UNC-Wilmington (5-9) at James Madison (7-8)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Wednesday, January 9, 7 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Convocation Center (7,156) -- Harrisonburg, Virginia. Television: None. Home Record: UNCW 5-1, JMU 3-2. Away Record: UNCW 0-8, JMU 1-3. Neutral Record: UNCW 0-0, JMU 3-1. Conference Record: UNCW 0-2, JMU 1-1. Series Record: UNC-Wilmington leads, 33-29.
GAME NOTES: Heading back out on the road where they have yet to taste victory this season, the Seahawks of UNC Wilmington make their way to Virginia where they will clash with the James Madison Dukes in Colonial Athletic Association action at the Convocation Center.
Already 0-8 in true road games this season, the Seahawks are also one of two teams in the CAA still without a league victory, the other being Old Dominion. Over the weekend, UNCW made the trip to Boston to challenge Northeastern and was turned back in a 68-64 defeat. The loss was the third in a row and the fifth in six tries for the program.
As for the Dukes, playing at home for the first time since Dec. 16 when they toppled UNC Greensboro, 85-73, they are seeking to snap a two-game slide of their own after bowing to Hampton on Monday night in a 69-65 final.
In terms of the all-time series, the Seahawks are ahead of JMU by a count of 33-29.
UNCW shot a staggering 66.7 percent from the floor in the first half against the Huskies over the weekend, finishing at 49.0 percent for the entire game, yet the visitors still suffered the loss as they turned the ball over 18 times. Tanner Milson gave the Seahawks a huge lift off the bench with his 20 points on 6-of-9 shooting behind the 3-point line, followed by Keith Rendleman with a double-double consisting of 13 points and 14 boards, while Cedrick Williams connected on all five of his field goal attempts as he tallied 12 points in the setback. The only double-digit scorer on the roster at the moment, Rendleman is not only pouring in 15.8 ppg, he is also first on the unit with 10.8 rpg as well. Williams, who had seven rebounds at Northeastern, checks in with 7.1 rpg, but his mere 6.1 ppg explains why this group is generating only 61.0 ppg this season.
Ahead by as many as 11 points just over eight minutes into the meeting with Hampton on the road a couple nights back, the Dukes saw a massive scoring shift that put them down by 14 points late in the second half, en route to the four-point loss. Rayshawn Goins tried to keep hope alive with his double- double of 16 points and a game-high 12 rebounds, but it still wasn't enough as the team turned the ball over 17 times and shot just 6-of-22 beyond the arc. Andre Nation and Devon Moore chipped in 13 points apiece as they combined to miss all but one of their nine 3-point tries. Through 15 games, Goins is the leading scorer overall for the group with 14.9 ppg and is also tops with 8.2 rpg as well. Although it has been just two games, Goins has boosted his efforts against CAA opponents with 17.5 ppg and 12.5 rpg, but the team as a whole has generated just 55.0 ppg and shot 33.6 percent from the floor and 30.3 percent beyond the arc in those two contests.
UNCW has a knack for letting good efforts go to waste on the road these days and unless something major changes, the trend will probably continue on Wednesday.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: James Madison 66, UNC-Wilmington 63
01/09 10:40:08 ET