(Pictured, Guard Nick D’Antoni)
No. 4 North Carolina (11-1) vs. William & Mary (4-5)
Chapel Hill, N.C. - Dean E. Smith Center
1 p.m., Raycom/JP
The Tribe emerged victorious in its last outing, a 60-51 home win over Hampton ... The 60 points was the fewest scored by W&M in a win since defeating Towson, 59-52 on Feb. 12, 2003 ... The 51 points scored by Hampton was the fewest given up by a W&M team since a 54-51 win over George Mason on Feb. 18, 2002 ... Junior forward Hawley Smith led W&M with 13 points in the game, followed by senior guard Nick D’Antoni with 12 points ... 2004 Colonial Athletic Association Rookie of the Year Corey Cofield had seven points and a game-high 10 rebounds in the contest.
This will be the 20th meeting between W&M and the Tar Heels, and the first since then No. 1 UNC defeated the Tribe, 64-40, in Chapel Hill on Jan. 4, 1982 ... W&M’s last win over the Tar Heels was also the College’s last win over a ranked team, as the Tribe defeated No. 2 UNC, 78-75, in Williamsburg on Dec. 7, 1977 ... The game will also be a return home for W&M head coach Tony Shaver, who played under Dean Smith and graduated from North Carolina in 1976 ... Shaver grew up in High Point, NC.
Smith leads the Tribe in scoring with an average of 11.4 points per game ... Freshman guard Edwin Ofori Attah is second on the team with 10.7 points per game, and Cofield is third with 10.3 ppg ... Along with Smith and Ofori Attah, four of W&M’s top five scorers are in their first year wearing the Green and Gold, along with rookies Laimis Kisielius (7.1 ppg) and Nathan Mann (7.0 ppg).
Carolina Connections: W&M head coach Tony Shaver played basketball for Dean Smith and graduated from North Carolina in 1976 ... Tribe junior guard Taylor Mokris grew up in Charlotte, where he attended Providence Day School ... W&M rookie guard Edwin Ofori Attah was born in Berlin, Germany, but attended Statesville Christian in Statesville, NC as a high school senior ... Ofori Attah set the North Carolina single-game high school scoring record with 71 points against Hickory Grove Christian ... Current Tar Heel women’s tennis coach Brian Kalbas is in his second season at UNC, following a successful 11-year career at W&M (1993-2003), when he led the College to nine conference titles and 10 NCAA Tournament appearances and was named National Coach of the Year in 1998.
Tribe’s 1st Trip to Dean Dome: This game will be the first time W&M has ever played in the Dean Smith Center ... The Tribe played the first game in the history of Carmichael Auditorium, losing to the Tar Heels, 82-68, on Dec. 4, 1965 ... Coincidentally, UNC played in the first ever game at W&M Hall, the Tribe’s current home court, defeating the Green and Gold, 101-72, on Dec. 5, 1971.
W&M’s Last Ranked Win Came vs. UNC: Arguably the biggest basketball victory in W&M history was its 78-75 win over No. 2 UNC on Dec. 7, 1977 in Williamsburg, the last time the Tribe defeated a nationally-ranked opponent ... Leading W&M that night toward one of the biggest upsets in the history of Virginia men’s basketball, was team captain John Kratzer ... Unable to play his senior year as he fought his battle with cancer, “Kraze” sat on the bench that day and played a big role in the historic victory ... Kratzer died on May 18, 1978 and in 1979 was named the first ever recipient of the United States Basketball Writers Association “Most Courageous Award.”
Ofori Attah Named CAA Rookie of the Week: Tribe guard Edwin Ofori Attah was named the Colonial Athletic Association’s Rookie of the Week on Dec. 6 ... In two games, Ofori Attah came off the bench to average 17.5 points and shoot .583 from the floor ... He scored a game-high 17 points to go with six rebounds in a win over Longwood ... He followed that up three days later with a game-high 18 points, along with four rebounds, against Old Dominion in the Tribe’s first conference game of the season.
Tough Transfer: W&M junior forward Hawley Smith is the most recent in a long line of significant transfers to the College from other Division I programs ... Per NCAA regulations, Smith sat out last season, following two seasons at Temple University ... One of two players to have started every game this season, he leads the team with 11.4 points per game and a .542 field goal percentage, and is second with 5.7 rebounds per game ... W&M has had at least one Division I transfer on the active roster all but one year since the start of the 1995-96 campaign, all of whom have been significant contributors with starting experience ... The trend began with the arrival of Bobby Fitzgibbons (Wake Forest), David Grabuloff (Florida State) and Sam Steen (Loyola [MD]) in 1995-96 and continued with two-time first team All-CAA selection Adam Hess (Eastern Michigan), who graduated last season ... Currently sitting out this year is guard Adam Payton (Vanderbilt), who will be eligible to play for W&M next year.
Cofield Named CAA Player of the Week: Sophomore forward Corey Cofield received the first Colonial Athletic Association Player of the Week award for the 2004-05 season on Nov. 22 ... A preseason second team all-league selection, Cofield averaged 22.0 points and 8.0 rebounds in the first two games of the season, leading the Tribe to the W&M Tip-Off Classic championship ... It is the first player of the week honor for Cofield, the 2004 CAA Rookie of the Year, who was picked as the league’s rookie of the week three times last season ... Cofield was also voted as the 2004 W&M Tip-Off Classic Most Valuable Player ... He is third on the team with 10.3 ppg and leads W&M with 6.8 rebounds per game.
Location: Williamsburg, Va.
Conference: Colonial Athletic Association
Colors: Green, Gold and Silver
Head Coach: Tony Shaver
Record at WMU: 7-21
10 Nick D’Antoni (6-0, G, Sr.) – 4.6 ppg, 2.7 apg
15 Reid Markham (6-3, G, Sr.) – 3.2 ppg, 1.6 apg
21 Hawley Smith (6-5, F, Jr.) – 11.4 ppg, 5.7 rpg
22 Taylor Mokris (6-6, G, Jr.) – 3.6 ppg
23 Corey Cofield (6-5, F, So.) – 10.3 ppg, 6.8 rpg
2 Edwin Ofori Attah (6-4, G, Fr.) – 10.7 ppg
00 Nate Loehrke (6-10, C, Jr.) – 3.4 ppg, 2.7 rpg
Schedule & Results
Shaver ... Mann
Ofori Attah ... Kisielius
(WMU Sports Info contributed to this report.)