2011-12 Record: 9-18 (5-11 CAA)
2011 RPI: 210
Player to heckle: Keith Rendleman, Jr., F (15.2 ppg, 10.6 rpg)
The skinny: Despite a roster that includes eight freshmen and just one senior, there was plenty of optimism in Wilmington, N.C. when the Seahawks got off to a 7-7 start. Since, the storm clouds have rolled over the beach, bringing the same sense of despair the kids in Panama City get when MTV packs up and leaves Spring Break. UNCW has lost 11 of its last 13 heading into Wednesday’s contest with VCU, including a game against Towson to snap the Tigers’ 41-game losing streak. Ouchie.
The Seahawks bear many of the marks of a young basketball team: poor defense, copious amounts of turnovers and inconsistent play. UNC Wilmington currently ranks last in the CAA in points allowed (70.9 ppg). On Dec. 17, UNCW committed 28 turnovers – also known as, the number of people that saw “Jack and Jill” – in an 87-64 loss to VCU. Don’t expect the Rams to back off the pressure.
Junior Keith Rendleman is averaging a double-double, while streaky freshman Adam Smith (14.7 ppg) is a CAA Rookie of the Year candidate. Freshman guard K.K. Simmons has shown ability, but turned the ball over seven times in the first meeting between these two teams.
Fast fact: VCU has won 10 of its last 11 games against UNC Wilmington.