CARROLLTON, Ga. - The bulk of the first 12 games of the 2017-18 West Georgia basketball season has been spent on the road for the Wolves. Sunday marks the first of four-straight home games, as the Carver Cougars come to town for a 3 p.m. battle.
West Georgia comes into Sunday's contest with a 5-7 record overall on the season and a 1-7 record against Gulf South Conference competition. The Wolves are 3-1 at home thus far on the year and 2-6 on the road, with the last home matchup coming eight days ago against Livingstone, where UWG won 93-86 in overtime. Head coach Michael Cooney comes into the game with a 159-144 career record in his 10 seasons at UWG.
AREN ULMER WITH THE ASSIST
It has been amazing to watch junior point guard Aren Ulmer over the past three games, as the Upland, Ca. native has 28 assists in that span, including at least 10 in each of the last two. Against Christian Brothers on Thursday, Ulmer had a career-high 11 assists, one game after setting a previous career high of 10 assists. That was the first time since December 6, 2015, that any UWG player had double-digit assists in a single game.
WELCOME BACK, WILLIAM SIDES
For nearly a month, junior guard William Sides was sidelined with an injury, but he saw his first action since December 2 on January 2 at Union. There didn't seem to be rust, as Sides went 6-for-11 from three-point range and 8-for-8 from the free-throw line en route to tying the single-game high for scoring this season for the Wolves with 34 points in the contest. Sides has played in nine games this season and is the Wolves' three-point shooting leader, hitting 26-of-69 from long range, a 37-percent shooter.
KARLOS ODUM DOUBLES UP
Junior forward Karlos Odum was injured in a preseason exhibition game against Kennesaw State, forcing him to sit for the first five games of the year. He has since played in seven games for the Wolves, scoring in double-figures in four of those seven. He had a season-high 26 points and 10 rebounds on Thursday evening at Christian Brothers, his first double-double at West Georgia. There have been six double-doubles for the Wolves this season, with Marquill Smith leading the way with four. Odum and Paul Turner each have one double-double this year.