Monday, January 28, 2013

Game #22 - Appalachian State

Game #22 - Appalachian State 
Location: Holmes Center, Boone, NC
Date: Saturday, February 2, 2013
Time: 4:30 p.m. ET
Series: ASU leads the all time series, 111-66
Radio: Catamount Sports Network
TV: SoCon Sports Network/ESPN3
Live Video: Go ASU TV (fee)

The Catamounts travel to Boone, NC for the return meeting with the Mountaineers of Appalachian State. The Cats won the first meeting of the season, back on December 8th by a final score of 70-64.

While this will be the first game of the week for the Cats since playing Georgia Southern on Saturday Jan. 26th, the Mountaineers will play at Charleston on Wednesday night, prior to meeting the Cats in Boone on Saturday, Feb. 2d.

ASU is currently 8-11 overall, and 4-4 in the Southern conference, with three losses out of their last four games, losing to Chattanooga, Samford, & Davidson, while picking up a 2 point overtime win from Georgia Southern.  The Davidson Wildcats broke a 5 game home winning streak by the Mountaineers last Saturday, so ASU can be tough to beat at home.

The Mountaineers are currently in third place in the conference in scoring offense, putting up 71.6 points, but are 10th in scoring defense, giving up 72.8 points per game.  ASU has four players averaging double figures this season, led by senior forward Nathan Healy (6-7 / 210) at 14.6 point per game, followed closely by redshirt sophomore forward Jay Canty (6-6 / 200) with 14.5 points, sophomore guard Tab Hamilton (6-3 / 180) at 10.7 points, and junior forward Tevin Baskin (6-6 / 210) with 10.2 points.  Healy also leads the team in rebounding with 7.4 per game.

I think this one is probably a toss up, the Cats should win, but that depends on how consistent they are in shooting.  If they perform a repeat performance of the GSU game, it will be a long bus ride home to Cullowhee.

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