ASHEVILLE, N.C. - The UNC Asheville men's basketball team hosts High Point in the quarterfinals of the 2010 Advance Auto Parts Big South Conference Men's Basketball championship Tuesday night at Justice Center starting at 7 p.m. Tuesday's game will be broadcast by WISE Radio with the pre-game show starting at 6:30 p.m. It will also be video-streamed and can be seen for a small fee at www.bigsouthsports.com.
Asheville (14-15, 11-7 BSC) hopes to keep its winning ways going at home on Tuesday. The Bulldogs have won eight straight home games after starting the year 2-5 at Justice Center. Asheville is the fourth seed for the tournament and face a formidable challenge in the fifth-seeded Panthers (15-14, 10-8 BSC). The teams split home wins this year. High Point edged the Dogs on Jan. 4, 66-62 before Asheville earned an 83-69 decision at Justice Center on Jan. 28.
"High Point is a well-coached team by Scott Cherry and have had a good year," stated Bulldog coach Eddie Biedenbach. "We had two very tough games with them and there's no reason to think Tuesday's contest will be any different. They have size inside and good guards. We had better be ready to play from the start Tuesday night."
The Bulldogs clinched a Big South Tournament home game with a hard-fought 89-86 victory over Gardner-Webb on Saturday.
"We played hard and battled on Saturday and that game was like a tournament game," admitted Biedenbach. "We made things a little tougher on ourselves with the way we shot free throws late in the game but we had five players score in double figures and did a great job on the boards."
Asheville hopes for some better luck against High Point in Big South Tournament play. The Panthers are 3-0 against the Bulldogs in tourney action. The teams met three times in a four-year span from 2002-05 with High Point ending Asheville's season in the quarterfinals in 2002 and 2005 and then beating the Dogs in the semifinals of the 2004 tourney.
The winner of Tuesday's game will advance to the semifinals of the tournament at Coastal Carolina on Thursday night. They will play the winner of Tuesday's VMI-Coastal Carolina game.
Tickets can still be purchased for Tuesday's game by either going on-line at www.uncabulldogs.com or calling 828-251-6904.
NOTES - Asheville is 3-2 all-time in Big South Tournament play at Justice Center...the Bulldogs are the #4 seed for the second straight year and fourth time overall...Asheville has a 7-2 record as the #4 seed and won its first ever BSC championship in 1989 as the fourth seed...four of the Bulldogs last five games were decided by three points with two of those games going into overtime...Asheville went 3-1 in those four games...the Bulldogs went 11-3 in the second half of the season...Asheville has out-rebounded its last five opponents...the Bulldogs won their first game of the year when allowing a team to shoot better than 50 percent from the field on Saturday against Gardner-Webb as the Runnin' Bulldogs shot 51.6 percent...the Bulldogs had been 0-7 before Saturday's game...Asheville has four players scoring in double figures and six players scoring at least nine points per game in Big South Conference games.