Appalachian State- Yosef's
Chattanooga- Mocs Mania- JohnMoc
College of Charleston- King Kresse CougarSurf11
Davidson- Davidson Cats Message Board David Sink
Elon- Elon Pendulum Student Newspaper- Tyler Ash
Furman- The UFFP Message Board- SoConJohn
Georgia Southern- GSU Fans Message Board half-n-half
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The Citadel- The Sports Arsenal- Sandlapper Spike
UNC-Greensboro- UNCG Basketball Fan DashSpartan
Western Carolina- Purple & Gold Jerry Love
Wofford- Terrier Fans Message Board
1) Davidson 132 (11)
2) College of Charleston 119
3) Elon 112
4) Samford 94
5) Appalachian State 82
6) Western Carolina 81
7) UNCG 62
8) Chattanooga 49
9) Georgia Southern 47
10) Wofford 42
11) The Citadel 20
12) Furman 19
Davidson at College of Charleston- 7 votes
Others Receiving Votes: Appalachian State at Elon (2 votes), Western Carolina at Elon (1 vote), Wofford at Western Carolina (1 votes)
Appalachian State- I love this team and hate it so very much. This was the toughest SoCon stretch of the season and the team came out 3-3, which is better than some though. However it was the highest of highs and lowest of lows so far this season. It started with the first GSU game at home. A double-digit lead was again blown in the second half and overtime was forced. However Chris Burgess became the unlikely hero with a late three to win the game. With both Canty and Neal having left the game hurt, things were setting up for a colossally bad Saturday, and it was. The game was over five minutes in and the final of 79-56 was a moot point. After this, a trip to play CofC was not the best trip. After a hotly-contested first half, CofC used their depth and skill to pull away and win 72-59. Limping into a Saturday showdown with Western, the Apps needed the win bad. Behind a monster game from Healy, the Apps pulled out a 74-65 win in a game they never trailed. This renewed confidence followed the team to Statesboro this past Thursday. Both teams blew significant second-half leads and a comedy of missed free throws forced overtime. In the extra session, App State went 3-3 from the field and 12-12 from the line to win the game 91-86. So the team then traveled to Davidson on Saturday with confidence and wanting to undo what happened two weeks before. Something, something, worst SoCon loss in 40 years, something, something, but now the Mountaineers sit at 6-6 in the SoCon in a tie for fifth with WCU. Samford is half a game ahead at 6-5 and right now, it looks like the big battle left is for that last bye.
College of Charleston- Right now I think the final bye spot is a toss up between three teams in the North: Samford, Western Carolina and UNCG. App State may still have an outside shot but their prompt dismissal at the hands of Davidson the other night made me think otherwise. Out of those three, Samford passes the eye test to me. At 6-5 in conference they only play one more team (Elon) that is a lock for a bye. Samford has two great players in Williams and Kelly who can beat you inside or outside and their pick-and-roll together is tough to defend. They also play defense and have 3 or 4 guys who can hurt you from three
Chattanooga- I think there are about four or five environments that are very difficult when the team is productive and getting support from the local fans. Georgia Southern, Chattanooga, Davidson, College of Charleston, and Elon are the five schools. I suppose Davidson, due to their tradition, is the toughest one, but I think Elon and Georgia Southern are the two toughest when the team is just mediocre. There is still something extraordinary about playing in those arenas for whatever reason. In the mean time, I think Elon may be the toughest arena.
College of Charleston- Being as I have much more experience at TD Arena compared to elsewhere in the conference I will say it can be an electric environment, especially when BCS opponents come to town. I have seen/heard Hanner Fieldhouse at Georgia Southern get incredibly loud and rowdy. When it comes to pure intimidation factor, Davidson is probably tops on the list. The head coach, the SoCon Championship and NCAA Tournament banners hanging in the rafters all make for an environment no one else in the league can replicate.
UNCG- I'm going to go with Charleston. Elon has a small gym that can be intimidating, but the Cougar fans normally turn out well and make TD Arena a very tough place to get a win. Not to mention it's just an awesome facility. It's the kind of place that most mid-majors should strive to build.