UNC Greensboro (2-6) at UNC-Wilmington (4-6)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Wednesday, December 19, 7 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Trask Coliseum (6,100) -- Wilmington, North Carolina. Television: None. Home Record: UNCG 2-3, UNCW 4-0. Away Record: UNCG 0-3, UNCW 0-6. Neutral Record: UNCG 0-0, UNCW 0-0. Conference Record: UNCG 1-0, UNCW 0-0. Series Record: UNC Greensboro leads, 3-1.
GAME NOTES: On the hunt once again for their first road win of the season, the Spartans of UNC Greensboro challenge the UNC-Wilmington Seahawks in non- conference play at Trask Coliseum on Wednesday.
UNCG has played just three games on the road thus far, but still the team has come up empty following stops at High Point, East Carolina and on Sunday, James Madison where the team was handed an 85-73 setback by the Dukes. The loss was the fifth in the last six games for a program that has a total of just two victories thus far and only one against another Division I school (The Citadel).
Meanwhile, the Seahawks have been bounced a round quite a bit in the early going as well, most recently losing to Davidson on the road over the weekend, 77-61. The setback was the second in as many games and the third in four tries for the group overall.
Despite these two programs residing in the same state, this game marks just the fifth meeting all-time between them, with the Spartans owning a 3-1 edge over UNCW. The Seahawks won the first meeting back in 1990 at home by a score of 69-51, but more recently the Spartans posted a 72-55 win in Wilmington back in 2007.
At the Convocation Center in Harrisonburg, the Spartans fell behind immediately and never recovered, trailing by as many as 20 points at the break before suffering the 12-point road loss to James Madison. Trevis Simpson tried to keep hope alone with his game-high 24 points, shooting 8-of-19 from the floor, but he was the only starter in double figures for the visitors. Nicholas Paulos chipped in 15 points, hitting 5-of-6 shots behind the 3-point line in a reserve role, but still the team as a whole was just 9-of-25 out on the perimeter. A starter in every game this season, Simpson has done rather well for himself with 19.9 ppg, but even with that sort of effort this is a team that cannot catch a break. A big part of the problem is at the defensive end of the floor where UNCG's opponents are allowed to generate 79.2 ppg.
Over at Belk Arena on Saturday, UNCW shot a solid 47.4 percent from the floor, but at the same time the team was outscored 27-9 beyond the arc and 16-4 at the free-throw line, so there was little chance of the Seahawks competing for a full 40 minutes. Nevertheless, Keith Rendleman did everything he could to give the visitors a fighting chance, scoring not only 20 points but also clearing nine rebounds, but still the team was topped on the glass by a 38-27 margin. Tanner Milson tacked on 10 points in the losing effort. Rendleman, the leading scorer for the team seven times already this season, stands as the lone double-digit scorer overall at the moment with his 15.3 ppg, stemming from his 51.8 percent accuracy from the floor. Rendleman is also first on the glass with 9.3 rpg and has a team-best 20 steals, yet it is still difficult to look beyond his 58.6 percent shooting at the free-throw line.
As long as Rendleman can get some decent support from his teammates while they are at home on Wednesday, the Seahawks should be able to pull off the win, but just barely.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: UNC-Wilmington 68, UNC Greensboro 64
12/19 10:38:59 ET