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DATE & TIME: Saturday, February 16, 7:05 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: McAlister Fieldhouse (6,000) -- Charleston, South Carolina. Television: None. Home Record: Davidson 9-1, Citadel 4-8. Away Record: Davidson 7-4, Citadel 2-10. Neutral Record: Davidson 2-2, Citadel 0-0. Conference Record: Davidson 13-1, Citadel 3-11. Series Record: Davidson leads, 95-45.
GAME NOTES: With one more win, the Davidson Wildcats can lock up the Southern Conference North Division as they get set to take on The Citadel Bulldogs at McAlister Fieldhouse.
Davidson went on the road Thursday night and notched its ninth consecutive win with a 75-59 rout over College of Charleston. The Wildcats have won by an average margin of nearly 20 points (19.7) during the streak, as eight of the nine victories have come by double-digit margins. Following this tilt, they'll return home to face Furman and Montana next week.
Citadel has lost its last three outings, including Thursday's 78-57 setback to Georgia Southern. The Bulldogs entered the weekend with the worst record in SoCon play (3-11) with five games remaining in the regular season. They'll travel to Appalachian State and Presbyterian for a pair of games next week.
The Wildcats have won 20 of the last 22 meetings with Citadel, and they hold a commanding 95-45 lead in the all-time series.
Jake Cohen poured in a career-high 32 points in the win over Charleston, 19 of which came in the second half. As a team, the Wildcats shot 59.3 percent from the floor over the final 20 minutes and used a 24-8 run to pull away. Cohen, Davidson's senior leader, has been on a roll over the last seven games, averaging 18.7 points, 6.4 rebounds and 2.5 blocks while shooting 55 percent from the floor and 41.7 percent from the perimeter. He and De'Mon Brooks (13.3 ppg, 6.3 rpg) shared SoCon Player of the Year honors a year ago, and both players have been instrumental to the team's success once again this season. The Wildcats do a lot of the little things right, one of which is free-throw shooting as they lead the nation in that department at 81.1 percent. Nik Cochran (9.9 ppg) is the nation's leader in foul shooting (90-of-95). Davidson leads the SoCon in scoring offense (72.7), scoring margin (+9.3), 3-point field-goal percentage (.366), and fewest turnovers (11.6).
Things have not gone quite as well for the Bulldogs, who had managed back-to- back wins over Wofford and Furman before their current three-game skid. Mike Groselle leads the team with 14.8 points and 7.5 rebounds per game, while P.J. Horgan (11.2 ppg, 6.2 rpg) and Matt Van Scyoc (11.1 ppg) are also averaging double figures. However, Citadel is -9.9 in scoring margin as opponents are shooting a healthy 47 percent from the floor and averaging 74.0 points. On Thursday night, the Bulldogs shot just 39.6 percent from the floor while they allowed GSU to shoot 52.7 percent, including a 12-of-22 effort from the perimeter. Horgan scored 19 points and pulled down eight boards, but the team was simply unable to keep pace with the hot-shooting Eagles, who led by as many as 32 at one point.
Davidson has been winning easily over the past few weeks, and that is unlikely to change here. Look for the Wildcats to put this one away early.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Davidson 79, The Citadel 59
02/16 10:39:47 ET
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