Previewing WSSU

With no Blue-White game this season, Friday night's exhibition against Winston-Salem State will be fans' first chance to watch the Tar Heels in action since the midnight scrimmage three weeks ago. The game tips-off at 7:30 p.m. at the Smith Center (it will not be televised), and the D-II Rams have already proven they will not be a pushover.

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./Campbell

Pregame Notes

* Don't let the D-II label fool you. WSSU traveled to D-I Radford on Wednesday and came away with a 76-69 win over the mid-major team. Alleggrie Guinn had a game-high 23 points (9-11 FG).

* 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.

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