Asheville (10-6, 5-0 BSC) battles a talented Campbell (10-7, 4-1 BSC) squad this is in first year back as a member of the Big South Conference. The Campbell program re-joined the league after leaving the Big South in 1994 and joining the Atlantic Sun Conference.
The Camels have posted some impressive victories in the first half of the year as they knocked off East Carolina and Iowa on the road and then slipped past Coastal Carolina last week in overtime. Bulldog coach Eddie Biedenbach is quite impressed with Campbell.
"Campbell has a very good team. They're going to be a tough team for anyone to beat this season in our league," commented Biedenbach. "Campbell is bigger than us at every position and has some really tough match-ups for us. They're unbeaten at home. This is going to be an extremely tough game for us."
The Bulldogs have posted four straight wins and last week at Kimmel Arena, downed VMI (94-85) Thursday night and then beat Liberty (98-75) Saturday afternoon. The back-to-back games scoring more than 90 points marked the first time in school history that Asheville had scored 90 points against two straight Big South Conference foes.
Matt Dickey continues to lead Asheville in scoring with a 15.9 average. Chris Stephenson, this week's Big South Conference Player of the Week, has a 14.8 average and tops the club in rebounding with a 6.4 mark. Senior guard J.P. Primm scored 21 points vs. Liberty on Saturday has a 13.9 scoring average. Jaron Lane is averaging 11.8 points per game.
Campbell is led by Darren White with a 20.0 scoring average. He's shooting .550 from the field. Eric Griffin is averaging 17.6 points per game and is shooting .623 from the field. Trey Freeman has a 15.1 scoring average.
The Bulldogs do not have good memories of their last two games to Campbell. The Camels blitzed Asheville, 94-57 in the 2008-09 season. The next year saw Campbell beat the Bulldogs, 85-66 at Justice Center.
UNC Asheville's 5-0 start in league play is its best since a 7-0 start in the 2007-08 season.
The Bulldogs are 9-3 in Big South Conference road games over the past two years.
Asheville is 2-10 at Campbell in the Division I era.
The Bulldogs have shot better than 60 percent from the field in four games this year,
Asheville has shot better than 50 percent from the three-point line in the last two games. The Bulldogs are 25-of-48 (.521) from long distance in those games.
The Bulldogs had six players in double figures against Liberty on Saturday.