|Former Seahawk Returns As Opponent|
UNCW Vs. Campbellsville
THE TIP-OFF: After tackling a road-heavy early part of the schedule, the UNCW men’s basketball team returns home tonight to entertain NAIA member Campbellsville to kick off a stretch of five home games in six outings for Coach Buzz Peterson’s club. The Seahawks welcome back hoops alumni Keith Adkins as he brings his Tigers into Trask Coliseum.
THE COACHES: UNCW’s Buzz Peterson is in his 16th season with a 261-210 (.554) overall record and 36-63 (.364) mark in four seasons with the Seahawks. Former UNCW standout Keith Adkins is coaching his 14th season overall with a 256-174 (.595) record overall, all with the Tigers.
THE PLAYERS: The probable starters for the Seahawks include Ben Eblen (6-1, 185, Gr., Guard), Addison Spruill (6-4, 225, Jr., Guard), Chris Dixon (6-0, 190, Sr., Guard), Shane Reybold (6-8, 238, Sr., Forward) and Cedrick Williams (6-9, 225, Jr., Forward). The probable starters for the Tigers includes Miles Rice (6-0, 180, Fr., Guard), DeShawn Dockery (5-10, 160, Sr., Guard), Jordan Myers (6-8, 270, Sr., Center), A’Darius Pegues (6-10, 245, Jr., Forward) and Eric Gaines (6-4, 185, Jr., Forward).
JUMP BALL: The schedule breaks back UNCW’s way after six road games in seven outings to open the 2013-14 campaign. The Seahawks were above .500 at 3-2, but successive losses at Western Kentucky and Marshall left the team looking for answers.
FAST BREAK: The Seahawks are playing the third game in the four-game Roundball Classic, which guarantees UNCW four games - two home and two away - this season. Following today’s outing, the Seahawks stay at home to entertain Stephen F. Austin to wrap up the exempt event.
THE SERIES: UNCW and CU are squaring off for the first time tonight and Buzz Peterson is facing Keith Adkins for the first time as well.
ABOUT THE TIGERS: Campbellsville had its record evened at 2-2 with a 79-61 home loss on Saturday to Pikeville. The visitors shot 51.9 percent and dominated the boards with a 37-22 advantage to hand the Tigers their second straight loss after opening the season with a pair of victories. A’Darius Pegues paced CU with 14 points and DeShawn Dockery chipped in 11.
TIP-INS: Campbellsville will be UNCW’s second opponent from the Bluegrass State in the last three games after Buzz Peterson’s club lost at Western Kentucky last Thursday in Bowling Green. UNCW has fashioned a 3-4 record against Eastern Kentucky, Morehead State, Murray State and Western Kentucky.
FACT OF THE GAME: CU’s Keith Adkins has never coached a game in North Carolina as a head coach. He did, however, beat Brevard, 69-63, in Campbellsville on Nov. 25, 2005. UNCW will be the 17th NCAA D-I opponent he’s faced since taking over the program in 2000.
ROAD KILL: UNCW’s early schedule has taken the Seahawks to Iowa to Charleston to Lynchburg to Bowling Green to Huntington and all points in between. Overall, UNCW has traveled 4,884 miles so far this year.
HALF PINT: The Seahawks are averaging 27.7 points and shooting 34.6 percent in the first half this season. After intermission, UNCW is collecting 39.6 ppg and connecting on 43.0 percent from the floor.
DEEP CHILL: The Seahawks did not make a 3-pointer in last Saturday’s loss at Marshall, going 0-for-8 behind the arc. The last time that happened was on Nov. 26, 2011, in a 70-67 loss to Davidson at Trask Coliseum.
SOLID AT THE STRIPE: The Seahawks are making 71.2 percent at the charity stripe this season, but, more importantly, have connected on 34-of-41 (.829) at the charity stripe in the last five minutes of the game.
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; Internet: UNCWsports.com; Radio: Sunny 104.5 FM-Wilmington, N.C.
NEXT UP: The Seahawks wrap up a two-game mini-homestand Friday when Stephen F. Austin visits Wilmington for the final game of the Roundball Classic at 7 p.m.