Presbyterian (12-14) at Jacksonville State (11-17)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Saturday, February 18th, 8:00 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Pete Mathews Coliseum (5,500) -- Jacksonville, Alabama. Television: None. Home Record: Presbyterian 7-8, Jacksonville St. 6-4. Away Record: Presbyterian 5-6, Jacksonville St. 3-10. Neutral Record: Presbyterian 0-0, Jacksonville St. 2-3. Conference Record: Presbyterian 6-10, Jacksonville St. 6-8. Series Record: Presbyterian leads, 2-1.
GAME NOTES: Two years after meeting in a BracketBuster game, Presbyterian and Jacksonville State get to do it all over again as the teams square off at Pete Mathews Coliseum tonight.
Presbyterian won that 2010 matchup, 59-55, also played at Jacksonville State, and leads the all-time series by a 2-1 margin.
The visiting Blue Hose, who won at Cincinnati back in November, are getting hot at the right time, winning four of their last five games, including a 48-45 decision at Winthrop on Tuesday. They have won three straight road games and come into this clash sporting a 12-14 overall record.
Al'Lonzo Coleman fuels the Blue Hose with team-high averages of 16.3 points and 8.4 rebounds per contest. The 6-8 strongman pulled down 18 boards in Tuesday's victory.
Khalid Mutakabbir adds 13.7 ppg and Pierre Miller and Josh Johnson another 9.1 and 8.6 ppg, respectively, for a team that doesn't get significant scoring off the bench. The other starter, Jay Reynolds, may want to shoot more often, seeing as how he has hit 40-of-59 from the floor (.678).
Jacksonville State comes from the tougher Ohio Valley Conference, but has lost its lost two home games after winning six of its first eight at Pete Mathews Coliseum.
The Gamecocks dropped a 69-64 overtime decision at Tennessee State on Tuesday. Brian Williams played all but one minute and was one of three players to score in double figures, though his team-high 14 points came on a disappointing 6- of-17 shooting effort. Nick Cook and Ronnie Boggs both had double-doubles in the loss.
Williams, a 6-1 sophomore guard, leads the team with 13.1 ppg. He is also the Gamecocks' primary three-point threat.
Head coach James Green spreads the minutes in a deep rotation. His roster isn't particularly big with only one player, Rinaldo Mafra (6-7) standing taller than 6-6.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Jacksonville State 60, Presbyterian 58
02/18 10:32:43 ET