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!!!