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Basketball schedule looks pretty good

We like it .. hey mikey!Apps at UNC, Miami and Minnesota. The big fling with ECU in the QC. Two-game set with ETSU. Old friend Campbell. Just two non-D1s. Fourteen home games.

It’s a keeper!

In a stark contrast with the 2010-11 road-heavy non-conference schedule, the Mountaineers open the season at home against Lees-McRae on Nov. 11 and play six home games in the season’s first six weeks.

Early season is still tough. Apps open December at home with UNCG, then travel to the the Stink Dec. 3, then to Minneapolis Dec. 6, then back home Dec. 10 for ETSU.

The Carolina game is next on December 17, quickly followed by a Christmas Eve Eve Eve game at home against Campbell.

Then it’s Miami for New Year’s Eve Eve.

/wipes brow

If App State is over .500 come 2012, it’ll be a team to be reckoned with. That, or tired.

44 Comments

  1. Jon

    July 20, 2011 at 7:16 am

    Great schedule! Looking forward to making the trip up the mountain for some games.

  2. ukappfan

    July 20, 2011 at 7:49 am

    Cool I cant wait for the Miami game since im there for grad school! Cant wait to watch our boys play ball.

  3. LP AppFan

    July 20, 2011 at 8:27 am

    Looks like a great schedule for b-ball!!! Can't wait to spend some nights in Boonetown this winter! Should have a solid chance at the SoCon crown. I just hope people come out to support this team

  4. T-Dog

    July 20, 2011 at 8:34 am

    Sat, Jan 14 -Davidson * Boone, N.C. 2 p.m.

    Sat, Jan 21 – Western Carolina * Boone, N.C. 2 p.m.

    Sat, Jan 28 – Elon * Boone, N.C. 2 p.m.

    Sat, Feb 04 – College of Charleston * Boone, N.C. 2 p.m.

    Sat, Feb 11 – Wofford * Boone, N.C. 2 p.m.

    Sat, Feb 18 – ESPNU BracketBusters Boone, N.C. TBA

    How awesome is that? Six straight Saturday home games, and against good competition to boot.

  5. Jon

    July 20, 2011 at 8:41 am

    The better their record is, the better our BracketBuster opponent will be.

  6. cbarrier90

    July 20, 2011 at 8:50 am

    I hope one day we can get D-IIs off the schedule altogether. Only complaint is that the first D-I home game isn't til December, but overall, this is an excellent schedule. Good work, Capel and crew!

  7. AB

    July 20, 2011 at 9:04 am

    T-dog good point this is the most Saturday games I can ever remember ASU getting.

    Overall a solid improvement over the past few years.

  8. asu7

    July 20, 2011 at 9:16 am

    Lots of Saturday games, I think I counted 7.

    I am so happy the APP game vs. UNC is on a Saturday as well. Will be making that trip along with the trip the QC.

    No excuse for anyone to not support this team. Lots of home games and lots of Saturday games. This team should have lots of fan support and now it is up to us.

  9. Waco Kid

    July 20, 2011 at 9:31 am

    I can't believe the SoCon gave us 5 Saturday games at home. For the past 10 years we've been lucky to get one or two. The D2's balance the BCS schools so that not a big deal. Overall one of the better schedules we've had in a while. The last schedule this good was prob 2007.

  10. Jamey

    July 20, 2011 at 9:44 am

    Looks like a great schedule with minimal excuses for poor attendance at the Holmes Center. The SoCon seems to be willing to afford us a few scheduling benefits in hopes of using Capel to increase the conferences basketball notariety, just my opinion. While a very touch schedule, I think this is the challenge that this program needs to really begin to build upon our past success.

  11. cbarrier90

    July 20, 2011 at 10:38 am

    We just have to win. Far too often we get off to a hot start then fall apart midway through the year. Every year it's this same roller-coaster. It's the way we lose and the teams we lose to that drive away support. Finally with the same head coach sticking around for another season, let's hope consistency on the court follows as well.

  12. ASU Lacrosse 18

    July 20, 2011 at 11:20 am

    I really hope people will come watch. I’m one of the few students who never misses an app basketball game, and with this team we should have solid attendance (I hope).

  13. JMcCray

    July 21, 2011 at 4:46 am

    What a great schedule! I can't believe we have 5 straight Saturday home games!

  14. NO.2

    July 21, 2011 at 5:05 am

    Tons of good games…and they're FREE. No excuse for students to skip out.

  15. MIDWEST

    July 21, 2011 at 11:54 am

    Another brilliant move by big government. When will the liberal losers learn that Milton Friedman was and still is right.

    http://money.cnn.com/2011/07/21/autos/chrysler_go

  16. ASU Dad

    July 21, 2011 at 12:29 pm

    This will be a rebuilding year since Sims graduated. I hope to see Sims in the NBA.

  17. ASU Lacrosse 18

    July 21, 2011 at 1:18 pm

    I don't think that its a rebuilding year, we will be better than last year.

  18. Appthunder90

    July 21, 2011 at 2:45 pm

    Jmccray,

    Welcome back haven't seen you on here in a while.

    Asu lacrosse

    I wholeheartedly agree, I am expecting this years squad to do great things, so I asu dad is wrong about rebuilding but right about sims in the NBA! Although I don't think that is likely.

  19. AB

    July 22, 2011 at 4:50 am

    ASU did loss Sims, but gained a PG transfer from Gonzaga, a 7' C transfer from Rutgers, get 6'11" C Butts back, and added two wing Juco guards, as well as two freshman.

    We haven't had a true PG since DJ Thompson, and never had this kind of size. This should be a 20 win team.

  20. ASU Lacrosse 18

    July 22, 2011 at 6:57 am

    Rebounding was a problem last year just due to the lack of size we could put out there with Ike being hurt. This year we should be able to control the boards in most games. I'm also excited to see what kind of year Omar has.

  21. Appy97,00

    July 23, 2011 at 2:11 pm

    Omar might not have the #'s he had last year. I feel like he'll be surrounded by more capable scorers this time around. He could get lost in the scoring shuffle a bit this year, but will still be counted on to be a leader. Jay Canty should be a really good SoCon player when he is eligible. But, this year Omar should have several players that can put up #'s that would outweigh Sims. It looks like a very different team than last year's version.

  22. JMcCray

    July 24, 2011 at 7:37 am

    Thank you Appthunder.

    I think ASU Lacrosse could very well be right about Omar, but teams had to focus on Sims last year, so that freed Omar up more. If we can consistantly get 2-3 players with double doubles, and maybe a triple-double, it would be a wonderful thing.

  23. GeneGenethdancingmac

    July 25, 2011 at 10:45 am

    Most of the credit for the schedule should go to Rick Scruggs, but that isn't happening. Not crazy about playing that crowd from Chapel Hell as long as they continue to dodge us in football.

    Don't put too much stock in the 7 ft transfer. Some close to the program say he is a bust. Common sense says somebody that big gets rebounds by default, but the leading rebounder in the conference the last several years has been 6-6 and 6-7. Technique is more important than size. Getting Ike back will be BIG and Carter is the most skilled ASU player ASU in a long time. History indicates transfers take at least 3/4 of their first season to become productive on a consistent basis (Carter is a perfect example) so I'm not placing much hope on these guys being an immediate impact. Even though the conference isn't particularly strong we will struggle to win 15 games. Sorry to be a wet blanket but I just don't see it.

  24. Alexander

    July 25, 2011 at 12:20 pm

    GeneGenethdancingmachine

    This will be the best APP State team in a long time… Might start of slow. But this team is head and sholders better than last years team. No disrespect to Carter, but he is not even the best player/nor most skilled player on that team. You guys will be blown away soon enough.

  25. AppMan

    July 25, 2011 at 1:46 pm

    Alexander You certainly are setting the bar very high. Please enlighten us to the reasons behind your optimism. I am especially interested to know who ASU will put on the floor this year with more pure skills than Omar Carter.

  26. parking lot

    July 25, 2011 at 2:36 pm

    MAJOR BASKETBALL NEWS: SCANDAL…NO ONE WOULD KNOW UNLESS YOU ARE A STUDENT OR DIRECTLY INVOLVED BECAUSE ASU DOES A GREAT JOB OF HIDING THINGS…

    IT HAS TO DO WITH MARIJUANNA….WOULDNT BE SURPRISED TO HEAR A FEW SUSPENSIONS ANNOUNCED

  27. Alexander

    July 25, 2011 at 2:42 pm

    You'll see soon enough… And it's not even close. Carter is a good player and the coaching staff will say all the right things, but they know. I'll let you discover it for yourself.

    This team will be good… Give them a few games. This team will be worth watching!

  28. AppMan

    July 26, 2011 at 5:24 am

    Carter is far better than any returning player. Considering Canty is not eligible this season and Okam isn’t nearly as good as was first advertised, your enthusiasm must be centered on Vilarino, Milum or Trice. Vilarino was a 2.3 ppg scorer at Gonzaga and hasn’t played in over a year. Loads of potential, but that is all it is right now. Milum is a shooting guard – and a short one at 6ft – who averaged less than 10 ppg in Juco. Trice is a defensive player who averaged 8.3 ppg and less than 3 rebounds. Unless there is something going on none of us know about I don’t see what you are basing your opinion on.

  29. hapapp

    July 26, 2011 at 5:35 am

    I never understood the hoopla surrounding Okam. He may eventually turn out to be a real contributor. I'm not close enough to the program to make any definitive statements but I'm guessing people were so high on him because of his size. In his year at Rutgers, he certainly didn't do anything to garner so much attention. I'm hopeful he does develop into a force but some folks seem to think because he is 7 foot and transferred out of a Big East school that he would dominate in the SoCon. I don't think that automatically translates.

  30. Alexander

    July 26, 2011 at 8:00 am

    App Man-it ain't even close and you'll be the first to say so, once they get started. I'm not going to declare, as to not put too much undo pressure on the one, but it will be fairly obvious to all once they get started.

  31. appthunder90

    July 26, 2011 at 8:15 am

    what is all this riffraff about marijuana

  32. no longer a bball fa

    July 26, 2011 at 8:47 am

    appthunder90

    you will find out soon enough. we are taking this to the courts…lawyers have asked us not mention the players names anymore..but you will def find out soon. if you ask enough people around campus…especially anyone in sigEp…you will find out..

  33. 420-54

    July 26, 2011 at 11:03 am

    Its just a classic case of an individual saving their own ass by turning over false information to the cops who end up raiding the wrong house. That's the "blunt" truth

  34. AppMan

    July 26, 2011 at 11:39 am

    Alexander I hope you are right. We need some positive news from the basketball program.

  35. appthunder90

    July 26, 2011 at 12:28 pm

    who is "we" in "we are taking this to the courts"? are you district attorneys or just haters?

  36. Alexander

    July 26, 2011 at 1:28 pm

    Appman-I'm certain of this… I don't know who the players or player are/is who were caught with some illegal stuff (MARIJUANNA)but the player referrence is right on… No doubt.

  37. Appnaysayer

    July 26, 2011 at 2:34 pm

    Before we put too much stock in the "scandal" news, let us all remember that it was the great sage parking lot who claimed 1) that an ASU kicker had been in a fight and broken his leg; and 2) that we could go ahead and "write it down" that Matt McMahon would be the new coach. Neither of those statements turned out to have even the patina of truth.

    If Okam can walk and breathe, he should help the rebounding some, but like Hapapp, I'm not optimistic that he will be a dominant player. Omar Carter did NOT take 3/4 of a season to contribute. He had a bit of a slump in mid-season, but contributed a lot right from the get-go. This team will be taller and less 3-point oriented (I hope) and the schedule does look good–for a change. Let's remember that it's still only Capel's second season and he's still molding the team in his image.

  38. no longer a bball fa

    July 26, 2011 at 3:50 pm

    "we" as in the students that certain members of the basketball team had screwed over in order to save their own butts…

    parking lot was wrong before, but he's right on this one.

  39. goot

    July 26, 2011 at 3:51 pm

    WTF?

  40. AppMan

    July 26, 2011 at 7:53 pm

    Naysayer the comment was that history indicates it takes Juco's most of their first season the become consistent players. Carter was a D-I transfer and familiar with the pace and demands of the D-I game. Don't know about a mid season slump but Carter did have 3 sub par games in a row at Citadel, CofC, & Wofford. IMO, until it is shown otherwise, Carter is the most skilled player on the team.

  41. clayton

    July 27, 2011 at 2:38 am

    "Major scandal" and "marijuana" don't belong in the same sentence.

  42. bean

    July 27, 2011 at 11:19 am

    Drug testing of our athletes have never been random.

  43. appthunder90

    July 28, 2011 at 4:11 am

    appnaysayer,

    of course i realize that most rumors are not true. but there is some buzz on campus about this one and i've talked to some people that were "there". take a frat brother's (not mine) word for what its worth though.

  44. no longer a bball fa

    July 29, 2011 at 8:29 am

    Petey Hausley has lost his scholarship…..say what you want, but parking lot was right.

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