There have been three games since I have posted so let me catch you up:
1- The New Year’s Eve afternoon game against Mars Hill College was a blow out with the Spartans defeating the Lions 92-48. This game was played in Fleming gym and basketball is a great way to spend a holiday afternoon! Nick Paulos hit a long three at the halftime buzzer to get the crowd to their feet. This game was also where first year player, #1 Marvin Smith, got some significant playing time– 21 minutes. I’m excited to watch him mature into a great ball player.
2- On January 3, Mercer, a newcomer to the SoCon, traveled to Greensboro. They are a tough, team that plays well together, a formidable opponent for anyone. If you will remember, Duke learned that the hard way when the Bears knocked the Blue Devils out of the tournament. In honor of that moment and to congratulate the Bears for their ESPY I did what I do best- glitter up a poster
UNCG fell 55-76 after trailing for 40 minutes only tying the score once. It was hard, but the Spartans had a hard time connecting from beyond the arc (28%) and their free throw percentage was a paltry 45% (5-11).
3- Tonight, at the game by myself, the Spartans took the Bulldogs to overtime before losing by two 83-85. UNCG got off to a strong 5-0 start and the lead was bantered back and forth. There was a lot of sweat left on the court tonight! The Citadel beat us on the free throw line 85% to our 71%. They only put three of our player on the charity stripe (Locke going 10 times), but those points could have made the difference!
And just for fun:
The air has a note of crispness and it snowed in the mountains today. But more importantly, it is Homecoming at UNCG. For many that means the bonfire or the soccer game, but I get most excited to pick up my basketball season tickets!
This is a great time of year! Even though dook has been predicted to lead the ACC and UNCG is listed at a respectable 6th for the newly reorganized SoCon, right now anything is possible. Teams are healthy, players are motivated, and it remains to be seen who will be the this year’s Cinderella– like last year’s Mercer or Florida Gulf Coast from two years ago. I’m ready to hear the squeak of shoes on the court and cheer for the game in person and on TV. Just two more weeks for UNCG’s home opener!
Coach K meets lots of famous people. He was asked to speak about LeBron James and had his picture taken at that event with James and Jay-Z. He seemed pretty okay with that, he gets his picture taken with famous people all the time. But when he got to meet Beyonce, after his talk, he searched is brain hard for the great introduction, “Hi, I’m Coach K.” Then, when talking to dookies at the recent Dook basket ball campout- those must not be the smartest kids as they camp outside for basketball in the heat of the summer and the dead of winter (don’t your parents pay for a perfectly nice dorm room?)- Coach K totally geeked out over taking a picture with Queen B. I love a fanboy geekout as much as the next person, but the question is how to use this love to our advantage….a Beyonce medley as warmup music, Queen B impersonators in the audience, I mean this knowledge is golden! I am READY FOR ALL THE FUN OF BASKETBALL SEASON!!