CULLOWHEE, N.C. - The Western Carolina men's basketball team will take on a tough mid-major opponent Wednesday night as the Catamounts host North Carolina Central inside the Ramsey Center at 7:30 pm. The Eagles are coming off a 69-63 setback to Big Ten foe Ohio State who the Catamounts face Monday, Nov. 21. WCU will see a familiar face on the NCCU bench as former Catamount student-athlete and coach Eric Wilson returns to campus as a member of the North Carolina Central coaching staff. The Catamounts are looking to build off a strong showing against Hiwassee and look to win their final home game before hitting the road for a brutal seven-game road swing.
Western Carolina (1-1, 0-0 SoCon) vs. North Carolina Central (0-2, 0-0 MEAC)
Wednesday, Nov. 16 | 7:30 p.m. | Cullowhee, N.C. | Ramsey Center (7,826)
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Radio: Catamount Sports Network
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Catamounts Versus NCCU
• The Catamounts and Eagles have met just once on the basketball court with WCU taking the contest 84-64.
• The lone meeting took place during the 2007-08 season in Cullowhee on Dec. 5.
• Current WCU assistant coach Brigham Waginger and current NCCU assistant coach Eric Wilson both played in the game on Western Carolina's team.
• Waginger, who was a sophomore on the WCU squad, had nine points, three rebounds and three steals in the game while Wilson, who was completing his senior season with the Purple and Gold, had six points, a rebound and three assists in the contest.
WCU Versus MEAC
• Western Carolina is 11-8 all-time against the current 12 members of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference.
• The majority of the 19 games have come against North Carolina A&T who the Catamounts hold a 3-6 record against.
• The most recent contest against a MEAC team came in 2012 at the Cancun Challenge when WCU defeated Howard 69-67.
Home Sweet Home
• Western Carolina is 106-39 inside the Ramsey Center under head coach Larry Hunter.
• The Catamounts are currently a perfect 1-0 in home contests this season.
• North Carolina Central assistant coach Eric Wilson spent six seasons as an assistant coach for the Catamounts and four years as a student-athlete.
• Wilson was a sophomore at WCU when current Catamount head coach Larry Hunter took over the WCU program.
• During his four-year career at WCU, Wilson earned the moniker of defensive specialist, generally drawing the assignment of shutting down the opposition's top guard. He recorded his career-high 21 points in November of 2005 in a home win over Atlanta Christian.
• Following a stint at Truett McConnell Junior College, Wilson was hired on as WCU's Director of Basketball Operations for the 2009-10 season.
• He then served as an assistant coach for five seasons on the Western Carolina staff prior to moving to NCCU.