CARROLLTON, Ga. – Following an 11-day holiday break hiatus, the West Georgia Wolves will return to the floor on Saturday afternoon, taking on the Livingstone Blue Bears at The Coliseum as a part of a New Year’s Holiday doubleheader. The UWG women’s team takes on Point at 2 p.m., with the men to follow against Livingstone at approximately 4 p.m.
THE RECORDS West Georgia comes into the weekend with a 4-5 record overall on the year and a 1-3 mark in Gulf South Conference play. The Wolves are coming off of a GSC split in the final games before the holiday break, beating Mississippi College 93-82 before falling 76-56 to Delta State. Livingstone is 2-4 on the year, with a 1-1 record against CIAA competition. The Blue Bears beat Lincoln University (PA) in their final game before the holiday break.
DOUBLE-FIGURE SCORERS The Wolves are led by four players who are scoring in double-figures thus far this season. Junior Marquill Smith leads the way with 19.9 points per game and has scored at least 20 points in five of the Wolves’ nine games. Paul Turner averages 18.5 points, and picked up a double-double with 26 points and 12 rebounds in his first game at West Georgia against Mississippi College. Head coach Michael Cooney expects to have junior guard William Sides back on the floor on Saturday, bringing 17.0 points per game. Karlos Odum is the fourth double-figure average, putting up 11.0 points per game on the year.
MATCHUPS TO WATCH West Georgia is a tough matchup for many teams with the trio of Smith (6-4), Turner (6-5) and Odum (6-7). Add Sides and his quick burst, and the Wolves are a matchup nightmare. The top three scorers for Livingstone are all 6-3 or smaller, which could allow the Wolves’ top scorers to not have to exert as much energy on the defensive side of the ball. If West Georgia can do that, Livingstone will have a tough matchup on Saturday.