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Battle of the Bball Beards tonight

The man“Battle of the Beards: Hardwood Edition” is tonight in the QC.

It’s a homecoming for one Mountaineer.

That’s what senior Omar Carter, the former Charlotte Christian star, loves about playing for Capel. Carter and the Mountaineers (2-1) are in Charlotte today for a 7 p.m. game against East Carolina (2-1) at Time Warner Cable Arena.

“There’s really not any difference” between who Capel was as an assistant and how he is now, Carter said. “He always has an open-door policy; you can text him any time of the day or night. He might be doing something different job-wise, but his personality never changed.

“He’s a young guy, and that means he relates to us better. I know that’s really helped me out, personally.”

“A lot of friends and family have never seen me play” in college, Carter said. “It’s my senior year – what better way to go out than to play a good team like East Carolina in your hometown?”

The Pirates are 2-1 with wins over, um, non-D1s. They lost by two to Campbell.

App State is 2-1, with wins over Lees-McRae and Tennessee Tech. The loss was at ETSU.

36 Comments

  1. ASU Lacrosse 18

    November 22, 2011 at 9:42 am

    This game could be a statement game.

    ASU 71

    ECU 65

  2. robert

    November 22, 2011 at 10:04 am

    attendence predictipn anyone? i will guess 8,500. crowd will be 65% pro App.

  3. App Band

    November 22, 2011 at 10:10 am

    I really wish I could be there! GO APPS!!!!

  4. Dr. Gonzo

    November 22, 2011 at 11:15 am

    If attendance tops 5k I'll be surprised

  5. HOGAN

    November 22, 2011 at 11:22 am

    4100 is my prediction. it should look plenty empty in there.

  6. Big Dave

    November 22, 2011 at 12:00 pm

    I'll be there and it seems most of Lowe's will be there.

  7. Big Dave

    November 22, 2011 at 12:01 pm

    Also 4,100 will be about 3200 more than see a game in Boone.

  8. AppOrange

    November 22, 2011 at 3:40 pm

    hit a shot . . . geez

  9. AppOrange

    November 22, 2011 at 3:52 pm

    Ugly . . . 12 turnovers, 30% form the free throw line, and 20% from the field . . . aweful

  10. Dr. Gonzo

    November 22, 2011 at 3:54 pm

    We suck

  11. AppOrange

    November 22, 2011 at 4:02 pm

    So does ECU, tehy should be up by at least 20. That may have been the worst shooting half of b-ball I have ever seen

  12. MIDWEST

    November 22, 2011 at 4:04 pm

    30-17. Are you kidding me? 17 points. Wow, this should be called the battle of the no-shooting mf-ers.

  13. AppOrange

    November 22, 2011 at 4:05 pm

    I don't actaully mind the missed shots, but 12 turnovers and the missed free throws are terrible

  14. AIG

    November 22, 2011 at 4:06 pm

    Maybe we should have played South Carolina. Tennessee Tech beat them and so did Elon. We might have had a chance for a win

  15. JMcCray

    November 22, 2011 at 4:07 pm

    Wow, what in the world!

  16. AIG

    November 22, 2011 at 4:08 pm

    Any one think we will beat Maine

  17. AppOrange

    November 22, 2011 at 4:18 pm

    I can't watch this, I think we have more turnovers than points

  18. appdreamin

    November 22, 2011 at 4:26 pm

    Was it Tennessee Tech that beat SoCar, or Tennessee State?

    AIG, I think we may beat Maine by three or four. Then we'll lose to GaSo by 10 or more.

  19. AIG

    November 22, 2011 at 4:39 pm

    Yeah, I think it was Tennessee State. Maine is gonna be tough but we play good at the Rock

  20. AIG

    November 22, 2011 at 4:47 pm

    Here we go! We are making a run

  21. Bacon

    November 22, 2011 at 4:55 pm

    Trice seems like the only player who showed up tonight.

  22. Big Dave

    November 22, 2011 at 5:08 pm

    I was there and we were terrible. Jason does not command any presence and After seeing tonight I think he needs more time as an assistant. Very frustrated with 50% ft and all the to's.

  23. AIG

    November 22, 2011 at 5:09 pm

    My comment is awaiting moderation. Maybe we were not making a run.

  24. Jamey

    November 22, 2011 at 5:33 pm

    Did Ike Butts play basketball before tonight ever? It sure did not seem like it. That may have been the most embarassed I have ever been to identify myself as a Mountaineer. Was that really the best our team has to offer? If not for Trice…we score 9 points and look like a JV Junior High School team. The only thing worse than the officials was the fact that our coach and players let them dominate the game. It was pitiful….AT BEST.

    I cannot find one positive thing about this game besides Trice. I am not exaggerating when I say that Butts was the most unathletic person I have ever witnessed on a basketball court. I honestly believe he was called for travelling 6 times in the 1st half.

  25. Jamey

    November 22, 2011 at 5:34 pm

    AIG…I made sure not to use any foul language so my comment would get posted ASAP for those who could not attend this murder.

  26. ceez

    November 22, 2011 at 6:44 pm

    It will be different when we move up. More scholarships.

  27. cbarrier90

    November 22, 2011 at 6:50 pm

    I second everything Jamey said.

    Scouting report for beating ASU is simple: play a zone defense, and you win.

  28. ASU Lacrosse 18

    November 22, 2011 at 8:40 pm

    Well, that was interesting. No offense, lots of turnovers, a little defense, and Trice. That's my summary. Oh and the old guy behind me kept on saying, "Man we suck" and "put armanti in" over and over again and a dad actually snapped at me for yelling "come on ref" at a bad call. We have an interesting fan base.

  29. ASU Dad

    November 23, 2011 at 1:33 am

    This team has no leadership, no ability to shoot from outside and make consistent baskets, non are coachable. Very disappointing.

  30. MikeM

    November 23, 2011 at 4:10 am

    After a performance like that we need to fire Jerry Moore.

  31. Jamey

    November 23, 2011 at 4:34 am

    Agenda for today's practice:

    > Teach dribbling

    > Teach shooting

    > Teach defense

  32. BIG DAVE

    November 23, 2011 at 5:14 am

    The kid from Gonzaga, Vararino has some jets and along with Trice looks very good. Poor Ike is just too slow and any team will attack him. If we play zone he's okay but NOt man to man. Oh and by the way Healy hustles more than anyone out there. if you want leadership start him.

    I didn't see any coaching adjustments made to the half court zone trap they used.

  33. hapapp

    November 23, 2011 at 5:59 am

    Ike Butts, in large part because of injuries, just has never developed into the player folks thought he could become. I'm really disappointed in Andre Williamson's play. He's a senior who has been a significant contributor his four years. I was hoping he would step it up this year. Hopefully, he will.

    It seems that a trademark of ASU basketball these days is turnovers. In our two losses we averaged 26 of them!

    It's probably a good thing we aren't in CUSA. ECU is a second division team in that league and they destroyed us. Not sure the athletic program in general is ready for a step up.

  34. cbarrier90

    November 23, 2011 at 7:58 am

    I love how everybody is jumping on this loss as a reason not to move into C-USA (despite the fact that we also have recent wins over Tulsa and Marshall.)

    C-USA is a better basketball conference which would equal better recruits. Better conference = better opportunity to play in March = better recruits. SoCon basketball, on the other hand, is about as low on the D-1 totem pole as it gets.

    This team has the talent to turn it around come time for conference play and make us all forget about what happened in Charlotte last night. Still too early to gauge where this team will finish, but obviously there are causes for concern.

  35. Apps_Aj11

    November 23, 2011 at 9:19 am

    Regardless of what talent we have on the roster, the athletic department does not give 2 craps about basketball. We have the worst attendance in the SoCon and a nice basketball arena. Little to no effort is put into effectively promoting the basketball team to the students. People do not realize that football sells itself. All the football games would have been sold out regardless of the stupid "No Equal" catchphrase they came up with. The people marketing the basketball team fail at doing so.

  36. ASU Dad

    November 24, 2011 at 1:32 pm

    Can we please hire an experienced AD that will balance their focus to ALL sports?

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