|Seahawks Ring In New Year With Tar Heels|
UNCW Vs. UNC
Tuesday, December 31, 2013 – 5 p.m.
Dean E. Smith Center (21,300) – Chapel Hill, N.C.
THE TIP-OFF: Head Coach Buzz Peterson carries his UNCW club to Chapel Hill today to face North Carolina’s Tar Heels in a reunion game for the fourth-year Seahawk skipper. Peterson played four seasons for the Tar Heels from 1981-85 and starred for the 1982 national championship team.
THE COACHES: UNCW’s Buzz Peterson is in his 16th season with a 264-214 (.552) overall record and 39-67 (.368) mark in four seasons with the Seahawks. UNC’s Roy Williams is in his 11th season with the Tar Heels and owns a 289-81 (.781) mark in Chapel Hill and overall record 707-182 (.795) in 26 seasons.
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 Tar Heels includes Nate Britt (5-11, 165, Fr., Guard), Marcus Paige (6-1, 175, Soph., Guard), James Michael McAdoo (6-9, 230, Jr., Forward), Joel James (6-10, 280, Soph., Forward) and J.P. Tokoto (6-5, 200, Soph., Forward).
JUMP BALL: UNCW travels to Chapel Hill today to face North Carolina in only the third meeting ever between the two state schools. It marks the last game of the calendar year and the final non-conference contest on the schedule for the Seahawks.
SEASON SNAPSHOT: The Seahawks have played 14-of-31 games and stand 3-3 at home and 3-5 on the road. UNCW has 17 games remaining, eight at home and nine away from Wilmington.
THE SERIES: Today is only the third meeting between the two in-state schools. UNC owns a 2-0 advantage in the series after convincing wins on Dec. 28, 2003, and Dec. 28, 2004.
ABOUT THE TAR HEELS: UNC started slowly, but finished with a flourish in a 75-60 decision over Atlantic Sun Conference member Northern Kentucky Friday night in Chapel Hill. The Tar Heels made their fifth consecutive home appearance and improved to 6-2 at home with the non-conference victory.
LAST MATCHUP: No. 4 UNC made it two straight over UNCW when senior forward Jawad Williams poured in 25 points to anchor four players in double figures in a 96-75 triumph on Dec. 28, 2004, at the Dean E. Smith Center. In UNCW’s first visit to the arena, the Tar Heels jumped out to a 16-3 lead and never looked back in winning their 10th straight game following a season-opening loss.Senior guard Ed Spencer poured in a career-high 19 points to pace the Seahawks, who shot 41.5 percent from the field and committed 19 turnovers. T.J. Carter and Taylor Lay contributed 12 and 11 points off the bench for the Seahawks.
FACING THE ACC: The Seahawks are 2-35 lifetime and have lost three straight vs. Atlantic Coast Conference foes. UNCW is 1-25 on away courts, 0-3 at Trask Coliseum and 1-3 at neutral sites. UNCW defeated N.C. State, 96-84, on Dec. 1, 1992, at historic Reynolds Coliseum and downed Wake Forest, 81-69, on Dec. 12, 2010, at the Greensboro Coliseum.
BUZZ VS. THE ACC: UNCW skipper Buzz Peterson owns a 3-11 record against ACC opponents. He has faced Clemson, Florida State, Georgia Tech, North Carolina, Maryland, Virginia and Wake Forest as a head coach. Peterson has lost three in a row to ACC opponents since his first club at UNCW knocked off Wake Forest on Dec. 12, 2010.
SEAHAWKS AT SMITH CENTER: UNCW is making only its second appearance in the Dean E. Smith Center following a 96-75 loss on Dec. 28, 2004. Brad Brownell, the current coach at Clemson, headed up UNCW’s program at that time.
PETERSON VS. UNC: Buzz Peterson is still looking for his first win against his alma mater. The Seahawk skipper has dropped four games to the Tar Heels by an average of 19.8 ppg. Peterson is coaching his fourth different team against UNC today (Appalachian State, Tulsa, Tennessee and UNCW).
ACTION JACKSON: Junior guard Freddie Jackson scored a total of four points in the first three games of the season, but has averaged 9.3 ppg (102 points) over the last 11 games. The slender guard has reached double figures in four of the last five contests and pumped in a season-best 15 in the last outing at UNCA.
AFTERNOON DELIGHT: The Seahawks are playing their seventh day game of the season and bring a 1-5 record in afternoon games into the contest. Overall, Buzz Peterson is 11-17 in afternoon tilts during his time at UNCW.
UNCW VS. RANKED OPPONENTS: The Seahawks stand 1-23 lifetime against ranked opponents, including 0-2 at home, 0-18 on the road and 1-3 on neutral floors. Today is UNCW’s first game against a ranked opponent in four seasons dating back to an 81-41 defeat at No. 4 Ohio State on Nov. 20, 2010, in Columbus. UNCW’s lone win over a ranked foe came on Mar. 14, 2002, when the Seahawks stunned No. 22 Southern Cal, 93-89, in overtime in the first round of the 2002 NCAA Tournament at Arco Arena in Sacramento, Calif. The win represents UNCW’s first victory in the NCAA Tournament.
FREE THROW CONCERNS: Both teams have struggled with inconsistency at the charity stripe. UNCW has made 67.3 percent on 208-of-309 attempts this season. UNC has converted 244-of-395 for 61.8 percent and has attempted 86 more free throws than the Seahawks.
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; Television: ESPNU; Internet: ESPN3.com (http://es.pn/MBK-UNCWvsUNC); Radio: Sunny 104.5 FM-Wilmington, N.C.
NEXT UP: UNCW returns to Trask Coliseum Saturday to kick off its 2013-14 Colonial Athletic Association slate with a 7 p.m. clash against defending conference champion James Madison.