College of Charleston (11-5) at The Citadel (3-11)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Monday, January 14, 7:30 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: McAlister Field House (6,000) -- Charleston, South Carolina. Television: None. Home Record: CofC 6-5, The Citadel 3-5. Away Record: CofC 5-0, The Citadel 0-6. Neutral Record: CofC 0-0, The Citadel 0-0. Conference Record: CofC 3-1, The Citadel 0-4. Series Record: College of Charleston leads, 49-39.
GAME NOTES: Sporting a perfect 5-0 record on the road so far this season, the College of Charleston Cougars face another Southern Conference test on Monday night, as they clash with the Bulldogs of The Citadel at McAlister Field House.
Not only is Charleston undefeated on the road in 2012-13, the team is also off to a 3-1 start in conference play as well. Over the weekend, the Cougars completely dominated Chattanooga at home in an 86-59 final, marking the team's sixth victory in the last seven contests.
The Bulldogs showed some early promise this season with three wins in four tries, although only one of those came against another Division I program. Since then the squad has dropped 10 straight decisions, the latest coming on Saturday night versus the Samford Bulldogs in a 69-65 final at home.
In terms of the all-time series, the Cougars own a 49-39 advantage over The Citadel, winning four straight and five of the last six encounters. The Bulldogs have won just three times since 2003.
Anthony Stitt scored a game-high 20 points, leading five players in double figures, as the College of Charleston crushed the Chattanooga Mocs by 27 points in a Southern Conference matchup at TD Arena on Saturday. Adjehi Baru and Willis Hall both tallied 13 points for the Cougars, combining for 17 rebounds as well, while Trent Wiedeman and Anthony Thomas dropped in 11 points apiece, the latter tying Baru for the rebounding lead with nine as the team won the rebounding battle overall, 46-32. While he has missed a pair of games, Lawrence is listed as the top scorer for the program with 13.4 ppg, although he has the same overall point total (188) as Stitt who is averaging 11.8 ppg . The pair has also combined for 114 assists, with many of those surely going to Baru (10.0 ppg) who has more than likely created several of his own shot opportunities thanks to 46 offensive rebounds, part of his 9.1 rpg overall.
Before playing even with Samford in the second half of their meeting over the weekend, the Bulldogs of The Citadel turned the ball over 10 times through the first 20 minutes of action, leaving them four points behind which is where they ended up at the final buzzer. Matt Van Scyoc was the leading scorer for the hosts with 19 points, hitting 4-of-9 shots from behind the 3-point line, followed by Marshall Harris III who tallied 12 points, seven assists and four steals, while P.J. Morgan tacked on 11 points off the bench. In addition to Van Scyoc who is averaging 10.9 ppg, the other double-digit scorer for the Bulldogs is Mike Groselle (13.9 ppg) who is also the top man on the glass with 7.6 rpg. Unfortunately, this is a group that continues to have trouble slowing down the competition, giving up 75.1 ppg.
Based on the team's success on the road and in this series, not to mention the beating it put on Chattanooga over the weekend, expect to see the Cougars cruise to another win on Monday night.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: College of Charleston 81, The Citadel 61
01/14 10:33:11 ET