When: 12/1/11, 5:30 PM
Where: Boiling Springs, NC
Media: WWNC 570/IheartRadio, online stream
Now the real test begins.
Eddie Biedenbach’s teams have a great record with Big South openers, going 14-1 in his tenure at Asheville while winning the last six openers in a row. Obviously, however, opening your conference schedule with yet another game on the road (Asheville’s last three games have been ‘away’) is not an ideal situation and the Bulldogs will need to come out strong.
Hopefully one of the lessons learned in the Bahamas was the need to come out strong in the first half. As was noted here and several other places on the interwebs, Asheville beat Connecticut for 37 out of 40 minutes last week.
The Runnin’ Bulldogs lost a lot of players last year including Luke Davis, who transferred to that other state school down I-40. However, they’ve benefited from several outstanding freshmen, including Max Landis, as well as from returning stars like Stefon Johnson and Jason Dawson. Johnson in particular should pose a challenge to the Frontcourtbycommittee to contain, as he’s 6-10 and 25o pounds (40 pounds heavier than last year). Hopefully Roberts gets some minutes in and develops more as the Bulldogs will need a big man come tournament time.
Boiling Springs is a small backwoods North Carolina town with nothing to do except (1) study, (2) hang out at gas stations, and (3) watch Runnin’ Bulldogs basketball. Expect the gym to be loud tonight. Nonetheless, the better team should come in tonight and get a W that should set the tone for conference play.
Asheville 78, Gardner Webb 70.