Samford (7-12) at UNC Greensboro (4-13)|
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Thursday, January 24, 7 p.m. (et).
FACTS & STATS: Site: Greensboro Coliseum (7,617) -- Greensboro, North
Carolina. Television: None. Home Record: Samford 4-4, UNCG 4-5. Away Record:
Samford 3-6, UNCG 0-8. Neutral Record: Samford 0-2, UNCG 0-0. Conference
Record: Samford 5-1, UNCG 2-4. Series Record: Samford leads, 6-4.
GAME NOTES: The Samford Bulldogs will try to pad their lead in the Southern
Conference North Division standings when they step inside Greensboro Coliseum
to take on the UNC Greensboro Spartans.
Samford improved to 5-1 in league play with Saturday's 72-68 victory over
Appalachian State. The win was the fourth in a row for the Bulldogs, who begin
a three-game road swing tonight. Following this tilt, the Bulldogs will be
idle until next Thursday when they visit South Division leader Davidson.
Meanwhile, UNCG is playing the third leg of its season-long five-game
homestand. The Spartans have certainly had their struggles throughout the
season, although all four of their wins so far have come at home. The Spartans
have dropped three of their last four overall, including Sunday's 69-61
setback to Furman.
Samford leads the all-time series, 6-4, but UNCG claimed a 71-69 victory in
the most recent meeting last February.
The Bulldogs have stepped things up defensively of late, as they are allowing
an average of just 62.5 points during their current win streak. In the two
games prior to the streak -- the team's longest in conference play in nearly
three years -- the Bulldogs had allowed 87 points in a loss to Wisconsin and
74 in another loss to Chattanooga. But they also got hot on the offensive end
against Appalachian State on Saturday, shooting 54.5 percent from the floor
while knocking down 7-of-15 3-pointers (.467). Clide Geffrard, Jr. was 4-of-6
from long range and finished with a game-high 20 points. Raijon Kelly tallied
15 points and seven assists, while Brandon Hayman added 14 points off the
bench, and Tim Williams scored 13 in the win. On the season, Kelly leads the
team with 14.6 points per game, followed by Williams with 14.3 ppg and a team-
best 7.2 rpg.
The Spartans could take a cue from Samford's new defensive mindset, as they
are allowing opponents to shoot 37.2 percent from long range and score 76.0
ppg. During a five-game skid earlier this season, UNCG gave up at least 80
points in all five games. The Spartans do boast a couple of scorers in guards
Trevis Simpson (17.8 ppg) and Derrell Armstrong (16.8 ppg, 5.4 rpg), while
reserve Kayel Locke is averaging 10.2 points and 4.7 rebounds. However, after
building a 10-point halftime lead against Furman on Sunday, UNCG allowed the
Paladins to shoot 58.3 percent from the floor and 5-of-6 from beyond the arc
in the second half. Furman put together 11-0 and 19-4 runs in that decisive
second stanza, which the Paladins won by a 47-29 margin. Armstrong and
Nicholas Paulos each scored 16 points for UNCG, although the Spartans shot
just 36.5 percent as a team.
Samford coach Bennie Seltzer has his team playing its best basketball of the
season at the moment, but the Bulldogs must be careful to avoid a letdown
against the struggling Spartans.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Samford 75, UNC Greensboro 68
01/24 10:33:49 ET