Monday, December 2, 2013

Presbyterian (1-7) @ UNCG (4-3)

When: Tuesday, December 3 7:00 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.

Presbyterian Athletics

Preseason Preview

UNCG Stats
Last Game: Stetson* (W 75-68) Recap
PPG: 80.4
RPG: 38.4
APG: 15.0
Leader Points: Kyle Cain (17.9)
Leader Rebounds: Kyle Cain (7.6)
Leader Assists: Tevon Saddler (3.7)
FG %: 49.7
3 Pt %: 39.7
FT %: 68.6

Presbyterian Stats
Last Game: Ga Southern* (L 66-76) Recap
PPG: 59.5
RPG: 31.5
APG: 12.6
Leader Points: Jordan Downing (17.6)
Leader Rebounds: William Truss (9.8)
Leader Assists: Austin Anderson (5.0)
FG %: 39.0
3 Pt %: 37.8
FT %: 58.3

* - Game played at a neutral location

The Blue Hose is not a very good offensive team. That is just putting it bluntly. UNCG is not a very good defensive team. That is also very blunt. Which team will be more adequate in their weakest spot is now the question.

Presbyterian has went over 70 point only once this season (their lone win versus Toccoa Falls) and is led by Davidson transfer Jordan Downing. Also playing a big part with Presbyterian is freshman Reggie Dillard from Greensboro Day. There was some interest in Dillard from UNCG during the recruiting process. Besides Downing, Dillard and William Truss, there is no Blue Hose player averaging over 6 points per game. Presbyterian has already lost to SoCon members Citadel and Georgia Southern. They will play Furman, App State and Samford before this month is over.

While on paper this looks like a game UNCG should win, I won't go quite that far. It's a game UNCG can win. But this is a D1 OOC opponent, and the Spartans haven't defeated many of those in the past 5 years. So, I have no desire to start counting chickens or eggs. UNCG will need to take better care of the basketball and try to force Presbyterian into playing a fast pace. The team will need to do a better job on the defensive end and stayed focused for the entire 40 minutes. If those things happen, I feel better about their chances to pick up the win. Go Spartans !!!