Wednesday, December 5, 2012
Game #10 - Appalachian State
Location: Ramsey Center, Cullowhee, NC
Date: Saturday, December 8th
Time: 4:30 p.m. ET
Series: The Cats are 67-117 against ASU
Radio: Catamount Sports Network
Live Video: Catamount All Access
The Appalachian State Mountaineers will travel to Cullowhee on Saturday to play the Catamounts as part of a double header in the Ramsey Center. The WCU women's team will play Tennessee Tech in game one of the day, starting at 2:00 pm.
ASU is 1-6 on the season if you count their win over NAIA's Montreat College, otherwise they are 0-6, with no Division I wins coming into the game.
At home and on the road, the Mountaineers have rolled off Division I losses like no other team in the conference, except maybe Furman. However, the Paladins have only played 5 Division I teams, and have a 0-5 record against them.
The Big South's High Point & Cambell both have had their way with the Mountaineers, both with 20+ point wins over the Mountaineers. The closest sign of life thus far in the Mountaineers, came at home in Boone, with a 1 point loss to Duquesne, 72-73.
Head Coach Jason Capel is in his third season at Appalachian and is coming off a 13-18 (7-11 SoCon) season. Chapel returned 6 players from the the 2011-12 season, and like WCU, returned 3 starters. The Mountaineers returns 3 guard starters from last season, Tab Hamilton, Jamall Trice, and Mike Neal. Last season, Trice averaged 9 ppg, while both Hamilton & Neal averaged 8 ppg. Chapel brought in a total of 9 new players in the offseason.
Redshirt sophomore Jay Canty (forward / 6-6 / 200 lbs) is the current leading scorer this season, averaging 18 points and 6 rebounds per game. Canty is followed by senior Nathan Healy (forward / 6-7 / 210) with
14 point per game and 5.6 rebounds and sophomore Tab Hamilton (guard / 6-3/ 180 lbs) with 12 point per game.
If the Cats take care of the ball, reduce the turnover rate, they should be able to move to 2-0 on in conference play. The Mountaineers will come to Cullowhee wanting to get that first Division I win on the backs of the Cats, it will be a battle.
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