Friday, December 10, 2021

Game #11 - UNC Asheville

The UNC Asheville Bulldogs make the short trip west to Cullowhee to meet the Catamounts in a regional rivalry game between the two teams. The Cats put a four-game win streak against the Bulldogs on the line in this contest. 

: UNC Asheville
When: Saturday, Dec. 11th, 2021
Time: 2:00 pm
Where: Ramsey Center, Cullowhee
Radio: Catamount Sports Network
-announcers: Gary Ayers, (play-by-play)
TV/Video: ESPN+
- announcers: Daniel Hooker (play-by-play)
Live Stats: WCU stats
Conference: Big South Conference
Nickname: Bulldogs
Colors: Blue and White
Head Coach: Mike Morrell is in his fourth season at the helm of the Bulldog program

The Series: The two teams have met 55 times on the court, with the Catamounts holding a 33-22 record against the Bulldogs. The Cats are on a four-game win streak against Asheville and have won 8 of the last 10 played.  Western is 19-8 in games played in Cullowhee. 

UNCA's Record: 5-4 overall, 4-1 home, 0-3 away, 0-1 neutral, 0-0 Big South, 

Asheville was picked second in the south division, behind Winthrop in the preseason polls of Big South coaches. The Bulldog's Tajion Jones was named First Team All-Big South with teammate LJ Thorpe garnering Second Team All-Big South honors.  

The Bulldogs are coming off a loss to the Chattanooga Mocs on Wednesday night, which broke a three-game win streak for the Bulldogs which included a win over The Citadel.  Up to this point, most of Asheville's success this season has been on their home court and the Bulldogs are 0-3 in road games. 

The Bulldogs are averaging 73.7 points per game, and are giving up only 65.1 points. 
Two Streaks: UNC-Asheville has dropped its last three road games, scoring 58.3 points and allowing 83 points during those contests. Western Carolina is on a three-game home winning streak, scoring an average of 85 points while giving up 62.3.  

Key Returners: Trent Stephney, L.J. Thorpe, Tajion Jones, Evan Clayborne, Coty Jude, Jamon Battle
Key Losses: DeVon Baker, Lavar Batts
Key Newcomers: Drew Pember (Tennessee), Quay Kimble (D-II), Jordan Hairston (Texas A&M CC)

UNCA Projected starters:
#0 Trent Strphney - 6 pts
#3 Tajion Jones - 11.5 pts
#2 LJ Thorpe - 9.9 pts
#1 Doc Battle - 10.4 pts
#4 Drew Pember - 8 pts

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