Appalachian State (7-15) at Western Carolina (12-11)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Saturday, February 8, 2 p.m. (ET)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Ramsey Center (7,826) -- Cullowhee, North Carolina. Television: None. Home Record: ASU 6-5, WCU 8-1. Away Record: ASU 1-10, WCU 3-9. Neutral Record: ASU 0-0, WCU 1-1. Conference Record: ASU 3-6, WCU 5-3. Series Record: Appalachian State leads, 112-67.
GAME NOTES: Appalachian State seeks just its second road victory of the season on Saturday when the Mountaineers take on the longtime rival Western Carolina Catamounts in Southern Conference action.
Western Carolina has had more than a week off since falling to Elon in a 74-60 final on Jan. 30. It was the third loss in the last four games for the Catamounts. Brandon Boggs scored a game-high 19 points and grabbed eight rebounds in the setback, while James Sinclair added 18 points on 7-of-14 shooting.
The Catamounts didn't attempt a single free throw in the game, while Elon hit 13 from the charity stripe. The Phoenix had the edge in points in the paint, 30-14, and in points off turnovers, 24-12.
Sumler leads the team in scoring this season with an impressive 17.7 ppg on 44.0 percent shooting from the floor. Sumler's 4.4 apg mark is a team-high, while his 4.2 rpg is second-most on the team this year. Sinclair is second on the squad with 10.6 ppg, while Boggs check in at 10.4 ppg.
On Thursday, Tab Hamilton netted 17 points to lead Appalachian State past the lowly Citadel Bulldogs, 54-45. Mike Neal notched 15 points with six assists for the Mountaineers and Tommy Spagnolo chipped in 12 points and grabbed 12 rebounds in the win, which ended a two-game losing streak.
Appalachian State had the edge over The Citadel from the free-throw line, 12-4, and in rebounding, 36-28, en route to sending the Bulldogs to a 13th straight loss.
Hamilton is the team's active leader in scoring with 13.5 ppg on just 38.5 percent shooting from the field. Jay Canty was its leading scorer through five games, but has been sidelined for a majority of the season with a hand injury. Neal is the only other Appalachian State player to average in double digits with 10.8 ppg, to go with a team-best 78 assists. Michael Obacha leads the way on the glass with 9.1 rpg.
The only road win for Appalachian State came against The Citadel, and while Western Carolina has hit a rough patch of late, the Catamounts are leaps and bounds tougher at home than the Bulldogs.
These teams split last year's season series, and Appalachian State has the upper hand in the all-time series, 112-67.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Western Carolina 75, Appalachian State 60
02/08 10:36:18 ET