Game 16: Northern Kentucky (7-9, 3-1) vs. USC Upstate (7-8, 0-2)
Thursday | 1.9.2014 | 7:00 p.m. EST
Spartanburg, S.C. | Hodge Center
Spartanburg, S.C. – The USC Upstate men's basketball team will play its Atlantic Sun home opener Thursday evening at 7 p.m. when the Spartans welcome Northern Kentucky to the Hodge Center.
Upstate enters play with a 3-1 record at home after turning in a 94-61 victory over North Greenville in its last home game Dec. 31. In their most recent outings, however, the Spartans fell 62-60 in overtime at Mercer before suffering a setback Monday at Kennesaw State.
The Spartans are led on the offensive end by the 17.2 points per game of senior forward Torrey Craig. Craig leads the league in scoring and ranks second in rebounding with 7.0 boards per game. Junior guard Ty Greene ranks sixth in the conference with 14.4 points per game and stands eighth nationally with a 3.1 assist/turnover ratio.
Senior forward Ricardo Glenn pours in 11.5 points per game and stands eighth in the A-Sun with 6.4 rebounds per game. Jodd Maxey pulls down 6.1 rebounds per game to help Upstate stand as the only team in the A-Sun with three in the top 10 in rebounding.
Northern Kentucky arrives in Spartanburg with a 7-9 overall record and a 3-1 mark inside the league. In fact, the Norse have won three straight games, but have not won on the road since posting a 91-86 overtime win at Tulane on Nov. 23.
Junior guard Jordan Jackson leads the Norse and ranks fourth in the A-Sun with 14.6 points per game, while sophomore guard Tyler White adds 10.3 points per game.
USC Upstate and Northern Kentucky will be meeting on the hardwood for just the third time when the two teams tipoff Thursday evening from the Hodge Center. The all-time series between Upstate and Northern Kentucky began last season and is tied 1-1 after both teams won on the other team's floor. The Spartans won 60-54 last year at Northern Kentucky, while the Norse returned the favor with a 70-65 victory in Spartanburg.
USC Upstate has been very successful in its Atlantic Sun Conference home openers since joining the league in 2007. In fact, Upstate is 5-1 all-time in its A-Sun home openers, having won its first five before falling 72-71 in overtime last season to Florida Gulf Coast.