Jan. 11, 2013
Cullowhee, N.C. - Current Southern Conference North Division leading Western Carolina continues its three-game home stand on Saturday afternoon by hosting the division's preseason favorite, UNCG, in league action, on-campus at the Ramsey Center. Tip-off is scheduled for 2:00 pm.
Saturday's game will be broadcast by the Catamount Sports Network with a 1:30 pm air time. Fans can listen to the broadcast locally on 540 AM WRGC in Sylva and 920 AM WPTL in Canton. Saturday also is the first basketball broadcast to be carried by network affiliate, ESPN Radio 1310 and 970 AM in Asheville and Canton.
Fans can additionally catch the game online at CatamountSports.com with live video streaming through Catamount All-Access (subscription) and live streaming audio (free) through Stretch Internet.
Playing its second-straight home game after opening the season with 11 of its first 14 on the road, Western Carolina (6-9, 3-0 SoCon) is off to its best start to league play since 2008-09 - winning its first three SoCon games including road contests at Furman and The Citadel. WCU has a chance to match the program's best-ever start to conference play - a 4-0 start to the 1994-95 season - with a win over the Spartans.
The Catamounts matched their season-long winning streak of two games with a home victory earlier this week over nonconference foe, Warren Wilson, in the Ramsey Center. UNCG (3-10, 1-1 SoCon) comes to Cullowhee having snapped a five-game losing skid with an 86-47 nonconference home win over Lees-McRae
Western Carolina leads the all-time series with UNCG, 24-16, including a 15-4 mark all-time in games played in Cullowhee with the Catamounts riding a four-game win streak in the Ramsey Center. WCU took two of the three meetings last year despite having its eight-game series winning streak snapped with an overtime loss at the Greensboro Coliseum. The three series meetings between these two divisional foes a year ago were decided by a combined 12 points - or an average of just a four-point margin of victory. Over the last 10 series encounters, WCU has four double-digit victories - however, games during that same span have been decided by an average of just seven points.
Saturday's match-up not only features two of the top scoring offenses in the league - UNCG is first at 75.4 ppg and WCU is fourth at 70.3 ppg - two of the top young scorers in the SoCon will be on display. UNCG junior Trevis Simpson enters the weekend leading the league with an 18.0 point per game average - a mark that ranks him 52nd individually in the NCAA. He is countered by WCU redshirt junior guard Trey Sumler, who paces the Catamounts with a 16.9 point per game average - a mark that ranks second in the conference and 92nd nationally.
In three league games, Sumler is averaging 18.0 points per game - second overall - while Simpson's scoring average drops to 10.5 ppg in two league contests.
In addition to Simpson, the Spartans have Derrell Armstrong (15.9 ppg) and Kayel Lock (11.5 ppg) averaging double figures, mirroring WCU with three averaging double digits with Tawaski King (11.3 ppg) and Tom Tankelewicz (10.5 ppg).
Tip-off from the Ramsey Center is scheduled for 2:00 pm.