UNC Greensboro (3-10) at Western Carolina (6-9)
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DATE & TIME: Saturday, January 12, 2 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Ramsey Center (7,826) -- Cullowhee, North Carolina.
Television: None. Home Record: UNCG 3-4, WCU 3-1. Away Record: UNCG 0-6, WCU
2-7. Neutral Record: UNCG 0-0, WCU 1-1. Conference Record: UNCG 1-1, WCU 3-0.
Series Record: Western Carolina leads, 24-16.
GAME NOTES: Trying for a third consecutive win, the Western Carolina
Catamounts continue Southern Conference play with a matchup against struggling
The Catamounts posted two victories in a three-day span, most recently topping
Warren Wilson, 78-53, on Monday. Trey Sumler led the way with 18 points for
Western Carolina, which has three players averaging double figures in scoring,
led by the SoCon's leading scorer in Trevis Simpson at 18.0 ppg. Derrell
Armstrong is netting 15.9 ppg and Kayel Locke checks in at 11.5 ppg for a team
that averages over 70 ppg.
Western Carolina has won 49 of its last 59 home games, and over the past three
seasons is 47-10 at home during Larry Hunter's tenure. Today, the Catamounts
aim for a 4-0 start in SoCon play for just the second time in team history and
the first since 1994-95.
Western Carolina has dominated this series recently, having won nine of the
last 10 meetings. WCU leads the all-time series in Cullowhee, 15-4, which
includes winning four straight home games over UNCG. Interestingly though, the
last three matchups have been decided by a combined 12 points.
UNC Greensboro ended a five-game slide on Wednesday with an 86-47 victory over
Lees-McRae. Nicholas Paulos led the Spartans by scoring a career-high 26
points off the bench. Paulos hit a career-high 8-of-12 from 3-point land,
falling just one 3-pointer shy of the UNCG single-game record for 3-pointers
made. Senior guard Derrell Armstrong scored 19 points and grabbed six
Armstrong is second on the team at 15.9 ppg, while Simpson paces the squad
with 18 ppg. Freshman forward Kayel Locke enters the game as the third-leading
scorer, averaging 11.5 points per game off the bench. UNCG enters the day as
the top scoring team in the Southern Conference at 75.5 ppg, which is close to
the single-season record (76.3 ppg) set during the 1988-89 season. The
Spartans are also second in the conference in 3-point shooting, averaging 7.8
treys per game. Forward Kelvin McNeil leads the team in rebounding at 7.1 per
The Catamounts are just too tough at home. Also factor in the big historical
advantage and it adds up to a WCU win.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Western Carolina 82, UNC Greensboro 73
01/12 10:40:05 ET
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