The Runnin' Bulldogs (10-9, 2-3 Big South) will look to rebound against one of the Big South's best defensive teams. Gardner-Webb still paces the league's scoring defense stat sheet at 60.6 points allowed per game, but Winthrop (7-10, 1-4 Big South) is a close second at 62.2 points allowed per game.
The Eagles have gone 5-3 at home this season, and traditionally play well in Rock Hill. Gardner-Webb has dropped 10 regular season Big South Conference games in a row, including an 0-2 mark this season. Seven of those 10 losses have been winnable for the Runnin' Bulldogs, however – with seven decided by six points or less over the past two seasons. An eighth game, at Campbell earlier this season, went to triple overtime.
The last time Gardner-Webb traveled to Rock Hill, S.C., Winthrop came away with a 56-54 win on the strength of three free throws with 1.2 seconds left by guard Reggie Middleton. GWU won its meeting with Winthrop in Boiling Springs last season, and both games were highly competitive – with a combined 33 ties and lead changes in the 80 minutes of action.
Gardner-Webb has gotten improved play from its forwards, notably freshman Jerome Hill – who was named Big South Freshman of the Week on Monday after averaging 10.5 points and 7.5 rebounds in two close games last week.
Kevin Hartley has also continued to sizzle away from long range, making 18 of his last 25 attempts from three-point range (72.0 percent) and leading the league in three-point percentage (36-of-72, 50.0 percent) through 19 games.
Wednesday's game will air live on WGWG-FM (88.3 / wgwg.org), with Fabian Fuentes calling the action from the Winthrop Coliseum.