Tuesday, January 21, 2014

SoCon Saturday Preview- 1/25/14

A daily preview of each SoCon game.

Saturday Thought

This day is a disappointment compared to Thursday, but it still matters. It's an important day for teams like UNCG and Georgia Southern, who are trying to establish their standing in the conference race. Furman and Samford may be able to get back in the bye race with home upsets on Saturday. This day has plenty of meaning, even if it does not compare to Thursday's slate.

Wofford at Furman

Furman won on the road against The Citadel a week ago. They need to make it two in a row to get back into the race here. With Stephen Croone, anything is possible. With the surge of nice play from Kendrec Ferrara, the Paladins are even better. The Terriers coach Mike Young said that his team would be in the SoCon race until the end last week following the loss to Chattanooga. It was easy to dismiss this that night. But the Terriers then beat previously unbeaten Western Carolina on Monday. With two road games this week against Georgia Southern and Furman, the Terriers need both to really get back ino the SoCon race. Look for this to be low scoring, and very close. Terriers 66, Paladins 65.

UNCG at Chattanooga

The Spartans and Mocs are both good offensive clubs. It will be interesting to see if the Spartans can handle the Mocs pressure defense. Their guard play has been suspect at times when it comes to turnovers. The Mocs defense has not been forcing many turnovers in SoCon play, but they have been very solid in terms of eFG%. The Mocs are a good offensive rebounding team. Kayel Locke and Kyle Cain against Z Mason and Casey Jones will be interesting. Could Nick Paulos and Martynas Bareika have a three point contest during halftime to entertain the crowd? I'm sure that in game it will be entertaining as well. This game will be very interesting the whole way, but the Spartans don't look like they are quite ready to win a road game like this. Mocs 79, Spartans 75.

Georgia Southern at Davidson

After all the emotion of playing Elon and UNCG last weekend, and then playing at Western Carolina on Thursday, how will Davidson respond to playing another home game against a pretty good team? Davidson has been really struggling at home this year. They need to step it up at home and come up with a big home win. The Eagles will hope that their guard play is good enough to beat up the Wildcats. One thing is for sure- their inside play will have a real hard time containing DeMon Brooks. The Wildcats are ready to get a home win, and this is just the time to get it. Wildcats 82, Eagles 71.

Elon at Samford

The Bulldogs need to have Raijon Kelly and Isaiah Williams each going strong by the time this one rolls around. They need performances by those guys to help them against Austin Hamilton, Tanner Samson and Sebastian Koch. The Phoenix are going to have Lucas Troutman go up against Tim Williams. There are interesting match-ups in this one. If Samford wants to make a statement, this is as good of a time as any to make it. But I really don't think the Bulldogs are ready to win against a top team right now. Elon will score too many points for the Bulldogs to keep up. Phoenix 77, Bulldogs 70.

Western Carolina at The Citadel

The Catamounts lost on Monday to Wofford. They play Davidson on Thursday and then play Elon the following Thursday. In other words, this is a classic trap game for the Catamounts. They better come ready to play, because the Bulldogs do not make things easy on anyone, even if they have a hard time coming up a win. James Sinclair and Trey Sumler will be on their game and will score plenty, but the Bulldogs will hang around. Brian White will help lead the charges. The Bulldogs will not be able to close the deal yet again, but they will hang around long enough to throw a real scare into the Catamounts. Catamounts 78, Bulldogs 73.

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