Wofford (7-9) at Furman (3-11)|
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Monday, January 14, 7 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Timmons Arena (4,000) -- Greenville, South Carolina.
Television: None. Home Record: Wofford 4-1. Furman 3-4. Away Record: Wofford
2-8, Furman 0-7. Neutral Record: Wofford 1-0, Furman 0-0. Conference Record:
Wofford 1-2, Furman 0-3. Series Record: Furman leads, 82-47.
GAMES NOTES: After snapping a losing streak on Saturday, the Wofford Terriers
will attempt to get a win streak going when they visit the Furman Paladins in
a Southern Conference battle at Timmons Arena.
The Terriers had lost three straight games before topping Georgia Southern,
71-53, at home. Wofford has managed to string back-to-back wins together twice
this season and is now 7-9 overall. That has included a woeful 2-8 mark on the
road and a 1-2 ledger against conference foes. Wofford finishes up this quick
two-game road stint on Saturday against Elon.
The Paladins were not so fortunate in their matchup with Davidson on Saturday.
Furman lost 81-73 as it dropped its sixth straight contest and fell to just
3-11 overall. Furman is winless in all three of its league matchups and is
just 3-4 at Timmons Arena. The Paladins will get a look at Elon before Wofford
as they will battle the Phoenix on Thursday.
Wofford has won three straight and seven of the last eight matchups with
Furman, including a series sweep last year. Still, the Paladins still lead
the all-time series, 82-47.
In its victory over Georgia Southern, Wofford shot an even 45 percent from the
field and outscored the Eagles 21-9 from beyond the arc. The Terriers also
forced 15 turnovers in the contest and owned a 38-26 edge on the boards.
The 71 points that Wofford scored against Georgia Southern was the most points
scored by the Terriers since netting 70 in a win over Winthrop at the end of
November. Wofford is scoring just 59.1 points per game, while shooting at a
38.9 percent clip. Both of those marks rank dead last in the SoCon. The reason
the Terriers have still managed to remain around .500 on the season is due to
their defensive efforts. The team is letting up just 58.6 points per game on
42.3 percent shooting. The trio of Karl Cochran (16.2 ppg), Lee Skinner (11.2
ppg, 7.3 rpg) and Spencer Collins (10.8 ppg) have accounted for the bulk of
the scoring. Cochran is the fourth-best scorer in the conference, while
Skinner ranks at the same spot in rebounding.
It was the Paladins' shooting from beyond the arc that sank it against
Davidson. Furman hit on 6-of-17 shots from 3-point range, while Davidson
knocked down 10-of-23 long range attempts. A 17-7 deficit in points off
turnovers also hurt Furman.
Furman has been scoring a bit better than Wofford this season but certainly
isn't one of the better offensive teams in the conference. The Paladins are
netting just 60.7 points per game, while shooting just below 40 percent from
the floor. Only Colin Reddick (12.1 ppg, 6.3 rpg) is scoring in double figures
for Furman, but six players are scoring at least seven points per game.
Reddick has scored in double figures in five of the last six games, including
a season-high 25 points in a four-point loss to College of Charleston. Stephen
Croone (8.5 ppg, 4.4 apg) is the second option.
Though Wofford has a stronger stable of scorers the balance that Furman
possesses could help the Paladins in one of what looks to be a few winnable
games left on the schedule.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Furman 60, Wofford 57
01/14 10:33:30 ET