UNC Greensboro (8-18) at Samford (10-18)|
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Saturday, February 23, 8 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Pete Hanna Center (5,000) -- Birmingham, Alabama.
Television: none. Home Record: UNCG 6-8, Samford 6-6. Away Record: UNCG 2-10,
Samford 4-10. Neutral Record: UNCG 0-0, Samford 0-2. Conference Record: UNCG
6-9, Samford 8-7. Series Record: Samford leads, 6-5.
GAME NOTES: The UNC Greensboro Spartans may be tied for last in the North
Division of the Southern Conference, but tonight they'll go for a season sweep
of a team they've dominated the last couple of seasons, taking on the Samford
Bulldogs at the Pete Hanna Center.
The Spartans have won four in a row over the Samford Bulldogs, including a
66-64 decision on Jan. 24. Junior guard Trevis Simpson single-handedly
provided the Spartans with the win. He scored 30 points and netted 22 of the
team's 27 second-half points, including their last 14 points over the final
eight minutes of the game.
UNCG snapped a three-game skid with a 94-68 triumph over Chattanooga Thursday.
Nicholas Paulos scored a career-high 30 points while knocking down a school
record 10 3-pointers. Paulos took all of his shots from beyond the arc and was
10-of-12. Korey Van Dussen added 11 points while Kelvin McNeil, David
Williams, and Trevis Simpson had 10 points each. McNeil also had eight
rebounds while Drew Parker dished out seven assists.
Simpson (19.0 ppg) leads the team and conference in scoring and Derrell
Armstrong (14.6 ppg, 4.8 rpg) is second in point production and Kayel Locke
(10.2 ppg) third. Nicholas Paulos (8.3 ppg). The Spartans are the second-
leading scoring team in the SoCon, averaging 72.2 points, but they're allowing
73.7. Additionally, the Spartans are just ninth in field-goal percentage
Conversely, Samford's offense has struggled this season. The Bulldogs are
averaging 61.1 points, which are third-to-last in the conference. Hurting them
are 65.9 percent free throw shooting, which is tied for last in the SoCon. On
the positive side, Samford is shooting 37.4 percent from 3-point range, the
top mark in the conference, but they're also the worst rebounding team in the
The Bulldogs had won two in a row until a heart-breaking 63-62 loss at home
against Elon on Thursday. Samford was led by a 24-point performance from Clide
Geffrard Jr. who made good on 6-of-8 3-point attempts. Raijon Kelly added a
double-double with 17 points and 11 assists, while Tim Williams had 16 points
and eight rebounds. Kelly took the potential game-winning shot at the buzzer,
but his attempt hit the rim. Kelly (14.4), Williams (14.2) and Geffrard (11.6)
are all in double figures in scoring. Williams (7.0) paces the squad in
The last three games between UNCG and Samford have come down to the final
possession. Simpson is averaging 23.3 points in those contests. The question
is can Simpson push the Spartans over the top again in what's been a tough
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Samford 68, UNCG 67
02/23 10:32:37 ET