MBB : Getting to know UNC Asheville

first_imgAbout the 2011-12 BulldogsStatistical leaders: Dickey paces UNC Asheville in scoring. Backcourt mate and fellow senior J.P. Primm leads the Bulldogs with 4.2 assists and nearly two steals per game, while junior forward Jeremy Atkinson hauls in 6.6 rebounds per game. No UNC Asheville player is a shot-blocking threat, and their tallest player averaging at least 10 minutes per game is senior forward Quinard Jackson, who stands at 6 feet 5 inches.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe head coach: Eddie Biedenbach is in his 16th season coaching the Bulldogs. The Big South’s all-time winningest coach boasts a 240-241 record at UNC Asheville. He previously served as an assistant coach at his alma mater North Carolina State (1970-78, 1993-96) and Georgia (1981-89), and held his only other head coaching position at Davidson from 1978-81. Following his senior year at NC State, Biedenbach was drafted by the Los Angeles Lakers (NBA), New Jersey Nets (ABA) and Dallas Cowboys (NFL).Best win: South Carolina Upstate (141 RPI)Worst loss: Western Carolina (225)How they got in: The Bulldogs beat Virginia Military, 80-64, in the Big South tournament championship on March 3. UNC Asheville shot 52.7 percent from the field and turned the ball over just 12 times. Published on March 11, 2012 at 12:00 pm About the University of North Carolina at AshevilleType: Public, Liberal ArtsLocation: Asheville, N.C.Enrollment: 3,700 undergraduatesFounded: 1927Chancellor: Dr. Anne PonderDirector of Athletics: Janet R. ConeFamous alumni: Kristina Abernathy (meteorologist), Roy A. Taylor (former member of the United States Congress), Ty Wigginton (Major League Baseball third baseman)—Compiled by Stephen Bailey, asst. copy editor, [email protected] Comments Syracuse drew UNC Asheville in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. The 16th-seeded Bulldogs (24-9, 16-2 Big South) enter the Big Dance having won their last five games by a double-digit margin, including three straight blowouts to win the Big South Conference tournament. Their leading scorer is senior guard Matt Dickey (16.5 points per game). He is one of five UNC Asheville players who average double-digits per contest.The Orange and Bulldogs will square off on Thursday at 3:10 p.m. in Pittsburgh. But what else should Orange fans know before then about top-seeded SU’s (31-2, 17-1 Big East) first opponent? Here’s a look at this year’s Bulldogs team, the program’s history, and the university as a whole: About the UNC Asheville men’s basketball programColors: Royal Blue and WhiteConference: Big SouthFacility: Kimmel Arena (seats 3,200)Mascot: Rocky the BulldogNCAA Tournament history: UNC Asheville earned its first NCAA Tournament berth in 2003. The Bulldogs defeated Texas Southern in a play-in game, 92-84, before falling to No. 1 seed Texas, 82-61.They returned last year, and reached the Round of 64 by knocking off Arkansas-Little Rock in overtime, 81-77, in a first-round game. As a No. 16 seed, they played No. 1 Pittsburgh tough in the first half — trailing just 30-25 at the break — but slipped away in the second half, eventually falling 74-51.Bulldogs in the pros: No UNC Asheville players have played in the NBA.Most notable player: Kenny George. Standing at 7 feet 7 inches tall and 370 pounds, George was one of the tallest and largest players to ever play in the NCAA. A Bulldog from 2006-08, George averaged 12.4 points, seven rebounds and 3.3 blocks per game, while shooting 69.6 percent from the field in the 2007-08 season. He had his right foot partially amputated in October 2008 due to a Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infection. Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more