FACTS & STATS: Site: Trask Coliseum (5,100) -- Wilmington, North Carolina. Television: None. Home Record: UD 8-4, UNCW 9-3. Away Record: UD 6-7, UNCW 1-14. Neutral Record: UD 1-2, UNCW 0-0. Conference Record: UD 10-5, UNCW 5-10. Series Record: UNC-Wilmington leads, 16-6.
GAME NOTES: The Delaware Blue Hens have made the trek to Trask Coliseum to take on the UNC-Wilmington Seahawks in a Colonial Athletic Association bout.
Delaware has won four of its last five games, including a double-overtime thriller over Drexel on Thursday night. Sitting in second place in the CAA, they are 5-2 on the road in conference games this season.
UNC-Wilmington lost its sixth game in eight outings with an 84-61 defeat at Old Dominion on Wednesday. They are currently ninth in the conference.
UNCW has gotten over on Delaware in the 22-game series, leading by a 16-6 margin. The two teams have split the last 10 games, however, and the Blue Hens have won two straight over the Seahawks. UD downed the UNCW, 71-56, in the first pairing between the two teams this season on Feb. 2 in Newark.
Devon Saddler dropped in 31 points for the Blue Hens who defeated the Drexel Dragons in a double-overtime thriller at the Bob Carpenter Center. Saddler, the league's top scorer, was 9-of-14 from the field and scored 11 points at the free-throw line for Delaware. While Jarvis Threatt contributed 13 points, Jamelle Hagins put together a huge double-double with 18 rebounds and 14 points. Coming into the game Hagins needed just one rebound to reach 1,000 for his career. He is the seventh active player in the country to have 1,000 or more rebounds.
Saddler, who is averaging 20.1 ppg in conference play, has now scored in double figures in 34 straight games, the second-longest active streak in the country and the fourth-longest in team history. Hagins is pulling down 10.4 rpg to lead the team. The Blue Hens have the second-best scoring offense in the CAA, averaging 69.2 ppg. Unfortunately, they are giving it all back at the defensive end by letting foes score 69.6 ppg.
Craig Ponder finished with 16 points for UNCW as they fell to Old Dominion, 84-61, on Wednesday night. Keith Rendleman contributed a double-double with 15 points and 11 rebounds, while Cedrick Williams and Chris Dixon added 12 and 10 points, respectively. ODU used a 21-6 run midway through the first half to take control.
Rendleman is the one who typically gives this team a chance for victory, leading them in both scoring (16.2 ppg) and rebounding (10.4 ppg), tied with Hagins of UD. As a unit, the Seahawks are scoring just 62.4 ppg and giving up a whopping 70.3 ppg, leaving them with the second-worst scoring margin in the league (-7.2).
These two teams are going in opposite directions and there doesn't appear to be any reason why that should change. Expect the Blue Hens to exploit the weaknesses that the Seahawks have at both ends of the court and come home with the victory.