|Seahawks Play Second Straight Rival Game|
UNCW Vs. Campbell
THE TIP-OFF: The men’s basketball team wraps up a string of three games in five days when longtime foe Campbell visits Trask Coliseum tonight. The Seahawks got back to .500 on Sunday with a scintillating 70-68 victory over longtime rival East Carolina in Greenville, N.C.
THE COACHES: UNCW’s Buzz Peterson is in his 16th season with a 263-211 (.555) overall record and 38-64 (.373) mark in four seasons with the Seahawks. Campbell’s Kevin McGeehan is coaching his 3rd season overall with a 14-42 (.250) record overall, including a 4-3 (.571) mark in his first season with the Camels.
THE PLAYERS: The probable starters for the Seahawks include Ben Eblen (6-1, 185, Gr., Guard), Addison Spruill (6-4, 225, Jr., Guard), Tanner Milson (6-2, 190, Sr., Guard), Shane Reybold (6-8, 238, Sr., Forward) and Cedrick Williams (6-9, 225, Jr., Forward). The probable starters for the Camels include Quinton Ray (6-1, 180, Fr., Guard), Andrew Ryan (6-5, 200, R-Jr., Guard), Darius Leonard (6-9, 225, R-Jr., Guard), Leek Leek (6-6, 215, Sr., Forward), Reco McCarter (6-6, 195, R-Jr., Forward)
JUMP BALL: Two days after dispatching bitter rival East Carolina, the Seahawks return home tonight to entertain another longtime state foe in Campbell. The Seahawks and Camels are each coming off two-point road victories over the weekend.
THE SERIES: Tonight is the 99th meeting between the two longtime rivals since the series began in the fall of 1952. UNCW leads the all-time series, 56-42, including a 35-14 record in Wilmington and a commanding 36-11 advantage in NCAA Division I play. The Seahawks have won seven of the last 10 clashes between the two longtime rivals. The two teams have alternated wins and losses over the last six games.
ABOUT THE CAMELS: Campbell picked up its second road win of the season by outlasting Georgia Southern, 75-73, in overtime on Saturday in Statesboro, Ga. The Camels won their second straight game behind reserve D.J. Mason’s 20 points. CU overcame a 38-point, 11-rebound effort by Georgia Southern’s Jelani Hewitt.
LAST MEETING WITH THE CAMELS: Senior guard Darren White exploded for 32 points, including 23 in the second half, to power Campbell past UNCW, 72-60, on Dec. 29, 2012, at the Pope Convocation Center. The Camels shot 50 percent from the floor to win their third straight over the Seahawks in Buies Creek. Keith Rendleman notched his fifth double-double of the season with 18 points and 11 rebounds and freshman guard Craig Ponder collected 12 points for the Seahawks.
CAMEL CONNECTIONS: Three members of the UNCW athletic staff formerly worked at Campbell: Mike Vaccaro (Assistant Director/Seahawk Sports Marketing), Randy Hood (Assistant Baseball Coach) and men’s baskeball trainer Scott Hill (Director of Sports Medicine). On the other side of the fence, Campbell Director of Athletics Bob Roller once served as SID at UNCW and Associate Director of Athletic Media Services Jason Williams was an intern with UNCW’s athletic communications staff.
FACING THE BIG SOUTH: The Seahawks are playing their 195th game against the Big South Conference tonight. UNCW stands 114-80 lifetime against BSC opponents. UNCW has played eight of the league’s 11 institutions.
FACT OF THE GAME: Cedrick Williams, UNCW’s leading scorer and rebounder, has faced Campbell three times in his career, making just 3-of-14 field goals while averaging 4.0 ppg and 9.0 rpg against the Camels. He was held scoreless in last year’s installment of the series, missing four field goal attempts in Buies Creek.
CAMEL CROSSING: UNCW’s Buzz Peterson owns a 2-4 record against Campbell in six outings. He’s faced the Camels for the last four years and amassed a 1-3 record in that span.
KINGS OF THE ROAD: UNCW won just one road game last season, but the Seahawks have reversed that trend this year, taking three games already away from home. The Seahawks have beaten Charleston Southern, Liberty and East Carolina on their courts this season.
CLUTCH TIME: The Seahawks are shooting 76.8 percent at the free throw line in the last five minutes of the game. Eight players are connecting on at least 70 percent in the final five minutes.
LOCKED IN: Cedrick Williams has converted 56-of-99 field goal attempts for 56.6 percent of his tries. The rest of the team is 190-of-513 for 37.0 percent. The Murfreesboro, Tenn., product has reached double figures in nine of 10 outings.
DECEMBER DOINGS: Buzz Peterson owns a 52-43 record in December during his career, including 36-9 at home, 12-30 on the road and 4-4 at neutral sites. He’s 10-9 during December since arriving in Wilmington.
HOME SWEET HOME: Addison Spruill (12.7 ppg) and Cedrick Williams (11.3 ppg) are UNCW’s top two scorers in home games. Eight players are collecting at least five points in home outings this season. The Seahawks are shooting 42.4 percent at home and 39.3 percent on the road in 2013-14.
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 104.5 FM-Wilmington, N.C.
NEXT UP: The Seahawks will break for final exams before returning to action on Dec. 15 at home against Manhattan in a 2 p.m. tip-off.