Wofford (3-5) at Saint Louis (8-2)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Saturday, December 14, 7 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Chaifetz Arena (10,600) -- St. Louis, Missouri. Television: FOX Sports Midwest Plus. Home Record: Wofford 2-1, Saint Louis 4-1. Away Record: Wofford 1-4, Saint Louis 3-0. Neutral Record: Wofford 0-0, Saint Louis 1-1. Conference Record: Wofford 0-0, Saint Louis 0-0. Series Record: First-ever meeting.
GAME NOTES: The Saint Louis Billikens open up a three-game homestand on Saturday night, as they host the Wofford Terriers in a non-conference matchup at Chaifetz Arena.
Wofford enters Saturday's action coming off a 63-60 setback to William & Mary last Saturday. The loss halted a two-game win streak for the Terriers, who have just three wins on the season overall. The three wins haven't exactly come against top notch competition, as the Terriers have knocked off Emory & Henry, J&W Charlotte and Gardner-Webb on the season.
Spencer Collins scored 15 points and Jaylen Allen added 13 for the Terriers in the loss to William & Mary. Allen had a chance to win the game in the final second, but his shot was off the mark and the Tribe secured the rebound and hit two free throws to solidify the win. Wofford struggled offensively in the game, hitting just 38.2 percent from the floor, while the Tribe knocked down an efficient 56.1 percent overall.
Collins leads the low-scoring Terriers with 14.4 points per game. Lee Skinner is the only other Wofford player averaging in double figures, with 10.4 points per contest, as the team scores just 64.7 points per game.
The Billikens come into Saturday's tilt riding a two-game winning streak. Last time out, Mike McCall's tip-in off a Rob Loe miss as time expired gave the Billikens a 67-65 win at Valparaiso and moved the Billikens to an impressive 8-2 on the season.
McCall ended with just seven points, while Dwayne Evans led Saint Louis with 21 points and 10 boards. Grandy Glaze added 14 points off the bench for the Billikens, who shot 40.7 percent from the floor for the game. Still, the team was able to overcome the Crusaders, by holding Valpo to just .379 shooting and forcing 17 turnovers.
The Billikens are led in scoring by Evans' 15.7 ppg. McCall and Jordair Jett also average just over 10 points per game for Saint Louis, which averages 71 points per game and uses strong defensive pressure to allow only 58.4 points per contest.
The Billikens' defensive pressure will likely be too much for the offensive- challenged Terriers. Neither team brings too much on the offensive end, but St. Louis does have some more depth in this first-ever meeting between these two schools.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: St. Louis 68, Wofford 58
12/14 10:43:41 ET