Photo: flickr Writer: Eric Daniel
UNC Asheville gets into the NIT after winning the Big South regular season title standing 21-12 overall and 13-5 in conference. The Bulldogs had a mixed bag of results against a tough nonconference slate with some losses coming in blowout fashion, while other matchups were competitive against respectable competition. UNC Asheville has been a balanced group ranking 156th in the nation in scoring and 179th in total defense. USC has to be disappointed about not getting into the NCAA tournament and as a result motivation could be an issue for the Trojans coming into their first NIT matchup. USC has been a little better on both sides of the ball than the Bulldogs against a tougher schedule standing 82nd in the nation in scoring and 120th in total defense. Based on motivation coming into the NIT we feel UNC Asheville has great value in this contest getting the large amount of points.
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