CARROLLTON, Ga. - The West Georgia Wolves return home for the first time since before Thanksgiving and to the floor for the first time in two weeks on Saturday, taking on the Mississippi College Choctaws in Gulf South Conference action. The Wolves were scheduled to play on Sunday against Carver, but the snow that came through Carrollton and the western Georgia area over the weekend forced the game to be cancelled.Tip for Saturday's GSC doubleheader with MC will begin with the women's game at 2 p.m. with the men to follow at 4 p.m.
Junior Wolves on Saturday
Saturday will be the first Junior Wolves event for the 2017-18 UWG Basketball season, as all Junior Wolves will have the opportunity to decorate a gingerbread man in-between games. All children ages 10 and under will receive complimentary admission for Saturday's games.
Last Time Out
West Georgia is looking to break out of a four-game skid in their return to The Coliseum, with that streak including losses in the first two Gulf South Conference matchups of the year. That includes a 70-52 loss to Lee in the most recent outing, leaving the Wolves at 3-4 on the season thus far. The Choctaws come into the game also with a 3-4 record on the year, but are 1-2 in Gulf South Conference play thus far.
Individuals in the Gulf South Conference
Junior guard Marquill Smith is fourth in the conference in scoring average thus far this season, putting up 20.3 points per game. He also has two double-doubles and is averaging 8.2 rebounds per game, which is good for fifth in the league. Junior point guard Aren Ulmer is fifth in the Gulf South Conference in assists, averaging 4.4 assists per game
Rotation Shift Potential
When the Wolves took the floor against Shorter, a new face was added to the mix with forward Karlos Odum, who spent the first five games of the season injured. He picked up his first start against Lee and transferred to UWG from Division I North Florida. Another Fllorida college transfer will see the floor for the first time on Saturday, as Paul Turner, a Chicago native who played at College of Central Florida, will see his first NCAA minutes.
Matchup To Watch
Against the Choctaws, the Wolves should be able to score, as Mississippi College gives up the most points per game of any team in the Gulf South Conference this season (81). The game will depend on the Wolves’ ability to handle the MC size. Four players average double-figures on the season, led by 6-8 Stacey Mack and 6-7 Xavion Dillon. West Georgia will need to depend heavily on the defensive play of Karlos Odum (6-7) and Paul Turner (6-5) in order to be successful.