Radford at Gardner-Webb, 7:00 PM EST – ESPN3/WatchESPN
Today’s UTR Game of the Day takes us to the lovely metropolis of Boiling Springs (about 50 miles west of Charlotte) where the Radford Highlanders (current leader of the Big South Conference) take on the Runnin’ Bulldogs of Gardner-Webb. Radford already has wins over usual favorites Winthrop and UNC-Asheville in conference play, and also got a nice win against UC-Davis back in December as part of the Las Vegas Classic undercard. Both Ed Polite Jr. (13,8 PPG, 8.1 RPG) and Carlik Jones (11.5 PPG, 2.5 APG) lead the way for the Highlanders.
As for Gardner-Webb, they are currently tied for 2nd place with Liberty in the Big South standings. Their best win in league play so far was their head-to-head matchup against Liberty, but they have an inexplicable loss at Longwood to keep them out of first place for the time being. G-W has a trio of players averaging double-figures: David Efianayi (17.4 PPG, 3.5 RPG), Liam O’Reilly (14.2 PPG, 3.5 APG) and D.J. Laster (13.9 PPG, 5.9 RPG). This is the first of 2 meetings between these two teams; their next meeting will be on the first of February at Radford.