SPARTANBURG, S.C. – After falling at Michigan to open the 2010-11 season, the USC Upstate men's basketball team will close out a two-game road swing as they battle the Virginia Cavaliers on Monday night. Tip-off inside the John Paul Jones Arena is slated for 7:00 p.m.
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About the Game
• The Spartans are 0-4 all-time against ACC foes. The Spartans have battled ACC members Boston College (12/14/08, L, 55-67), Florida State (12/4/86, L, 69-97), Miami (11/28/09, L, 41-70) and Wake Forest (12/1/07, L, 48-72). The 2010-11 campaign is the fourth season of Division I competition for the Spartans.
• The Spartans are 6-2 all-time on November 15, last defeating Limestone, 64-55, to open the 2005-06 season.
• Senior Josh Chavis enters Monday's game with 214 career assists.
• Last season, Senior Mezie Uzochukwu finished second on the team in both points scored and rebounds.
• Junior Carter Cook shot 44.6% from the field a season ago and finished with an average of 6.8 ppg.
• Junior Chalmers Rogers recorded a career-high on Saturday at Michigan with nine rebounds. He also led the team in scoring with seven points.
• In his collegiate debut, redshirt freshman Ricardo Glenn posted four points while grabbing five rebounds (four offensive).
When Upstate hits the court this season, nearly every team they face off against will be more experienced than the young group of Spartans. Upstate has a total of just 10 seasons of D-I experience on its roster (Chavis - 3, Uzochukwu - 3, Cook - 2, Rogers - 2). The Spartans are one of 26 teams to have 10 years or fewer of D-I experience on its 2010-11 roster.
The only team Upstate will face that is younger than the Spartans is the Michigan Wolverines (9), which the Spartans have already squared off against. Leading the way with fewest years of D-I experience is Eastern Washington with just four combined seasons of D-I play, followed by Sacremento State and Texas-Arlington with five each.
It isn't uncommon for opposing head coaches to find Spartan forward Mezie Uzochukwu and express to him how they love the way he plays the game. Uzochukwu enters the 2011-11 season with 655 career points (7.4 ppg) and 435 career rebounds, with 156 coming on the offensive glass. He has also recorded 124 assists, 78 steals and 28 blocks. Last season, Uzochukwu lead the Spartans with four double-doubles.
Senior Josh Chavis had a record-setting performance against Florida Gulf Coast on Dec. 14, 2009, as the Spartan guard sank a school-record 10 3-pointers en route to a 34-point performance against the Eagles.
After recording two double-doubles as a freshman, senior Mezie Uzochukwu failed to record a double-double during his sophomore season and the drought continued through the first 12 games of the 2009-10 season. However, Uzochukwu recorded four as the calendar flipped to 2010. Against ETSU (1/4/09) he tallied 11 points and 10 rebounds and followed that with his second straight double-double at Belmont (1/7/09) with 13 points and 10 rebounds. He also picked up double-doubles against Kennesaw State (1/17/09) (13p, 13r) and North Florida (1/27/09) (15p, 10r).
Mister Rogers Neighborhood
In last season's 81-74 victory over Lipscomb (2/11), Spartan forward Chalmers Rogers was a perfect 3-for-3 beyond the three-point line to help the Spartans up-end the Bisons. Rogers entered the game with just three treys on the season.