2017–18 UNC Asheville Bulldogs men's basketball team

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2017–18 UNC Asheville Bulldogs men's basketball
UNC Asheville Bulldogs wordmark.png
Big South regular season champions
NIT, First round
ConferenceBig South Conference
2017–18 record21–13 (13–5 Big South)
Head coachNick McDevitt (5th season)
Assistant coachSean Dixon
Assistant coachLogan Johnson
Assistant coachWes Long
Home arenaKimmel Arena
Seasons
2017–18 Big South men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
UNC Asheville 13 5   .722     21 13   .618
Radford 12 6   .667     23 13   .639
Winthrop 12 6   .667     19 12   .613
Campbell 10 8   .556     18 16   .529
Liberty 9 9   .500     22 15   .595
Charleston Southern 9 9   .500     15 16   .484
High Point 9 9   .500     14 16   .467
Gardner–Webb 9 9   .500     14 18   .438
Presbyterian 4 14   .222     11 21   .344
Longwood 3 15   .167     7 26   .212
2018 Big South Tournament winner

The 2017–18 UNC Asheville Bulldogs men's basketball team represented the University of North Carolina at Asheville during the 2017–18 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. The Bulldogs, led by fifth-year head coach Nick McDevitt, played their home games at Kimmel Arena as members of the Big South Conference. They finished the season 21–13, 13–5 in Big South play to win the Big South regular season championship. They defeated Charleston Southern in the quarterfinals of the Big South Tournament before being upset in the semifinals by Liberty. As a regular season conference champion who failed to win their conference tournament, they received an automatic bid to the National Invitation Tournament where they lost in the first round to USC.

On March 24, 2018, head coach Nick McDevitt accepted the head coaching job at Middle Tennessee.[1] He finished at UNC Asheville with a five-year record of 98–65.

Previous season[edit]

The Bulldogs finished the season 23–10, 15–3 in Big South play to finish in a tie for the Big South regular season championship. They were upset in the Quarterfinals of the Big South Tournament by Campbell. They were invited to the CollegeInsider.com Tournament where they lost in the First Round to UT Martin.

Roster[edit]

2017–18 UNC Asheville Bulldogs men's basketball team
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Height Weight Year Hometown
F 0 Donovan Gilmore 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 200 lb (91 kg) Jr Greensboro, North Carolina
F 1 Jonathan Baehre 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 205 lb (93 kg) So Hessen, Germany
F 2 Alec Wnuk 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 205 lb (93 kg) Sr Cary, North Carolina
F 3 Asante Monadjemi 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 190 lb (86 kg) Jr Durham, North Carolina
G 4 LJ Thorpe 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 225 lb (102 kg) Fr West Palm Beach, Florida
G 5 Justin Brown 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 200 lb (91 kg) So Miami, Florida
G 10 Kevin Vannatta 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 200 lb (91 kg) Sr Upper Arlington, Ohio
G 11 Jalen Seegars 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 220 lb (100 kg) Fr Greensboro, North Carolina
G 12 Raekwon Miller 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 175 lb (79 kg) Sr Marion, North Carolina
G 13 Tajion Jones 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 180 lb (82 kg) Fr Oak Ridge, Tennessee
G 14 Ahmad Thomas 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 215 lb (98 kg) Sr Danville, Virginia
F 15 Grant Townsend 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 215 lb (98 kg) So Riverview, Florida
G 31 Macio Teague 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 190 lb (86 kg) So Cincinnati, Ohio
G 33 Drew Rackley 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 190 lb (86 kg) So New Concord, Ohio
G 34 Jeremy Peck 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 230 lb (104 kg) So Houston, TX
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • (W) Walk-on

Roster
Last update: August 30, 2017

Schedule and results[edit]

Date
time, TV
Rank# Opponent# Result Record Site (attendance)
city, state
Non-conference regular season
Nov 10, 2017*
7:30 pm
at Rhode Island
NIT Season Tip-Off
L 60–84  0–1
Ryan Center (6,367)
Kingston, RI
Nov 13, 2017*
7:00 pm
Lees–McRae W 92–60  1–1
Kimmel Arena (1,024)
Ashville, NC
Nov 17, 2017*
8:00 pm, SECN+
at Vanderbilt
NIT Season Tip-Off
L 76–79  1–2
Memorial Gymnasium (8,048)
Nashville, TN
Nov 19, 2017*
3:00 pm
at Austin Peay
NIT Season Tip-Off
W 82–79 OT 2–2
Dunn Center (2,017)
Clarksville, TN
Nov 22, 2017*
7:00 pm
Monmouth
NIT Season Tip-Off
W 62–51  3–2
Kimmel Arena (1,008)
Ashville, NC
Nov 26, 2017*
4:30 pm, WMYA
Wofford W 85–65  4–2
Kimmel Arena (1,323)
Ashville, NC
Nov 29, 2017*
7:00 pm, WMYA
USC Upstate W 82–70  5–2
Kimmel Arena (1,436)
Ashville, NC
Dec 3, 2017*
3:00 pm, ACCN Extra
at Clemson L 52–83  5–3
Littlejohn Coliseum (5,932)
Clemson, SC
Dec 5, 2017*
7:30 pm, ESPN3
at Furman L 72–83  5–4
Timmons Arena (1,389)
Greenville, SC
Dec 10, 2017*
3:30 pm
Milligan W 97–60  6–4
Kimmel Arena (1,081)
Ashville, NC
Dec 17, 2017*
4:30 pm
vs. Western Carolina
Mountain Invitational
L 72–76  6–5
U.S. Cellular Center (1,423)
Ashville, NC
Dec 19, 2017*
7:00 pm, ESPN3
at UNC Greensboro W 67–60  7–5
Greensboro Coliseum (2,172)
Greensboro, NC
Dec 22, 2017*
10:00 pm, TheW.tv
at Saint Mary's L 69–95  7–6
McKeon Pavilion (3,221)
Moraga, CA
Big South Conference regular season
Dec 30, 2017
2:00 pm, WMYA
Campbell W 85–79  8–6
(1–0)
Kimmel Arena (1,598)
Ashville, NC
Jan 3, 2018
7:00 pm
at High Point L 74–84  8–7
(1–1)
Millis Athletic Center (1,121)
High Point, NC
Jan 6, 2018
4:00 pm
at Radford L 70–90  8–8
(1–2)
Dedmon Center (981)
Radford, VA
Jan 9, 2018
7:00 pm
Longwood W 90–80  9–8
(2–2)
Kimmel Arena (1,312)
Ashville, NC
Jan 12, 2018
7:00 pm
at Presbyterian W 76–56  10–8
(3–2)
Templeton Center (462)
Clinton, SC
Jan 15, 2018
7:00 pm, ESPN3
Charleston Southern W 83–73  11–8
(4–2)
Kimmel Arena (1,723)
Ashville, NC
Jan 18, 2018
9:00 pm, ESPNU
at Winthrop L 58–85  11–9
(4–3)
Winthrop Coliseum (3,347)
Rock Hill, SC
Jan 21, 2018
2:00 pm, Stadium
at Liberty W 84–68  12–9
(5–3)
Vines Center (2,426)
Lynchburg, VA
Jan 24, 2018
7:00 pm, WMYA
Gardner–Webb W 65–60  13–9
(6–3)
Kimmel Arena (1,712)
Ashville, NC
Jan 27, 2018
4:30 pm, ESPN3
High Point W 84–77  14–9
(7–3)
Kimmel Arena (2,104)
Ashville, NC
Feb 1, 2018
7:00 pm
at Campbell W 64–57  15–9
(8–3)
Gore Arena (1,921)
Buies Creek, NC
Feb 3, 2018
4:30 pm
Presbyterian W 75–61  16–9
(9–3)
Kimmel Arena (2,608)
Ashville, NC
Feb 7, 2018
7:00 pm
at Longwood W 78–73  17–9
(10–3)
Willett Hall (1,473)
Farmville, VA
Feb 10, 2018
2:00 pm
Radford W 66–64  18–9
(11–3)
Kimmel Arena (2,012)
Ashville, NC
Feb 15, 2018
7:00 pm
Liberty L 69–82 OT 18–10
(11–4)
Kimmel Arena (1,719)
Ashville, NC
Feb 18, 2018
5:30 pm
at Charleston Southern W 85–80 OT 19–10
(12–4)
CSU Field House (722)
North Charleston, SC
Feb 22, 2018
7:00 pm
Winthrop W 89–75  20–10
(13–4)
Kimmel Arena (2,978)
Ashville, NC
Feb 24, 2018
4:30 pm, ESPN3
at Gardner–Webb L 61–72  20–11
(13–5)
Paul Porter Arena (1,581)
Boiling Springs, NC
Big South Tournament
Mar 1, 2018
7:00 pm, ESPN3
(1) (8) Charleston Southern
Quarterfinals
W 71–66  21–11
Kimmel Arena (2,276)
Ashville, NC
Mar 2, 2018
8:30 pm, ESPN3
(1) (5) Liberty
Semifinals
L 64–69  21–12
Kimmel Arena (2,318)
Ashville, NC
NIT
Mar 13, 2018*
11:00 pm, ESPN2
(8) at (1) USC
First round – USC Bracket
L 98–103 2OT 21–13
Galen Center (1,614)
Los Angeles, CA
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll. (#) Tournament seedings in parentheses.
All times are in Eastern Time Source[2].

References[edit]

  1. ^ Goodman, Jeff (March 24, 2018). "Nick McDevitt joins Middle Tennessee St. after lengthy run at UNC Asheville". ESPN.com. Retrieved March 24, 2018.
  2. ^ http://uncabulldogs.com/schedule.aspx?schedule=144