A daily preview of each SoCon game.
It's a day that matters in the SoCon race. Georgia Southern takes another shot at a SoCon frontrunner. The Citadel has their shot at taking Furman out and moving up a seed line. Can Appalachian State get back in the bye race with a solid week? Can Samford get back into the bye race with a big week?
Davidson at Georgia Southern
Davidson fans are most nervous about going to Elon to end the year, but the game at home against Wofford and at Georgia Southern may be just as tough. The Eagles do not have anyone to match DeMon Brooks inside. But I'll be interested to see how the Wildcats defend the guard play of the Eagles. Jelani Hewitt is so good. I'll be very interested to see how this game goes all the way around. This is clearly the best game of Saturday. The Eagles have lost one point games to a couple of top notch SoCon teams. This one won't be that close, but it will be another disappointing loss. Wildcats 67, Eagles 63.
The Citadel at Furman
The Bulldogs and Paladins hooked up on January 18 and the Paladins won in Charleston by five points. Kendrec Ferrara scored 27 points. Stephen Croone scored just 12. Ashton Moore scored 25 for The Citadel and Matt Van Scyoc scored 17. The Bulldogs are going to have a hard time containing Ferrara. This is a game the Paladins have been pointing to so that they could come up with another win. It's hard to imagine that the Bulldogs can contain Croone again. Where will the Bulldogs improve? I'm not sure. Paladins 79, Bulldogs 70.
Wofford at Appalachian State
The Terriers have been playing so well. Can they keep the momentum going after a week off? Karl Cochran and Spencer Collins are red hot shooting from the floor. This is such a good defensive team. So how will the Mountaineers slow down the blazing Terriers? They'll try to throw Ty Toney and Tommy Spagnolo at them. They are playing well and this game means everything to their bye chances. It doesn't look good in this one for the Mountaineers. Not a good time to catch Wofford. Terriers 72, Mountaineers 64.
Samford at Elon
Tim Williams against Lucas Troutman? Yes please. These two teams hooked up at Samford a few weeks ago and Troutman had just eight points and two rebounds. Williams scored 19 with ten rebounds. The Phoenix allowed the Bulldogs to shoot 60% from two point range. Elon has won four straight since that loss. The Phoenix are looking forward to seeing Ryley Beaumont continue playing the way he has been playing in the games leading up to this one. The Phoenix get revenge, fairly comfortably. Phoenix 76, Bulldogs 69.