Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Game 16 - UNC Greensboro

Game #16 - UNCG Spartans 
Location: Ramsey Center, Cullowhee, NC
Date: Saturday, January 12th, 2013
Time: 2:00 p.m. ET
Series: Western Carolina leads the all-time series with UNCG, 24-16, having won nine of the last 10 meetings dating back to 2009
Radio: Catamount Sports Network
TV: none
Live Video: Catamount All Access (fee)

UNCG head coach Wes Miller is in his first full season as the skipper of the Spartans. Miller took over last year on an interim basis during the season and led the Spartans through one of the biggest turnarounds in UNCG basketball history. Miller led the Spartans to a 11-5 record over the last 16 games of the year and was named the Southern Conference Coach of the Year.  The Spartans won the SoCon North Division championship with a 10-8 conference record.

UNCG was the preseason pick to win the SoCon North Division championship as the Spartans return four starters from that divisional championship team.

UNCG enters Saturday’s game in Cullowhee with a 2-10 overall record and a 1-1 mark in Southern Conference play, with a lone victory over The Citadel Bulldogs and a loss to the Davidson Wildcats. Their two wins this season came over Winston-Salem State and the Citadel Bulldogs.  The Spartans are on a 5 game losing streak and are 0-6 on the road this season.

 UNCG leads the SoCon in scoring, but have allowed a league-high 81.6 points per game. The Spartans are averaging 74.5 points per game (41.8% FG Pct.) and average 7.6 three-pointers per game. UNCG is giving up 13 forced turn-overs per game.

Junior guard Trevis Simpson (6-4 / 185) leads the SoCon in scoring at 19.1 points per game and ranks 34th in the NCAA Division I. He has scored in double figures in every game except one this year, including four games of at least 24 points   Senior guard Derrell Armstrong (6-1 / 205) is second on the team in scoring at 15.5 points per game, while freshman forward Kayel Locke is averaging 11.3 points per game off the bench.

The Spartans play Lees McRae College (Div II, Conference Carolinas) on Wednesday night in Greensboro, prior to Saturday's meeting with the Catamounts.

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