Team preview: UNC Asheville

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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.