Team preview: UNC Asheville

Blue Ribbon Yearbook previews the 2006-07 college basketball season, exclusively on Insider.

Updated: October 31, 2006, 10:48 PM ET
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(Information in this team report is as of October 1.)

COACH AND PROGRAM

Not long into last season, UNC Asheville sports information director Mike Gore started calling coach Eddie Biedenbach's injury-plagued squad UNC M*A*S*Hville for the mounting casualties that eventually turned a potential contender into a seventh-place squad.

Injuries took away the team's starting point guard and top two centers. And those were just the season-ending losses. Other accumulated aches and pains hobbled the team, too, but the Bulldogs were out of room on their bench for guys in street clothes.

"Injuries put us in a position without any true centers or true ball-handling guards," Biedenbach said. "Our seniors didn't have the kind of years as a group they should have had. It was a disappointing year."

Biedenbach's teams rarely have great won-loss records because his program plays anyone anywhere to help fill the UNCA athletic department coffers, but he usually has a tough, tested team come tournament time. Last year, UNCA hobbled to the finish, dropping five of its last six games.

The Bulldogs' ball-handling woes resulted in a -3.8 turnover margin per game, the worst figure in the Big South. And when they did get a shot off, the Bulldogs weren't very accurate, shooting just .423, the second lowest mark in the league. UNCA's .316 shooting from three-point range was last.


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