WILMINGTON, North Carolina – The UNCW men’s basketball team closes out its first rotation through the Colonial Athletic Association with key home games this week against William & Mary and Elon.
The Seahawks (7-13, 3-4) open a lengthy home stand at Trask Coliseum on Thursday, Jan. 24, 2019, with a 7 p.m. tip against longtime foe William & Mary (7-12, 3-4). The two clubs are meeting for the 73rd time in the third longest series on record for the Seahawks.
Live Seahawk Digital Network (SDN) coverage of the UNCW-W&M contest begins at 6:45 p.m. with Mike Vaccaro, the “Voice of the Seahawks,” and color analyst Marty Feurer on the call. Visit UNCWsports.com/SDN for live video coverage.
A radio broadcast of the game may be heard on 95.9 FM “The Breeze” | WKXB HD 2 – 95.9 FM and 99.9 HD2 and live stats are available at UNCWStats.com.
“They present a lot of issues,” second-year UNCW head coach C.B. McGrath said of the Tribe. “Their assist-turnover ratio is terrific. We have to make sure our guys understand that all five players on defense are going to be guarding outside the arc. Everybody’s going to have to be in a stance, active and alert and ready for anything.”
The matchup is the first of four consecutive home games for the Seahawks as the 2018-19 campaign nears the final month of the regular season.
The UNCW-W&M contest features two of the CAA’s best big men. UNCW’s Devontae Cacok ranks 12th in the league in scoring (15.4 ppg) and first in rebounding (11.7 rpg). W&M’s Nathan Knight stands third in scoring (19.4 ppg) and eighth in rebounding (7.8 rpg). In addition, Cacok is first in field goal percentage (.611) and Knight checks in at third (.587).
A preseason First-Team All-CAA selection, Cacok has lived up to the billing. In seven conference games, he’s averaging a double-double of 18.4 points and 13.7 rebounds, shooting 64.6 percent from the field. He’s posted a double-double in every conference appearance this season.
On top of that, Cacok, who has moved into fourth on the CAA’s all-time rebounding list and continues to be listed on several NCAA stats. He leads the nation in double-doubles, ranks second in total rebounds, holds third in offensive rebounds per game, and stands fifth in rebounds per game.
Sophomore guard Ty Gadsden, who sat out three contests due to injury, has averaged 10.7 points. 2.2 rebounds and 3.3 assists since returning to the floor. He’s drained 14-of-25 three’s during the stretch and leads the CAA in three-point shooting, connecting on 37-of-65 triples for 56.9 percent from deep. The Charlotte, N.C., product has made 13-of-19 treys in the last three contests.
THE SERIES: UNCW leads the all-time series by a 43-29 margin, but W&M has taken two straight games, three of the last four and seven of the last 10 matchups.
SUITS AND SNEAKERS: It’s Coaches vs. Cancer Suits and Sneakers Week (Jan. 22-28, 2019), a nationwide event that unites coaches across the country to raise funds and awareness about the fight against cancer. Both coaching staffs will wear sneakers with their game attire as a visible reminder on the importance of nutrition and physical activity to reduce cancer risk.
BLACK OUT: Thursday’s contest has been designed as a “Black Out,” with fans invited to wear black to the contest.
WHAT’S LEFT: The Seahawks have 11 games remaining in the regular season – six at home and five on the road.
HOME SWEET HOME: UNCW stands 3-5 at Trask Coliseum this season, beating Allen, East Carolina and Drexel. The Seahawks are 1-2 vs. CAA opponents at home, defeating Drexel and losing to Charleston and Delaware.
TOEWS CLIMBS LIST: With 153 helpers, Kai Toews has climbed into a tie for eighth on the single season assist list with Bobby Martin.
NEXT UP: Following Thursday’s clash with the Tribe, the Seahawks are back at Trask Coliseum on Saturday for a 4 p.m. tip-off against Elon.
EVERYTHING SEAHAWKS: For more information on the UNCW men’s basketball team, visit UNCWsports.com and click on the men’s basketball button. Additional information is also available on UNCW’s social media channels: Facebook (UNCW Men’s Basketball), Twitter (@UNCWmenshoops), Instagram (UNCWBasketball).