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Game 4- South Carolina Upstate

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6-3 sophomore guard Everette Hammond is the Spartans leading scorer at 13.5 a game.   6-6 sophomore guard Bryson Mozone leads rebounding at 6.5 rpg.  They are coming off of an 80-57 loss to Va Tech at Blacksburg last Wednesday.

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From the UA Athletics website-

 

Scouting the Spartans
South Carolina Upstate enters the game with a 1-3 record after dropping two-straight games to N.C. Central (73-64) and Virginia Tech (80-57). The Spartans opened the season with a loss to the College of Charleston (74-55 before winning their home opener 103-62 against Truett-McConnell.

Upstate has two players averaging double-digits, led by Everette Hammond with a team-best 13.0 points per game. He is shooting 40.4 percent (19-of-47) from the field and has the team high in trips to the free throw line while making 11of-14 at the charity stripe. He has a team-best three blocked shots with a second best six steals and three assists.

Bryson Mozone follows with 10.5 points and 6.5 rebounds per game. He has buried a team-best nine made 3-pointers (9-of-31) and grabbed a team-high 26 boards. Tommy Bruner and Josh Aldrich add 8.0 and 7.5 points per night, respectively, while Dalvin White has dished-out a team-high 18 assists.

Defensively, Upstate allows opponents to score 72.3 points a night on 48.4 percent shooting from the floor and 35.3 percent from 3-point range, permitting 7.5 long distance strikes per night. The Spartans caused 73 turnovers (18.3 to/g) with 30 steals (7.5 stl/g). Upstate is slightly outrebounded the opponent by a -1.7 margin as the opponent grabs 36.0 rebounds per game compared to their 34.3 boards per game.

 

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Looking at some early stats it seems we are just a continuation from last year, the team that can't shoot straight.  We are shooting 36% from the field and a dismal 29% from the 3 line.  Remember, 2 of our 3 games were against weak competition.  Our best shooters are Reese at 58% and Banks at 44% and 42% from the 3 line.  X man is our gunner with 49 shots taken, 12 more than anyone else on the team but he is shooting 32% from the field and 29% from the 3 line.  LCJ is shooting 16% from the 3 line.  Maybe those 3 balls 10 feet beyond the 3 line are not a good idea? 

 

Biggest surprise of the year, we are shooting 83% from the foul line.    (The starters are shooting free throws extremely well but our bench players are not)

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11 hours ago, 1981 grad said:

Looking at some early stats it seems we are just a continuation from last year, the team that can't shoot straight.  We are shooting 36% from the field and a dismal 29% from the 3 line.  Remember, 2 of our 3 games were against weak competition.  Our best shooters are Reese at 58% and Banks at 44% and 42% from the 3 line.  X man is our gunner with 49 shots taken, 12 more than anyone else on the team but he is shooting 32% from the field and 29% from the 3 line.  LCJ is shooting 16% from the 3 line.  Maybe those 3 balls 10 feet beyond the 3 line are not a good idea? 

 

Biggest surprise of the year, we are shooting 83% from the foul line.    (The starters are shooting free throws extremely well but our bench players are not)

 

The jump shots are a head scratching to say the least, as in today's game, it's not like everyone on the floor didn't come up through AAU which promotes nothing but shooting. Interested to see in year 3 how Groce corrects that continuous problem. 

 

The free throw shooting shouldn't be a surprise. Since the day Groce took over, he has emphasized the fundamentals, and we've seen consistent FT shooting for the most part these past couple seasons. 

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The jump shooting isn't a head scratcher whatsoever. Last season Akron attempted the 12th most 3's per game out of 351 teams. It's clearly a focal part of Groce's offense and he's clearly recruiting guys who are trigger happy. I honestly don't mind being a 3-point shooting heavy team as I feel with the shorter line in the college game it's a bit overpowering and a great equalizer for lessor talented teams. If we want to be that team we just need to get guys who can actually shoot.

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I get the three point shooting thing.  It's what the college game has become, on all levels.  I just hate how hastily the Zips occasionally default to it and that most penetration seems to be solely geared to kicking out.  In reality though, if they were making a reasonable percentage of them I wouldn't be whining about it!

 

Let's hope for a more entertaining game than Friday night's slopfest.  Talk about a game killing your early season enthusiasm.

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We've looked good and lost and we've looked bad and won. I'll be curious to see if this is a team that is developing a tendency to play to the level of their opponents.  I sure hope that is not the case.  I want to see a thirty point win tonight.

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Anybody looking to get rid of some tickets or know of any suave marketing deals out there?  I've got a 4-year-old and 6-year-old who likely won't make it through the whole game and would like to attend prior to MAC season.  

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22 minutes ago, RowdyZip said:

Anybody looking to get rid of some tickets or know of any suave marketing deals out there?  I've got a 4-year-old and 6-year-old who likely won't make it through the whole game and would like to attend prior to MAC season.  

Sent you a PM

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5 hours ago, zippy5 said:

Many people have been talking and saying that our 4 point victory in 2007 was a fluke. Time to silence the haters

 

But George told us these teams have never played before.  To quote GT's extensive scouting report-  "Series record: First meeting"

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Here and very excited.  Recharge rewind of the NC Central game isn't doing it for me.  They should show highlights from that Akron/Marshall football game .  

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