The Citadel (4-22) at Chattanooga (10-18)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Saturday, February 18th, 7:00 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: McKenzie Arena (10,928) -- Chattanooga, Tennessee. Television: None. Home Record: The Citadel 3-9, Chattanooga 10-5. Away Record: The Citadel 0-12, Chattanooga 0-13. Neutral Record: The Citadel 1-1, Chattanooga 0-0. Conference Record: The Citadel 1-14, Chattanooga 3-11. Series Record: Chattanooga leads, 53-16.
GAME NOTES: The two bottom dwellers in the Southern Conference are set to do battle at McKenzie Arena tonight, as the Chattanooga Mocs play host to The Citadel Bulldogs.
The Citadel's struggles have been mighty as it has lost all but four of its 26 games this season, and at 1-14 in conference, has gone away and hid in last place in the South Division. The Bulldogs are currently in the midst of an 11- game losing streak, which includes a 70-53 setback against Western Carolina on Thursday.
While Chattanooga's woes haven't been nearly as great as The Citadel's, it still is just 10-18 on the season and is in last place in the SoCon North Division with a 4-11 league ledger. The Mocs are losers of nine of their last 10 games, which includes a 79-70 defeat versus Appalachian State on Wednesday.
Chattanooga owns a commanding advantage in the all-time series with The Citadel, 53-16, and the Mocs have won 10 of the last 11 meetings.
The Citadel's lackluster offense (65.8 ppg) and porous defense (74.5 ppg) has resulted in a conference-worst scoring margin of -8.7. It was much of the same for the Bulldogs in the Thursday's loss as they allowed Western Carolina to score 70 points while connecting on only 38 percent from the field themselves. Mike Groselle's play was one of the few positives in the loss, as he tallied 17 points and 10 rebounds for his 13th double-double of the season. Groselle has been one of the Southern Conference's best players this season, ranking second in scoring (16.9 ppg), second in field goal percentage (.584) and first in rebounding (9.3 rpg). No other Bulldog averages double digits in points, though Ashton Moore (8.3 ppg) and DeVontae Wright (8.2 ppg) are solid contributors for the most part.
Chattanooga finds itself with a last-place squad despite ranking in the upper- half of the conference in both scoring offense (71.5 ppg) and scoring defense (69.2 ppg), and it ranks first in field goal percentage defense (.403). The Mocs were off their game in all aspects on Wednesday, shooting just 33.3 percent from the field while allowing Appalachian State to connect on 45.8 percent of its total shots. Despite the loss, it was a good night for Dontay Hampton, who scored a career-high 17 points on 5-of-11 shooting, well up from his season average of 6.8 ppg. The Mocs' offensive attack is usually paced by Omar Wattad, who nets 13.2 ppg and is second in the conference in three- pointers (76). Ricky Taylor averages 12.7 ppg and Drazen Zlovaric adds 10.6 ppg, 6.9 rpg, and a .542 field goal percentage to the mix.
As bad as The Citadel has been this year, it has been at its worst on the road, where it is winless in 12 tries. Chattanooga should be able to generate enough offense to defeat the Bulldogs.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Chattanooga 67, The Citadel 56
02/18 10:42:12 ET