First, let me apologize for not updating in a while. Unfortunately, I can’t see every game, even home games are subject to personal scheduling conflicts. However, I’m happy to pass on some news and deliver a recap before the battle for West Carolina, the mountain matchup against the Catamounts of WCU.
What have I missed? A lot.
Tough loss to Furman. Important bounce back against Wofford.
I’ve seen this team go through some very rough shooting quarters, but they’ve avoided losses. The Furman loss happened to be one of those bad days. The Bulldogs shot far below the season average in every category. Even more telling, UNCA only managed five assists on 19 made field goals. Lastly, while I don’t know Furman’s height, we have a team with enough height to not be outrebounded by 11.
The bounce back against Wofford was every answer to the loss at Furman. The Bulldogs outrebounded by nine, including 15 offensive rebounds, which is almost half of the team’s total rebounds. And with 17 points off turnovers, almost half of made baskets from assists, and only five turnovers, UNCA easily defeated Wofford.
With two regional games, against USC Upstate and Appalachian before heading off to a mid-season tournament, UNCA seems primed for a strong conference run.
Wins. Four of them to be exact.
A dominate win against a division-descending Brevard team is expected.
However, a Wnuk buzzer-beating three to send the game against Coastal into overtime is not. The Bulldogs blew a huge second half lead before taking the game in OT. More interestingly, even though Thomas scored the most, freshman MaCio filled the stat sheet with 15 points, 10 rebounds, 7 assists, and 5 steals, which is an incredible attempt at the practically impossible quadruble-double.
The win at Elon marked an incredible effort by team leaders Ahmad Thomas, Kevin Vannatta, and MaCio Teague, each putting at least one in points, rebounds, assists, and steals. The Elon game marked continue defensive improvement as well, accounting for almost all of Elon’s 15 turnovers.
Oh, and Warren Wilson—in one, hyphenated word—“record-setting.” Hot shooting from David Robertson, important minutes for everyone on the team, 26 steals, 46 points off turnovers, 117 points total, and now Ahmad Thomas leads the country in steals. I rest my case.
So what else? The Citizen-Times had a great piece on Miller, Thomas has scored double-digits in every game, Vannatta has officially thawed from the early season shooting chill, the 1-3-1 continues paying dividends, Teague’s play has met my expectations for a three-star recruit, and the team has definitely found its identity.
And with that Bulldog fans, I will see you on Saturday. GO BULLDOGS!