Citadel Opens December Slate with SoCon Foe UNC Greensboro
CHARLESTON, S.C. — The Citadel basketball team opens its five-game December slate with a meeting against Southern Conference North Division foe UNC Greensboro at 7 p.m. on Saturday at the Greensboro Coliseum.
The Bulldogs, who have lost the last four meetings, look to avenge a pair of 2011-12 setbacks to the Spartans, including an 82-71 defeat in Greensboro on Jan. 14.
BULLDOGS IN SOCON OPENERS ON THE ROAD: The Citadel has opened Southern Conference play on the road on 37 occasions since becoming a member in 1920-21. The Bulldogs are 9-28 in that span, including a split in their last two conference road openers in 2008 (W, UNC Greensboro, 57-50) and 2012 (L, College of Charleston, 84-63).
The first Citadel win in a Southern Conference opener on the road came against South Carolina on Feb. 12, 1931, when the Dogs prevailed 22-19. It took 29 years and 11 attempts before The Citadel captured their second conference win away from McAlister Field House, when they completed a 92-78 victory over Richmond on Dec. 3, 1960.
Since that victory, the Cadets earned three wins over Furman and one each against West Virginia, George Washington and Appalachian State before their 2008 win over the Spartans.
MAKING THE DECEMBER TREK: For the seventh time in program history and the second time in as many seasons The Citadel will play at least five games away from McAlister Field House in December.
The first time this took place was in 1951-52, under head coach Bernard O'Neill, who managed one victory, at Erskine, in six contests.
Nine seasons later, in 1960-61, Mel Thompson in his first year at the helm took the Bulldogs on the road eight times during December and posted a 6-2 record. That record-setting performance included wins at Richmond, West Virginia, Loyola (New Orleans), Georgia, Georgia Southern and Furman.
The trend continued in 1964-65 when Thompson came through for The Citadel, winning five of seven December matchups. It began with a season opening 75-73 win over West Virginia and followed with victories over Richmond, Marshall, East Tennessee State and Virginia Tech in succession.
After going 0-6 during December in the 1965-66 season, it would be another 41 seasons before The Citadel played at least five road contests in the month. That occurred in 2007-08, when the Bulldogs finished 2-3, following wins at Atlanta Christian and Cornell College (Iowa).
The Dogs most recently played five road games last season, finishing winless in those contests.
The Citadel-UNC Greensboro All-Time Series
|All-Time Series Record||UNCG leads 15-7|
|Last 10 Games||UNCG 8-2 since Jan. 23, 2006|
|Longest Citadel Win Streak||4 (Jan. 5, 1980-Dec. 29, 1993)|
|Longest UNCG Win Streak||8 (Feb. 9, 2002-Jan. 26, 2008)|
|First Game||Jan. 5, 1980 (Citadel won 81-63)|
|Most Recent Game||Feb. 2, 2012 (UNCG won 82-71)|
|Total Citadel Points||1350|
|Citadel PPG Average||61.4|
|Total UNCG Points||1460|
|UNCG PPG Average||66.4|
|Average Margin of Victory||5.0-UNCG|
BREAKING DOWN UNC GREENSBORO (1-5 Overall)
LOCKE, SPARTANS UNABLE TO GET PAST AGGIES: Despite a career-high 22 points from freshman forward Kayel Locke, the UNCG men's basketball team suffered an 90-79 loss to crosstown rival North Carolina A&T Wednesday night at the Greensboro Coliseum.
Locke went to the free throw line 16 times in the contest, knocking down 14 of the attempts to account for more than half of his offensive output off the bench. A trio of Spartans also notched double figures in points as junior Trevis Simpson dropped in 17 while senior Derrell Armstrong and junior Drew Parker contributed 11 each. Armstrong was one of three players to grab nine rebounds during the game, along with fifth-year senior Kelvin McNeil and Locke.
The Spartans were plagued by a cold shooting night, firing at just 31-percent from the field (22-for-71) while the Aggies were able to drain 48-percent of their attempts (24-for-50). UNCG held a significant upper hand in rebounding, pulling down 50 boards as compared to 38 for the visitors – including a 23-7 advantage on the offensive glass.
There were 87 free throw attempts between the squads, with the Spartans hitting 30 of their 40 charity shots and North Carolina A&T dropping in 34 of 47 at the line. The teams also combined for 39 turnovers, resulting in 20 steals.
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