Spartans, Bison Set for Saturday Night Showdown on ESPN3
SPARTANBURG, S.C. – The USC Upstate men's basketball team begins its final regular-season road swing of the season with a 6:30 p.m. (CT) contest at Lipscomb Saturday night. The game will air live on ESPN3.com with Matt Stewart and Sonny Smith calling the action.
For those fans that cannot attend Saturday's contest and don't have access to ESPN3, there are other ways you can follow the action from the opening tip to the final horn. Fans can follow the action by clicking the live stats and live video links above.
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• Upstate head coach Eddie Payne is just three wins shy of 400 for his career.
• Torrey Craig is one of 25 finalists for the Lou Henson award that is given annually to the nation's top Mid-Major player. Craig is the only A-Sun player to make the final cut.
• Since a 77-74 (OT) setback at Jacksonville Jan. 16, the Spartans have won seven of their last eight contests.
• Four different Spartans reached double-figures as Upstate cruised to a 77-52 win over North Florida (Feb. 13). Adrian Rodgers led the way with 17 points, followed by Torrey Craig (15), Ty Greene (15) and Babatunde Olumuyiwa (10).
• Against the Ospreys, Upstate shot 50.0% from the floor (27-54), 61.5% from beyond the arc (8-13) and 75.0% at the charity stripe (15-20). The Spartans opened the game with nine assists on their first 11 made baskets and the squad finished with 17 assists on 27 made field goals.
• In their first season of full eligibility, the Spartans clinched a berth in the A-Sun Tournament (Feb. 29 - Mar. 3, Macon, Ga.) with a 70-66 win over Jacksonville (2/11/12). Upstate trailed by 13 with 14:19 to play and managed to come away with the victory despite shooting just 50.0% (13-26) at the charity stripe (at one point, the Spartans were 3-of-13 (18.8%) at the line.
• The victory over Jacksonville also gave the Spartans a new D-I era record nine conference wins. The previous high for Upstate was eight during the 2008-09 campaign. It was also the first time this season that Upstate had won a game when tied at intermission.
• Torrey Craig tallied his 13th career double-double (eighth of season) with 20 points and 10 rebounds in the four-point win over the Dolphins.
• Ty Greene joined Craig in double-figures against Jacksonville as the Spartan rookie posted 11 points after connecting on two field goal attempts and all six of his free throws. Greene also recorded a game-high four assists.
• Torrey Craig led a group of four Spartans in double-figures in the 70-58 win at Kennesaw State (2/6/12). Craig scored 12 second-half points en route to a 15-point performance. Ty Greene (14), Ricardo Glenn (12) and Adrian Rodgers (10) also reached double-digits. Craig and Jodd Maxey tied for a team-high nine rebounds and two blocks against the Owls.
• Upstate's bench outscored Kennesaw State's bench 23-0 and the Spartans led the way in points in the paint (34-22), points off of turnovers (10-9), and fast break scoring (6-4).
• Torrey Craig and Ricardo Glenn each posted 13 points at Mercer (2/4/12). Craig pulled down seven rebounds and tallied three steals, while Glenn grabbed six rebounds (four offensive).
• Torrey Craig was named the CollegeHoops.net A-Sun Player of the Month for January.
Today's Opponent – Lipscomb
Lipscomb enters Saturday's contest 12-14 overall and 7-7 in league play. The Bison have alternated wins and losses over their last five contests (lost last).
Lipscomb is 1-1 without Jordan Burgason who was dismissed from the team after an unspecified violation of team and university rules. The Bison defeated Stetson (W, 99-91, Feb. 11), before falling at Florida Gulf Coast (L, 68-69, Feb. 13).
Robert Boyd, at 11.2 points per game, is the only player averaging in double-figures for Lipscomb. Justin Glenn leads the team with 7.0 rebounds per game, while Zavion Williams leads the team with 86 assists.
Lipscomb is tied with ETSU for fifth place in the A-Sun and the Bison currently hold the tiebreaker over the Bucs. Lipscomb defeated ETSU, 73-65, Jan. 21, but the two teams will battle Monday night at 6:30 p.m. (CT).