UNCG conference opener vs. Citadel

The Spartans opened conference play with an 84-54 win against the Citadel Bulldogs.  Is is hard to watch a team in light blue loose, but tonight was an enjoyable win for UNCG.  The game started slow with only a 6-5 score at the 15 minute mark of the first half.  Then, the Spartans kicked it into overdrive (well Armstrong is always in overdrive) and widened the margin to around a 20 point difference for the rest of the game.  Wes Miller was animated from the bench and I’m not sure if the players are yet playing at the level he wants.  The team I saw tonight was tighter, and smoother, but not quite there.  At the beginning of the game, communication was an issue.  There were some passing plays that just plain fell through from lack of player communication.  I know when it works a pass while looking the other way is an effective strategy  but when it fails to connect, as a fan, I see more time on the practice court.  They are driving for post-season play, so let’s go Spartans!

The stats for this game were outstanding!  The Spartans were 52% for their threes and 58.9% from the field.  That field goal shooting percentage is the best UNCG has had since 2009!  Free throw shooting was good all around with the Citadel at 71% (15-21) and the Spartans at an AMAZING 87.5% (7-8).  These are numbers that make a woman swoon!  This is also a completely different game than the 80ish FT shots that were attempted Wednesday at the UNCG/ NC A&T game.  The players spent more time running the court and less time on the line.  UNCG’s bench contributed 39 points, which is great.  If we can cultivate our depth, it will serve us well to keep us playing in March.

#1 Drew Parker had a career high 15 point game today.  #15 Trevis Simpson was the 19th Spartan (and third fastest overall player) to score 1,000 career points with a free throw in the second half.  The play of the game happend in the last minute or so, when Wes put in some fresh players.  #20 Jordan Potts got the ball to #25 Thomas Sumpter for a beautiful drive to the basket.  The game was already well in our favor, but it was a wonderfully executed play!

In other wonderful CBT news, Kentucky lost to the Baylor Bears.  It is ALWAYS a good day when a team in dark blue walks off the court with their head hung low.