UNCG heads back to the road for matchup with Appalachian State
UNCG (0-15, 0-5) at Appalachian State (7-7, 3-1]
Holmes Center • Boone, N.C.
Jan. 13, 2011 • Game 16 • 7 p.m.
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• UNCG will hit the road for the first time in nearly a month this week as the Spartans travel up the mountain to Boone, N.C. to face Appalachian State on Thursday at 7 p.m. in the Holmes Center. The Spartans are coming off a five-game home stand and a stretch that saw them play three games in five days.
• The Mountaineers lead the all-time series against the Spartans, 18-15, dating back to 1983. Last season, the Spartans fell 72-64 on the road in the first meeting between the two teams before falling 75-69 at home later in the season. ASU has won the last three contests by an average of just five points, while UNCG won the three meetings before that by an average of 11 points.
• Appalachian State is currently riding a three-game winning streak, including wins at Davidson and versus Georgia Southern the last two games. They have won those three games by an average margin of nearly 19 points per game. The Mountaineers are now 3-1 in the North Division, just one game behind Chattanooga, who is a perfect 4-0.
• On Monday, UNCG fell for the third time in five days to rival Elon, 80-65. The Spartans had the Phoenix lead down to four with seven minutes remaining, but Elon closed the game on a 17-6 run. The Spartans fell to Chattanooga and Samford in the days prior by just a combined nine points.
• On Dec. 29, the Spartans faced No. 1 Duke before a sellout crowd and a nationally televised audience on ESPNU. UNCG dropped the game, 108-62, that saw Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski move into second place all-time for the most win's in Division I history. It also marked the third time that the Spartans have faced the No. 1 team in the nation.
• The 22,178 fans that attended the Spartans' contest against No. 1 Duke on Dec. 29 in the Greensboro Coliseum marked the largest crowd to ever see a UNCG contest, either home or away. The attendance broke the previous school record set in 2005 when UNCG also hosted No. 1 Duke in the Coliseum.
• UNCG is winless in its 15 outings, having already faced six ACC opponents and very tough Richmond and VCU teams. The 0-15 start by the Spartans marks the worst start in school history, breaking the record set by the 1967-68 and 1968-69 teams, which both started 0-7. The 16 game losing streak dating back to last season is the longest losing streak in school history and the Spartans are now just one of two teams in Division I without a victory.
• Junior College transfer Aloysius Henry has provided an immediate spark in the post for the Spartans. He currently leads the team in scoring (11.6 ppg) and is also first in rebounding (6.3 rpg), while shooting 45.5% from the field.
• The Spartans have had a considerably new look over the last two seasons. In fact, just one person in uniform today was in uniform in the 2008-09 opener at Charlotte – Elhanan Bone. Brandon Evans was sitting out after transferring from East Carolina and Darrius Sellers was injured.
UNCG vs. Appalachian State - Appalachian State leads 18-15
Feb. 16, 2008 W 79-55 Greensboro, N.C.
March 8, 2008 W 63-46 No. Charleston, S.C. (SoCon)
Jan. 10, 2009 W (ot) 85-83 Boone, N.C.
Feb. 19, 2009 L 69-70 Greensboro, N.C.
Jan. 16, 2010 L 64-72 Boone, N.C.
Feb. 8, 2010 L 69-75 Greensboro, N.C. (Colis.)
Breaking it all down:
Offense (National Rank)
Points: 65.5 (260)
Rebounds: 12.7 (98)
Assists: 11.0 (295)
FG%: 39.8% (305)
FT%: 66.3% (241)
3P%: 35.2% (146)
Points: 83.6 (343)
Rebounds: 20.1 (337)
Assists: 16.5 (337)
FG%: 50.1% (346)
FT%: 69.4% (219)
3P%: 39.8% (334)
Offense (National Rank)
Points: 75.5 (64)
Rebounds: 11.9 (156)
Assists: 11.8 (262)
FG%: 44.6% (136)
FT%: 66.7% (228)
3P%: 33.2% (210)
Points: 75.1 (308)
Rebounds: 24.4 (139)
Assists: 15.3 (309)
FG%: 46.5% (312)
FT%: 64.2% (39)
3P%: 33.5% (148)