Western Carolina (4-9) at The Citadel (3-8)
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DATE & TIME: Saturday, January 5, 7:05 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: McAlister Field House (6,000) -- Charleston, South
Carolina. Television: none. Home Record: Western Carolina 2-1, The Citadel 3-2
Away Record: Western Carolina 1-7, The Citadel 0-6. Neutral Record: Western
Carolina 1-1, The Citadel 0-0. Conference Record: Western Carolina 2-0, The
Citadel 0-1. Series Record: The Citadel leads, 34-28.
GAME NOTES: A pair of Southern Conference teams hoping to stop losing streaks
meet on Saturday night, as the Western Carolina Catamounts come calling on The
Western Carolina enters on a three-game skid. Most recently, the Catamounts
lost to Liberty, 63-62, on Monday in a non-conference affair. Trey Sumler led
the way for WCU with 23 points. Tawaski King scored 12 and James Sinclair had
11 for the Catamounts, who struggled by shooting just 37.1 percent from the
floor in the home defeat.
On the positive side, WCU is 2-0 in conference play. The Catamounts can start
3-0 in SoCon play for just the fourth time in program history. Their best
start was 4-0 in 1994-95. Sumler (16.8 ppg), King (12.0) and Tom Tankelewicz
(10.2) all average double figures in points. The Catamounts are holding
opponents to just 29.4 percent shooting from beyond the 3-point line this
season, which is second-best in the Southern Conference. On the negative side,
the Catamounts have been whistled for 61 more fouls than their opponents,
which is an average of 20.5 fouls per game on WCU. They've been outscored
254-158 at the charity stripe, which has surely contributed to their downfall.
The Citadel has lost seven in a row, and begins a four-game homestand in this
one. On New Year's Day, the Bulldogs dropped a 92-51 decision at Clemson. Mike
Groselle scored a team-high 13 points and Dylen Setzekorn finished with 11.
The Citadel shot an efficient 50 percent from the floor, but turned the ball
over 25 times in the setback. Groselle leads the team with 15 ppg and he is
the only player on the team averaging double figures, although Matt Van Scyoc
(9.9 ppg) is close to joining the ranks.
The Bulldogs lead the all-time series, 34-28, and the Catamounts have only
won eight of the 29 all-time meetings in Charleston. WCU has dropped the last
four games at McAlister Field House.
A win by the Bulldogs would mark the longest winning streak in league home
openers by The Citadel since 1993 when they had five consecutive wins. They've
won their league home opener two years in a row now, and should stretch that
to three after tonight.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: The Citadel 72, Western Carolina 68
01/05 10:37:45 ET
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