game are you most looking forward to this week that does not involve your team?

TheSportsArsenal- UNCG-Samford on Thursday is a big SoCon North game and probably a must-win for homestanding Samford if it entertains hopes of a first-round conference tourney bye.

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Current SoCon Standings

As of 2/5 ...

1. Elon (7-4)
2. UNCG (7-5)
3. Samford (6-6)
4. App State (5-7)
5. Western Carolina (4-8)
6. Chattanooga (3-9)

1. Davidson (11-1)
2. Wofford (8-4)
2. Ga Southern (8-4)
4. Furman (6-6)
5. Charleston (6-7)
6. Citadel (1-11)

Schedule for this Week
Monday 2/6
- App State @ Elon
- Furman @ Ga Southern
- Wofford @ Davidson

Thursday 2/9
- Western Carolina @ Charleston
- UNCG @ Samford
- Elon @ Chattanooga
- App State @ Furman
- Wofford @ Ga Southern
- Davidson @ Citadel

Saturday 2/11
- Davidson @ Charleston
- Ga Southern @ Citadel
- UNCG @ Chattanooga
- Elon @ Samford
- Wofford @ App State
- Western Carolina @ Furman

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Paladins Sink Free Throws and UNCG Win Streak

UNCG 85 - Furman 93

News & Record
UNCG Athletics
Furman Athletics

Halftime: UNCG 30 - Furman 39

UNCG Stats
Leader Points: Trevis Simpson (28)
Leader Rebounds: Derrell armstrong (6)
Leader Assists: Drew Parker (5)
Team FG: 26-62 (41.9%)
Team 3 Pt: 6-21 (28.6%)
Team FT: 27-31 (87.1%)
Rebounds: 40
Turnovers: 18

Furman Stats
Leader Points: Brandon Sebirumbi (20)
Leader Rebounds: Charlie Reddick (6)
Leader Assists: Charlie Reddick (4)
Team FG: 32-51 (45.1%)
Team 3 Pt: 10-19 (52.6%)
Team FT: 37-47 (78.7%)
Rebounds: 32
Turnovers: 15

In a game that had 56 fouls called (2 technicals) and 78 free throws, UNCG had its 7 game winning streak snapped in Greenville. Furman sank over 75% of it's ridiculous 47 free throw attempts, including 24 of 28 to close the game. Even though the Spartans hit 27-31 from the free throw line itself, they were still outscored by 10. The loss drops UNCG to 1-8 at Timmons Arena and 2-4 in road conference games this season.

It was a 9-2 Furman run before halftime that gave Furman the cushion it needed to hold off the Spartans for the entire second half. UNCG cut the lead to under 5 on at least 4 different occasions, but the Paladins had an answer every time. UNCG didn't take care of the ball as well as it has recently and didn't shoot particularly well.

The UNCG loss, coupled with a Elon win at home over the Citadel, dropped the Spartans back down to second place in the North Division by 0.5 games. Samford surprised the South Division's 2nd place team, Wofford, to climb 1.5 games behind Elon. All of this means that next weekend's Bigmingham-Chattanooga swing will be huge for both Elon and UNCG. The Spartans need to regain their swagger quickly.

Friday, February 3, 2012

UNCG (9-14) @ Furman (11-11)

When: Saturday, February 4 3 pm
Where: Timmons Arena (4,000)
TV: SoCon Netowork*/ESPN3
*Viewing Guide

Furman Athletics

Preseason Preview

UNCG Stats
Last Game: Citadel (W 82-71) Recap
PPG: 68.4
RPG: 35.4
APG: 11.7
Leader Points: Trevis Simpson (17.0)
Leader Rebounds: David Williams (5.3)
Leader Assists: Drew Parker (2.5)
FG %: 39.8
3 Pt %: 32.9
FT %: 66.3

Furman Stats
Last Game: Davidson (L 53-71) Recap
PPG: 64.2
RPG: 34.2
APG: 10.9
Leader Points: Brandon Sebirumbi (10.7)
Leader Rebounds: Brandon Sebirumbi (5.5)
LeaderAssists: Richard Brown (3.3)
FG %: 41.3
3 Pt %: 33.5
FT %: 73.6

Well, that little home stand was awful fun for us Spartan fans. But now is where it gets interesting. UNCG finished with 5 of its last 7 games on the road. If UNCG is going to bet a SoCon tournament bye, they are going to have to go out and earn it.

The road to the tournament starts at Timmons Arena in Greenville on Saturday afternoon. It's a place where UNCG sports a sad 1-7 record. The Paladins lost a lot with the graduation of Amu Sakaa and Noah States. However, Furman has rebounded based on aless than steller schedule and the play Brandon Sebirumbi.

Statistically, there's not a lot of difference between Furman and UNCG. The Paladins have been pretty pedestrian at home (2-3) in conference games and the Spartans have been pretty pedestrian on the road (2-3) in conference games.

So, this game looks like a toss-up. Hopefully, UNCG can lean on its winning ways and continue the streak. Go Spartans!!!

Updated SoCon Standings

As of 2/3 ...

1. UNCG (7-4)
2. Elon (6-4)
3. Samford (5-6)
3. App State (5-6)
5. Western Carolina (4-7)
6. Chattanooga (3-8)

1. Davidson (10-1)
2. Wofford (8-3)
3. Ga Southern (7-4)
4. Furman (5-6)
5. Charleston (5-7)
6. Citadel (1-10)

Citadel Post Game

Coach Wes Miller gives a lot credit to Citadel's coaches forkeeping their guys fighting. It's a great point he makes. The video is from UNCG's YouTube page.

"The word streak doesn't exist in the UNCG vocabulary." -Wes Miller

- WFMY News 2 (via recap & video.

-UNCG Sports Blog recap.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Simpson leads UNCG to Seventh Straight Win

UNCG 82 - Citadel 71

News & Record
UNCG Athletics
Citadel Athletics

Halftime: UNCG 39 - Citadel 29

UNCG Stats
Leader Points: Trevis Simpson (23)
Leader Rebounds: Trevis Simpson (7)
Leader Assists: Korey van Dussen (7)
Team FG: 31-58 (53.4%)
Team 3 Pt: 8-20 (40.0%)
Team FT: 12-16 (75.0%)
Rebounds: 35
Turnovers: 16

Citadel Stats
Leader Points: Mike Groselle (20)
Leader Rebounds: Mike Groselle (8)
Leader Assists: DeVontae Wright, Marshall Harris, Lawrence Miller (3 tie)
Team FG: 24-56 (42.9%)
Team 3 Pt: 5-12 (41.7%)
Team FT: 18-25 (72.0%)
Rebounds: 28
Turnovers: 13

UNCG decided the last contest with the Bulldogs was a little too close. So this time, the Spartans pushed ahead by double digits midway through the second half and cruised to a victory. Derrell Armstrong (14 pts, 5 rebs, 4 assists), Aloysuis Henry (13 pts, 6 rebs) and Kyle Randall (7 pts) came off the bench to really spark G. Citadel's LawrenceMiller (15 pts) seemed to ignite UNCG's Trevis Simpson (23 pt, 7 rebs) with a little second half trash talk. However, it was the good defense played on SoCon POY candidate Mike Groselle (20 pts, 8rebs) that helped UNCG pick up the win.

That runs UNCG's home winning streak to 5 and overall streak to 7. The Spartans still only find themselves 0.5 games ahead of Elon, who defeated Charleston in 2OT. So, the run will need to continue if the Spartans are going to earn a North Division title. 5 of UNCG's last 7 games are going to be played on the road. That stretch starts on Saturday afternoon at Furman.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Citadel (4-17) @ UNCG (8-14)

When: Thursday, February 2 7 pm
Where: Greensboro Coliseum (7,617/23,500)
TV: None/Spartan All-Access

Citadel Athletics

Preseason Preview

1/14 UNCG 67 @ Citadel 66 Recap

UNCG Stats
Last Game: Western Carolina (W 89-86 OT) Recap
PPG: 67.8
RPG: 35.5
APG: 11.5
Leader Points: Trevis Simpson (16.7)
Leader Rebounds: David Williams (5.3)
Leader Assists: Drew Parker (2.5)
FG %: 39.2
3 Pt %: 32.6
FT %: 66.0

Citadel Stats
Last Game: Furman (L 58-67) Recap
PPG: 65.9
RPG: 32.5
APG: 14.0
Leader Points: Mike Groselle (17.3)
Leader Rebounds: Mike Groselle (9.6)
Leader Assists: DeVontae Wright (2.8)
FG%: 44.1
3 Pt %: 34.0
FT %: 64.4

It took a full-on miracle for UNCG to escape Charleston with a "W" at McAlister Fieldhouse. That was only 3 weeks ago. While everyone is patting the team and coaches on the back, I hope they remember that if Mike Groselle catches the errant pass, UNCG wouldn't be on a 6 game winning streak.

If this current season of SoCon basketball tells us anything, it's that if you don't come to play you will lose. Look at Samford. They gave Citadel their only conference win and Davidson it's only conference loss. There is very little difference between any of the 12 teams.

The Spartans have went from worst to first in the span of 3 weeks. However, it's gonna take a good closing month in order to earn that conference tournament bye. UNCG only has 3 home games left and it needs to win all three.

To win this one, Trevis Simpson and Derrell Armstrong are going to have to continue their good play. The Spartans are going to have to better defense than they did in Charleston (Citadel FG 22-44, 3 Pt 8-13) and rebound better (Citadel 31 - UNCG 27). Mike Groselle is probably the best player in the SoCon. It will take a group effort (with minimal fouls) to contain him. Go Spartans !!!

SoCon BracketBusters Matchups

I've had so much other stuff going on this week that I forgot to report that the matchups for this year's Sears BracketBusters event were announced on Monday. Four SoCon teams are participating this year. Davidson's home game will be televised on one of the ESPN networks. The participants were determined before the start of the season. UNCG has participated in the event twice, losing at St. Peter's (2006-2007) and winning at home against UNCW (2007-2008).

2012 Southern Conference BracketBuster Matchups
- Wichita State (18-4 9-2 MVC) @ Davidson (15-5, 9-1)
- Winthrop (9-14, 6-6 Big South) @ App State (9-11, 5-5)
- Charleston (13-9, 5-6) @ Kent State (14-6, 4-3 MAC)
- Wofford (15-8, 8-3) @ Charleston Southern (14-7, 8-3 Big South)