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Sully's Court: UNC Asheville could be threat in NCAA first round

Posted by Joe Sullivan, Globe Staff  January 18, 2012 10:15 AM

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My viewing habits: I watched the battle of the Big South, Coastal Carolina at UNC Asheville. This was a rematch of last seasonís Big South Tournament final, which Asheville won. Asheville won again, 88-81, and barring an upset in the conference tournament, should find itself in the NCAA Tournament. Once there, it can be a threat.

The Bulldogs are a senior-dominated team with two nifty guards in Matt Dickey and J.P. Pimm and an undersized forward (6-3) in Chris Stephenson, who had a tremendous game last night. The sixth man is Keith Hornsby, son of musician and sometimes Celtics national anthem performer, Bruce Hornsby. They are well-coached by veteran Eddie Biedenbach. The one problem: They have no height, so they could get crushed on the boards and inside if they get the wrong matchup in March. If they get the right matchup, their shooting (49 percent) and smarts will make them dangerous.

Scanning the scorelist:
Kentucky 86, Arkansas 63:
Bingo Long and the Traveling All-Stars were home and manhandled the Hogs behind Anthony Davisís 27 points and seven blocked shots. Heís already broken the school record for blocks in a season with 84. Keep in mind, blocks are a pretty recent stat. Many great Kentucky teams didnít have their blocks recorded. Kentucky has won 46 straight home games.
Michigan 60, Michigan State 59: A key win for the Wolverines and thatís two losses in a row for Sparty.
Colorado State 66, Boise State 55: Eight straight for the Rams.
Hartford 74, UMBC 57: Two in a row for the Hawks, thatís progress.
Radford 85, High Point 66: Another downtrodden group wins; this breaks a 15-game losing streak.

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