Davidson (15-11) at The Citadel (4-23)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Monday, February 17, 7:05 p.m. (ET)
ACTS & STATS: Site: McAlister Field House (6,000) -- Charleston, South Carolina. Television: None. Home Record: Davidson 6-4, The Citadel 4-7. Away Record: Davidson 8-3, The Citadel 0-14. Neutral Record: Davidson 1-4, The Citadel 0-2. Conference Record: Davidson 11-1, The Citadel 0-12. Series Record: Davidson leads, 97-45.
GAME NOTES: With the finish line of the season nearly in sight, the Davidson Wildcats will attempt to stay perched atop the Southern Conference standings as they visit The Citadel Bulldogs at McAlister Field House.
Davidson appears to be well on its way to its third straight SoCon regular season title, as the Wildcats are a sparkling 11-1 in league play, with wins in eight straight games. They are also a solid 15-11 overall, but Chattanooga is hot on their heels, with a 10-2 mark in conference. Davidson plays its next two games at home before finishing the campaign at Elon on March 1.
The Citadel comes into this contest about as desperate as any team in the country for a victory. The Bulldogs have lost 15 straight games overall and are winless in 12 bouts against SoCon competition. Non-league play wasn't any kinder to them, as they are just 4-23 overall, with three games to play following this bout. The next is at Western Carolina.
As might be expected, Davidson absolutely ran over The Citadel when they met earlier this month, with the Wildcats claiming a 62-43 victory at home. Davidson has won five straight in the rivalry, improving on its already dominant lead in the all-time series (97-45).
Brian Sullivan drained five 3-pointers and finished with a team-high 25 points, as Davidson earned an 88-73 victory over Georgia Southern on Saturday. The Wildcats hit 55.4 percent of their field goal attempts in the win, while outscoring their opponent, 30-16, in the paint.
No team in the SoConm has been able to keep up with Davidson offensively this season. The Wildcats lead the league in scoring (78.2 ppg) and field goal percentage (.473), ranking among the top-40 in the country in each category as well. If they do have a weakness, it is on the glass, as the Wildcats are next-to-last in the conference on the boards (31.2 rpg). De'Mon Brooks (18 ppg, 6.9 rpg) leads the way, ranking third in the league in scoring and second in field goal percentage (.584). Brooks gets plenty of support, with Sullivan (12.8 ppg), Tom Droney (11.3 ppg) and Tyler Kalinoski (11.1 ppg) all lending a hand.
It was another poor showing on offense for The Citadel in its 76-67 setback against Furman on Saturday. The Bulldogs only connected on 37.5 percent from the field in the losing effort, although they did have only four turnovers. Ashton Moore tallied 22 points in the losing effort.
The Citadel doesn't score enough on offense, or defend well enough at the other end to put itself in position to win most nights. The Bulldogs are netting a league-low 66.1 ppg, while being lit up for 75 ppg on 45.1 percent shooting by their opponents. Matt Van Scyoc (14.3 ppg, 5.6 rpg) is one of three players averaging in double figures for the squad. He managed to reach 12 points, but he knocked down only 3-of-11 from the field. Brian White (12.2 ppg, 6.2 rpg) and Moore (12.1 ppg) are the next best options, although White has only made 37.3 percent of his total shots this season.
Put simply, Davidson is far and away the better team in this matchup, as it proved earlier this season, that expecting The Citadel to compete beyond the first few minutes would not be a safe bet.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Davidson 81, The Citadel 60
02/17 10:32:56 ET