BOONE, N.C. – Appalachian State University men's basketball looks to snap a three-game losing streak when it travels to Cassell Coliseum to take on Virginia Tech at 2 p.m. on Friday.
The Mountaineers (1-3) dropped an 82-72 decision to in-state rival East Carolina on Tuesday night while the Hokies (4-0) look to keep their perfect record intact after downing UNCG on Monday.
Fans can catch all the action live on the Appalachian IMG Sports Network as David Jackson (play-by-play) and Randy Jackson (color analyst) will have the call. The game can also be seen live via ESPN3.com where John Sadak (play-by-play) and Nate Ross (color analyst) will call the action.
SCOUTING THE HOKIES • Virginia Tech enter’s Friday’s contest with a perfect 4-0 record after picking up a 96-87 win over UNCG on Monday night.
• The Hokies have also posted wins over VMI, Rhode Island and East Tennessee State this season.
• VaTech’s offense is highly potent, averaging better 85.0 points per game while shooting 47.9 percent (113-of-236) from the floor and 45.7 percent (42-of-92) from beyond the arc.
• Through four games, the Hokies are averaging 10.5 made three-point field goals per game and connected on an incredible 14 shots from deep to rally from a 14-point second-half deficit to down UNCG on Monday.
• Erick Green has been the driving force behind the Hokie offense this season. The senior point guard is averaging 23.8 points, 5.5 assists and 3.0 rebounds per game.
• In the win over UNCG, Green finished with 26 points and was a perfect 16-of-16 from the charity stripe.
SERIES HISTORY • Appalachian State is 1-6 all-time against Virginia Tech and has dropped five-straight in the series.
• The teams met for five-straight seasons from 1968-73 before taking a 10-year break.
• The Mountaineers and Hokies met again during the 198-283 campaign and did not play again for over 23 years.
• Appalachian dropped the last meeting between the two teams by a 69-39 final and has lost by an average margin of 25.3 points in its six losses.
• The Hokies have enjoyed home court advantage throughout the series as all seven contests have been played in Blacksburg.
• In the last meeting between the two squads, Appalachian State scored just nine points in the first half and shot 13.3 percent (4-of-30) in the first 20 minutes.
• The Hokies were dominant on the inside in the contest as they blocked an incredible 10 Mountaineer shots.
• Kellen Brand and Jeremy Clayton were Appalachian’s high scorers in the contest with seven points each.
• The Mountaineers return home to face Duquesne on Nov. 28.
• Appalachian State then begins a season-high four-game road trip starting with a matchup at Missouri on Dec. 1.
• The Apps open SoCon play on Dec. 8 at Western Carolina before making trips to UMKC (Dec. 16) and South Carolina (Dec. 19).
• Appalachian closes out 2012 and the season’s non-conference slate with back-to-back home games against Presbyterian (Dec. 22) and Milligan (Dec. 30)