Contrary to the professional football team that shares their nickname, the UNCW men’s basketball team, managers and coaches are giving the nod to the Denver Broncos over the Seattle Seahawks in Sunday’s Super Bowl XLVIII in East Rutherford, N.J.
In an informal poll conducted this week, Coach John Fox and his team edged out the NFC Champion Seahawks by a narrow 14-13 margin.
UNCW plays at Delaware in a Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) clash early Saturday and then moves over to Philadelphia for a Monday night rematch with Drexel.
The UNCW women’s basketball team has also ventured to the Northeast for two conference games at Hofstra (Jan. 31) and Northeastern on Sunday, Feb. 2.
It will also be a sold-out event at the Burney Center on Saturday for the UNCW spring baseball banquet as 13-year Major League veteran and World Series winner Tony Womack will serve as the featured speaker. The Diamond Hawks get their season underway in two weeks on campus for the annual Hughes Bros. Challenge, when nationally ranked Virginia, Kentucky and VMI visit Brooks Field.
And fresh off their indoor debut last weekend in Chapel Hill, UNCW’s track and field program gets back on I-40 for a trip to Winston-Salem for the Hilton Garden Invitational, hosted by Wake Forest. In the season opener, senior Meena Reid finished second in the 60 meters and missed tying her program record of 7.48 seconds by .01. Also posting an impressive showing in her collegiate debut was Chryssandra Tatum, who led a Seahawk 3-4-5 finish in the triple jump with a mark of 11.08 meters.
On the national level, Reid’s 60 time ranks 53rd at the Division I level.
Following the Hilton Garden Invitational, UNCW will head north to Happy Valley, Pa., for the Penn State Challenge on Feb. 7-8.