Western Carolina vs. Appalachian State: Full Game Preview

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Western Carolina vs. Appalachian State: Full Game Preview
Western Carolina
(8-13, 3-9 away)
Appalachian State
(8-12, 6-3 home)
Venue: Holmes Center
4:30PM ET / 1:30PM PT, February 02, 2013
Team Leaders
Points Rebounds Assists
Western Carolina T Sumler 17.6 T King 5.8 T Sumler 4.0
Appalachian State J Canty 14.3 N Healy 7.5 M Neal 3.3

Western Carolina travels to Holmes Center on Saturday to take on Appalachian State. Tip-off is at 4:30 EST and it can be seen on SoCon Sports/ESPN3.com. The Catamounts defeated the Mountaineers 70-64 on December 8th and are 5-4 against them over the past four years.

Appalachian State is in 6th place in the conference and will be trying to close the gap with 5th place Western Carolina.

In their last match-up, Tom Tankelewicz finished with 20 points in the Catamounts 72-66 loss against Georgia Southern on January 26th. While contributing 2.8 rebounds per game, he also scores 10.6 points per game. For the Mountaineers, Tevin Baskin put up 16 points in the 72-59 loss to College of Charleston on January 30th. He contributes 4.6 rebounds per game in addition to his 10.5 points per game.

Appalachian State StatSmack

  • The Western Carolina steals leader (Trey Sumler) has more steals than the Appalachian State steals leader (Nathan Healy).
  • How does our back look? Western Carolina is ranked higher than Appalachian State in SoCon (#5 vs #7).
  • Even computers respect Western Carolina more. We have a better RPI this season than Appalachian State (RPI: #291 vs #297).
  • You get an A for effort, but Western Carolina has emerged victorious against Appalachian State the last 2 times they've played.
  • Boom! Western Carolina defeated Appalachian State by 6 points the last time they played (Dec 08, 2012).
  • We're so much better than you, we get lazy. Western Carolina has come back to win after being down at half against Appalachian State 4 times since 2003.
  • The Western Carolina three-point leader (Tom Tankelewicz) has more three-pointers than the Appalachian State three-point leader (Tabarris Hamilton).
  • The Western Carolina scoring leader (Trey Sumler) has more points than the Appalachian State scoring leader (Jay Canty).
  • Western Carolina has a better overall winning percentage over the last 5 years (52.60% to 49.33%).
  • Tom Tankelewicz is ranked 27th nationally in three-pointers.
WCU Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
B Trey Sumler 37 18 4 4 2 0 4
C Tawaski King 32 11 6 1 1 1 2
C Tom Tankelewicz 26 11 3 1 1 0 1
C Brandon Boggs 27 10 4 1 1 1 2
C James Sinclair 29 7 5 2 1 0 1
D+ Preston Ross 17 7 4 1 1 0 1
D Mike Brown 14 4 3 1 1 0 1
F Josh Mendenhall 9 2 1 0 0 1 1
F T. Brummitt 5 1 1 0 0 0 1
F Kenny Hall 6 1 1 0 0 0 0
F Rhett Harrelson 6 1 0 0 0 0 1
F B. Littlejohn 7 4 1 1 1 0 1
F Justin Browning 4 1 1 0 1 0 1
F Ethan Freeman 2 2 0 0 0 0 0
AppSt Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
C+ Nathan Healy 35 15 8 2 2 2 1
C Jay Canty 30 14 6 3 1 1 3
C- Tevin Baskin 21 11 5 0 1 1 1
C- Michael Neal 28 8 2 3 1 0 3
D+ T. Hamilton 31 11 3 1 1 0 1
D Jamaal Trice 23 6 2 1 0 0 2
D Michael Obacha 19 4 5 0 0 0 1
D- Chris Burgess 17 3 1 2 0 0 2
D- B. Rutherford 5 0 0 0 0 0 0
F Brian Okam 10 2 3 0 0 1 0
F R. Gilbert 4 2 1 0 0 0 0
F Tommy Spagnolo 5 1 2 0 0 0 0
F Frank Eaves 5 3 0 0 0 0 0
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