UNCW men’s basketball ready to face second consecutive Top 25 opponent

UNCW men’s basketball ready to face second consecutive Top 25 opponent
(Source: Smist, John)

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - UNCW’s men’s basketball team will try to end a two-game losing streak Saturday when its plays Furman in Greenville, SC.

The No. 23 Paladins (11-0) are the second consecutive Top 25 opponent for the Seahawks (4-6), who lost to No. 12 North Carolina 97-69 last Wednesday.

“Furman is playing great as a team,” said UNCW coach C.B. McGrath. “The entire country knows about Furman basketball because they’re being successful. They play as a team. When I watch them, not one single kid cares about how many points he scores. They care about helping their team win a game. It’s worked out well for them.”

For UNCW, the non-conference portion of the schedule has been difficult. Eight of the nine Division I teams the Seahawks have faced have a .500 record or better.

“We have put together a very competitive and challenging non-conference schedule,” McGrath said. “It’s something that I had envisioned when I took the job, but I don’t know if I had envisioned this difficult.”

The players say they are ready for the challenge of facing another Top 25 team.

“Furman is Southern Conference and we have battle some SoCon teams recently,” UNCW junior Jaylen Fornes said, referring to an 82-61 home loss to UNC Greensboro in November. “I think we have a chance. We want to go into every game with confidence.”

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