Western Carolina vs. UNC Greensboro: Full Game Preview

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Western Carolina vs. UNC Greensboro: Full Game Preview
Western Carolina
(10-15, 4-11 away)
UNC Greensboro
(7-16, 6-6 home)
Venue: Greensboro Coliseum
7:00PM ET / 4:00PM PT, February 14, 2013
Team Leaders
Points Rebounds Assists
Western Carolina T Sumler 18.0 T King 5.9 T Sumler 3.8
UNC Greensboro T Simpson 20.0 K McNeil 6.8 K Van Dussen 2.9

On Thursday, Western Carolina travels to Greensboro Coliseum to take on North Carolina-Greensboro. Tipoff occurs at 7 p.m. EST. The Catamounts beat the Spartans 62-59 on Jan. 12 and are 10-1 against them over the last four years.

North Carolina-Greensboro maintains seventh place in the SoCon while Western Carolina sits at fourth place.

In their last outing, behind 26 points and 8 rebounds from Trey Sumler, the Catamounts defeated Wofford 57-56 on Feb. 11. He leads the team in points with 18 per game, assists with 3.8 per game, and steals with 2.2 per game. For the Spartans, Trevis Simpson finished with 16 points and 8 rebounds in the 59-50 loss to Wofford on Feb. 9. His 20 points per game is the highest mark on the team. A key area of strength for North Carolina-Greensboro is defensive rebounding percentage at 73.5 percent, which ranks second in their conference (and 15th nationally).

North Carolina-Greensboro StatSmack

  • Even computers respect Western Carolina more. Western Carolina has a better RPI this season than North Carolina-Greensboro (RPI: No. 269 vs. No. 329).
  • A for effort, but Western Carolina has emerged victorious against North Carolina-Greensboro the last two times they've played.
  • Western Carolina has come back to win after being down at half against North Carolina-Greensboro four times since 2002.
  • The Western Carolina steals leader (Trey Sumler, 55 steals) has more steals than the North Carolina-Greensboro steals leader (David Williams, 41 steals).
  • Over the past 10 years, Western Carolina has had more players drafted by the NBA than North Carolina-Greensboro (one vs. zero).
  • The Western Carolina scoring leader (Trey Sumler, 450 points) has more points than the North Carolina-Greensboro scoring leader (Trevis Simpson, 419 points).
  • Western Carolina is better under pressure, and has defeated North Carolina-Greensboro in 12 out of the last 18 games decided by five points or fewer.
  • The Western Carolina assist leader (Trey Sumler, 94 assists) has more assists than the North Carolina-Greensboro assist leader (Drew Parker, 65 assists).
  • Western Carolina has more wins over the last 5 years than North Carolina-Greensboro (93 vs. 59).
  • Western Carolina has an average margin of victory of 8 over North Carolina-Greensboro in 23 wins since 1981.
WCU Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
B- Trey Sumler 37 18 5 4 2 0 4
C Tawaski King 32 12 6 1 1 1 2
C Brandon Boggs 27 10 4 1 1 1 2
C Tom Tankelewicz 26 10 3 1 1 0 1
C- James Sinclair 29 7 4 2 1 0 1
D+ Preston Ross 17 6 4 1 1 0 1
D Mike Brown 15 3 3 1 1 0 1
F Josh Mendenhall 9 2 1 0 0 0 1
F T. Brummitt 5 1 1 0 0 0 1
F Kenny Hall 6 1 1 0 0 0 0
F Rhett Harrelson 6 1 0 0 0 0 1
F B. Littlejohn 7 4 1 1 1 0 1
F Justin Browning 4 1 1 0 1 0 1
F Ethan Freeman 2 2 0 0 0 0 0
UNCG Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
C Trevis Simpson 30 20 4 1 1 0 2
C D. Armstrong 27 15 5 2 1 0 3
D+ Kayel Locke 22 10 5 1 1 0 1
D+ K. Van Dussen 27 8 3 3 1 0 2
D Kelvin McNeil 22 5 7 1 1 0 1
D David Williams 24 5 5 1 2 0 1
D Nicholas Paulos 20 7 2 1 1 0 1
D Drew Parker 24 4 3 3 1 0 2
D- Jordan Potts 15 4 1 2 1 0 1
D- Thomas Sumpter 2 1 0 0 0 0 0
D- Kendall Bethea 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
F D. Robinson 2 0 1 0 0 0 0
F RJ White 7 1 2 0 0 1 1
F Tyler McNeely 2 1 1 0 0 0 0
F Brian Cole 3 1 0 0 0 0 0
F Taylor Hoffer 9 1 2 0 0 0 0
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