Wofford (15-11) at Appalachian State (10-14)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Saturday, February 11th, 2:00 p.m. (et).
FACTS & STATS: Site: Holmes Center (8,325) -- Boone, North Carolina. Television: None. Home Record: Wofford 9-2, ASU 7-4. Away Record: Wofford 5-8, ASU 3-9. Neutral Record: Wofford 1-1, ASU 0-1. Conference Record: Wofford 8-6, ASU 6-8. Series Record: Wofford leads, 23-13.
GAME NOTES: The Wofford Terriers will try to continue their recent dominance over the Appalachian State Mountaineers, as the two are set for a Southern Conference clash this afternoon at the Holmes Center in Boone, North Carolina.
Wofford claimed a 73-61 victory when these teams met in Spartanburg last month. The Terriers own a 23-13 series lead and have won five of the last six matchups with ASU.
However, Wofford enters today's contest hoping to end a three-game slide, which came on the heels of a season-long six-game win streak. This is the third game in a stretch that will see the Terriers play five of six on the road. They began that stretch with a 76-54 loss at Davidson on Monday, and followed that up with a 63-49 setback at Georgia Southern on Thursday.
On the other side of the floor, Appalachian State snapped a three-game skid with Thursday's 79-69 triumph at Furman. Now, the Mountaineers return to Boone to wrap up the home portion of their schedule with a three-game homestand. They'll host Chattanooga on Wednesday, followed by a date with Winthrop next weekend in a BracketBusters matchup.
After Thursday's loss at Georgia Southern, Wofford head coach Mike Young said he was as disappointed as he could imagine walking out of the building. After all, his team shot just 3-of-16 from beyond the arc (.188) and an even more brutal 4-of-15 from the foul line (.267). The Terriers never led in the contest, and they trailed by as many as 17 eight minutes into the second half. Drew Crowell was one of the few bright spots, as he shot 6-of-9 from the floor and finished with 12 points and a game-high 14 rebounds. Brad Loesing scored a team-high 13 points, but no other Terrier was in double figures. It was a forgettable night for leading scorer Kevin Giltner (14.9 ppg), who managed only seven points on a dismal 3-of-14 shooting effort from the floor. Along with Giltner, Loesing (14.5 ppg) and Karl Cochran (11.4 ppg) are the team's primary scoring options. That trio has combined for 158 of the Terriers' 171 threes on the season. However, when they are struggling from outside, as they were against Georgia Southern, the half-court offense becomes stagnant. Coach Young will likely try and get his shooters going early in this contest to avoid a repeat of Thursday's performance.
Leading the way for Appalachian State is Omar Carter with 12.5 points and 6.2 rebounds per tilt. However, Carter has come off the bench for the last seven games and seen his numbers dip, along with the Mountaineers' scoring totals. The experiment worked initially, as he averaged 19.7 points in the first three games since being benched by coach Jason Capel for a lack of effort and focus. But in the four games since, he has totaled only 24 points. Jamaal Trice is the team's only other double-digit scorer, averaging 10.7 ppg, while Andre Williamson is posting 9.8 points and a team-high 7.0 rebounds per contest. In addition to a lack of consistent scoring punch, the Mountaineers have had their troubles with turnovers, as they are -2.9 in turnover margin. However, they coughed up possession only eight times at Furman, and the result was a much needed victory. For all intent and purpose, the game was won at the free- throw line, where ASU converted a hefty 30-of-38 attempts (789). Guards Mike Neal and G.J. Vilarino set season-highs with 18 and 13 points, respectively, while Williamson scored 10 to reach double figures. Neal made 12-of-14 free throws to go along with five rebounds and three steals, while Vilarino pulled down a team-high nine rebounds.
Coming off such an abysmal performance in their last loss, expect the Terriers to turn up the energy in this one and notch yet another win over the Mountaineers.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Wofford 75, Appalachian State 73
02/11 10:43:23 ET