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UNC-Wilmington (8-12) at Delaware (10-11)



The Sports Network

DATE & TIME: Saturday, February 2, 2 p.m. (et)

FACTS & STATS: Site: Bob Carpenter Center (5,000) -- Newark, Delaware. Television: None. Home Record: UNCW 7-2. Delaware 5-3. Away Record: UNCW 1-10, Delaware 4-6. Neutral Record: UNCW 0-0, Delaware 1-2. Conference Record: UNCW 3-5, Delaware 5-3. Series Record: UNCW leads, 16-6.

GAMES NOTES: The Delaware Blue Hens and the UNC-Wilmington Seahawks will collide in a Colonial Athletic Association battle at the Bob Carpenter Center on Saturday afternoon.

The Seahawks have been hanging near the middle of the CAA standings this season and currently sit in eighth after a 63-56 loss to James Madison last time out. UNC-Wilmington is 8-12 overall, including a 3-5 mark against league foes. Stepping out on the road has proved perilous for the Seahawks who have just a single win in 11 trips. Unfortunately for them the next matchup has the Seahawks pitted against Towson on the road on Monday.

Delaware is in the midst of a short winning streak that reached two games with a 66-56 win over William & Mary on Wednesday. The victory inched the Blue Hens closer to .500 overall (10-11), while pushing them into a tie with George Mason for third place in the conference standings. Delaware's 5-3 ledger at the Carpenter Center isn't particularly impressive but it is an improvement on its 4-6 road record. Towson is next on the schedule for Delaware as well though the Blue Hens will wait until Wednesday.

Last February Delaware earned a 71-53 win at the Carpenter Center as the two squads split the season series. UNC-Wilmington has dominated all-time however, with a record of 16-6 against the Blue Hens.

A 12-2 run midway through the second half by James Madison stripped UNC- Wilmington of its final lead of the contest. The Seahawks allowed the Dukes to shoot at a 52.4 percent clip in the second half in surrendering the decision. The Seahawks were also on the short end in rebounds (42-30), while being outscored 19-9 in second chance points.

The offensive end of the floor has not been kind to UNC-Wilmington. The Seahawks are scoring only 61.4 points per game this season while shooting just a shade over 40 percent from the floor (.406). Both of those marks rank ninth in the CAA. Keith Rendleman (15.8 ppg, 10.4 rpg) is the only player on the roster scoring in double figures while being as close to a guarantee for a double-double as any player in the conference. Chris Dixon (9.6 ppg) is the only other player scoring more than eight points a contest and one of just three shooting better than 40 percent from the field, while clocking more than 20 minutes a contest.

The Blue Hens put forth a stellar defensive effort in the first half against William & Mary and then held on for the win. Delaware limited the Tribe to just 19 first half points on 29.6 percent shooting. The Blue Hens hit a solid 45 percent of their field goal attempts overall in the contest, while outscoring the Tribe 34-24 in the paint.

Opposing Rendleman will be another double-double machine in Jamelle Hagins (12.0 ppg, 10.7 rpg). The 6-foot-9 forward is just a notch above Rendleman in rebounding as the pair rank second and third in the conference in the category. Delaware also has Devon Saddler (19.2 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 3.0 apg) putting up shots. The 6-foot-2 guard is the leading scorer in the CAA, having scored in double figures in every game this season. Jarvis Threatt (11.9 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 3.1 apg) provides additional offensive support, contributing across the board.

With Hagins on the floor Rendleman will be neutralized leaving Saddler and Threatt to dominate against the less explosive backcourt of the Seahawks.

Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Delaware 71, UNC-Wilmington 66

02/02 10:45:41 ET