North Carolina (2-0) vs. Wofford (0-1)
Chapel Hill, N.C. – Dean E. Smith Center
Wednesday, 7:00 p.m.
RSN (Wes Durham, Mike Gminski)
"He had great poise and took great shots. He's got to do a better job defensively, but I have confidence that he will continue to get better as he goes along." – Wofford head coach Mike Young on freshman Fletcher Magee’s performance against Missouri
Season to Date: Wofford enters Wednesday’s contest with an 0-1 record. The Terriers dropped their season opener at Missouri, 83-74. Freshman guard Fletcher Magee shined in his debut, scoring a game-high 22 points, and Justin Gordon added 19 points and six rebounds. Wofford shot 38.2 percent for the game, while allowing the Tigers to shoot 56.0 percent.
Preseason Vote: Coming off the best season in school history (28-7, 16-2 SoCon), the Terriers were picked second in the Southern Conference’s preseason poll behind Chattanooga last month. Senior guard Spencer Collins, Wofford’s leading returning scorer, was was selected to the preseason All-Southern Conference Team after earning third-team honors following the 2014-15 campaign.
More on Collins: The 6-foot-4, 205-pound guard started all 35 games last season and averaged 11.8 points, 2.7 rebounds and 1.4 assists. He played well in the NCAA Tournament loss to Arkansas, scoring a team-high 16 points on 5-of-11 shooting and grabbing a season-high nine rebounds. The Easley, S.C. native struggled in the opener at Mizzou, missing nine of his 11 field attempts (including all six from 3-point range) in a 10-point effort.
Defensive Resume: Young has built his program over the past 14 years on the foundation of defense, which explains why he was irate following Missouri’s offensive success on Friday. Wofford ranked 64th nationally in adjusted defense efficiency (97.0) and 87th in effective field goal percentage (47.0) in 2014-15, according to kenpom.com.
Returning Quality: Wofford lost two of its top three scorers to graduation, yet returns six of its top eight scorers, including three starters and a fourth with starting experience. Junior guard Eric Garcia started 30 games last season and scored 14 points on 4-of-10 shooting in the opener. Gordon, a 6-foot-6 senior forward, started 32 games in 2014-15. Veterans Jaylen Allen (junior guard) and senior forward C.J. Neumann round out the starting rotation.
No. 12 The Terriers will be wearing a patch on the upper-left portion of their jerseys with No. 12 inside of a bow tie throughout the 2015-16 season. The patch is to honor former teammate Jeremiah Tate, who died on June in a drowning accident at Lake Wylie near Charlotte while serving as a camp counselor at YMCA Camp Thunderbird. Tate played in three games last season. In tribute, Collins changed his number this offseason to No. 12.
First Time: Wofford is playing the No. 1-ranked team in the country for the first time in school history. It has played No. 2 twice – both ACC teams – in losses at Wake Forest in 1997 and at Duke last season.
Last Meeting: The Tar Heels defeated the Terriers, 41-23, on Jan. 14, 1926 at the Indoor Athletic Court in Chapel Hill.
Series History: UNC leads the all-time series, 2-0. This is the first meeting between these programs in 89 years.
5 Eric Garcia (6-0, 185, Jr.) – 14.0 ppg, 3.0 apg
12 Spencer Collins (6-4, 205, Sr.) - 10.0 ppg, 4.0 apg
20 Jaylen Allen (6-3, 185, Jr.) - 3.0 ppg
24 Justin Gordon (6-6, 215, Sr.) - 19.0 ppg, 6.0 rpg
31 C.J. Neumann (6-7, 235, Sr.) - 2.0 ppg, 5.0 rpg
3 Fletcher Magee (6-4, 195, Fr.) - 22.0 ppg, 5.0 rpg
50 Matthew Pegram (6-11, 240, Fr.) - 4.0 ppg, 2.0 rpg