Colorado will try and bounce back after a 76-73 loss at home to Wyoming Sunday. They’ll be facing a much different UNC-Wilmington team than the one CU beat 73-54 in Boulder last year. Former UNCW coach Brad Brownell left for the job at Wright State in April, and he was replaced by veteran college assistant coach Benny Moss.
The Seahawks also lost three starters from the team that won the Colonial Athletic Association and played in the NCAA Tournament last season. UNCW (1-3) has struggled early this season, beating Belmont in their opener before losing three straight. Wednesday night’s matchup will be the first home game for the Seahawks.
But Colorado has to worry about itself if it’s to win one on the road. The Buffs, 2-3 on the season, have struggled offensively. Colorado is shooting just 39.9 percent from the field. As they did a season ago, the Buffs are struggling from the line, too, currently dropping just 55.7 percent from the foul line.
No one has struggled more than junior Richard Roby. The preseason first-team all-Big 12 player leads CU in scoring with 15.2 points per game, but he is shooting just 31.5 percent from the floor, 19.4 percent from beyond the arc.
Head coach Ricardo Patton said following CU’s previous two losses at home (to MWC teams Air Force and Wyoming) that Roby needs to turn up his intensity as teams have their sites set on him.
Meanwhile, sophomore forward Jermyl Jackson-Wilson has been solid in the early going. The former Ohio State transfer is averaging 11.4 points and a team-high 9.4 boards. He’s currently second in the Big 12 in rebounding. Jackson-Wilson had the game-winning free throw on the road at Utah last week.
Kal Bay, G, 6-1, Fr., 7.0, 4.0 apg
Dominique Coleman, G, 6-3, Sr., 10.8, 4.0
Richard Roby, G, 6-6, Jr., 15.2, 5.6 rpg
Jermyl Jackson-Wilson, F, 6-6, So., 11.4, 9.6
Marcus King-Stockton, F, 6-9, Jr., 3.2, 2.8
Montez Downey, G, 6-5, Fr., 9.5, 3.3 rpg
Daniel Fountain, G, 6-4, Jr., 11.5, 2.8 apg
Temi Soyebo, G, 6-0, Sr., 13.5, 6.0 apg
Todd Hendley, F, 6-9, Jr., 10.3, 3.5 rpg
Vladimir Kuljanin, C, 6-10, Jr., 17.8, 8.8