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Trent Meyer and the Bulldogs look for their fourth straight win on Wednesday
Courtesy: UNC Asheville
Men's Hoops at Charlotte on Wednesday Night
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Release: 01/01/2013
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ASHEVILLE, N.C. - The UNC Asheville men's basketball team begins a three-game road trip on Wednesday night when the Bulldogs travel to Charlotte at Halton Arena starting at 7:30 p.m.

 

Wednesday's game will be broadcast on WWNC Radio (570-AM) with the pre-game show starting at 7 p.m.

 

Asheville (6-7) looks to extend a three-game winning streak on Wednesday but will have its hands full with a talented Charlotte team that is 11-2 on the season.

 

"Charlotte is really good," declared Bulldog coach Eddie Biedenbach. "They're very athletic and do everything quite well. We've been getting better and have improved but this will be a real tough test for our guys at Charlotte."

 

The Bulldogs are coming off a 95-66 victory over Bluefield on Sunday. Prior to Sunday's victory, Asheville picked up a huge road win with a 72-65 triumph at St. John's on Dec. 21.

 

"I like the way our team is improving. We're getting better with each game but there's still plenty of work to do," added Biedenbach. "I like the toughness we've shown the past few games, especially with the win at St. John's. We trailed by 17 in the first half and found a way to come back and get a great win."

 

The 49ers won their first nine games of the season, including winning the Great Alaska Shootout before falling to Miami, 77-46. Charlotte has not played since a 79-76 loss to Florida State at Time Warner Cable Arena.  The 49ers have knocked off Big South teams Charleston Southern (68-58) and Radford (68-52) earlier this year.

 

Charlotte has won the last seven meetings between the teams and leads the series 8-4. The teams last met in the opening game of the 2009-10 season with the 49ers downing the Bulldogs, 86-70 at Halton Arena.  Asheville's last win in the series came in the 1983-84 season when the Bulldogs edged the 49ers, 57-56 in the "Mineshaft," where Charlotte would play some home games prior to Halton Arena being built.

 

Senior forward Jeremy Atkinson leads the Bulldogs in scoring (18.0) and rebounding (7.5). He has scored in double figures in 12 straight games before scoring just eight points against Bluefield on Sunday in just 21 minutes of action. Prior to Bluefield, Atkinson had scored a career-high 31 points and collected nine rebounds at St. John's.

 

Sophomore guard Keith Hornsby continues to get better with each game. He scored 22 points vs. Bluefield and is the Bulldogs second leading scorer with a 14.3 average. Hornsby is shooting .475 from the 3-point line and that leads the Big South.

 

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UNC Asheville has won three straight games and five of its last six contests. The Bulldogs went 5-1 in December after going 1-6 in November.

 

Charlotte assistant Ryan Odom once worked at UNC Asheville. He served as an assistant with the Bulldogs in the 1999-00 season and helped lead Asheville to the Big South Conference championship game.

 

Keith Hornsby has scored in double figures in five straight games and in three of those games he's scored at least 21 points. Keith has been in double figures eight times this year and in five of those contests, he's scored 21 points or more. He enters today's game shooting .933 (28-of-30) from the free throw line. Keith has hit 12 consecutive free throws.

 

Senior forward Jon Nwannunu scored a career-high 22 points against Bluefield. He also grabbed a career-best 11 rebounds.

 

Junior center D.J. Cunningham has blocked 21 shots in the last six games.

 

The Bulldogs have blocked 68 shots as a team this season. They blocked just 88 all of last season.

 

After the Charlotte game, Asheville opens Big South Conference play at Liberty Saturday night. The Bulldogs are 16-1 in Big South Conference-opening games under head coach Eddie Biedenbach.

 

Asheville has had a 20-point scorer in 10 consecutive games.

 

The Bulldogs have won two non-conference road games for the first time since the 2007-08 season when they won three.

 

Asheville is 37-18 since the final week of the 2010-11 regular season.

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