Friday, January 20, 2012

MBB: Appalachian State

Boone, NC - The Catamounts travels to mountain rival Appalachian State on Saturday to renew the series against its most frequent opponent in program history, the Mountaineers.

While ASU holds a 110-65 lead in the all-time series, the Catamounts swept the series last season, getting home and away win against the Mountaineers. With their win in Boone last season, the Cats halted a six-game losing skid in games played in the Homes Center, and was the Catamounts first road victory over ASU since in 2004.  The win in Boone, combine's with Mike Williams' buzzerbeating jumper to down the Mountaineers, 79-78, in Cullowhee, gave the Cats their first first seasonal sweep over Appalachian since the 2003-04 season.

ASU is 5-2 at home this season, which includes a 2-1 mark in SoCon games. The Mountaineers have played three different point guards this season: sophomores G.J. Vilarino and Mitch Woods, and true freshman Mike Neal. All three players have recorded at least two starts at that position. They have attempted to used a balanced rotation throughout the season, and only Omar Carter usually plays more than 30 minutes per game, while Jamaal Trice & Andre Williamson average about 26 minutes each. Currently, 9 of Mountaineers 11 active players average 12.7 or more minutes per game.  I'm sure it will be a battle until the end buzzer.

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Game #20 - ASU