February 21, 2013

Spartans Open Three-Game Road Swing at Jacksonville

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Contact: David Beall,
 dbeall@uscupstate.edu

GAMEDAY CENTRAL | GAME NOTES

SPARTANBURG, S.C. – The USC Upstate men's basketball team returns to the Sunshine State for the second time this month, opening the road swing Thursday evening against Jacksonville University at Veterans Memorial Arena with tip-off set for 7 p.m.

The matchup between the Spartans (14-14, 8-7 A-Sun) and Dolphins (13-14, 8-6 A-Sun) is the second meeting this season and 11th all-time with Upstate looking to sweep the season series.

Gameday Lineup

Date: Thur. Feb. 21 | 7:00 PM EST
Teams: USC Upstate (14-14, 8-7 A-Sun) at Jacksonville (13-14, 8-6 A-Sun)
Location: Jacksonville, Fla. | Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena (5,191)
Video: ASun.TV
Radio: ESPN Spartanburg 97.1 FM / 1400 AM | Radio Talent: Phil Cox (play-by-play)
Live Stats: PrestoSports Primetime
Twitter: @UPSTMBB | #UpstateHoops

Story Lines

  • At 8-7 on the year in conference play, Upstate has clinched a spot for the second straight season in the 2013 General Shale Atlantic Sun Conference Basketball Championship that will take place in Macon, Ga., March 6-9 on the campus of Mercer University.
  • The Spartans have won back-to-back games against the Dolphins, including a 79-64 victory in the Hodge Center on Jan. 26, behind a career-high 24 points from Ty Greene. The victory was part of a season-long four-game winning streak. Upstate will now go for three straight wins in the all-time series with Jacksonville.
  • After opening the conference season with three consecutive wins on the road, Upstate has dropped three in a row away from home, including two in the state of Florida. The Spartans are currently half a game behind the fourth place Dolphins in the A-Sun standings. A win against Jacksonville would give Upstate the edge and the tiebreaker heading down the stretch of the regular season.
  • Despite dropping four of its last five games, Upstate still remains one of three teams in the league with a positive scoring margin at +4.0, sitting behind Mercer (+6.2) and FGCU (+6.1). Jacksonville ranks fifth in the league in scoring margin at -3.6.
  • With a career-high 21 points Saturday against Kennesaw State, Ricardo Glenn led Upstate back from a 17-point first-half deficit to knock off the Owls by a dozen points. Glenn finished the day 8-for-10 from the floor and dished out a career-high seven assists. He is second in the league in field goal percentage at .583 and tops the A-Sun with 3.8 offensive rebounds per contest.
  • Torrey Craig was back to his normal dominant self last week, averaging 26.5 points per game and 7.5 rebounds a contest, including his sixth double-double of the year against KSU. He is second in the conference in points per game at 17.2 and making a case for back-to-back A-Sun Player of the Year honors.
  • Jodd Maxey continues to set the standard in the Atlantic Sun for blocking shots, leading the league at 1.7 blocks per game and 48 total blocks. His three blocked shots Saturday against Kennesaw State marked his 13th multi-block game of the season.
  • With 53 points last week, Torrey Craig now has 1,471 career points and jumps into the program's top five for total points. He sits tied with Nathan Norman who needed 19 more games from 1993-97 to reach the same total. Craig needs just 66 points to climb one more spot and land No. 4 on Upstate's all-time scoring list. He also ranks 36th in A-Sun history in scoring and needs nine points to move up to 35th.

WHAT THEY ARE SAYING: (Baylor's Scott Drew) "This is a game that as a coach, you know that your opponent is a lot better than people might realize. You can see them in the NCAA tournament winning a game."

(Kansas State's Bruce Weber) "They have a really good ball club. When we looked at it going into all these non-conference games they had 21 wins last year and the best turn-around in the country."

(Saint Louis' Jim Crews) "I thought they were good coming in, and I know they're good coming out. Every time we made a mistake, they drilled us every single time. It was uncanny. If we made a defensive slip, we got burned."

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