|High-Flying Hens Visit For Home Finale|
UNCW “Seahawks” (9-21, 3-12) Vs. Delaware “Blue Hens” (20-9, 12-2)
THE TIP-OFF: UNCW says farewell to six seniors tonight as the Seahawks play their regular season and home finale against CAA frontrunner Delaware at Trask Coliseum. The two teams battled down to the wire before the Blue Hens pulled out a one-point victory back on Feb. 1 in Newark, Dela.
THE COACHES: UNCW’s Buzz Peterson is in his 16th season with a 267-227 (.540) overall record, including a 42-80 (.344) mark in four seasons with the Seahawks. Delaware’s Monte’ Ross is 110-140 (.440) in his eighth season as a head coach with the Blue Hens.
THE PLAYERS: The probable starters for the Seahawks include Chris Dixon (6-0, 190, Sr., Guard), Tanner Milson (6-2, 190, Sr., Guard), Luke Hager (6-7, 205, R-Soph., Guard), Shane Reybold (6-8, 238, Sr., Forward) and Cedrick Williams (6-9, 225, Jr., Forward). The probable starters for the Blue Hens are Davon Usher (6-6, 200, Sr., Guard), Devon Saddler (6-2, 210, Sr., Guard), Kyle Anderson (6-3, 200, Jr., Guard), Carl Baptiste (6-9, 260, Sr., Forward) and Devonne Pinkard (6-6, 205, Fr., Forward).
THE REGULAR SEASON FINALE: UNCW puts the finishing touches on the 2013-14 regular season tonight when the Seahawks take on CAA leader Delaware at Trask Coliseum. The Seahawks can finish an even .500 at home with a win tonight against the high-flying Blue Hens.
SCOUTING THE BLUE HENS: Sophomore guardTavon Allen scored 19 of his career-high 25 points in the second half as Drexel edged Delaware, 69-65, on Sunday at the Bob Carapenter Center in Newark. The Dragons held the Blue Hens without a field goal in the final 2:42 to snap a 10-game home winning streak for the Blue Hens. The crowd of 5,122 was the eighth largest in the history of the Bob Carpenter Center, and the largest since December of 2001.
THE SERIES: The Seahawks have faced Delaware more than any other former America East member since UD, Hofstra, Towson and Drexel joined the league 11 years ago. UNCW holds a 16-9 advantage in the series and owns four CAA Tournament victories (2002 , 2003, 2006, 2008) over the Blue Hens. UD has won four in a row and seven of the last 10 meetings. The Blue Hens are looking for their second series sweep in a row.
LAST MATCHUP: In the last game between the two teams on Feb. 1 in Newark, senior forward Carl Baptiste came up big down the stretch to help CAA leader Delaware survive a scare in a 66-65 victory in a Saturday matinee at the Bob Carpenter Center. Baptiste scored nine of UD’s final 11 points and was complemented by Devon Saddler’s 15 points and Davon Usher’s 13.The Blue Hens led, 28-26, at halftime before the Seahawks forged ahead by eight points with 10 minutes left. Cedrick Williams had 18 points and eight rebounds for UNCW.
LAST MATCHUP IN TRASK: In the last game between the two teams at Trask Coliseum on Feb. 23, 2013, junior guard Chris Dixon’s game-winning attempt bounced off the rim with three seconds remaining and Delaware held on for a 79-78 road victory over UNCW. The Blue Hens snapped an eight-game losing streak at Trask Coliseum by shooting 54.5 percent, including 62.1 percent in the first half. Sophomore guard Jarvis Threatt paced UD with a career-high 23 points and matched his career-best with 12 rebounds. Keith Rendleman had 26 points and 12 boards for the Seahawks.
BUZZ VS. UD: UNCW’s Buzz Peterson is 2-4 against Delaware in his four seasons with the Seahawks. He won his first two outings vs. the Blue Hens, but has dropped four consecutive games to UD.
SEAHAWKS VS. SADDLER: The Seahawks have had a time corraling UD senior guard Devon Saddler during his spectacular career with the Blue Hens. He has averaged 20.8 points, 4.5 rebounds and 2.5 assists in six appearances vs. the Seahawks. That includes a 46.3 percent shooting aim from the floor and four 20-point games.
HOME COOKING: After opening the home slate with a 3-7 ledger, the Seahawks have reeled off three straight wins at Trask Coliseum over CAA foes Towson, Northeastern and College of Charleston and have an opportunity to finish the home slate at .500 tonight.
SUDDEN DEATH SCORECARD: Saturday’s overtime thriller was UNCW’s third of the season. The Seahawks are 2-1 in overtime games after defeating Charleston Southern and Charleston and losing at Northeastern.
OVERTIME HISTORY: The Seahawks played the 14th double overtime game in school history against CofC. UNCW stands 8-6 in 2OT contests and last played into two extra periods on Jan. 24, 2009, when the Seahawks outlasted Towson, 103-98, at the Towson Center.
BACK ON THE COURT: Delaware regulars Marvin King-Davis and Jarvis Threatt may be returning to the lineup tonight. The pair did not play in the first matchup between the two teams after being suspended from the team. Both players have started 19 games for the Blue Hens this season, Threatt gives UD yet another scoring, threat averaging 17.9 ppg.
HOT SHOTS: Tonight’s game features four of the top-8 most accurate shooters in the CAA. Carl Baptiste (.554/3rd), Cedrick Williams (.500/5th), Davon Usher (.449/7th) and Devon Saddler (.448/8th) are all strong offensively.
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; Video: PPV via HawkVison on UNCWsports.com: Radio: Sunny 104.5 FM-Wilmington, N.C.
NEXT UP: The Seahawks travel to Baltimore, Md., next week to compete in the CAA Men’s Basketball Championship at Baltimore Arena. Official pairings will be announced Monday by league officials.