UNC Asheville NCAA Tournament Preview, Prediction

    The UNC Asheville Bulldogs have made it to the NCAA Tournament. Here's a preview of the team and a prediction of how they'll do during March Madness.

    March 10, 2016

    The UNC Asheville Bulldogs have made it to the NCAA Tournament. Here’s a preview of the team and a prediction of how they’ll do during March Madness.


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    Team: UNC Asheville Bulldogs

    Record:
    22-11

    Conference:
    Big South

    Head coach:
    Nick McDevitt

    How they got here:
    Won conference tournament

    The Good

    Depth and balance is the name of the game for the Bulldogs, who feature five players that score in double figures and nine guys who average at least 11 minutes per game. Dwayne Sutton and Ahmad Thomas both can score and rebound, and their ability to control the glass opens the transition game. Dylan Smith is the catalyst and wants the ball in his hands with the game on the line.

    The Bad

    The Bulldogs are far from the best shooting team in the country, especially from the perimeter. Nobody shoots better than 40 percent from beyond the arc, and as a team, UNC Asheville only knocks down 32.4 percent of their threes. In other words, a zone could hurt this team, and falling behind early is a death knell.

    Prediction

    Enjoy the NCAA Tournament while you can, Bulldogs, because you won’t be sticking around for long. This is a team that is fine at the mid-major level, but it would be a huge surprise to see UNC Asheville sticking around for the weekend.

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