The Citadel (6-19) at Appalachian State (12-14)|
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Wednesday, February 20, 8 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Holmes Center (8,325) -- Boone, North Carolina.
Television: None. Home Record: Citadel 4-9, ASU 8-3. Away Record: Citadel
2-10, ASU 4-11. Neutral Record: Citadel 0-0, ASU 0-0. Conference Record:
Citadel 3-12, ASU 8-7. Series Record: ASU leads, 51-24.
GAME NOTES: The Appalachian State Mountaineers will entertain The Citadel
Bulldogs in a Southern Conference matchup at the Holmes Center.
Citadel's miserable season has continued as the team enters the contest in the
midst of a four-game losing streak and with only six wins on the season. This
past Saturday, the Bulldogs were dealt a 72-57 home loss from the Davidson
Wildcats, who clinched the SoCon South Division. Beginning tonight, the
Bulldogs will close out the regular season with three of their final four
games on the road.
Appalachian State has split its last four outings and is looking to build on
Sunday's 76-68 triumph at UNC-Greensboro. The Mountaineers have hovered around
the .500 mark all season long and entered the week 12-14 overall and 8-7 in
conference play. Sunday's contest was their last road game of the regular
season, as they'll wrap up their schedule with three straight at home.
ASU leads the all-time series, 51-24.
The Bulldogs dug themselves into a 17-point halftime hole in Saturday's
matchup with Davidson, as they allowed the Wildcats to shoot 57.1 percent from
the floor and sink 4-of-5 3-pointers in the opening frame. In addition,
Citadel was held without a basket for a span of more than 10 minutes. Although
the Bulldogs did put forth a much stronger effort in the second stanza, the
damage had already been done. Mike Groselle had a team-high 21 points in the
loss, while P.J. Horgan finished with 10 points and 10 rebounds. Groselle
leads the team with 15.1 points and 7.3 rebounds per game this season, and he
is shooting a solid 58.2 percent from the floor. However, he pulled down only
two rebounds against Davidson. Horgan (11.1 ppg, 6.4 rpg) is also averaging
double figures along with Matt Van Scyoc (10.9 ppg).
Like the Bulldogs, ASU's strength lies in the paint with forwards Nathan Healy
(14.8 ppg, 7.7 rpg) and Jay Canty (14.3 ppg, 6.3 rpg). While Healy can
certainly handle his own on the blocks, he also presents a unique matchup
challenge in that he can step outside and hit the three (45-of-111). Tevin
Baskin provides a spark off the bench, averaging 10.0 points in only 20.3
minutes per game. The Mountaineers led UNCG by only two points at the half in
Sunday's meeting, but they managed to pull away in the second stanza behind a
55.6-percent shooting effort from the floor and five 3-pointers. Canty and
Healy combined for 33 points and 15 rebounds, with Canty also adding six
assists to his stat line. Michael Obacha (11 points) and Mike Neal (10 points)
each grabbed eight boards for the Mountaineers, who enjoyed a 44-33 rebounding
advantage for the game.
Although it has been a very trying season for the Bulldogs, they have been
fairly competitive against smaller foes. However, they won't have the size
advantage here against the Mountaineers, who also have the luxury of playing
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Appalachian State 74, The Citadel 63
02/20 11:03:57 ET