Davidson (14-13) at Presbyterian (12-16)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Saturday, February 19th, 7:30 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Templeton Center (2,300) -- Clinton, South Carolina. Television: None. Home Record: Davidson 7-3, Presbyterian 5-3. Away Record: Davidson 4-9, Presbyterian 6-12. Neutral Record: Davidson 3-1, Presbyterian 1-1. Conference Record: Davidson 8-8, Presbyterian 6-10. Series Record: Series is tied, 1-1.
GAME NOTES: Winners in six of their last seven games, the Davidson Wildcats step out of conference play tonight to tangle with the Presbyterian Blue Hose at Templeton Center in a BracketBuster contest.
Davidson is coming off an 83-56 home win over Georgia Southern on Wednesday night. J.P. Kuhlman scored a game-high 19 points, while Jake Cohen and Nik Cochran added 18 points apiece. Cohen pulled down eight rebounds as well in the win for Davidson, which also got 10 points from De'Mon Brooks.
Davidson, which is in fourth place in the Southern Conference's South Division, is led by Kuhlman's 13 ppg. Cohen averages 12.1 points and a team- best 6.5 caroms per contest. Brendan McKillop comes in at 9.5 ppg, followed by Brooks (8.6 ppg) and Nik Cochran (8.2 ppg). The Wildcats have just 11 total years of Division I experience in their rotation with McKillop being the lone senior. Eight of the top nine scorers for the Wildcats are freshmen or sophomores. Davidson coach Bob McKillop, who is three wins shy of 400 for his career, prides his team on balance. Seven different players have led Davidson in scoring in a game this season and no Wildcat averages more than 10 shots a game.
Presbyterian, which is eighth in the Big South Conference, has been without leading scorer and rebounder Al'Lonzo Coleman (14.1 ppg, 8.1 rpg) for the last 11 games due to an injury. Khalid Mutakabbir is averaging 13.5 ppg and is shooting 51 percent from three-point range. Jake Troyli averages 10.7 points and 4.3 rebounds per outing, while Pierre Miller averages nine points. Presbyterian paces the Big South by shooting 38.6 percent from three-point range.
The Blue Hose have won two straight games and are coming off a 52-49 overtime win at Radford on Tuesday night. Troyli led the way with 12 points, but he was the lone player for the Blue Hose in double figures. Presbyterian shot 33.3 percent from the field and went 9-of-27 from three-point range. Despite not attempting a foul shot in the last three games, Troyli still leads the Big South with a .894 free throw percentage in conference games.
The Wildcats are rolling lately and should be able to use their balanced attack to down the Blue Hose. Davidson is averaging over 71 ppg, nearly 10 points better than Presbyterian.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Davidson 73, Presbyterian 57
02/19 10:35:31 ET