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DATE & TIME: Wednesday, January 16, 7 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Greensboro Coliseum (7,617) -- Greensboro, North Carolina. Television: None. Home Record: Wofford 4-1, UNCG 3-4. Away Record: Wofford 2-9, UNCG 0-8. Neutral Record: Wofford 1-0, UNCG 0-0. Conference Record: Wofford 1-3, UNCG 1-3. Series Record: Wofford leads, 20-9.
GAME NOTES: Heading out on the road where they have struggled so far this season, the Wofford Terriers take on the Spartans of UNC Greensboro on Wednesday night in Southern Conference action.
Just 2-9 in true road games this season, the Terriers were handed their latest setback on Monday night when they bowed to Furman by a score of 69-65 in Greenville. The defeat was the fourth in the last five outings for Wofford, which is now just 7-10 on the campaign overall and 1-3 in Southern Conference play.
Meanwhile, the Spartans also hit the hardwood two nights ago and they experienced similar results as they bowed to Appalachian State in Boone, 83-70. If nothing else, UNCG has to be happy about the fact that this game is the beginning of a five-game homestand because the Spartans have come up empty in eight road dates in 2012-13.
Wofford, which will host the Spartans next month, leads the all-time series between the squads by a count of 20-9.
Even though the Terriers finished without four points of Furman on Monday, that's only after the team fell behind by double-digit in the first half and fought all the way back to make it respectable. Spencer Collins tallied 18 points and Karl Cochran 17, but the two of them combined to shoot just 4-of-17 behind the 3-point line, the team finishing at 5-of-22 out on the perimeter. Lee Skinner chipped in 13 points and eight rebounds, but at the same time was responsible for five of the unit's 13 turnovers as well. Cochran is listed as the top scorer overall for the program with 16.3 ppg, but he has shot just 36.0 percent from the floor in doing so, taking the entire team down to only 39.2 percent accuracy in the process. Skinner (11.3 ppg) and Collins (11.2 ppg) also have scoring potential, although the former has converted just 4- of-31 (.129) beyond the arc and the latter 36.0 percent from the field over the course of 17 games.
After scoring less than 60 points in the two previous outings against Division I foes, the Spartans did show some signs of life on Monday when they came up with 70 against Appalachian State. Unfortunately, the Mountaineers generated 83 points, marking the 10th time this season a UNCG foe had reached at least 80 points. Trevis Simpson tried to keep the visitors close with 22 points, although he shot just 1-of-6 behind the 3-point line, while Derrell Armstrong contributed 20 points as he knocked down 3-of-6 on the outside and at the same time posted a team-best seven rebounds as well. Letting loose with more than 15 field goal attempts per game, it only makes sense that Simpson is the top scorer for the group with his 18.3 ppg, while Armstrong checks in with another 16.9 ppg as a 40.0 percent shooter out on the perimeter. Making good on better than 7.5 3-pointers per game, UNCG is producing a strong 73.9 ppg, but at the same time giving up 78.1 ppg.
The Terriers aren't a high-scoring program, but if UNCG doesn't make more of an effort then Wofford could have a game to remember on Wednesday night.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Wofford 77, UNC Greensboro 69
01/16 10:35:14 ET
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