The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Thursday, January 24, 7 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: TD Arena (5,100) -- Charleston, South Carolina. Television: None. Home Record: Citadel 3-6, CofC 6-5. Away Record: Citadel 1-7, CofC 6-2. Neutral Record: Citadel 0-0, CofC 0-0. Conference Record: Citadel 1-6, CofC 4-3. Series Record: CofC leads, 50-39.
GAME NOTES: The Citadel Bulldogs will visit TD Arena to try and avoid a sweep in the season series with Southern Conference foe College of Charleston.
These teams met up last Monday, where the Cougars claimed a 73-69 road victory. It marked their fifth straight victory over the Citadel and they lead the all-time series, 50-39.
The Citadel is at the very bottom of the SoCon standings with a 1-6 league mark. However, the Bulldogs snapped a 12-game losing streak over the weekend with a 70-55 win at Georgia Southern. It marked the first road win in eight tries this season for the Bulldogs, who will wrap up a three-game road swing in this game.
Charleston entered the week trailing SoCon South Division leader Davidson by two games. The Cougars are trying to avoid a third straight loss after falling to Georgia Southern last Thursday (51-47) and then dropping a 77-68 decision at Davidson on Saturday. The Cougars are back at home after a three-game trip, although they have fared better in unfriendly confines (6-2).
The Bulldogs were held to a season-low 38 points in a 32-point loss to Davidson a week ago. However, they were able to regroup just two days later with a 15-point win at GSU this past Saturday. Freshman Matt Van Scyoc led the way with a game- and season-high 21 points, while Mike Groselle tallied 15 points and eight rebounds, and Marshall Harris III finished with 11 points. The Bulldogs made 9-of-17 3-pointers and shot 60 percent from the floor as a team, marking their first 60-percent shooting effort since Jan. 26, 2011 against Davidson. Van Scyoc has emerged as a solid outside complement to Groselle down low. The freshman guard is averaging 11.7 points per game and is shooting at a 41-percent clip from beyond the arc (39-of-96). His range provides decent floor spacing for Groselle, a 58-percent shooter from the floor who averages a team-best 13.8 points and 7.8 rebounds.
The Cougars boast a couple of guys who can knock down shots from outside in Andrew Lawrence (14.2 ppg) and Anthony Stitt (10.9 ppg). That duo has combined to shoot 39 percent from the perimeter (66-of-169). Adjehi Baru mans the middle, as he is averaging 10.4 points and a team-high 8.7 rebounds. CofC is +4.4 in rebounding margin on the season, but the team is also averaging 15.1 turnovers for a -4.5 differential. In Saturday's loss at Davidson, the Cougars were outrebounded, 37-28. While that certainly factored into the outcome, the Wildcats further helped their cause by making 21-of-24 free throws for the game. Lawrence paced five Cougars in double figures with 18 points, although he also committed a game-high five turnovers. Baru and Anthony Thomas each scored 13 in the loss, while Trent Wiedeman added 10 points off the bench.
On paper, CofC should be able to win this game at home against the last-place Bulldogs. However, these teams have both played Georgia Southern in the past week, and the Bulldogs won their meeting, while Charleston fell to the Eagles last Thursday.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: College of Charleston 66, The Citadel 64
01/24 10:33:46 ET