When: Wednesday, Nov. 16th, 7 p.m.
Where: Kimmel Arena, Asheville, N.C.
Online: Big South Online
After a few days rest, Asheville looks to get back into the swing of things against . . . Mars Hill College?
Well, the announcer at Sunday’s game said that Mars Hill is an “area rival.” Um, OK. Obviously Asheville would like to (and should) beat Mars Hill College, but to call us area rivals is like calling N.C. Central and UNC area rivals. Not really on the level. Western Carolina? Sure. App State? We never play them for reasons passing understanding, but sure.
Anyway, enough griping and on to the game. This should be a much more friendly matchup for the Bulldogs than Sunday’s game. Mars Hill’s website looks like it’s a bit behind but their players are much smaller than Tyler Zeller and John Henson, which will allow Quinard Jackson and Jon Nwanunu to move in the paint and afford Jaleel Roberts and Chudier Pal some more experience in the post. As long as they come prepared for this game, the guards should have no trouble besting Mars Hill with their speed and shooting ability. Eddie may also elect to sit Big South player of the week Jaron Lane in order to rest his knee, which Lane injured on Sunday vs. Carolina.
On the human-interest side of things, this game serves as a homecoming for former Bulldogs assistant Thomas Nash, who served from 2001 to 2008. Nash was always fun to watch on the sideline, a very active and vocal assistant (my dad always pointed this out whenever he came to a game). It’ll be a nice meeting as the prodigal son comes home and UNC Asheville comes away with their first regular season win of the year.
UNC Asheville 89, Mars Hill 67