College of Charleston (3-1) vs. UNC Asheville (2-3)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Friday, November 25th, 7:00 p.m. (et).
FACTS & STATS: Site: Imperial Arena (4,000) -- Paradise Island, Bahamas. Television: HDNET. Home Record: Charleston 2-0, UNC Asheville 2-1. Away Record: Charleston 1-0, UNC Asheville 0-1. Neutral Record: Charleston 0-1, UNC Asheville 0-1. Conference Record: Charleston 0-0, UNC Asheville 0-0. Series Record: UNC Asheville leads, 4-2.
GAME NOTES: Semifinal-round action of the inaugural Battle 4 Atlantis at the Imperial Arena in the Bahamas rages on tonight as the College of Charleston matches up with UNC Asheville.
Charleston, out of the Southern Conference, landed at Paradise Island riding a three-game win streak on Thanksgiving, but that came to an end when the team was taken out by the UCF Knights in a 74-63 decision. The point total for the Cougars was their lowest of the season, while the points allowed represented the highest number an opponent had dropped on the team through the first four outings.
As for the Bulldogs, they were riding a two-game win streak of their own before making the trip, although their victories came against schools outside of Division I play in Mars Hill and Brevard. Asheville put up a decent fight yesterday, but fourth-ranked UConn was simply too strong in the end as the Huskies delivered a 73-63 win over the Bulldogs to drop the team back below .500 at 2-3.
As far as the all-time series between the teams is concerned, UNC Asheville has taken four of the previous six encounters, the most recent coming in 1991.
Charleston trailed by just two points at the break against UCF yesterday in the opening round of the tournament, but then the Cougars shot only 36.0 percent from the floor in the second half and 9-of-14 at the free-throw line in the frame, en route to the double-digit setback. Andrew Lawrence kept the team moving along with his double-double consisting of 14 points and a game- high 10 assists, while Trent Wiedeman posted a team-high 19 points and pulled down five rebounds and Jordan Scott chipped in 10 points off his own. Although he didn't score in double figures in yesterday's loss, Antwaine Wiggins remains the team's top scorer on the season with his 14.8 ppg, while Wiedeman closes the gap with 14.0 ppg and is also first on the unit with close to nine rebounds per outing. Lawrence (13.5 ppg) now has a team-high 21 assists over four games and is shooting a fantastic 55.0 percent behind the three-point line.
Even though the Bulldogs never led against UConn in the tourney opener, Asheville still stayed around even after falling behind by 17 points late in the first half. If not for the fact that the Bulldogs shot just 7-of-23 behind the three-point line, perhaps the underdogs could have made things very interesting down the stretch. But as it stands, the team is now competing on the losers side of the tourney bracket after Matt Dickey posted a team-high 18 points, Jeremy Atkinson notched 14 and a team-best nine rebounds, followed by J.P. Primm with 10 points and seven assists, although the latter shot a dismal 1-of-7 beyond the arc and 3-of-15 from the floor overall. Heading into the tournament Dickey was leading the team in scoring with 15.8 ppg, followed by Primm (14.8 ppg), Jaron Lane (12.0 ppg) and Stephenson (10.5 ppg).
After five outings the Bulldogs are scoring a hefty 85.6 ppg which is 18.3 ppg more than the Cougars have been allowing, so something has to give tonight.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: College of Charleston 71, UNC Asheville 66
11/25 10:35:51 ET