Samford (4-12) at The Citadel (3-10)|
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Saturday, January 12, 7:05 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: McHalister Field House (6,000) -- Charleston, South
Carolina. Television: None. Home Record: Samford 2-4. The Citadel 3-4. Away
Record: Samford 2-6, The Citadel 0-6. Neutral Record: Samford 0-2, The Citadel
0-0. Conference Record: Samford 2-1, The Citadel 0-3. Series Record: The
Citadel leads, 7-2.
GAMES NOTES: Coming off just their second win in the last seven games, the
Samford Bulldogs will attempt to string a pair of wins together for the first
time this season, as they visit The Citadel Bulldogs for a Southern Conference
bout at McHalister Field House.
In the first of two games in the city of Charleston, Samford topped the
College of Charleston, 62-57 on Thursday to earn its second conference victory
of the season. The victory moved the Bulldogs to 4-12 overall, while earning
them just their second victory in eight trips away from home. Samford will
return to its home floor in its next two games beginning against Western
A 70-65 loss to Chattanooga extended The Citadel's losing streak to nine
games. A once promising start to the season has gone downhill during the
stretch with the team just 3-10 overall. The Citadel is also winless in three
conference tilts and just 3-4 at home. The Bulldogs will face their cross-town
rivals, the College of Charleston, in the final game of this four-contest
homestand on Monday.
In nine previous matchups The Citadel has come out on top seven times,
including a 73-62 victory a year ago.
Samford rallied from a nine-point deficit against the College of Charleston
down the stretch by ripping off a 15-2 run to earn a four-point advantage with
2:23 remaining. The Bulldogs then held on for the victory by going 3-of-4 from
the free-throw line in the final 15 seconds.
Usually when Samford has fallen behind there isn't much hope for a comeback,
considering how poorly the Bulldogs have scored this season. As a team Samford
puts in just 59.7 points per game, which is the second worst mark in the
SoCon. Samford is also a very weak rebounding team (28.1 pg) ranking last
in the conference and among the 10 worst marks in the country. The tandem of
Raijon Kelly (14.9 ppg) and Tim Williams (14.2 ppg, 7.2 rpg) has taken on the
bulk of the offensive responsibilities.
The Citadel led for almost the entire second half against Chattanooga until a
jump shot from Zaccheus Mason put the Mocs ahead 64-62. The Bulldogs would get
no closer the rest of the way as they missed their last two field goal
Defense has been a major weak point for The Citadel. The Bulldogs are allowing
75.5 points per game, while teams connect on 47.4 percent of their shots from
the field. The Bulldogs have managed to lead the conference in assists (14.7
pg) but are just 10th in rebounds (30.9 pg). Mike Groselle (14.3 ppg, 7.3 rpg)
has almost single-handedly been carrying the team offensively and on the
glass. Getting Raemond Robinson back has been a help though, as he scored 15
points in just his second game this season.
As it stands, neither of these teams looks like a squad that will have
something to say about the SoCon title at year's end. The Citadel just barely
fell to Chattanooga and may be able to find more success against an offensive-
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: The Citadel 64, Samford 62
01/12 10:32:19 ET