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UNCW Vs. Charleston Southern
THE TIP-OFF: UNCW returns to the East Coast to take on high octane Charleston Southern following a two-game swing to America’s heartland to battle Iowa and Iowa State.
THE COACHES: UNCW’s Buzz Peterson is beginning his 16th season with a 258-208 (.554) overall record and 33-59 (.359) mark in three seasons with the Seahawks. Charleston Southern’s Barclay Radebaugh is in his 10th season as a head coach with a 130-143 (.476) record overall, including a 109-135 (.447) mark in nine seasons with the Bucs.
THE PLAYERS: The probable starters for the Seahawks include Ben Eblen (6-1, 185, Gr. Guard, Freddie Jackson (6-4, 185, Jr., Guard), Chris Dixon (6-0, 190, Sr., Guard), Cedrick Williams (6-9, 225, Jr., Forward), Addison Spruill (6-4, 225, Jr., Guard). The probable starters for the Bucs includes Saah Nimley (5-8, 158, Jr., Guard), Matt Kennedy (6-3, 180, Sr., Guard), Alhaji Fullah (6-8, 235, Sr., Forward), Paul Gombwer (6-6, 217, Jr., Forward) and Malcolm Bernard (6-5, 191, So., Forward).
JUMP BALL: The Seahawks will renew friendships with former UNCW graduate manager Josh Snyder, who joined the CSU staff as Director of Men’s Basketball Operations late last summer. Snyder spent two years on Buzz Peterson’s staff at UNCW.
FAST BREAK: The Seahawks are shooting just 20 percent (11-of-55) and averaging 17.0 points in the opening period after two outings. In the second half, UNCW is shooting 32 percent (26-of-810 and collecting 33.5 points.
THE SERIES: UNCW is facing Charleston Southern for the 34th time on the hardwood. The Seahawks lead the longtime series with the Buccaneers by an 18-15 margin, but CSU has taken three of the last four meetings. Five of the games in the series have gone into overtime, including the last three matchups and five of the last eight games.
REMEMBERING BACK: In the last matchup between the two teams, CSU stunned the Seahawks, 63-58, in overtime on Feb. 19, 2011, at Trask Coliseum. The contest was part of the Sears Bracketbusters series that paired up mid-major D-I schools for several years.
TIP-INS: The Seahawks have played nine of the 12 Big South Conference schools and own a collective 112-80 record against the league.
SIZE MATTERS: Remember Spud Webb, Tyrone “Mugsy” Bogues, Earl Boykins and Keith “Mister” Jennings. Now meet Saah Nimley, a 5-8, 158-pound mighty mite for CSU’s Buccaneers. He is averaging a team-best 18.5 points, 4.0 rebounds and 6.5 assists for the Bucs, while shooting 48 percent overall and 54.5 percent behind the arc.
BENCH TALK: Buzz Peterson stands 5-2 lifetime against CSU as a head coach at Tennessee, Coastal Carolina and UNCW. He has dropped two straight against the Bucs and stands 1-1 at the Buc Dome against the hosts. He has also won 40 of 59 games against Big South Conference opponents during his 16-year coaching career.
INTERESTING FACT: Two Seahawks have played against Charleston Southern in their careers. Seniors Tanner Milson and Shane Reybold each saw action in CSU’s 63-58 overtime win over UNCW on Feb. 19, 2011, in Wilmington.
WE HARDLY KNEW YOU: The Seahawks will renew friendships tonight with former UNCW graduate manager Josh Snyder, who joined the CSU staff as Director of Men’s Basketball Operations late last summer. Snyder spent two years on Buzz Peterson’s staff at UNCW.
BIG CED OFF TO STRONG START: Junior forward Cedrick Williams struggled on the road in 2012-13, but showed no signs of continuing that trend in Iowa. The Murfreesboro, Tenn., product led all scorers with 15 points and nine rebounds in the season opener against the Hawkeyes and then added 11 points in the second half on Sunday at ISU.
BUZZ (PETERSON) BITES: “It was a disappointing trip to Iowa. We don’t feel like we played well in either game really. We didn’t turn the ball over much, but we just didn’t shoot the ball well on the offensive end. Charleston Southern is a very good basketball team. It will be a totally different style in arenas, so hopefully that will help our shooting. They went on the road and won at Delaware and that alone tells you that they’re a very good basketball team.”
HOW TO CATCH THE GAME: If you can’t make it to the game, there are several ways to follow the action. Twitter: @UNCWmenshoops; Live Stats: UNCWsports.com; Radio: Sunny 107.5 FM-Wilmington, N.C.
ON THE HORIZON: The Seahawks entertain NCAA Division II Wingate in their 2013-14 home opener Saturday at 7 p.m. in the second game of a doubleheader that day. The Seahawk women’s team battles Northern Kentucky earlier at 2 p.m.