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November 8, 2012

GWU-UNC Capsule

Game Day
Date: Friday, November 9, 2012
Time: 7:00 PM
Location: Chapel Hill, N.C. - Dean E. Smith Center (21,750)
TV: RSN (FS South, FS Florida, Sun Sports, CSN Mid-Atlantic, NESN, FS West)
Announcers: Mike Hogewood (play-by-play) & Mike Gminski (color analyst)
Radio: Tar Heel Sports Network
Announcers: Jones Angell (play-by-play), Rick Steinbacher (color analyst) & Lee Pace (sideline)

Gardner-Webb At A Glance
Location: Boiling Springs, North Carolina
Nickname: Runnin' Bulldogs
Colors: Scarlet, White & Black
Conference: Big South
Venue: Paul Porter Arena (3,500)
2011-2012 Record: 12-20 (6-12)
2012-2013 Record: 0-0 (0-0)
More on the Runnin' Bulldogs: Schedule - Statistics - Roster - Message Boards - Official Site

GARDNER-WEBB: This is the Runnin' Bulldogs season-opener.
NORTH CAROLINA: This is the Tar Heels season-opener.

Gardner-Webb-North Carolina Series
Carolina leads the all-time series with Gardner-Webb, 3-0. All three previous meetings have come in Chapel Hill - the home openers of the 2005-06 and 2006-07 seasons and in November of the 2009-10 season.

Top 25 Rankings

GARDNER-WEBB: Chris Holtman (23-41 at GWU; 23-41 Overall)
NORTH CAROLINA: Roy Williams (257-68 at UNC; 675-169 Overall)

Gardner-Webb-North Carolina Notes
GWU: Gardner-Webb, picked to finish fifth in a loaded South Division in the Big South Conference preseason poll, garnered a measure of respect from ESPN the Magazine in its college basketball preview edition. The magazine rated Gardner-Webb No. 217 overall in Division I, which was the No. 2 rating among all Big South Conference schools.

GWU: Gardner-Webb will play eight games in the season's first 16 days, with road matchups at No. 11 North Carolina (11/9), DePaul (11/15), Iowa (11/17) and Illinois (11/25) included in that busy schedule. The Runnin' Bulldogs will play on back-to-back nights three times in the season's first month. GWU takes on Covenant (Ga.) just one night after its opener against the Tar Heels and will play a home game against Lipscomb (11/14) just one night before flying to Chicago to take on DePaul. The 'Dogs will also play Howard (11/20) and either Austin Peay or Western Carolina (11/21) as part of the Mayan Division schedule at the 2012 Cancun Challenge in Mexico.

GWU: Gardner-Webb redshirt senior Tashan Newsome has been a pleasant surprise since joining the program after transferring from Mississippi Valley State prior to the 2010-2011 campaign. The Albany, N.Y., native has emerged as one of the Big South's most physical guards and led the Runnin' Bulldogs in scoring (12.3 ppg) last season - bumping that average to 14.0 ppg in league games. Newsome, who played high school basketball in a strong Colonie (N.Y.) High program and a well respected Albany City Rocks summer program, was solid in his lone matchup against an ACC foe last season - netting 24 points in a competitive loss at Wake Forest on December 18.

GWU: Gardner-Webb will have some depth at the point guard spot in 2012-2013, with incumbent Tyler Strange (5-9, 175, So.) joined by UCF transfer Jarvis Davis (6-0, 180, RSo.) in what has been a healthy competition so far in the preseason. Davis, who held several major Division I offers after a postgraduate season at Hargrave Military (Va.) Academy in 2010, sat out last season at Gardner-Webb in accordance with NCAA Division I transfer regulations. Sophomore sharpshooter Max Landis (6-2, 175) is also capable of running the point for the Runnin' Bulldogs when needed.

GWU: Naji Hibbert (6-5, 190, Sr.) transferred to Gardner-Webb in June to begin summer school, and will play his fi nal season on the college hardwood in 2013-2014 with the Runnin' Bulldogs. Hibbert, a top-60 recruit out of DeMatha Catholic, spent his fi rst three seasons at Big 12 member Texas A&M. A native of Baltimore, Md., Hibbert will sit out the 2012-2013 season in accordance with NCAA Division I transfer regulations.

UNC: After Friday night's contest, the Tar Heels will return to the hardwood in the Smith Center on Sunday afternoon at 2:20 p.m. to host Florida Atlantic. The game is Carolina's opener in the 2012 EA Sports Maui Invitational. UNC will play FAU Sunday in Chapel Hill, then play three games hosted by Chaminade University in the Lahaina Civic Center in Maui on Nov. 19-21. On the way to Hawaii, the Tar Heels will stop in California to play at Long Beach State on Friday night Nov. 16 (in a game that's not part of the Maui Invitational).

UNC: North Carolina is 90-12 all-time in season-opening games. UNC has won 77 of its last 82 season openers, including seven in a row. Since the 1930-31 season, the Tar Heels have dropped season-opening games in 1965-66 (at Clemson), 1982-83 (vs. St. John's), 1996-97 (vs. Arizona), 2001-02 (Hampton) and 2004-05 (vs. Santa Clara). Carolina's Nov. 9 season opener equals the earliest in program history (the 2009-10 team opened on Nov. 9 vs. Florida International)

UNC: North Carolina is 95-7 all-time in home openers, winning 79 of their last 81. Carolina has lost its home opener just twice since the 1928-29 season - in 1999-2000 to Michigan State and in 2001-02 to Hampton. UNC is 23-2 in home openers in the Smith Center.

UNC: In an effort to pay tribute to the men and women who serve our country, Carolina Athletics will offer all current and former military and emergency service personnel (police, fire, EMS, etc.) $10 tickets for the Florida Atlantic game on Veterans Day on Sunday, November 11th at 2:30 p.m. in the Dean E. Smith Center. Click here to purchase tickets.

Team notes courtesy of the ACC, Gardner-Webb and UNC Athletic Communications


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