Tuesday, January 7, 2014

SoCon Thursday- 1/9/14

A daily preview of each game.

Thursday Thought

Not the best slate of games ever, but UNCG's trip to Appalachian State could be get interesting. Davidson makes their final trip to Furman, while the Mocs and Samford play each other in a local rivalry. We'll know a lot more about where Chattanooga and UNCG stand after today. Are they really contenders for a SoCon bye? Or were their recent hot streaks merely fake sources of enthusiasm for the fan base?

Samford at Chattanooga, 7:00 PM

The Bulldogs may be 0-2 in SoCon play, but they have played two close games against Wofford and Georgia Southern. The Bulldogs rely on four players- Tim Williams, Raijon Kelly, Isaiah Williams, and Tyler Hood. Williams is 6-8 and one of the best big men in the league. He's averaging 17.6 points and 7.1 rebounds per game. Everyone should be entertained by how Z Mason matches up with Williams. Mason, the Mocs best player and maybe the SoCon Player of the Year, is averaging 19.1 points per game and 9.1 rebounds per contest. The Mocs defense has been improving. They are going to struggle to contain Kelly and Hood. Can Casey Jones and Gee McGhee keep the Mocs in it? The Mocs will score better than they have been. Samford will score too. Mocs eek one out at home. Mocs 78, Bulldogs 71.

Davidson at Furman, 7:00 PM

There's no doubt that Davidson is the better team than Furman. But the Paladins are better than some Wildcat fans may want to believe. That being said, De'Mon Brooks is one of the best players in the SoCon and is coming off a career game. Furman's defense is not good, so I don't exactly know how they are going to contain Brooks. However, the Paladins have Stephen Croone and Kendrec Ferrara. Ferrara is coming on right now and starting to play much better. Croone is one of the top players in the SoCon as well. The Davidson defense has struggled at times this year, and I'm not sure how they will contain his driving ability. Furman will be fired up and ready to play in this last visit from Davidson, possibly ever. But Davidson is playing too well after their 15 point win at Wofford to lose this one.  Wildcats 84, Paladins 76.

The Citadel at Wofford, 7:00 PM

These are two bad offensive teams. Neither team is likely to score too many points. The Bulldogs will be better because they have PJ Horgan back from injury. If he's healthy, and CJ Bray and Brian White can play with him, things will be much better for the Bulldogs. Matt Van Scyoc is a streaky shooter as well. The Terriers rely on Spencer Collins and Karl Cochran to be making their shots. They take an inordinate number of their shots. Cochran was red hot in their win over Samford, and was ice cold against Davidson. That was the difference in the game. Neither team scores many points, but the Terriers have more weapons. Terriers 67, Bulldogs 52.

UNCG at Appalachian State, 7:00 PM

This is the game of the night. The Mountaineers looked much better on Monday night with Jay Canty scoring 20 points in his second game back. Canty will make the Mountaineers better. He has SoCon Player of the Year talent, even though he probably will not win it having missed half the year already. Michael Obacha is the leading rebounder in the league for the Mountaineers. The Spartans are a big team. Kyle Cain and Kayel Locke are one of the better inside duos in the league. This should be a war all the way. The Mountaineers are slowly improving, and the Spartans are trying to prove they are among the league's best. Can the Mountaineers get their first D1 win? Can the Spartans protect the ball- a simple yet very real key to every Spartans game? I'm betting on Cain and Locke, even though the Spartans have not been great on the road this year. Spartans 76, Mountaineers 73.

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