CARROLLTON, Ga. - For the second time in three days, the West Georgia Wolves will play in the state of Tennessee, Thursday taking on the 5th-ranked Buccaneers of Christian Brothers in Gulf South Conference action. The Wolves and Bucs will tip at approximately 8 p.m on Thursday evening from Canale Arena in Memphis.
Last Time Out
West Georgia had some strong individual performances against Union on Tuesday evening, with junior guard William Sides returning from a four-game injury hiatus to score 34 points against the Bulldogs. But despite the Wolves hitting 14 three-pointers in the game, Union’s inside game was too much as the Bulldogs won 100-96 to drop West Georgia to 5-6 on the year and 1-4 in Gulf South Conference play. Christian Brothers suffered their first loss of the season on Tuesday, falling 77-68 to league newcomer Auburn Montgomery to fall to 11-1 and 3-1 on the year.
Individuals in the Gulf South Conference
Junior guard Marquill Smith is fourth in the conference in scoring average thus far this season, putting up 19.7 points per game. He also has four double-doubles and is averaging 8.1 rebounds per game, which is good for fifth in the league. Should Paul Turner continue with his hot start, averaging 22.3 points per game, he will be among the top three players in the GSC.
The UWG Lineup
West Georgia had all five regular starters in the lineup for the first time this season against Union. William Sides, Marquill Smith, and Aren Ulmer were each starters from the beginning, but an injury kept Sides out for the past four games. Smith was out with an injury for one game and Karlos Odum was injured during the preseason and sat for the first five games. Paul Turner joined the Wolves after the fall semester was complete and has played in four games.
Matchup To Watch
A battle of two guards who can light it up will be on tap for Tuesday, as West Georgia’s William Sides goes toe-to-toe with CBU’s Jeff Larkin. Sides scored 34 against Union on Tuesday evening and is averaging 19.1 points per game. Larkin has scored at least 20 points in five of his nine games this season and is averaging 20.3 points per game on the year.