March Madness 2011 Predictions: Can UNC Asheville Run Past Little Rock?
March Madness 2011 Predictions Keep Rolling, as UNC-Asheville Look to Shoot Past Arkansas- Little Rock
Of the four play-in games featured in the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament, two pit potential 16-seeds head-to-head. We've already talked about UTSA vs. Alabama State, but the other 16-seed clash, between UNC-Asheville and Arkansas-Little Rock, should be a solid matchup as well.
The Bulldogs of Asheville were surprise winners of the Big South conference tournament, on the backs of some stellar play from their guards, Matt Dickey and J.P. Primm. In fact, the Bulldogs' chances rolling into this tournament are fairly heavily dependent on the play of Dickey, the Big South tournament MVP, and Primm, who is second on the team in points per game. They can run with anyone, averaging over 74 points per game, but can't slow down enough to play solid defense, giving up 68 points per game.
However, they're facing a UALR Trojan club that few thought would pull out the Sun Belt title, particularly not with a 7-9 conference record.
But, the Trojans can score, thanks to forward Soloman Bozeman, who should pose serious matchup issues for the Bulldogs. UALR averages 68 points per game, and they can bang pretty well.
This one should come down to which style of play winds up proving superior: the Bulldogs' high-octane style, or the Trojans' slower, less frenetic pace.
My gut says to take Asheville, as guards tend to play a major role in team success in March.
Final Score: UNC-Asheville 79, UALR 68.
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