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THE TIP-OFF: They’re no longer members of the Colonial Athletic Association, but today’s opponent, Old Dominion’s Monarchs, still bring back memories for UNCW. The two old CAA rivals collide today in an afternoon matinee that wraps up a three-game homestand for the Seahawks.
THE COACHES: UNCW’s Buzz Peterson is in his 16th season with a 264-212 (.555) overall record and 39-65 (.375) mark in four seasons with the Seahawks. Old Dominion’s Jeff Jones is in his 22nd season overall with a 362-293 (.553) record and stands 4-7 (.364) in his first season on the Norfolk campus.
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 Monarchs include Aaron Bacote (6-4, 180, Soph., Guard), Keenan Palmore (6-1, 180, Soph., Guard), Dimitri Batten (6-3, 205, R-Jr., Guard), Denzell Taylor (6-7, 210, Fr., Forward) and Richard Ross (6-6, 225, R-Jr., Forward).
JUMP BALL: UNCW plays its final game before the Christmas break today when longtime CAA rival ODU pays a visit to Trask Coliseum. The Seahawks and Monarchs will play just once this season.
SCOUTING THE MONARCHS: ODU is coming off a 51-44 home loss to CAA newcomer College of Charleston Wednesday night in Norfolk. The Cougars went 13-of-14 at the free throw line to overcome cold shooting from the floor en route to the road win. The Monarchs shot a frosty 31.4 percent from the field and committed 14 turnovers in the loss at the Ted Constant Center.
THE SERIES: The Seahawks and Monarchs are playing for the 49th time today and ODU holds a 30-18 advantage in the series. After UNCW reeled off seven consecutive wins from Dec. 18, 1999, to Jan. 23, 2002, ODU answered by winning eight in-a-row over UNCW. The Monarchs have won seven of the last eight meetings and seven of the last 10 matchups. ODU carved out a 26-18 record against UNCW during the Monarchs’ run in the CAA from 1992-2013.
LAST MEETING WITH ODU: In the last game between the Seahawks and Monarchs, senior forward DeShawn Painter anchored five players in double figures to fuel Old Dominion past UNCW, 84-61, on Feb. 20, 2013, in the final CAA game between the two teams at the Ted Constant Center. The Monarchs torched the nets for 58.9 percent behind 23 assists to gain a split in the regular season series with the Seahawks. Senior forward Keith Rendleman became UNCW’s all-time leading rebounder with 11 boards and added 15 points for his 17th double-double of the campaign.
LAST UNCW-MC GAME AT TRASK COLISEUM: Senior forward Keith Rendleman shook off early foul trouble with 14 points and 13 rebounds to lift UNCW over Old Dominion, 65-60, in the last game between the two teams at Trask Coliseum on Jan. 16, 2013. The Seahawks snapped a six-game losing streak to the Monarchs behind Rendleman, who played just three minutes in the first half, but regrouped to power the Seahawks down the stretch. Junior guard Chris Dixon added 14 points and freshman point guard Craig Ponder had 13. DeShawn Painter paced ODU with 18 points and eight boards.
BUZZ VS. THE MONARCHS: Buzz Peterson is facing Old Dominion for the sixth time today. The Seahawks have averaged just 56.2 points against ODU in Peterson’s five games on the bench.
FACT OF THE GAME: The Seahawks have struggled mightily from long distance this season, shooting just 24.0 percent behind the arc. In fact, over the last seven games, UNCW is 22-of-100 (.220) from deep. ODU hasn’t fared much better, connecting on only 31.5 percent (58-of-184) this season.
DAYTIME HOOPS: The Seahawks are playing their fifth day game of the season and bring a 1-3 record in afternoon games into the contest. Overall, Buzz Peterson is 11-15 in afternoon tilts during his time at UNCW.
STARTING APPETIZER: Coach Buzz Peterson used his seventh different starting lineup of the season in UNCW’s last game vs. Manhattan. Cedrick Williams and Ben Eblen are the only two players to start every game in 2013-14.
GLASS CLEANERS: The Seahawks have outrebounded their opponents in four of the last five contests. Overall. UNCW has outrebounded its foes in five of 12 games in 2013-14.
HOME RIMS: Cedrick Williams (12.4 ppg) and Addison Spruill (11.6 ppg) are UNCW’s top two scorers in home games. Six players are collecting at least five points in home outings this season. The Seahawks are shooting 45.3 percent at home and 39.3 percent on the road in 2013-14.
STRAIGHT SHOOTER: Cedrick Williams has converted 66-of-115 field goal attempts for 57.4 percent of his tries. The rest of the team is 232-of-601 for 38.6 percent. The Murfreesboro, Tenn., product has reached double figures in 11 of 12 outings.
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: HawkVision on UNCWsports.com; Radio: Sunny 104.5 FM-Wilmington, N.C.
NEXT UP: The Seahawks take some much-needed time off and don’t return to action until Saturday, Dec. 28, when they travel to the North Carolina mountains to take on UNC Asheville in a 4:30 p.m. tilt.