|Seahawks Try To Slay Dragons In CAA Play|
UNCW Vs. Drexel
THE TIP-OFF: The UNCW men’s basketball team continues its Colonial Athletic Association docket today with an afternoon matinee against visiting Drexel. The Seahawks are looking to shake an eight-game slide that has endured for 46 days.
THE COACHES: UNCW’s Buzz Peterson is in his 16th season with a 264-219 (.547) overall record, including a 39-72 (.351) mark in four seasons with the Seahawks. Drexel’s James “Bruiser” Flint owns a 307-238 (.563) record in 18 years as a head coach and is 221-166 (.571) in 13 seasons with the Dragons.
THE PLAYERS: The probable starters for the Seahawks include Chris Dixon (6-0, 190, Sr., Guard), Addison Spruill (6-4, 225, Jr., Guard), Freddie Jackson (6-4, 185, Jr., Guard), Chuck Ogbodo (6-9, 230, Fr., Forward) and Cedrick Williams (6-9, 225, Jr., Forward). The probable starters for the Dragons are Chris Fouch (6-2, 185, Gr., Guard), Frantz Massenat (6-4, 190, Sr., Guard), Major Canady (6-4, 200, Fr., Guard), Rodney Williams (6-7, 220, Fr., Forward) and Goran Pantovic (6-10, 225, Sr., Forward).
SEASON OVERLOOK: The Seahawks have played 19-of-31 games and stand 3-5 at home and 3-8 on the road. UNCW has 12 games remaining, six at home and six away from Wilmington.
TRUE TAILSPIN: The Seahawks have dropped eight consecutive games for the first time since a similar stretch from Feb. 8-25, 2012. The last time the team lost eight in a row came during the last four games of the 2010-11 season and the first five games of the 2011-12 campaign when UNCW dropped nine straight. The last time UNCW fell eight straight times during a single season came in 2008-09 when the Seahawks suffered a string of 10 straight defeats.
THE SERIES: The Seahawks own a 12-9 advantage in the 21-game series. UNCW won 10 of the first 12 games in the series, including five straight at one point, before DU bounced back to win four in a row. Drexel has won three straight over UNCW, including a 16-point verdict in last year’s season finale, and seven of the last nine meetings between the two teams.
ABOUT THE DRAGONS: Drexel and wily head coach James “Bruiser” Flint were picked to finish second during the regular season standings in the CAA, but injuries have cost the Dragons early. Flint’s club brings a 1-2 conference record into today’s matchup and needs a road win to right the ship.
LAST MATCHUP: In the last game between the two clubs, Drexel handed UNCW a 62-46 setback in the final game of the 2013-14 season for the Seahawks in Philadelphia. Senior forward Daryl McCoy scored a team-high 13 points and grabbed 17 rebounds to power the Dragons, who broke away from the Seahawks with an 18-6 run early in the second half to win the only meeting of the season between the two teams. Keith Rendleman had 24 points and 10 rebounds in his final collegiate appearance for the Seahawks, who shot just 35.2 percent.
BUZZ VS. DREXEL: Buzz Peterson is facing Drexel for the fifth time in his career and stands 1-3 against the Dragons and Bruiser Flint.
SEAHAWKS VS. PENNSYLVANIA FOES: The Seahawks have compiled a 14-12 record against four teams from the state of Pennsylvania through the years.
SCORING DROUGHT: The Seahawks have not scored in the 70s in the last eight games. UNCW has averaged 58.2 ppg over the last five contests.
SEAHAWKS IN CAA GAMES: UNCW is shooting 40.9 percent from the field and 63.2 percent at the free throw line in conference games. The Seahawks are averaging 60.0 ppg and allowing 67.0 ppg to opponents in league competition.
FOUR ON THE FLOOR: Junior guard Addison Spruill has made just four field goals in each of the last three games, but is crashing the boards more. He went 4-of-11 at Northeastern, 4-of-13 at Towson and 4-of-13 once again in Wednesday’s loss to Hofstra. He’s averaging 8.0 rebounds over the last two games.
CHUCK TIME: Freshman forward Chuck Ogbodo made his second career start in Wednesday’s loss to Hofstra. He played 15 minutes with two points and two rebounds for the Seahawks.
DIXON DOINGS: Senior guard Chris Dixon has reached double figures four times in the last five games and six times overall this season. Dixon, who is averaging 13.7 field goal attempts in his last three contests, led the team with 15 points on 7-of-14 shooting in Wednesday’s loss to Hofstra.
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 make their first visit to TD Arena as a conference opponent Wednesday when UNCW visit the College of Charleston for a 7 p.m. tilt.