Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Claflin (3-4) @ UNCG (4-5)

When: Tuesday, December 11 12:00 pm
Where: Greensboro Coliseum (7,617)^
TV: None/Spartan All-Access

^ - Greensboro Coliseum is undergoing renovations and will not be using the upper deck for any seating at UNCG games this season. I do not have the official seat totals with these changes.

Claflin Athletics

Preseason Preview

UNCG Stats
Last Game: @ UNC (L 50-81) Recap
PPG: 75.4
RPG: 37.2
APG: 14.3
Leader Points: Kyle Cain (16.4)
Leader Rebounds: Kyle Cain (8.0)
Leader Assist: Tevon Saddler (3.6)
FG %: 46.9
3 Pt %: 37.8
FT %: 66.4

Claflin Stats
Last Game: @ West Alabama (L 62-85) Recap
PPG: 73.7
RPG: 32.4
APG: 12.7
Leader Points: Marcellus Dunn (15.2)
Leader Rebounds: Marcellus Dunn (5.7)
Leader Assists: Brandon Curry (5.1)
Team FG %: 42.1
Team 3 Pt %: 32.0
Tean FT %: 72.8

I just spent 30 minutes working out all of Claflin's stats by hand because their website sucks. So, I hope UNCG beats them by 60. damnit that was annoying. Moving on ...

Claflin likes to take a bunch of 3's and can hit their fair share. Since defending the 3 has shown to be a weakness of UNCG so far this season, that worries me a little bit. However, this is a non-D1 team with a (3-4) record. The Spartans should spent the first half putting some distance between themselves and Claflin before spending the second half getting a lot of guys some time on the court.

The scary part of this game is that UNCG continues to come out slow and not slow a lot of energy at teh start. This is a noon tip that will have 4,000 GCS students in attendence. The atmosphere will be completely different than a normal game. The Spartans will have to start fast and put their foot on this team early. I think they cna do it. Go Spartans !!!