March 3, 2008
Western Carolina at UNC Greensboro - Game Notes
Greensboro, N.C. - The Western Carolina Catamounts visit UNC Greensboro tonight (Monday, March 3) in the final regular season game in the Southern Conference. Tip-off from UNCG's Fleming Gym is set for 7:00 pm.
Monday's game will be broadcast by the Catamount Sports Network and can be heard across Western North Carolina on WWCU-FM, Power 90dot5 in Cullowhee (www.WWCUFM.com) or on 680 AM WRGC in Sylva (www.WRGC.com).
Western (10-19, 6-13 SoCon) leads the all-time series over UNC Greensboro, 15-14. The Spartans, however, have won two-straight and six of the last nine in the overall series. The Catamounts have also dropped three of the last four meetings played at UNCG's Fleming Gym.
WCU could perhaps be without leading scorer, sophomore Brandon Giles, for a third-straight game. The Auburndale, Fla., native was put through a limited work out with the team in Greensboro on Sunday, but is still listed as "day-to-day" and will be a game-time decision. In his absence, classmate Jake Robinson has stepped up to post consecutive double-digit scoring outinge while averaging 18 points per game. Senior Negus McKenna has also helped fill the void, snapping a seven-game drought without reaching double figures with back-to-back, double-digit games, averaging three made 3-pointers and 12.5 ppg.
UNC Greensboro (17-11, 11-8 SoCon) will celebrate Senior Night on Monday, highlighted by the final home game of all-conference forward Kyle Hines, who had his jersey retired last week at home against Chattanooga. The Spartans have won three-straight, and four of their last five games.
Following Saturday's full slate of games, the seedings and pairings for this weekend's SoCon Tournament -- the oldest such men's post-season tourney in NCAA history -- have been set. WCU will be the ninth seed on Friday and will square off against the Wofford College Terriers, seeded eighth, in the tournament's first game on Friday afternoon at 3:00 pm at the North Charleston Coliseum.
Davidson (20-0) and Chattanooga (13-7) garnered the tournament's top two seeds with No. 3 Georgia Southern, No. 4 Appalachian State and No. 5 Elon each received first-round byes.
2008 Southern Conference Men's Basketball Tournament Bracket
The winner of the Western Carolina-Wofford game draws top-seeded Davidson on Saturday afternoon in quarterfinal action.
Check back to CatamountSports.com later in the week for a full SoCon Tournament preview ... Tune into the Catamount Sports Network's pre-tournament show on Thursday night LIVE from Charleston, S.C.
Tip-off Monday night is set for 7:00 pm.