Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Citadel (4-14) @ UNCG (9-9)

When: Thursday, January 16 7:00 pm
Where: Greensboro Coliseum (7,617)^
TV: 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.

Citadel Athletics

UNCG Stats
Last Game: @ App State (W 66-60) Recap
PPG: 71.2
RPG: 36.7
APG: 13.2
Leader Points: Kyle Cain (15.4)
Leader Reboudns: Kyle Cain (8.7)
Leader Assists: Tevon Saddler (3.1)
FG %: 45.5
3 Pt %: 35.4
FT %: 69.0

Citadel Stats
Last game: @ Elon (L 65-74) Recap
Leader Points: Matt Van Scyoc (14.8)
Leader Rebounds: Brian White (7.1)
Leader Assists: Marshall Harris III (4.3)
FG %: 42.8
3 Pt %: 36.3
FT %: 72.0

Let me start off by saying this game feels like the Presbyterian game. It's like a game that most UNCG fans have already counted as a win. It's a game UNCG probably should win at home. The problem is that UNCG is young and has shown the ability to lay an egg at bad times. This could be one of those times.

The Bulldogs don't look to be a particularly potent offensive squad, but they do have the size to match up better with UNCG than the last 2 SoCon opponents. Brian White is looking a lot like the SoCon Freshman of the Year. 6'-8" PJ Horgan has decided to push through his back problems and get back on the court. So far in 3 games, he's not made a huge statistical contribution, but he could be a factor on Thursday. UNCG will have to do a good job guarding Citadel's outside shooters like Van Scyoc, Moore and Harris III.

For the Spartans it all comes back to securing the basketball. UNCG will need to take better care of the ball against a team that doesn't really force many turnovers. It's a problem to give a not so good offensive team easy looks because of turnovers. Hopefully with lower turnovers, UNCG can create better looks on the offensive end. Also it would be nice to see the defensive efficiency from Boone carry over for another game.

This game is very important for UNCG. The way the tiers appear to be breaking for the SoCon, UNCG needs to win the games it is supposed to in order to get a bye. With a huge game on the horizon against Davidson, UNCG needs to not get caught looking ahead and come with focus Bulldogs. If that happens, Saturday afternoon's game should be fun. Got to get this one first, though. Go Spartans !!!