Just a reminder: the Bulldogs travel to Lexington, VA, this Thursday to take on the VMI Keydets. In the meantime, two news items of note.
First, Asheville landed a difficult (and ESPN3 televised) “Bracketbuster”game against Ohio on February 18th. Ohio, which has a 17-4 record and is currently 2nd in the Mid-American Conference.
On one hand, this game doesn’t really mean that much. Asheville plays in a small conference, and in order to dance in March they’ll have to win the conference championship. This game will not affect the conference record and therefore the seeding for the Big South Championship. Nonetheless, this game matters and the Bulldogs should approach it as an opportunity to play a good mid-major team with a significantly higher RPI than the Bulldogs. Should the Bulldogs pull off the upset (and it would be an upset), it would also have possible implications for seeding in the NCAA tournament. Last year, if you recall, Asheville was relegated to first-four status before stubbornly falling to Pitt. A win, combined with an NCAA berth, could put Asheville in 14-13 seed category and give the Bulldogs a real opportunity, with the right matchup, to be a true bracket buster.
JP Primm also added another credential to his long list of accomplishments by winning the Lou Henson Player of the Week award for the best mid-major player in the country. Needless to say, this is a huge honor and very deserving for Primm, a four-year starter who dropped 31 and 23 points this past week. Primm’s achievement underscores the talent of this year’s squad, who stand a good chance to repeat last year’s appearance in the Big Dance (and, as mentioned above, get a higher seed).