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The same elements that led to a 7-0 Big South Conference start for the UNC Asheville men's basketball team returned for at least one game Saturday, as the Bulldogs took an 85-73 win over Charleston Southern.

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#1
Feb 24, 2008
 
Good to see the guys get back in the win column. Coastal Carolina at home on Wednesday is a big game. A win would solidify a second place finish in the conference and leave the door open for a regular season title if it is followed with a win at Winthrop.

Big South Standings:

WU 9-3
UNCA 8-4
LU 6-6
CCU 6-6
HPU 6-6
RU 5-7
VMI 5-7
CSU 3-9
Jim

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#2
Feb 24, 2008
 
Looks like a 2nd place finish is the best the Bulldogs can hope for. Winthrop plays Charleston Southern this week before hosting UNCA. UNCA has to beat Coastal and Winthrop with a Winthrop loss at CSU for UNCA to take first.

At this point, it would seem that UNCA will play VMI which could be a handful.
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#3
Feb 24, 2008
 
Not necessarily true. If UNCA beats CCU and Winthrop that would put both teams at 10-4 and the tie-breaker goes to UNCA because they would have swept Winthrop during the regular season.
Bubba

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#4
Feb 24, 2008
 
Yes Jim, if we win out we win the Big South and would be at home for the BSC.

Great game, we looked like our old selves again. Kenny looked good. I just hope their isn't more behind the scenes (like shuting it down and playing less, etc...)

Smithson also looked healthy. We need to keep this playing style up and continue it.

See how much Kenny changes a game. Albeit it was just CSU, we only beat by 13 the first time.

I just hope we keep this up. I think we can beat Winthrop at home as well. Kenny better play in these next two.
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#5
Feb 24, 2008
 
No chance Asheville wins at WU. It's their homecoming so there will be a sell out of over 6,500. Plus WU is simply better than UNCA.

The second seed would be nice though.
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#6
Feb 24, 2008
 
WU is beatable at home...Davidson just beat them in front of a sellout crowd....but I highly doubt that they'll lose to Charleston Southern, so again 2nd seed is pretty much the only realistic scenario. That's not a bad thing as it would take away alot of pressure for UNCA going into that game.
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#7
Feb 24, 2008
 
Yes, but even if they win and we win, we beat them we are the number 1 seed.
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#8
Feb 24, 2008
 
Which again, is the unlikely scenario. Granted, nobody would forsee a 4 game losing streak by UNCA. Guess it'll be laid out on the table on Tuesday when they play.

My money is on Winthrop to beat CSU by 20.
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#9
Feb 24, 2008
 
Jim...you just don't get it...the Winthrop game against Charleston Southern doesn't mean anything as long as UNCA beats Coastal...it all comes down to UNCA vs. Winthrop next Saturday...even if Charleston Southern beat Winthrop the scenario would be the same...the Bulldogs have to win vs. Coastal and at Winthrop...so #2 seed is not the "best scenario"
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#10
Feb 24, 2008
 
I find it unlikely that UNCA would beat WU at home. WU has been a better team over the course of the season and is something like 50-3 at the coliseum over the last few years. Davidson won, but UNCA isn't Davidson, and WU played a poor game by their standards. UNCA may have a shot if WU plays poorly, but I find it doubtful.
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#11
Feb 24, 2008
 
UNCA also needs to worry about beating Coastal. With the way they have been playing that is not a sure win by any stretch of the imagination. CSU was a nice turnaround, but CSU is one of the worst teams in the country. I'm not sure that game really told us anything about if UNCA has gotten out of the funk.

Since: Feb 08

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#12
Feb 24, 2008
 
Winthrop was NOT impressive against UNCA in the Justice Center a few weeks ago....was it 31-4 run in the first 10 minutes of the second half?

KJ can take any Winthrop guard to the hole any time off the dribble, if he will.
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#13
Feb 24, 2008
 
The problem with that statement is that WU's guards and best forward were all sick with the flu. Even Biendenbaugh commented on it after the game. Winthrop's pg is by far the best point guard in the conference and no one is quicker than him when he's healthy, look at what he did to Bannister at LU, the quickest guard besides him. There's a big difference playing them healthy rather than playing them with the flu.
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#14
Feb 25, 2008
 
JimisSlowwwww wrote:
Jim...you just don't get it...the Winthrop game against Charleston Southern doesn't mean anything as long as UNCA beats Coastal...it all comes down to UNCA vs. Winthrop next Saturday...even if Charleston Southern beat Winthrop the scenario would be the same...the Bulldogs have to win vs. Coastal and at Winthrop...so #2 seed is not the "best scenario"
I may be slow BUT maybe I should put it this way....2nd place is a lock for UNCA and barring a WU collapse, the only scenario. I'm not a fan of WU BUT it would take a modern miracle...and I hope there is one...for UNCA to finish on top of the conference. Remember, they HAVE to beat Coastal first.
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#15
Feb 25, 2008
 
Winthrop will be tough to beat at home...but I think it's a little too much to call beating them on the road a "modern miracle"...Winthrop will be the favorite, but they are not nearly as good as last year's team

the whole point of my post was to stop you from getting hung up so much on the Charleston Southern vs. Winthrop game...it really doesn't mean anything

As to the point that everyone on Winthrop had the flu in the first match-up...UNCA played without Kenny George in that game and with a banged-up Bryan Smithson
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#16
Feb 25, 2008
 
The modern miracle lies in Charleston SOuthern beating Winthrop, not UNCA. UNCA has to get past Coastal Wednesday night which of the two games is tougher. It's true Kenny didn't play that game and Smithson was a bit banged up but still played 39 minutes. Since the two teams played, WU has played better on a consistent level. Doesn't mean too much but it does give the statistical nod to WU on Saturday.

However, it will be a moot point if UNCA does not beat CCU.

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