The Citadel (4-12) at Wofford (6-8)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Thursday, January 9, 7 p.m. (ET)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Benjamin Johnson Arena (3,500) -- Spartanburg, South Carolina. Television: None. Home Record: The Citadel 4-3, Wofford 3-2. Away Record: The Citadel 0-7, Wofford 3-6. Neutral Record: The Citadel 0-2, Wofford 0-0. Conference Record: The Citadel 0-1, Wofford 1-1. Series Record: Wofford leads, 49-46.
GAME NOTES: The Wofford Terriers will try to get back in the win column on Thursday night, as they host The Citadel Bulldogs in a Southern Conference clash at the Pete Hanna Center.
The goal for The Citadel is the obviously the same as it is for Wofford, but the Bulldogs are in more desperate need of a victory. They were taken down by Chattanooga in their league opener on Monday, 82-78, marking their fourth straight loss. The losing streak has dropped the Bulldogs to 4-12 overall. They still have two more road tests against Elon and UNC-Greensboro before returning home.
Wofford had won three straight games, including a 71-61 victory over Samford in its conference debut, before falling to Davidson (78-63) to kick off this two-game homestand. The Terriers are also sitting below .500 (6-8), but not as far as the Bulldogs. Wofford plays Chattanooga in back-to-back games next, with the Mocs hosting this Saturday and the Terriers doing so the following weekend.
These long-time rivals have settled their differences on the hardwood 95 times prior to this season. They split the season series in 2012-13, although Wofford has won 12 of the last 13 encounters to take a 49-36 edge in the all- time series.
The Citadel led by as many as 12 points in the second half against Chattanooga, but was stymied by a 37.5 percent shooting effort and the fact that it turned the ball over nine times in the final 20 minutes. Ashton Moore scored 21 points and came up a rebound shy of a double-double in the losing effort.
As might be expected of a team scraping the bottom of the league standings, the Bulldogs are also among the SoCon's worst offensive teams. They rank eighth in the 11-team league in scoring (69.9 ppg) and 10th in field goal percentage (.417). However, they do lead the way in assists (14.7 apg). Moore (10.5 ppg, 3.6 apg) and Marshall Harris III (9.1 ppg, 4.4 apg) are the guys who keep the ball moving. Their primary targets are Brian White (14.4 ppg, 7.2 rpg) and Matt Van Scyoc (14.3 ppg, 5.1 rpg). White had 20 points and eight rebounds against Chattanooga, while Van Scyoc tallied 16 points and hit 4-of-6 shots from beyond the arc.
Even though Wofford was the home team, Davidson was the squad that looked comfortable during the recent meeting between the two teams. The Terriers allowed the Wildcats to nail 61.2 percent of their shots from the floor. Lee Skinner scored 22 points to pace Wofford.
This game sets up as a low-scoring affair considering Wofford is actually less productive offensively than are the Bulldogs. The Terriers are only netting 64.6 ppg and shooting 42.9 percent from the floor. However, they make up for some of that weakness by putting forth a strong defensive effort as they let up just 65.1 ppg. Spencer Collins (13.6 ppg) tallied 16 points against Davidson to add to his team-best scoring average for the year. Karl Cochran (!2.2 ppg) is the club's second option, but he is an erratic shooter, connecting on just 38.4 percent of his field goal attempts. Skinner (10.4 ppg, 7.6 rpg) is the most efficient scorer of the trio, netting 45.4 percent from the floor.
The Citadel is a team that struggles to score when circumstances are in its favor. Playing on the road against a tough defensive Wofford squad does not present a lot of hope for the Bulldogs.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Wofford 68, The Citadel 58
01/09 10:36:22 ET