Monday, November 17, 2014

Daily Starter: November 17

The Slate

Western Carolina at Alabama, 9:00 (SEC Network)

So, What's the Story?

The story so far this year for the SoCon is that they have not won an out of conference D1 game. Is this the day?

It seems unlikely as Alabama is an SEC team and hosting the Catamounts. But the SoCon wins should be coming. For those that have been reading these every day, I've been saying all along that Tuesday and Wednesday were the days to wait and see how the SoCon was doing to come up with some wins.

But this is one of the SoCon's better chances to come up with a win so far, especially if Western Carolina and all those new guys learned anything from their trip to Mississippi State on Friday night. The Catamounts hung with the Bulldogs all night. We'll have to wait and see what happens in this one.

Game of the Day- Western Carolina at Alabama

With one game, of course, it is Western Carolina's trip to Alabama. The game will be televised on the SEC Network for everyone to watch.

Alabama was up just nine at the half against Towson, but dominated the second half. It was all the turnovers by Towson that did them in, with 22. Levi Randolph sored 15 points, had 10 rebounds and 5 assists. Randolph really was impressive.

James Sinclair scored 20 for the Catamounts on Friday night and Rhett Harrelson stepped up with 14 points. Those two will be relied on heavily this year for the new look Western Carolina team.

If Western can limit the turnovers, they may be able to hang around with Alabama on Monday evening. This is a chance for Western to pull an upset, even if Alabama is the clear favorite.

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