Saturday, March 8, 2014

SoCon Tournament Semifinals Preview

Davidson vs. Western Carolina, 6:00 PM

The Wildcats and Catamounts played a very memorable game in the SoCon Tournament Championship Game two years ago, and I can't help but think that we could be heading for another one in this game. Davidson has the advantage inside with DeMon Brooks, but the Catamounts Tawaski King is a difficult challenge for the Wildcats inside man. The Wildcats will rely heavily on the shooting of Brian Sullivan, Tyler Kalinoski and Tom Droney. The Catamounts will need Trey Sumler to play better in this one than he did in the quarterfinals. Brandon Boggs and James Sinclair also will need to have big games for the Catamounts. This is an uphill climb for Western Carolina. The Catamounts lost by five at home to Davidson earlier this year. That being said, in Asheville, weird things seem to go in Western Carolina's favor. If this is one of those moments, Western Carolina could easily pull off the shocker. They are going to keep it very close, but come up short in the end with Sullivan making the big shots. Wildcats 82, Catamounts 78.

Wofford vs. Georgia Southern, 8:30 PM

The Terriers and Eagles will battle inside. Lee Skinner of the Terriers and Marvin Baynham of the Eagles will be matched up in a very interesting battle. Baynham is not a great offensive force, but has played very well in this tournament. Skinner is the heart and soul of the Terriers. I'll be very interested to watch this battle inside. The two sets of guards are also very interesting. Karl Cochran, Spencer Collins and Eric Garcia have all played well. Going against Jelani Hewitt and Trey Bussey will make this interesting. The Terriers beat the Eagles twice this year- once by ten and once by thirteen. The Eagles are playing very well, though, in Asheville. Can the Eagles win one more and get to the Championship Game before leaving the Southern Conference? Or will Wofford advance to Monday night? Look for Wofford to get the job done, thanks to solid guard play and Skinner winning the inside battle. Terriers 73, Eagles 65.  

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