Under the Radar Game of the Day: UNC-Asheville at Winthrop, 12:00 PM, ASN
The UTR Game of the Day heads to the Big South conference today for a key battle among the two teams tied for first place. Winthrop and UNC-Asheville enter play today tied at 11-4 in Big South play, one game ahead of High Point. Winthrop is one of the hottest teams in the Big South, having won 9 of their last 10 conferences games, with only a loss at Liberty to blemish that stretch of games. The Eagles are led by Keon Johnson, Xavier Cooks and Jimmy Gavin. Cooks had 26 points and 10 rebounds last time out in a win over Coastal Carolina, while Johnson led the team with 23 points in an earlier one point loss at Asheville.
The Bulldogs of UNC-Asheville have won four out of their last five games, though the one loss was a disappointing home game against Radford. Ahmad Thomas and Sam Hughes are two players to keep an eye on for the young Bulldogs. Thomas and Hughes are both sophomores, while freshman Dylan Smith has been the team’s top three-point shooter. In fact, Asheville does not have a single senior of note on the roster, meaning that this team is really coming of age a year early, and could be even more dangerous next season and beyond. If the Bulldogs are able to pick up the road win today, they will just need to hold serve at home against Liberty and Coastal Carolina to wrap up the regular season title and #1 seed in the Big South tournament.