Men's Basketball Hosts Campbell on Saturday

January 27, 2012
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Courtesy: UNC Asheville
ASHEVILLE, N.C. - The UNC Asheville Bulldogs hope to remain in first place in the Big South Conference but will face a tough task on Saturday afternoon against Campbell starting at 4:30 p.m. Saturday's game will be regionally televised by WMYA-TV (Channel 40). The game will also be broadcast on WWNC Radio (570-AM) with the pre-game show beginning at 4 p.m. A video-stream of Saturday's game is provided by www.uncabulldogs.com.

Saturday's games are being sponsored by Biltmore Farms and fans will be able to receive free cookies throughout the day.

 Asheville (15-7, 9-1 BSC) is coming off a 90-70 win over High Point Thursday night, while the Camels lost a close 78-72 decision at Gardner-Webb on Thursday. The Bulldogs are in first place in the conference and have one loss, while Coastal Carolina is right behind them with an 8-2 BSC mark. Campbell isn't too far back in third place at 8-3.

 This is the second time the Bulldogs and Camels (14-9, 8-3 BSC) have squared off in 16 days as Asheville recorded perhaps the biggest win of the season on Jan. 12 when the Dogs rallied for an 89-82 win. Asheville trailed by 17 in the first half before coming back to win with a strong second half. Jeremy Atkinson led the Bulldogs with a career-high 22 points.

The Camel program was an original member of the Big South Conference before leaving the league in 1994 for the Atlantic Sun Conference. Campbell re-joined the Big South this year and is making an impact right away. The Camels posted some impressive non-conference victories with a home win over East Carolina and a road win at Iowa. They've been among the nation's leaders in field goal percentage all year and are at .503 entering today's game. Darren White is one of the best player in the league as he leads Campbell in scoring with an 18.8 average and is shooting an amazing .551 from the field. Eric Griffin is shooting .623 from the field, averaging 17 points and 8.8 rebounds per game. Trey Freeman is excellent in the backcourt with a 14.6 scoring average.

Asheville is led by senior guard Matt Dickey with a 16.0 scoring average, while J.P Primm has a 15.0 average. Primm scored a career-high 30 points vs. High Point on Thursday night. He had five steals, four assists and no turnovers in the game.

Bulldog head coach Eddie Biedenbach expects a very tough game with Campbell on Saturday.

"We played a great second half against Campbell the last time but this is a good team that's well-coached with great players," stated Biedenbach. "Our guys were fortunate that we were able to make the comeback at Campbell but we'll need to play well for 40 minutes to have a chance at winning on Saturday.

"Our defense has gotten better the past two games and that's encouraging to see," added Biedenbach. "We're doing the job on offense but our rebounding has got to be better, especially against a team like Campbell."

After Saturday's game, Asheville hits the road for two games next week. The Bulldogs play at VMI Thursday night and Liberty next Saturday. Asheville's next home game will be with Radford on Feb. 11.


UNC Asheville earned its 10th Big South Conference win on Thursday night and it marks the fifth straight year the Bulldogs have recorded 10 straight league wins, a feat no one else in the league can make. Asheville has posted 13 wins in its last 14 BSC regular-season games and 16 victories in its last 17 games against league opponents counting last year's tournament.

The Bulldogs are having an incredible year on offense and are nationally ranked in several categories. Asheville is ranked sixth nationally in scoring with an 82.6 average. The Bulldogs have scored at least 86 points in seven of the last eight games. Asheville is 10th in the nation in assists with a 17.2 per game average. Earlier this season against Mars Hill, the Bulldogs set a school record with 38 assists in a 126-75 victory against the Lions. The Bulldogs are third in the Big South but ninth nationally in field goal percentage at .494. Campbell is second (.503) and Coastal Carolina (.502) fourth nationally in that category. Asheville has shot 50 percent or better from the field in five of the last seven games.

For the first time in the Division I era at UNC Asheville, the Bulldogs have the services of two 1,500-point scorers at the same time. Matt Dickey has scored 1,582 points, while J.P. Primm has 1,514 points.

The Bulldogs are 8-2 at home this season and are averaging 94.5 points per game plus shooting .553 from the field.

Asheville has shot at least 49 percent from the field in the past five games and been at or above 50 percent in five of the last seven contests.

Campbell leads the all-time series 19-14. The Camels won handily in their last visit to Asheville, 85-66 at Justice Center two years ago.


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