Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Tickets for UNCG-HPU on Sale November 1st

Tickets for the UNCG game at High Point University next Friday (Nov. 9) will go on sale at noon Thursday November 1 on their athletics website. I'm encouraging all UNCG fans to scoop up the tickets early and pack the Mills Center with nothing but blue and gold clad fans.

Go Spartans !!!

UPDATE: Tickets sold out in about 30 mintues. Apparently there really were only a few dozen that were available.

Sunday, October 28, 2012

13 in 13 - Potts

Scanning the SoCon - UNCG Preview

You can find the whole thing (written by me) here.
1. Can this team handle success?
The Spartans hadn't won many games the previous 3 seasons and weren't really expected to win many last year. All of a sudden they catch fire and now there are expectations. They are picked to win the north and contend for a postseason appearance. How will this group handle last year's success and these new expectations.
2. Can this team beat mid-majors on the road?
For the non-conference portion of the schedule to be considered a success, UNCG will have to win games at UNCW, High Point, James Madison and East Carolina. The schedule is set up to work out great for the team, but they will have to go into hostile gyms and get W's
3. Will not having a tested big man be a problem?
With front court players like Aloysius Henry and Aaron Brackett gone, UNCG will have to depend on a combination of untested rookies, transfers and reserves to fill in the gaps. Players like (the above mentioned) Cole and Taylor Hoffer are going to have to play much greater roles for the Spartans to be successful. Any kind of foul trouble could spell disaster.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

UNCG is Greensboro's Team

Spartans Picked to Win the North

Both the conference coaches and media have tabbed UNCG to win the North Division of the Southern Conference. Also Trevis Simpson was picked to the preseason All-SoCon team.

Davidson was picked to win the South Division and Wildcat D'Mon Brooks was picked as Preseason Player of the Year.

Predicted Order of Finish - Coaches PollNorth DivisionTeam (1st Place Votes) Total1. UNCG (7) 592. Elon (3) 553. Western Carolina (2) 524. Appalachian State 365. Chattanooga 266. Samford 18

South DivisionTeam (1st Place Votes) Total1. Davidson (11) 65 2. College of Charleston (1) 543. Georgia Southern 484. Wofford 325. Furman 276. The Citadel 15

SoCon Men's Basketball Predicted Order of Finish - Media Poll
North DivisionTeam (1st Place Votes) Total1. UNCG (18) 1642. Western Carolina (9) 1443. Elon (3) 1194. Appalachian State 72 Samford 726. Chattanooga 59

South DivisionTeam (1st Place Votes) Total1. Davidson (28) 176 2. College of Charleston 1343. Georgia Southern (2) 1204. Wofford 1015. Furman 626. The Citadel 37

2012-13 Preseason All-Conference TeamAndrew Lawrence, College of CharlestonTrent Wiedeman, College of CharlestonMike Groselle, The CitadelDe'Mon Brooks, DavidsonNik Cochran, DavidsonJake Cohen, DavidsonJack Isenbarger, ElonEric Ferguson, Georgia SouthernTrevis Simpson, UNCGTrey Sumler, Western Carolina

2012-13 Preseason Player of the YearDe'Mon

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Scanning the SoCon Preview - Extreme Addition

So I've always made posts speaking highly of my friend John's blog over at MocsMania. I participated with a few other bloggers last season in his weekly "Scanning the SoCon" segment. This year, he is going to take it to a much higher level by having a blogger/writer from all 12 schools participate. Starting today, there will be extended previews on each school. Be sure to check out the site every day for updates.

Spartans to Play Asheville in "Secret Scrimmage"

Jeff Goodman of CBS Sports has posted this year's confirmed list of "secret scrimmages" for this season. Each team is allowed by the NCAA to play either 2 closed door scrimmages, 2 open exhibition games against lower division teams a combination of both. UNCG will be playing on Saturday against UNC Asheville. I'm not sure if there will be much information to leak out of this scrimmage as it is closed door and there really isn't a set format for any of these games. Here is the entire list ...

Thursday, Oct. 25
William & Mary at Longwood
Hampton at VMI

Friday, Oct. 26
Robert Morris at Penn State
Presbyterian at Western Carolina

Saturday, Oct. 27
Clemson at Georgia
Georgia Tech vs. Tennesseein Chattanooga
VCU at Virginia
Wake Forest at Charlotte
TCU at Texas A&M
Davidson at Texas
Texas Tech at Texas Southern
Xavier at West Virginia
St. Mary's at Arizona State
Colorado at SMU
Fresno at USC
Montana State at Utah
Tulane at Mississippi
Princeton at La Salle
UMass at Drexel
Richmond at Elon
St. Louis at Indiana State
Kent State at St. Bonaventure
Temple vs. Niagara in Scranton, Pa.
Pepperdine at UC Santa Barbara
Long Beach State at San Diego
Oregon State at Nevada
Loyola (Md.) at Delaware
Hartford at Hofstra
UNC Wilmington at Coastal Carolina
Drake at Northern Illinois
Boston University at Yale
UMBC vs. Maryand-Eastern Shore
Central Connecticut at Stony Brook
Montana State at Utah
Portland State vs. Seattle at Centralia CC
Sacramento State at UC Riverside
Boise State at Weber State
East Tennessee State at Furman
Tennessee State at Lipscomb
North Florida vs. FAU at Flagler
Charleston Southern at Mercer
Norfolk State at Campbell
USC Upstate at Gardner-Webb
UNC Greensboro at UNC Asheville
San Jose State at Pacific
UT San Antonio at UT Pan American
Ball State at Wright State
Lafayette at Columbia
Siena at Cornell
Fairfield at Quinnipiac
St. Francis (NY) at Iona
Manhattan at Wagner
Marist at Monmouth
Mount St. Mary's at Howard
Sacred Heart at St. Peter's
Holy Cross at Bryant
Middle Tennessee at Murray State
Bucknell at Youngstown
Belmont at Chattanooga
College of Charleston at East Carolina
Northwestern State at Louisiana-Lafayette
UMKC at Air Force
IPFW at Illinois-Chicago
Texas State at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi
UT-Arlington at Southeastern Louisiana in Shreveport
Albany at NJIT
Seattle vs. Portland State at Centralia CC
Georgia Southern vs. Jacksonville
Arkansas Little-Rock at Centenary
Sunday, Oct. 28
Maryland at George Washington
Miami at South Florida
North Carolina at Georgetown
Ohio at Virginia Tech
DePaul at Wisconsin
Marquette at Illinois State
Rutgers at Harvard
Nebraska at Iowa State
Creighton at Iowa
Mississippi State at UAB
LSU at Rice
South Dakota State at Wichita State
St. Francis (Pa) at Binghamton
Wofford at Liberty
Bowling Green at Eastern Kentucky
Nicholls at Southern University
Samford at South Alabama
Tuesday, Oct. 30
NC State at East Carolina
NC Central at High Point

Thursday, Nov. 1

Stanford at St. Mary's

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Davidson to Remain in SoCon

Per the Charleston Post & Courier, Davidson has declined an offer to join the CAA and will remain a committed member of the Southern Conference. College of Charleston has meeting s scheduled over the next few days that should decide whether the Cougars stay or leave to join the CAA.