Background Location: Winston-Salem, N.C. Enrollment: 4,100 Conference: C.I.A.A. (NCAA, Division II) Nickname: Rams Colors: Scarlet & White Head Coach: Philip Stitt Record at WSSU: 53-33 (3 years) Last Year: 16-12 (6-10, C.I.A.A.)
Probable Starters: Corey Parker (6-2, 190, Jr.) - Jacksonville, N.C./Campbell Alleggrie Guinn (6-3, 170, Jr.) – 13.1 ppg, 2.5 apg Frank Johnson (6-4, 200, Jr.) – Wash., D.C./Rockingham C.C. Darnell Gregory (6-5, 200, Jr.) – 3.9 ppg, 2.9 rpg Audly Wehner (6-6, 215, So.) – 14.6 ppg, 5.1 rpg Key Reserves: Terris Sifford (6-4, 195, Sr.) - 5.1 ppg, 4.0 rpg Curtis Hines (6-2, 210, So.) - 4.5 ppg Adrian Harrison (6-8, 200, So.) - 2.0 ppg Other Newcomers: Darrell Wonge (6-6, 210, Fr.) Lakeview, N.Y. Roy Peake (5-11, 170, Fr.) Thomasville, N.C. Lee Marsh (6-2, 200, Jr.) Lillington, N.C./CampbellPregame Notes
* Guinn is the team's go-to scorer. The 6-3 guard from Charlotte (N.C.) Independence emerged last season as the team leader in points, steals and even blocked shots. Of the returning players, he's the top three-point shooter and is second in assists.
* Fourth-year coach Philip Stitt prides his team in defensive intensity. Last season they held their opponents to a 44.9 field goal percentage and a CIAA-low 67.0 points per game. They also recorded 9.8 steals per game
* Transfer Corey Parker is expected to make a big impact at WSSU. The Jacksonville, N.C. native was an all-conference selection at Campbell University and contributed 12 points and 2 steals in his first game in a Rams uniform against Radford.
* The Rams will be without starting senior point guard Rashad McGee, who was suspended for violation of team rules and also missed Wednesday's win over Radford and will sit out next week's game at Wake Forest. He averaged 9.4 points a year ago and led the team with 3.7 assists.
* Think WSSU is excited to play the Tar Heels? "How do you calm them down?" Stitt asked the Winston-Salem Journal. "It's called North Carolina at Chapel Hill. That's how you calm them down because it's going to be a different deal on Friday. You really can't even prepare for what they have so we'll just be in our same mode - try to execute like we did tonight."
* Expect a good turnout by Rams fans on Friday night, as they've received an allotment of 1,000 tickets for students and fans.