Chattanooga (8-12) at UNC Greensboro (5-13)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Sunday, January 27, 2 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Greensboro Coliseum (7,617) -- Greensboro, North Carolina. Television: None. Home Record: Chattanooga 5-7, UNCG 5-5. Away Record: Chattanooga 3-5, UNCG 0-8. Neutral Record: Chattanooga 0-0, UNCG 0-0. Conference Record: Chattanooga 3-4, UNCG 3-4. Series Record: Chattanooga leads, 18-12.
GAME NOTES: With just five wins on the season, the Spartans of UNC Greensboro have yet to enjoy even a two-game win streak, but on Sunday afternoon the team shoots for back-to-back wins once more as it hosts the Chattanooga Mocs in Southern Conference action.
On Thursday night, the Spartans won for the second time in the last three outings with a narrow 66-64 triumph over Samford at home, which means UNCG is now 3-4 in conference play.
Matching the Spartans in league action with three wins in seven tries is Chattanooga. The Mocs are using this outing to try and snap a two-game slide, which began with a 90-81 setback versus Western Carolina last weekend and continued with an 85-61 loss at Elon three nights ago.
The Mocs lead the all-time series by a count of 18-12 heading into action on Sunday. However, UNCG was able to close the gap somewhat last season when it swept the two meetings.
For the 11th time this season, Gee McGhee finished in double figures for the Mocs as he tallied a team-best 15 points against Elon, but it wasn't nearly enough to keep UTC out of the loss column yet again. Z. Mason registered a double-double with 14 points and 13 rebounds, the other double-digit scorer for the Mocs being Eric Robertson with 11 points in 19 minutes off the bench, as the unit shot a dismal 30.6 percent from the field, but 35.0 percent behind the 3-point line. Producing a pair of double-doubles in the last three games, Mason is now up to 14.2 ppg and 7.5 rpg on the campaign, both of which lead the Mocs after 20 games. McGhee checks in with 10.3 ppg, but his mere 36.3 percent shooting from the floor takes away some of the luster from his efforts.
UNCG led by as many as 13 points about midway through the first half against Elon a few nights back, but the Spartans ended up having to hold on for the two-point victory after shooting just 33.3 percent from the floor in the second half. Trevis Simpson was the dominant force for the Spartans as he delivered 30 points, hitting 9-of-21 shots from the floor and 10-of-12 at the free-throw line. Derrell Armstrong came close to double digits with nine points, but he shot just 2-of-9 from the field and turned the ball over five times along the way. On the season, Armstrong has been far more accurate from the floor, converting 46.8 percent of his chances as he scores 16.3 ppg which is second only to Simpson and his 18.6 ppg. As a group, UNCG is posting a solid 72.6 ppg, but at the same time giving up 75.3 ppg.
As long as both Armstrong and Simpson play to their strengths on Sunday, this is a meeting that should be captured by the Spartans.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: UNC Greensboro 72, Chattanooga 67
01/27 10:35:47 ET