Campbell (0-2) vs. Middle Tennessee (1-1)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Friday, November 19th, 6:00 p.m. (et).
FACTS & STATS: Site: Auburn Arena (9,121) -- Auburn, Alabama. Television: None. Home Record: Campbell 0-0, Middle Tennessee 1-1. Away Record: Campbell 0-2, Middle Tennessee 0-0. Neutral Record: Campbell 0-0, Middle Tennessee 0-0. Conference Record: Campbell 0-0, Middle Tennessee 0-0. Series Record: Series is tied, 1-1.
GAME NOTES: The Campbell Fighting Camels battle the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders this evening in the Global Sports Hoops Showcase, being played at the new Auburn Arena.
Campbell is in the midst of the five-game road trip to open the 2010-11 campaign, and so far the team is 0-2 after dropping games to Virginia Tech (70-60) and East Carolina (76-63). The Camels, who are the defending regular- season champions in the Atlantic Sun Conference, are coached by eighth-year man Robbie Laing.
As for Middle Tennessee, it has split its first two games, routing Tennessee Temple (90-46) before bowing to UAB (76-71), and both games took place at home. The Blue Raiders are coming off a title of their own, winning the regular-season crown in the Sun Belt Conference's East Division. They are led by Kermit Davis, who in his ninth year at the helm.
The all-time series between these two clubs is knotted at 1-1, and Middle Tennessee won the last meeting, that being a 78-73 decision in Murfreesboro on December 18, 2000.
Both teams will be in action on Saturday and Sunday, alternating games against Auburn and Samford.
Campbell is led by junior forward Eric Griffin, who is averaging 14 points, eight rebounds, 2.5 blocks and two steals per game here in the early going. He is coming off a 15-point, seven-rebound effort in the team's recent loss to East Carolina, a game in which the Camels shot 44.2 percent from the field, but just 25 percent (3-of-12) from three-point range. On the other side, the Pirates got a big night from Jontae Sherrod (21 points) and connected on 11 three-pointers as a team. Senior forward Preston Dodson and freshman guard Andrew Ryan both scored 10 points to help Griffin and the Camels, with the former also grabbing six boards. Campbell is averaging 61.5 ppg while allowing 73.0 ppg through the first two outings, and foes have outworked Campbell on the glass by 6.5 rpg.
The Blue Raiders put forth an uninspired effort in their recent loss to UAB, shooting 36.7 percent from the floor and committing 19 turnovers. A 3-of-17 showing from beyond the arc left quite a bit to be desired, although a resounding 47-30 edge in the rebounding department was certainly a positive. Sophomore forward Jason Jones led Middle Tennessee with 14 points, but he went just 4-of-12 from the field. Senior guard James Washington and junior forward Kyle Hunt chipped in a dozen points apiece, with Hunt getting his in 21 minutes of action off the bench. Washington was high man in the season-opening win over Tennessee Temple, netting 21 points, while Hunt finished with 17.
It's too early to tell where these two teams will end up in their respective leagues this year, but right now the Blue Raiders appear to be a tad better.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Middle Tennessee 67, Campbell 63
11/19 11:23:10 ET