UNCA PreGame thread

UNCA is 6-7, having lost 6 in a row early in the season.

However, they hung with NCSU, hung with Tenn, played well vs Ohio State (who runs a similar style to us), they won @ Northeastern by the same margin we beat Northeastern by when we won the Great Alaska shootout, and they straight up beat St Joes @ Philly.

Kyle Hornsby (Bruce’s son), is their potential go-off guy . He had 26 @ Ohio State, and shoots 48% from 3 on about 6 attempts per game, which is very impressive.

However, he isn’t their leading scorer - this guy is: http://espn.go.com/mens-college-basketball/player/_/id/56207/jeremy-atkinson

And they have a gunner, who is only shooting 27% from outside this season, but keeps shooting anyway: http://espn.go.com/mens-college-basketball/player/_/id/53051/trent-meyer

They are a little more tunrover prone than we are - averaging 15.6 per game vs our 14.2.

Teamrankings calls this a 9 pt Charlotte win: http://www.teamrankings.com/ncaa-basketball/matchup/bulldogs-49ers-2013-01-02

I think we neeed to cut down on TOs and get back to playing the kind of defense that has carried us to many of our W’s this season. Definitely want to end non-conference play on a high note.

We always beat UNCA. “That’s just the way it is, some things will never change.” Tell that to Bruce Hornsby’s son. :stuck_out_tongue:

Oh, & I have a song for them. Instead of “It’s fun to stay at the YMCA,” how about “it’s fund to beat the UNCA.”

Not to beat a dead horse, but start Braz and Mayfield, play them 30+ min, and we cruise to a win.

That is all.

Hoping the players and the fans aren’t sleeping on this one…we need to show up.

Niners by 16. Matchups. We are bigger and stronger and will push them around inside leaving them to try to win from 3 point land. Not their strength. Double-doubles by Braswell, Clayton, and Mayfield.

This is a game that we should win. However, I guarantee you it won’t be a ‘Cruise’. It won’t be easy. Unca is extremely well coached and will play with supreme effort. They are 6-7, but have played a much more difficult schedule. Beat St. John’s at St. John’s and the win at Northeastern is no slouch. If we don’t show up, this could destroy our resume. Better show up to play or the Bulldogs will crash our season. Do not take them lightly!!

I think this game, assuming UNCA brings the same intensity that they have for other games this year, will be a good measuring stick for our potential play against average A10 foes.

[quote=“Chisox17, post:3, topic:27322”]Not to beat a dead horse, but start Braz and Mayfield, play them 30+ min, and we cruise to a win.

That is all.[/quote]Hopefully our players don’t buy this stock. We aren’t jump shot worthy of overlooking UNC-Assville.

I’ve been worried about this game for a while now. I hope we are ready to play after the little Christmas break in the schedule. The Bulldogs have been pretty good this year.

I wonder if HP will drive down for this one in hopes that Bulldog Diva will be there. :slight_smile:

[quote=“49r9r, post:9, topic:27322”]I’ve been worried about this game for a while now. I hope we are ready to play after the little Christmas break in the schedule. The Bulldogs have been pretty good this year.

I wonder if HP will drive down for this one in hopes that Bulldog Diva will be there. :)[/quote]

Isn’t Bulldog Diva Honey Boo Boo’s mom now? :o

I was thinking the exact same thing. If there is/has been a trap game on our schedule this year, this would be it.

If we win this game I’ll feel a lot more comfortable assuming we’ll beat all the teams that “we’re supposed to beat” in conference.

I was thinking the exact same thing. If there is/has been a trap game on our schedule this year, this would be it.

If we win this game I’ll feel a lot more comfortable assuming we’ll beat all the teams that “we’re supposed to beat” in conference.[/quote]
Can’t be a trap game after a loss imo. I do wonder when the team started practicing again. Monday?

A win tomorrow and I can say our ooc results absolutely exceeded my expectations and I’m happy with the first half of the season.

Tomorrow is a must win on our home court.

We are playing much better now than we did at the beginning of the year (inexplicable losses to UNC Wilmington and USC Upstate), but we are still nowhere close to being as good as we were last season. We had to break in a brand new backcourt and do not have a true pg on the roster. Any chance we had of winning a 3rd straight Big South title was lost when Jaron Lane (senior wing, would’ve averaged 15-16ppg) went down with a preseason injury and is now redshirting.
DJ Cunningham tore his ACL prior to the 2011-2012 season and still doesn’t appear to be 100%. But he’s 6’10" 240lb and is usually good for 10 and 6. He’s the only big man we have that can probably compete with your post players, our other options are too small and/or don’t have the needed athleticism. I imagine DJ, true to form, will get in early foul trouble and the 49ers will dominate the interior.
Hornsby has heard “That’s Just The Way It Is” in every single road arena. Yall need to switch it up.
I’d say right now we are maybe slightly better than Radford and Charleston Southern. You guys should win easily, unless we get uncharacteristically hot from downtown. Atkinson is a player though and will be a very touch matchup for whoever draws that assignment.

Not many teams in the A10 we’re supposed to beat this year. Maybe the expected bottom four (URI, Fordham, Duquesne, and GW) are around the level of UNC-A, though Duquesne is probably better. But they aren’t “average” A10 teams this year.

I’ll be happy with a win, but I wouldn’t take this game as a good measure of how conference play will go. Florida St. is probably more similar to the average A10 team, which means we need to step it up to do well in conference.

if you guys are slightly better than charleston southern than i am worried because they are a pretty good team.

If you don’t have a true PG, Henry will get at least 5 steals tomorrow.

Well I am a little biased!! I guess we’ll find out in a few weeks if we are really better than the Bucs. They certainly have a much stronger backcourt.
You guys should win by around 15 or so. And who is Asheville Diva?

i am certainly not underestimating this team. hornsby really worries me. also, i agree with the thats just the way it is jokes. unoriginal.

Hornsby has a very unorthodox jumpshot, but damn if it doesn’t go in. He’s also probably the most athletic player on our team, he has ridiculous hops for a white guy.

I was thinking the exact same thing. If there is/has been a trap game on our schedule this year, this would be it.

If we win this game I’ll feel a lot more comfortable assuming we’ll beat all the teams that “we’re supposed to beat” in conference.[/quote]
Can’t be a trap game after a loss imo. I do wonder when the team started practicing again. Monday?

A win tomorrow and I can say our ooc results absolutely exceeded my expectations and I’m happy with the first half of the season.

Tomorrow is a must win on our home court.[/quote]

I knew there was a reason I felt weird calling it a trap game.

[quote=“9erken, post:14, topic:27322”]Not many teams in the A10 we’re supposed to beat this year. Maybe the expected bottom four (URI, Fordham, Duquesne, and GW) are around the level of UNC-A, though Duquesne is probably better. But they aren’t “average” A10 teams this year.

I’ll be happy with a win, but I wouldn’t take this game as a good measure of how conference play will go. Florida St. is probably more similar to the average A10 team, which means we need to step it up to do well in conference.[/quote]

Not sure if you were referring to my post, but those four teams are the teams I was referring to when I said teams that “we’re supposed to beat.” I guess I could take it a step further by saying as long as we win those four games we should go at least .500 in conference. (and then another step further by saying an 8-8 A-10 conference record gets us in the NIT, anything better will put us in bubble team conversations ;D).