Wofford (8-13) at The Citadel (4-15)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Thursday, January 31, 7:05 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: McAlister Field House (6,000) -- Charleston, South Carolina. Television: None. Home Record: Wofford 5-2, Citadel 3-7. Away Record: Wofford 2-11, Citadel 1-8. Neutral Record: Wofford 1-0, Citadel 0-0. Conference Record: Wofford 2-6, Citadel 1-8. Series Record: Wofford leads, 48-45.
GAME NOTES: The Wofford Terriers will try to take out their recent frustrations on The Citadel Bulldogs, as the two are set to tip it off in a Southern Conference clash at McAlister Field House.
Wofford has won 11 straight meetings with Citadel and owns a 48-45 lead in the all-time series. These teams will square off again for the regular-season finale on March 2 in Spartanburg.
While the Terriers have certainly had the Citadel's number of late, they enter this matchup with losses in four of the last five outings. They have also struggled mightily outside of Spartanburg this season with a 2-11 mark as the road team. This past Saturday, Wofford was dealt a 79-50 home loss by the College of Charleston.
Meanwhile, the Citadel has tasted victory only once since the month of November and four times overall this season, although two of those victories came against NAIA programs. The Bulldogs opened a brief two-game homestand over the weekend with a 70-66 setback to Elon.
Wofford was unable to overcome Charleston's hot start on Saturday night, as the Cougars went on a 12-0 first-half run and led, 34-13 at the half. The Terriers nearly tripled their scoring output in the second stanza (37 points), although the deficit swelled to as many as 35 points late in the contest. Jarell Byrd shot 5-of-7 off the bench en route to a team-high 15 points, although he was the only double-digit scorer for the Terriers, who shot just 33.3 percent from the floor. Leading scorer Karl Cochran (15.5 ppg) certainly had a performance to forget, as he shot a dismal 2-of-16 from the floor and finished with nearly as many turnovers (3) as points (4). Granted, Cochran did not get much help from his supporting cast, as regulars Spencer Collins (11.7 ppg) and Lee Skinner (10.7 ppg, 7.5 rpg) combined to go 4-of-17 from the field.
Despite their poor record, the Bulldogs boast a solid inside-outside tandem in senior center Mike Groselle and freshman swingman Matt Van Scyoc. Groselle is a 58-percent shooter from the floor who leads the team in scoring (14.3) and rebounding (7.9). Van Scyoc has knocked down a team-best 40 3-pointers (.381) and is second on the squad in scoring (11.7 ppg). However, there is a significant gap between Van Scyoc and third-leading scorer Lawrence Miller (6.9 ppg), and that lack of offensive depth has really plagued the Bulldogs throughout the season. They put up a good fight against Elon over the weekend, but the Phoenix were ultimately able to pull away by hitting 12-of-32 threes, compared to Citadel's 5-of-18 effort from beyond the arc. Groselle and Van Scyoc each scored 20 in the loss, while the rest of the Bulldogs combined for a mere 26 points.
Wofford has dominated the head-to-head series, but this year's squad has certainly had its fair share of struggles. Look for Cochran and company to rebound with a better offensive performance here as the Terriers make it 12 in a row over the Bulldogs.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Wofford 68, Citadel 63
01/31 10:34:20 ET