UNCW Vs. University of Delaware
Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014 – Noon
Bob Carpenter Center (5,000) – Newark, Dela.

THE TIP-OFF:   The UNCW men’s basketball team returns to action today against Delaware after having its mid-week game postponed due to a surprising winter ice/snow storm that paralyzed coastal North Carolina. The Seahawks have not played in 10 days since a 75-70 loss at the College of Charleston on Jan. 22.

THE COACHES: UNCW’s Buzz Peterson is in his 16th season with a 264-221 (.544) overall record, including a 39-74 (.345) mark in four seasons with the Seahawks. Delaware’s Monte’ Ross has coached all eight seasons in Newark and has a 105-138 (.432) record with the Blue Hens.

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 Blue Hens are Davon Usher (6-6, 200, Sr., Guard), Devon Saddler (6-2, 210, Sr., Guard), Kyle Anderson (6-3, 200, Jr., Guard), Carl Baptiste (6-9, 260, Sr., Forward) and Devonne Pinkard (6-6, 205, Fr., Forward).

STREAKING SOUTHARD: Will the streak continue? That’s the question at hand for the Seahawks, who have dropped 10 consecutive games since a convincing victory over Campbell on Dec. 3. It matches the longest losing skid in school history.

CLOSE CALLS: The Seahawks have lost six close contests this season - five by five points and another in overtime.

THE SERIES: The Seahawks have faced Delaware more than any other former America East member since UD, Hofstra, Towson and Drexel joined the league 11 years ago. UNCW holds a 16-8 advantage in the series and owns four CAA Tournament victories (2002, 2003, 2006, 2008) over the Blue Hens. The two teams have split the last 10 meetings, but UD has won three in a row. In addition, the Blue Hens picked up their first sweep of the regular season series vs. UNCW one year ago.

ABOUT THE BLUE HENS: Explosive Delaware remained unbeaten in the CAA with an impressive 89-72 manhandling of William & Mary Wednesday night in Williamsburg, Va., Senior guard Davon Usher poured in 28 points to lead four players in double figures as the Blue Hens led wire-to-wire at Kaplan Arena. Senior forward Carl Baptiste added a career-high 23 points, senior guard Devon Saddler chipped in 19 and junior guard Kyle Anderson had 11 as the Blue Hen starters accounted for 81 of the 89 points.

MORE ON THE HENS: UD reeled off its ninth straight victory and improved to 4-0 in CAA  road games this season. Delaware has now claimed its last eight CAA road games and is 15-2 in its last 17 conference outings away from Newark. The Blue Hens played without starters Jarvis Threatt and Marvin King-Davis, who have been suspended for one month for violation of UD and team rules.

LAST MATCHUP: In the last game between the two teams, junior guard Chris Dixon’s game-winning attempt bounced off the rim with three seconds remaining for UNCW and Delaware held on for a 79-78 road victory on Feb. 23, 2013, at Trask Coliseum. The Blue Hens snapped an eight-game losing streak by shooting 54.5 percent, including 62.1 percent in the first half. Sophomore guard Jarvis Threatt paced UD with a career-high 23 points and matched his career-best with 12 rebounds. Keith Rendleman had 26 points and 12 boards for the Seahawks.

LAST MATCHUP IN NEWARK: In the last game between the two teams in Newark on Feb. 2, 2013,  Devon Saddler, Jamelle Hagins and Jarvis Threatt combined to match UNCW’s scoring total in a 71-56 victory over the Seahawks at the Bob Carpenter Center. Saddler (21), Hagins (20) and Threatt (15) carried the Blue Hens offensively to offset an 0-for-11 performance behind the arc. Redshirt freshman Craig Ponder came off the bench to lead the Seahawks with 14 points, while senior forward Keith Rendleman added 11 points and five rebounds.

PUTTING THE “D” IN DELAWARE: It’s a reporter’s nightmare, but just fine with UD skipper Monte’ Ross. The Blue Hens feature three players with similar names in the starting lineup - Davon Usher, Devon Saddler and Devonne Pinkard.

SADDLER SIGHTINGS: The Seahawks have had a time containing UD senior guard Devon Saddler during his spectacular career with the Blue Hens. He has averaged 22.0 points, 4.2 rebounds and 2.0 assists in five appearances vs. the Seahawks. That includes a 50.0 percent shooting aim from the floor and four consecutive 20-point games.

SEAHAWKS, BUZZ VS. UD: The Seahawks stand 5-6 against UD’s Monte Ross since he took over the Blue Hen program seven years ago, including 0-5 at the Bob Carpenter Center in Newark. UNCW’s Buzz Peterson is 2-3 against Delaware in his four seasons with the Seahawks. He won his first two outings vs. the Blue Hens, but has dropped three consecutive games to UD.

SUPER RECORD: The Seahawks are 25-21 in games played on Super Bowl weekend through the years. UNCW dropped a 81-68 decision to Towson last year when the Baltimore Ravens edged the San Francisco 49ers, 34-31, in Super Bowl XLVII.

JANUARY JUXTAPOSITION: With the postponement of Wednesday’s game vs. Towson, the Seahawks went winless in January (0-6) for the first time in school history.

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: ComcastSportsNet-Mid Atlantic, ComcastSportsNet-Philadelphia, ComcastSportsNet-New England and Wilmington NBC affiliate WECT (Bounce Network-Time Warner Cable channel 121, ATMC channel 94, and Charter Cable channel 137): Radio: Sunny 104.5 FM-Wilmington, N.C.

NEXT UP: Following today’s game, the Seahawks slip over to Philadelphia to take on Drexel for the second time this season in a Monday night affair at the cozy Daskalakis Center