UNCW “Seahawks” Vs. Towson “Tigers”
Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014 – 2 p.m.
SECU Arena (5,200) – Towson, Md.

THE TIP-OFF: The UNCW men’s basketball team pays its first visit to Towson’s sparkling new SECU Arena today when the Seahawks battle the Tigers in a CAA matinee. Coach Buzz Peterson’s club willl be trying to halt a six-game losing streak on the second leg of a two-game road swing.

THE COACHES: UNCW’s Buzz Peterson is in his 16th season with a 264-217 (.549) overall record and 39-70 (.358) mark in four seasons with the Seahawks. Towson’s Pat Skerry is in his fifth season as a head coach with a 52-75 (.409) career record and he’s 28-50 (.359) in three seasons with the Tigers.

THE PLAYERS: The probable starters for the Seahawks include Chris Dixon (6-0, 190, Sr., Guard), Tanner Milson (6-2, 190, Sr., Guard), Freddie Jackson (6-4, 185, Jr., Guard), C.J. Gettys (7-0, 285, R-Fr., Center) and Cedrick Williams (6-9, 225, Jr., Forward). The probable starters for the Tigers includes Four McGlynn (6-2, 180, Soph., Guard), Mike Burwell (6-5, 205, Sr., Guard), Jerrelle Benimon (6-8, 245, Sr., Forward), Timajh Parker-Rivera (6-7, 215, Soph., Forward) and Marcus Damas (6-7, 210, Sr., Forward).

JUMP BALL: UNCW concludes a two-game road trip and makes its debut in Towson’s new SECU Arena today in the first of two meetings between the CAA rivals this season. It marks the third straight game the Seahawks have been the CAA opener for an opponent (JMU, Northeastern & Towson).

OLDEST TO NEWEST: The Seahawks played four nights ago in Matthews Arena, the oldest multi-purpose facility in the country with an opening year of 1910. Tonight, UNCW plays Towson in the newest NCAA Division I facility in the nation.

THE SERIES: The Seahawks and Tigers are meeting for the 29th time. UNCW leads the all-time series, 16-12, but the teams have split the last 10 games. Since Towson joined the CAA 11 years ago, UNCW has fashioned a 13-8 advantage over the Tigers.

ABOUT THE TIGERS: Led by reigning CAA Player-of-the-Year Jerrelle Benimon, Towson is off to a 9-6 start this season. The Tigers are a perfect 8-0 in their new home, SECU Arena, and downed New Hampshire, 72-64, in their last home game on Dec. 30, 2013.

LAST MATCHUP: In the last game between UNCW and Towson on Feb. 4, 2013, in Wilmington, Jerelle Benimon led four players in double figures with 20 points and added 12 rebounds to power the Tigers past UNCW, 81-68, to complete a sweep of the regular season series with the Seahawks. The Tigers scored 48 points in the paint and shot 52.6 percent in the last game between the two teams at the Towson Center. Junior forward Keith Rendleman had a double-double of 19 points and 12 rebounds for the Seahawks.

BUZZ VS. TOWSON: Buzz Peterson is facing Towson for the sixth time today and stands 2-3 against the Tigers. He’s dropped three straight to the Tigers. Peterson and TU’s Pat Skerry are matching strategies for only the fourth time tonight and Skerry holds a 3-0 record against Peterson.

SEAHAWKS VS. MARYLAND FOES: Towson is one of five opponnets from the state of Maryland the Seahawks have faced through the years. UNCW has carved out a 27-22 record against Maryland teams.

IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD: Junior forward Shane Reybold attended Reservoir High School in nearby Laurel, Md., and played men’s basketball, lacrosse and soccer for the Gators. He was a walk-on his first two seasons with the Seahawks before earning a scholarship last year. He’s out for tonight’s game with a stress fracture in his left foot.

BUZZ IN CAA ROAD GAMES: Coach Buzz Peterson stands 5-25 on the road in his four seasons in the CAA and has lost seven consecutive road contests. UNCW has not won a conference road game since a 57-51 victory at Hofstra on Jan. 26, 2013. in Hempstead, N.Y.

SHOT SELECTION: Today’s game features one of the CAA’s best shooting teams against one of the league’s poorest. Towson ranks second in the loop with a .458 aim, while UNCW is last at .403. The Tigers are also the CAA’s top defensive club, holding opponents to just .404 shooting.

BIG BLOCKERS: The CAA’s top two shot blocking teams will be on display today. Towson leads the league with 90 swats (6.0 bpg) and UNCW ranks second with 74 blocks (4.4 bpg). Junior forward Cedrick Williams of UNCW tops the circuit with 33 blocks this season.

DIXON DOINGS: Senior guard Chris Dixon made his 10th start of the season in Wednesday’s clash with the Huskies and matched his season-high with 15 points. He has reached double figures twice in the last three games and four times overall this season.

DAY DREAMING: The Seahawks are playing their eighth day game of the season. UNCW is 1-6 in afternoon tilts and Coach Buzz Peterson owns an 11-18 mark in day contests.

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; Free Video: TowsonTigers.com -  http://goo.gl/3fpVBd; Radio: Sunny 104.5 FM-Wilmington, N.C.

NEXT UP: The Seahawks head back to warmer climate for a pair of games next week at Trask Coliseum. UNCW entertains Hofstra on Wednesday, Jan. 15, at 7 p.m. and Drexel on Saturday, Jan. 18, at 2 p.m.