Kentucky vs UNC-Asheville….A Preview (11/30/09-Monday-7PM) Freedom Hall
Head Coach-Eddie Biedenbach
Career Record-210-253 (45.4%) 16 seasons
At UNC-Asheville-181-202 (47.3%) 13 seasons
2008-09 Big South Record-10-8
2008-09 Postseason- None
Charlotte 86 UNC-Asheville 70
Tennessee 124 UNC-Asheville 49
Cambell-85 UNC-Asheville 66
Georgia 79 UNC-Asheville 58
Furman 72 UNC-Asheville 66
Probable Starting Lineup
J.P. Primm G-6’1” Soph (PPG-12.2)
Matt Dickey G-6’3” Soph (PPG-8.8)
Chris Stephenson G 6’3” Soph (PPG-11.0)
Sean Smith F 6’6” Sr. (PPG-7.2)
John Williams F 6’4” Jr. (PPG-8.8)
Other Key Players
D.L. Cunningham C 6’10” Fr. (PPG-(4.4)
Eric Stubbs C 6’8” Jr. (PPG-(4.0)
UNC-Asheville arrives in Freedom Hall with an 0-5 record including a 75 point loss to Tennessee. The Bulldogs have only 2 players averaging over 10 points a game and the team is shooting a dismal 37.7% from the field…..25.2% from the 3 point line…..and 57.7% from the free throw line. Simply put, UNC-Asheville is not a very good team. They are mostly undersized and not very experienced. Unless there is remarkable improvement, the Bulldogs are facing a very bad season. Suffice it to say…..UNC-Asheville will soon be 0-6 after facing UK in Louisville Monday!
UK is fresh off of winning the Cancun Challenge….barely….with an OT win over Stanford. In this early season, these young Cats have been tested with tough wins over Miami, OH and now Stanford. These early tests have hopefully added to the needed maturity and experience of these very talented Cats. Obviously. The development of this young UK team remains a work in progress, but there are positive signs that improvement is occurring….especially defensively.
The game against UNC-Asheville should provide a good opportunity for UK’s bench to get some significant playing time. It’s good to see Dodson out of the doghouse and I suspect that Liggins will soon be playing as well. I would think that with Patterson having hurt his ankle at Cancun, that coach Calipari might consider holding him out against the Bulldogs so as to have Patterson at full strength when the Tarheels come to call next Saturday.
This game against UNC-Asheville should simply provide UK the opportunity to work on their execution of the DDMO and improving their defense. This should be a very easy win for the Cats over a far less talented Bulldog team. GO CATS!
Sunday, November 29, 2009