Furman (6-21) at The Citadel (7-20)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Thursday, February 28, 7:05 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: McAlister Fieldhouse (6,000) -- Charleston, South Carolina. Television: None. Home Record: Furman 5-8, The Citadel 4-9. Away Record: Furman 1-13, The Citadel 3-10. Neutral Record: Furman 0-0, The Citadel 0-1. Conference Record: Furman 3-13, The Citadel 4-12. Series Record: Furman leads, 114-83.
GAME NOTES: The Furman Paladins hope to end their eight-game losing slide as they invade McAlister Fieldhouse for Southern Conference action with the Citadel Bulldogs.
This game marks the 198th meeting between these schools on the hardwood. Furman holds a 114-83 all-time series lead after winning five of the last six meetings. The Citadel did manage to fend off the Paladins and pick up an 84-79 win on Feb. 2 in the first bout of the 2012-13 campaign between the programs.
The Paladins were handed a 78-61 loss by Georgia Southern on Saturday, sending them to a 7-20 overall record and 3-13 mark in SoCon play. Furman is netting 61.0 ppg, but it is allowing a much higher rate of 70.9 ppg to its opposition to rank last in the conference in scoring margin at -9.9. Colin Reddick scored 22 points in the loss to the GSU to raise his team-leading averages to 12.6 points and 6.1 rebounds. Stephen Croone and Charlie Reddick add just under 10 ppg apiece.
Furman's 17-point loss to GSU is disheartening considering it took down the Eagles by seven points on New Year's Eve in its final win before embarking on the current losing streak. In the second matchup, the Paladins hit on only 37.3 percent of their field goal tries and allowed GSU to connect on 47.3 percent of its shots from the floor including 15-of-31 from 3-point range. Bobby Austin scored 13 points and Bryant Irwin chipped in 12 points to join Colin Reddick in double-figures, while Croone and Charlie Reddick were both inactive due to injuries.
The Bulldogs' break from SoCon action for the BracketBuster event did not bring any better results than they were already experiencing as they fell, 68-65, at Presbyterian. Mike Groselle posted 15 points and nine rebounds versus the Blue Hose, while P.J. Horgan grabbed the same number of boards and produced just a point less. Marshall Harris III and Matt Van Scyoc scored 12 and 10 points, respectively, as the Bulldogs suffered a setback for the fifth time in six games. The Citadel went 28-of-38 from the field (52.6 percent) in the contest to mark the eighth time in nine games that it has connected on at least 47 percent of its field-goal tries.
The Bulldogs are still being outscored by an average of 9.4 ppg despite the recent improvement in their field-goal efficiency. Groselle is the go-to-guy with team-leading averages of 15.3 points and 7.6 rebounds (3.1 offensive) per tilt. Matt Van Scyoc chips in 11.4 ppg and Harris III hands out an average of 5.1 assists. Harris III has been steady while running the show for the Citadel as his 2.1 assist-to-turnover ratio is second best among SoCon players.
Both these squads would love to notch another win before the regular season ends, but neither has much of a shot at competing for the SoCon crown. The banged up Paladins will be at a disadvantage not only because of their injuries but also because of the homecourt edge McAlister Fieldhouse will provide the Bulldogs.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: The Citadel 65, Furman 62
02/28 10:34:24 ET