Friday, December 6, 2013

UNCG (4-4) @ UNC (5-2)

When: Saturday, December 7 7:00 pm
Where: Dean E. Smith Center (21,750)

UNC Athletics

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UNCG Stats
Last Game: Presbyterian (L 99-87) Recap
PPG: 78.6
RPG: 38.4
APG: 14.9
Leader Points: Kyle Cain (16.9)
Leader Rebounds: Kyle Cain (8.0)
Leader Assist: Tevon Saddler (3.8)
FG %:47.6
3 Pt %: 39.4
FT %: 67.1

UNC Stats
Last Game: @ #1 Michigan State (W 79-65) Recap
PPG: 77.0
RPG: 40.9
APG: 15.1
Leader Points: Marcus Paige (19.7)
Leader Rebounds: Brice Johnson (7.0)
Leader Assists: Marcus Paige (4.0)
FG %: 47.7
3 Pt %: 31.0
FT %: 61.8

Well this game has certainly taken on a different feel over the past few days. UNC went out and totally dominated the #1 ranked team on their home floor. Meanwhile UNCG went out and got totally crushed by what was the worst offensive team in D1. This game was always going to be a stretch to see the Spartans really being able to compete in for long periods of time. I still feel like that is the case due to UNCG's inability to defend and the fact that UNC is a very, very talented offensive team.

But if I was looking for things to feel positive about, the fact that UNC is not a good 3 point shooting team (something that has really hurt UNCG this season). The Tar Heels have played very well against major competition, but have struggled against the mid majors on their schedule. Hopefully the trend of playing to their competition will continue.

UNCG will need to shoot the ball well (which it has done most of the year) and do a much better job of taking care the ball. They will always need a lot of luck. In the end, this will be a game that I probably won't be as concerned about the score as what I'm seeing out of the Spartans. I hope UNCG comes out focused and prepared.

Go Spartans !!!