Friday, January 29, 2010

Spartans Jump Ahead Early, Hold on Late

UNCG 62 - Elon 55

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* I'm sorry that this post isn't up until now. I thought it had posted Friday before I left for a weekend trip to Charlotte.

- First half --- UNCG has been notorious this season for starting slow at home. On Thursday night, the Spartans bolted out to a good lead and went to the locker room ahead 31-16.
- Poise --- After having a very good lead for most of the game, the Spartans found themselves in a fight the last 10 minutes. However, they never let the Phoenix take the lead in the game. Mikko Koivisto and Kendall Toney made big shots to put the game out of reach. All of this happened without even having Head Coach Mike Dement on the bench to steady the team.
- Senior Leadership --- Koivisto, Toney, Ben Stywall, Pete Brown and Montel Smith all contributed and played really well. Smith and Bron were very good on the defensive end of the court. While Ben, Mikko and Kendall provided the offensive spark.

-Free throws --- UNCG shot 4-9 from the line. That's not good shooting while trying to close out a game. Also, it's not nearly enough attempts for the Spartans. UNCG needs to get to the line more often and shoot a better percentage.
- Killing Instinct? --- Elon should have never gotten back within striking distance in this game. UNCG thoroughly outplayed them for most of this game. The Spartans need to do a better job of finishing off weaker opponents. Hopefully the more games the team wins, the better they'll become at this.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Elon (4-15) @ UNCG (4-16)

When: Thursday, January 28 7 pm
Where: Greensboro Coliseum (7,617/23,500)
TV: None

Elon Athletics
Elon Forum

Spartan Notes:
- Last time out, UNCG made a fierce comeback in teh last minute, but fell short against Samford (70-67). Ben Stywall lead UNCG with 26 points and 19 rebounds.
- The loss dropped the Spartans to 3-6 in the SoCon, 3 1/2 games behind North Division leader Western Carolina.
- Tonight's game will be played without UNCG coach Mike Dement on the bench. Dement received two technical fouls (on a bullsh*t missed call) and it's mandated by the Southern conference that Dement will have to sit out the next game.
- Ben Stywall leads UNCG in scoring (14.3) and rebounding (10.5). Kyle Randall leads the team in assists (2.4).
- For the year, UNCG is shooting 37.6% from the field, 26.7% from behind the arc and 71.8% from the free throw line.

Phoenix Notes:
- Elon held off Chattanooga, 83-80, on Saturday afternoon. Drew Spradlin scored 30 points and Chris Long scored 25 points.
- Saturday's win snapped a nine game losing streak for Elon.
- The win raised Elon's Southern Conference Record to 2-6. Both of the Phoenix's wins have came against Chattanooga.
- Elon comes into this game with a 2-8 record in road games.
- Spradlin leads the team in scoring (13.1). Adam Constantine leads in rebounding (10.6) and long leads the team in assists (3.6).
- For the year, Elon is shooting 39.8% from the field, 30.4% from behind the arc and 67.9% from the free throw line.

My Thoughts:
These two teams come into this game sporting similar records, similar stats and similar amounts of confidence. Both teams played well this past weekend in games against Samford and Chattanooga. Also this game matches two of the best rebounders in the SoCon (Stywall & Constantine). Everything on paper points to this being a very close game. Not having coach Dement on the bench for this one may prove to be the deciding factor in this one.

The Spartans have played much better at at the Greensboro Coliseum as of late, winning their last 2 games there. Hopefully, that confidence will continue.

Go Spartans !!!

Monday, January 25, 2010

Getting Tossed

I'd like to think the conversation between Coach Dement and the idiot officials went something like this.

* This is a not safe for work video due to language.

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Samford Coach

My thoughts and prayers go out to Samford coach Jimmy Tillette. Tillette collapsed in the second half of the UNCG-Samford* game. If any of you were there, you understand the seriousness of that situation. I have never heard a gym that was that raucous go to complete silence so fast.

Hopefully, Coach Tillette will make a full and quick recovery very soon.

*I don't know when I'm going to do a game report. Honestly, I'm still furious over a lot of things that happened. Maybe I'll feel better about it tomorrow.

Until then, say a quick prayer for Coach Tillette.

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Samford (8-10) @ UNCG (4-15)

When: Saturday, January 23 4 pm
Where: Fleming Gym (2,320)*
TV: None

Samford Athletics
Samford Forum

* This game is being played in Fleming Gym due to a scheduling conflict with the Greensboro Coliseum. The doors are set to open at 3 pm and the athletics office is advising people to get there early.

Spartan Notes:
- A 16-0 second half spurt pushed UNCG to a victory over Chattanooga Thursday night in the Greensboro Coliseum. The final score was 62-49. Mikko Koivisto lead the way with 15 points and Ben Stywall had 13 points and 15 rebounds.
- UNCG raised their SoCon recdord to 3-5.
- Last time these 2 teams met in Birmingham, UNCG rolled to a 73-40 victory. It was the first Spartan victory over the Bulldogs since they joined the SoCon.
- Ben Stywall leads UNCG in scoring (13.7) and rebounding (10.1). Kyle Randall leads the team in assists (2.4).
- For the year, the Spartans are shooting 37.8% from the field, 27.5% from behind the arc and 71% from the free throw line.

Bulldog Notes:
- Kaylin Johnson hit a 3 pointer with 17 seconds to life Samford to a win at Elon on Thursday, 50-49. Andy King led Samford with 16 points.
- The Bulldogs raised their record to 2-4 in the Southern Conference. Both wins have came against Elon.
- Samford is in the middle of playing 3 road games in 5 days. UNCG did this same thing last week. However, Samford's trip has already proved more successful as the Spartans failed to win a game on their trip.
- Josh Davis leads Samford in scoring (11.8). Trey Montgomery leads the team in rebounding (4.2) and assists (3.3).
- For the season, Samford is shooting 45.7% from the field, 35.4% from behind the arc and 67.9% from the free throw line.

My Thoughts:
Just because UNCG beat this team by 33 points in Birmingham, it doesn't mean that they will walk all over them today. The Spartans caught Samford on a night when nothing would go in the basket and the team basically shut down. I'm sure they will be fired up to repay UNCG for the home beating. I expect UNCG to play the same zone defense that they did in the first meeting. If the Bulldogs hit their 3 point shots, this will be a very good game.

Fleming Gym will be packed and electric. I intend to get there as early as possible because of the amount of tickets already sold versus seats in the place. There should be plenty of energy in the place for the Spartans to feed on.

Go Spartans !!!

Friday, January 22, 2010

Second Half Surge Sends Spartans to Win

UNCG 62 - UTC 49

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In a game the was the exact opposite from the one played 11 days ago, UNCG played a very poor first half. However, they only found themselves down 7 at the intermission. In the second half, the Spartans went on a 16-0 run to turn an 8 point deficit into and 8 point lead. The team cruised home from there. It was the second straight home win for UNCG.

- Defense --- UNCG trapped UTC's guards and the Mocs responded by giving the ball away in huge numbers (23 TO's for the game). Chattanooga had been a very turnover machine team this season. It was goods to see the Spartans make them continue this trend. This was the biggest factor in keeping the Spartan in a game where they shot very poorly.
- Heart --- I really enjoyed seeing the team bring a real passion to the court in the second half. I thought the crowd gave the guys energy and the guys responded by giving the crowd something to be excited about.

- Poor Start ... Again ---The Spartans just cannot help but to dig themselves a huge hole. Even though the team really battled back, I really wish they could just get off the better starts and play from ahead.
- Shooting --- If there is one glaring weakness on this team, it is the team's shooting ability (or lack of). Last night, the guys hit just enough of their open shots to get them the win. Hopefully, it will give everyone a shot of confidence.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Chattanooga (11-7) @ UNCG (3-15)

When: Thursday, January 21 7 pm
Where: Greensboro Coliseum (7,617/23,500)
TV: None

Chattanooga Athletics
UTC Forum

Spartan Notes:
- Last time out, App State went on a 11-0 run late to blow open a tied game in Boone. The Mountaineers beat UNCG 72-64. Ben Stywall lead UNCG with 19 points and 12 rebounds.
- UNCG fell to 0-15 when scoring less than 70 points. The Spartans are 3-0 when scoring above the magic 70 point mark.
- The Spartans now sit at 2-5 in the Southern Conference. They are 3 1/2 games behind North Division leader Western Carolina.
- UNCG's home record is rough at 1-8. However, the last time at the Coliseum UNCG beat Furman 88-78.
- Ben Stywall leads UNCG in scoring (13.7) and rebounding (9.8). Kyle Randall leads the team in assists (2.2).
- For the year, UNCG is shooting 38.0% from the field, 27.7% from behind the arc and 70.8% from the free throw line.

Mocs Notes:
- Last time out, College of Charelston got a solid effort from Andrew Goudelock (22 points) and defeated Chattanooga 90-66. Ricky Taylor lead the Mocs with 14 points.
- UTC fell to 3-2 in SoCon play. They are 1 1/2 games behind North Division leader WCU.
- The Mocs defeated UNCG just 11 days ago at McKenzie Arena, 58-45. UNCG led 26-20 at the break, but UTC's solid defense and sharp shooting made this game a run away in the second half.
- Ty Patterson leads UTC in scoring (14.9). Ridge McKeither leads in rebounding (5.2)and Keegan Bell leads the team in assists (4.9).
- For the season, UTC is shooting 43.5% from the field, 34.1% from behind the arc and 64.3% from the free throw line.

My Thoughts:
In a weird scheduling twist, this is only the second game of the year that has occurred while UNCG has been in session. Maybe having some students in the crowd can add to the atmosphere and make things a little more electric at the coliseum.

UNCG played well in the first half at the roundhouse, but couldn't hit anything in the second half. Coupled with the Mocs hitting some difficult shots, the Spartans really didn't have a chance. Hopefully, the time off has given UNCG a chance to find their legs and get ready for a must win home game

Go Spartans !!!

Monday, January 18, 2010

Late Run Dashes Spartan Hopes

UNCG 64 - App State 72

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Saturday, January 16, 2010

UNCG (3-14) @ App State (9-7)

When: Saturday, January 16 3 pm
Where: Holmes Center (8,325)
TV: None

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Spartan Notes:
- UNCG went to the locker room down just 4 against WCU on Thursday night, but could get no closer. The Cats won 79-69. Ben Stywall lead UNCG with 24 points and 14 rebounds.
- This is last of a 3 game road trip for UNCG this week. So far the Spartan have dropped games at Chattanooga (Monday) and Western Carolina (Thursday).
- UNCG is 0-14 this season when scoring less than 70 points. The Spartans are 3-0 when scoring more than 70.
- Stywall leads the team in scoring (13.4) and rebounding (9.6). Kyle Randall leads in assists (2.2).
- For the year, UNCG is shooting 38% from the field, 27.6% from behind the arc and 70.4% from the free throw line.

Mountaineer Notes:
- a 52 point 2nd half turned back an Elon upset bid on Thursday night. Kellen Brand lead App State with 20 points.
- App State comes into the game sporting a 6-2 record at the Holmes Center.
- The Mountaineers are 3-2 in the conference and are 1 1/2 games ahead of UNCG in the North Division.
- Donald Simms leads ASU in scoring (18.9). Isaac Butts leads in rebounding. (8.2) Ryann Abraham leads the team in assists (2.6).
- For the season, App State is shooting 47.2% from the field, 38.7% from behind the arc and 72.9% from the free throw line.

My Thoughts:
This is one of those rivalry games that is just always close. Last season, UNCG got it's first D1 win at the Holmes Center in overtime. The Mountaineers returned the favor a few weeks later by hitting a buzzer beater 3 to win in Fleming Gym by 1. This season, UNCG is looking to keep alive it's hopes at one of the tournament byes available in the North Division.

The Spartans will have to contend with one of the best shooting teams in the SoCon and one of the most electric players in the SoCon (Sims). defense will be key in this one.

UNCG has been on a scenario where it hasn't played well in back-to-back games in a while. After a decent showing at Western Carolina on Thursday, the Spartans need an even better effort today to win in Boone.

Go Spartans !!!

Friday, January 15, 2010

Catamounts Turn Back Spartans

UNCG 69 - Western Carolina 79

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- Ben Stywall --- it's a shame the Spartans' record isn't that good b/c Ben is putting up tremendous numbers against great competition that should have him looking like the SoCon POY. Instead he's kind of an afterthought to to opposing fans, until he terrorizes them on the boards. Stywall's stat line from this game 24 points, 14 rebounds & 2 assists.
- Rebounding --- This always seem to fall into the "positives" category. The Spartans out rebounded the Cats 36-31. They outscored them in second chance points 17-8.

- 3 Point Shooting --- WCU 47.1% (8-17) vs UNCG 28.6% (4-14). UNCG has been horrible at shooting 3's this year. I really thought that with several new ball handlers, some of the Spartans that are better spot up shooters would have much a better season. It hasn't happened yet.
- Turnovers --- UNCG 22 vs WCU 15. Combine this stat with the Catamounts hitting 4 more 33 pointers and there's the ballgame.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

UNCG (3-13) @ Western Carolina (12-3)

When: Thursday, January 14 7 pm
Where: Ramsey Center (7,826)
TV: None

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Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Poor Shooting Sinks the Spartans

UNCG 45 - Chattanooga 58

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UNCG took and 26-20 lead at the half. However, the Spartans got hit with a 21-2 run to start the second half and could never recover.

- Rebounding, again --- It seem like if there was a bright spot during this season season, it would have to be the work of the Spartans on the boards. UNCG out rebounded the Mocs 43-37 (18-6 offensive). The Spartans had 16 second chance points. The Moccs only had 4.

- Shooting --- This is one of many games that UNCG has played this season where they have shot very poorly. UNCG shot 20% (5-25) from behind the arc and 25.8% (17-66) overall. The Spartans will not win any games shooting this poorly. Hopefully, the guys can get their legs back quickly.
- Defense --- The Mocs shot 61.9% (13-21) from the field and 60% (6-10) from 3 point range in the second half.

Monday, January 11, 2010

UNCG (3-12) @ Chattanooga (9-6)

When: Monday, January 11 7 pm
Where: McKenzie Arena (11,218)
TV: None*

*101.1 WZTK will be part of the radio network tonight. 950 AM and 103.1 will also have coverage.

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Chattanooga Forum

Spartan Notes:
- UNCG jumped out to a 17 point halftime lead was too much for Furman to overcome. The Spartans defeated the Paladins 88-78 on Saturday afternoon. Brian Cole lead UNCG with 14 points and 8 rebounds.
- Cole was 1 of 6 Spartans to score in double figures against the Paladins. Mikko Koivisto (14), Kyle Randall (10), Brandon Evans (11), Pete Brown (12) and Ben Stywall (11) joined in on the scoring action.
- After playing 5 straight home games, tonight's game is the first of 3 straight on the road for UNCG.
- The Spartans are now 2-2 in the Southern Conference.
- Ben Stywall lead UNCG in scoring (13.1) and rebounding (9.4). Kyle Randall leads the team in assists (2.3).
- For the season, UNCG is shooting 38.6% from the field, 28.4% from behind the arc and 69.9% from the free throw line.

Mocs Notes:
- Last time out, Chattanooga made a trip down to Statesboro and beat Geogia Southern 75-63. Ty Patterson scored 25 and Josh Odem scored 22.
- Patterson was named SoCon Player of the Month for December. He averaged 16 points, 4.7 rebounds and 3 assists per game in December.
- The Mocs are 1-1 in the Southern Conference. They lost at home to Elon, and defeated Ga Southern on the road this past Wednesday.
-Even thought Chattanooga is 9-6, two of the wins came against non-D1 teams. The Mocs defeated UVa-Wise and Tennessee Temple earlier this season.
- Patterson leads Chattanooga in scoring (17.3). Ridge McKeither leads the team in rebounding (5.8). Keegan Bell leads the team in assists (5.0).
- For the year, Chattanooga is shooting 44% from the field, 34.7% from behind the arc and 65.2% from the free throw line.

My Thoughts:
It's very important for UNCG to keep up in the race for a bye in the North Division. As of right now, it looks like WCU, App State, UTC and the Spartans are going to fight for these 2 spots. So, I think the Spartans need to get at least one of the next three road games (while holding serve against these teams at home).

If UNCG can carry over some confidence from Saturday, this could be a very competitive basketball game.

Go Spartans !!!

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Spartans Even Up Conference Record

UNCG 88 - Furman 78

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UNCG jumped out to a 48-31 halftime lead and then spent most of the second half either shooting free throws or waiting for a Paladin player to shoot a pair. 60 fouls were whistled between the 2 teams in a game that seemed to last 5 hours. Still, it's win #1 in the Greensboro Coliseum Era.

- Mikko, Welcome Back --- Congrats on getting to 1,000 points for your career.
- Turnovers, Assists --- 9 turnovers and 13 assists. I thought all of the UNCG guards played hard and made good choices. Also it was fun to see the guys use more of their natural talent and play with less fear.
- Scoring Options --- It was great to see 6 Spartans score in double figures. Also, it looks like Brian Cole is becoming more of a scoring force down low for the Spartans. He was the hot shooter of the first half and really helped jump start (along with Mikko) UNCG to its big halftime lead.

- Free Throws --- 20 of 35 when they could have really made this game a no-brainer is tough. UNCG players seemed to tighten up when they really needed to make them. Let's hope that now that this first home win is in the rear view mirror, the guys will not be as tense at the line. It was good to see Kyle Randall step up and make a few when it really mattered the most.

It's going to be a quick turnaround for UNCG. The Spartans play at Chattanooga on Monday, Western Carolina on Thursday and App State on Saturday. However, the Spartans have now won at home.

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Home Victory

Furman (8-6) @ UNCG (2-12)

When: Saturday, January 9 4 pm
Where: Greensboro Coliseum (7,617/23,500)
TV: None

Furman Athletics
Furman Forum

Spartan Notes:
- Last time out, a lethargic effort by the Spartans in the first half helped Wofford to an easy 79-62 win. Ben Stywall led UNCG with 21 points and 12 rebounds.
- UNCG has lost its last 8 games. The Spartans are 0-8 at the Greensboro Coliseum.
- The Spartans now sit at 1-2 in the Southern Conference.
- Stywall leads UNCG is scoring (13.3) and rebounding (9.8). Kyle Randall leads the team in assists (2.1).
- For the season, UNCG is shooting 38.1% from the field, 28.6% from behind the arc and 71.5% from the free throw line.

Paladin Notes:
- On Thursday, Furman won a low scoring affair at Elon, 53-48. Jordan Miller led the Paladins with 11 points.
- Furman comes into the game with a 2-1 conference record, having won both of its road games (Elon, App State).
- The Paladins are 3-3 on the road this season.
- Miller leads Furman in scoring (16.6). Amu Saaka is averaging 14.5 points and a team best 6.6 rebounds. Justin Dehm leads the team in assists (3.1).
- For the year, Furman is shooting 41.1% from the field, 36.5% from behind the arc and 74.2% from the free throw line.

My Thoughts:
It's time to put on the rally caps and get loud at the coliseum. The Spartans need their fans to make this atmosphere electric ... NOW !!!

Go Spartans !!!

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Woeful Spartans Whomped by Wofford

That's right ... I'm trying to be funny. I thought about going with "Terrible Spartans Trashed by Terriers" or "Lap dogs Do Laps Around UNCG".

We sucked tonight. Bad !!!

(If G gets thumped by Furman, get ready for the my headline language to get foul and unsuitable for work).

UPDATE: There will be no post game write up. I am/was so irritated by that crappy performance that I can't really put my thoughts into words. It would just be incoherent ramblings with a lot of expletives mixed in to keep it fresh.

Here's the News & Record article if you weren't there and want to read a game story.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Wofford (8-7) @ UNCG (2-11)

When: Thursday January 7 7 pm
Where: Greensboro Coliseum (7,617/23,500)
TV: None

Wofford Athletics
Wofford Forum

Spartan Notes:
- Last time out, Maryland's 21-7 run to start the second half was enough to overpower UNCG. Ben Stywall led the Spartans with 17 points (11 from the free throw line) and 11 rebounds.
- Stywall now has three consecutive double-doubles. All three have came against ACC competition.
- UNCG is stepping back into SoCon play against the Terriers. The Spartans currently stand at 1-1 in the conference after a home loss to College of Charleston and a road win at Samford.
- UNCG is still winless at home. The Spartans are 0-7 at the Greensboro Coliseum.
- Freshman Korey VanDussen has scored in double figures the last two games. Fellow freshman Brian Cole has done the same in the past two games.
- Stywall leads UNCG in scoring (12.7) and rebounding (9.6). Kyle Randall lead the team in assists (2.2).
- For the year, UNCG is shooting 37.9% from the field, 29.5% from behind the arc and 71.8% from the free throw line.

Terrier Notes:
- Last time out, Wofford held on to a 13 point halftime to defeat Santa Clara, 80-72. Noah Dahlman led the Terriers with 14 points.
- Wofford has won 4 of its last 5 games, including a home win against South Carolina. Their only loss was to Kent State.
- South Carolina was the second SEC school that Wofford defeated. Back on November 17, the Terriers defeated Georgia in Athens, 60-57.
Wofford comes into the game with 0-2 SoCon record. They have lost a home game to App State and a road game at Western Carolina.
- Dahlman leads the team in points (18.0) and rebounds (6.9). Brad Loesing leads the team in assists (3.3).
- For the season, Wofford is shooting 43% from the field, 34.1% from behind the arc and 71.9%from the free throw line.

My Thoughts:
Wofford certainly has played very well against a challenging schedule. They beat 2 SEC schools and played well on the road at Pittsburgh, Michigan State and Illinios. They have a veteran team that has beaten UNCG in Greensboro the last two seasons. Those game were at Fleming Gym, though.

It's time to see if the brutal schedule is going to start to pay off for UNCG. There are no more teams left on the schedule that will run in a wave after wave of big men to beat up the Spartans. Hopefully the last week's games haven't taken so much out of UNCG that they aren't ready for league play. I think it's about time for UNCG to pick up a win in front of the home crowd.

Go Spartans !!!

Monday, January 4, 2010

Terps Hammer UNCG

UNCG 63 - Maryland 97

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UNCG finished up the ACC portion of their schedule at 0-6. However, this game wasn't really close at all. Grevis Vasquez and Landon Milbourne propelled the Terps out to a big lead early and the Spartans could never recover.

Mikko is back --- Even thought he shot 1-5 from 3 point land, Mikko Koivisto scored 7 points and got a nice cheer from our section for making back to the court. It seems like the guy hasn't been able to catch a break this season. He's been hurt most of the year and had the stomach bug for a couple of recent games. Hopefully, he can really help UNCG make a big run in the SoCon.
Free throw shooting --- The Spartans shot 81% (22-27) from the free throw line in a game that the refs decided to call really tight. For the season, UNCG is shooting 71.8% from the line. Being a good free throw shooting team will pay off soon.

Not even close --- As I've already pointed out, this game was over from the start. I guess playing this level of competition 3 times in 7 days just took it out of the Spartans. The guys have to get ready in a hurry, though. A very good Wofford team will be at the coliseum on Thursday night.
Home sweet home? --- UNCG is now 0-7 at the Greensboro Coliseum this season. As much as we've all enjoyed seeing our Spartans battle these great teams, we'd love to see some wins. Hopefully, the SoCon season is full of home wins.

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Maryland (8-4) @ UNCG (2-10)

When: Sunday, January 3 1* pm
Where: Greensboro Coliseum (7,617/23,500)
TV: Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic

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* The game time has been moved up from 2 pm (as printed on the season tickets) to 1 pm to accommodate TV.

Spartan Notes:
- On Thursday night, UNCG went to the locker room at halftime only being down 4 points. A strong second half by NC State prevented any thoughts of an upset, though. The Wolfpack won 89-67. Ben Stywall led UNCG with 18 points and 13 rebounds.
- Maryland is the sixth (and last) ACC team that the Spartans will face this season. This game also marks the last out of conference game for UNCG as well.
- With the New Year's Eve loss to NC State, UNCG's home record fell to 0-6.
- According to RealTimeRPI, UNCG strength of schedule is 33. Even though the Spartans record is 2-10, they are still 195 in the RPI ranking.
- Stywall (12.3 pts & 9.5 rebs) and Brandon Evans (12.3 pts & 6.0 rebs) lead UNCG in scoring and rebounding. Kyle Randall leads in assists (2.3).
- For the year, UNCG is shooting 38.9% from the field, 30.9% from behind the arc and 70.5% from the free throw line.

Terrapin Notes:
- Last time out, William & Mary handed Maryland their first home loss of the season, 83-77. Greivis Vasquez scored 26 and Landon Milbourne had 19 points and 10 rebounds.
- This game will mark only the third true road game of the season for Maryland. Chaminade (W79-51) & Indiana (W 80-68) were the other two.
- Including Wednesday's game against William & Mary, Vasquez has scored over 20 points in 4 straight games.
- Vasquez leads the Terrapins in scoring (16.8) and assists (6.2). Three other Maryland players (Milbourne, Sean Mosley & Eric Hayes) also average scoring over 12 points per game. Jordan Williams leads the team in rebounding (8.0).
- For the season, Maryland is shooting 47.9% from the field, 35.8% from behind the arc and 69.2% from the free throw line.

My Thoughts:
An NBA level guard and a team that shoots very well, make a bad combination for the Spartans. Vasquez seems to have torched teams for a lot of points and still hand out a ton of assists. The Spartans will have to do a tremendous defensive job on him to have any chance. Also, UNCG will have to do a better job of taking care of the basketball. Hopefully, the Spartans can again take advantage of second chance points. Maryland hasn't been a particularly good rebounding team this season.

Three tough games in the span of 7 days may have taken their toll of UNCG, but I still wouldn't be surprised the see UNCG hanging tough in the end.

Go Spartans !!!

Friday, January 1, 2010

Huge Second Half Sinks Spartans

UNCG 67- NC State 89

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It was a familiar feeling game for UNCG fans against NC State. Play tough and watch the other team's fans look nervous, but wither in the end. The Spartans dug themselves another big hole right out of the gate. UNCG showed plenty of heart, though as they battled back to being down just 4 at halftime. A 57 point outburst by the Wolfpack in the second half turned back any thoughts of an upset.

- Scoring help --- It was good to see more than one Spartan in double figures. Brian Cole (10 pts)did a great job of keeping UNCG in the game in the first half. While Korey Van Dussen's (12 pts) scoring in the second half helped the Spartans fight deep into the second half. Of course, Ben Stywall (18 pts) and Brandon Evans (14 pts) did their normal scoring too.
- Rebounding --- Again, UNCG did a great job of out rebounding an ACC opponent. Stywall led the charge with 13 rebounds.
- Free throws --- The Spartans shot over 80% from the line and are shooting over 70% for the year. Hopefully, this is something that UNCG can take advantage of by getting to the line more often.

- Defense --- NC State scored over 50 points in the second half and shot close to 70% in the half. For the game the Wolfpack shot over 50%. It seems like everyone UNCG has played has shot really well. Some of that is just luck, but some of it is poor defense. The Spartans need to get better at this in league play.
Turnovers and assists --- It was another rough night for turning the ball over. However, it is starting to become obvious that UNCG is dribbling too much and not passing enough. This is leading to very few assists. Spartan guards are creating a lot of shots for themselves, but very few openings for their teammates. Again let's hope that the assist numbers start to go up (and turnovers down) when SoCon play begins next week.