Thursday, February 20, 2020

Game #27 - Citadel

For the twenty-seventh basketball game of the season, the Cats remain at home to face the Citadel Bulldogs. 

The Cats are currently in a 4-way tie for fourth place in the SoCon standings, while the Bulldogs come to Cullowhee seeking their first conference win of the season.



Game #27 - The Citadel


When
: Saturday, February 22, 2020, at 7:30 pm
Where: Ramsey Center, Cullowhee, NC
Radio: Catamount Sports Network
-announcer: Gary Ayers
TV/video: ESPN3
-announcer: Daniel Hooker (PxP)
Live Stats: WCU Live Stats
Fan Message BoardThe Citadel Independent Sports Network
The Series: The Cats own a 42-36 overall record against the Bulldogs.

Last season's Record (The Citadel): 12-18 overall, 8-7 home, 4-10 away, 4-14 SoCon

This season's Record (The Citadel):  6-20 overall, 3-10 home, 3-10 away, 0-15 SoCon

Head Coach Duggar Baucom, who is in his fifth season with the Bulldogs, returned only two starters from last season's 4-14 team in conference play. Returning for the Bulldogs is guard, Connor Kern & forward 3 Hayden Brown. The Bulldogs were picked to finish 9th in both the coaches and media poll.

Fletcher Abee enters the week ranked 48th in NCAA Division I for 3-point shooting percentage (.380). Abee is tied for 63rd in the nation for 3-pointers made per game (2.60) and tied for 77th with 65 made treys.


Citadel probable starters:
PG - TYSON BATISTE  • Gr. • Springfield, Mo  •  6.5
G - FLETCHER ABEE  • Fr. • Morganton, N.C • 12 ppg
G - KAIDEN RICE  •Jr. • Columbia, S.C. • 13.1 ppg
F - DEREK WEBSTER, JR. Jr. • Tampa, Fla.• 3.3 ppg
F - STEPHEN CLARK Fr. • Matthews, N.C. • 3.4 ppg

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If it ended today (2-19-20)

The SoCon Basketball Tournament


If it ended today........ After Wednesday's games...... February 19, 2020

First-round // Friday, March 6 // Harrah's Cherokee Center Asheville 
Game 1  #8 seed: Samford vs. #9 seed: VMI  5 p.m.
Game 2  #7 seed: Wofford vs. #10 seed: The Citadel  7:30 p.m.


Quarterfinals // Saturday, March 7 // Harrah's Cherokee Center Asheville 
Game 3  #1 seed: ETSU vs. Game 1 winner   12 p.m.
Game 4  #4 seed: Mercer vs. #5 seed: Western Carolina  2:30 p.m.
Game 5  #2 seed: UNCG vs. Game 2 winner  6 p.m.
Game 6  #3 seed: Furman vs. #6 seed: Chattanooga  8:30 p.m.

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SoCon MBB Standings (after 2-19-20 games)

1. ETSU 13-2
2. UNCG 12-3 (tie)*
2. Furman 12-3 (tie)
4. Mercer 8-6 (tie)**
4. Western Carolina 8-6 (tie)***
4. Chattanooga 7-7 (tie)****
4. Wofford 7-7 (tie)
8. Samford 3-12 (tie)*****
8. VMI 3-12(tie)
10. Citadel 0-15

*holds tiebreaker
** holds tiebreaker over WCU
*** hold tiebreaker over Chattanooga and Wofford
**** holds tiebreaker over Wofford
***** holds tiebreaker over VMI

#11 Carson Ford

Next Friday, the Cats travel to Conway, SC to participate in the Brittain Resorts & Hotels Invitational hosted by Coastal Carolina. Until then, let's take this time to continue to meet this season's Cats with Bats.

#11 Carson Ford



POSITION Outfielder
HEIGHT 6-0
WEIGHT 185
CLASS Freshman
HOMETOWN Spring Hill, Tenn.
HIGH SCHOOL Grace Christian Academy





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Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Baseball: This weekend's Invitational at CCU


Update.......Due to forecasted cold temperatures on Friday and impending weather on Monday, the full tournament schedule has been shifted to squeeze each game in between the two parks, altering the previously announced slate for the Catamounts. WCU will now play twice at TicketReturn.com Field – Friday morning and Sunday afternoon – and once in Conway at Spring Brooks Stadium on Saturday morning.

On Friday, February 21, the Cats travel to the Springs Brooks Stadium in Conway, SC to participate in the Brittain Resorts & Hotels Invitational, hosted by Coastal Carolina University. The Catamounts will face Illinois on Friday, Kennesaw State on Saturday, and St. Joseph's on Sunday, in the three-day event.


University of Illinois



When: Friday, February, 21
Game Times: 11 am
Where: TicketReturn.com Field, Myrtle Beach, SC
Radio: Fighting Illini Radio
Live Stats:  CCU Live Stats
Illinois Location: Champaign, IL
Illinois Conference: Big Ten (B1G)
Nickname: Fighting Illini
The Series with Illinois: This will be the second meeting between the two schools and the Cats own a 1-0 record with the Fighting Illini

CSU's 2019 record: 36-21 overall, 15-9 conference, 3-6 netural sites

The Fighting Illini enter the contest with a 1-2 record after the opening weekend, with a win over Milwaukee, and losses to Seton Hall and Wake Forest. Illinois was picked to finish 6th in the Big Ten for the 2020 season.




Kennesaw State 




When: Saturday, February, 22
Game Times: 11 am
Where: Springs Brooks Stadium, Coastal Carolina, Conway, SC
Radio:  none
Live Stats:  CCU Live Stats
KSU Conference: Atlantic Sun (ASun)
Nickname: Owls
Location:  Kennesaw, GA
The Series with KSU: The Cats own a 12-7 record with the Owls, the two teams last played in 2017

KSU's 2019 record: 27-29 overall, 11-13 conference, 0-0 neutral sites

The Owls were picked to finish 7th in the nine-team ASun Conference, with senior outfielder Terence Norman selected as the -Sun preseason player of the year.  Currently the Owls are 3-0 after the opening weekend, however, KSU will play Georgia in Kennesaw and face West Virginia prior to meeting the Catamounts in the tournament.





Saint Joseph's 





When: Sunday, February, 23
Game Times: 2 pm
Where: TicketReturn.com Field, Myrtle Beach, SC
Radio:  none
Live Stats:  CCU Live Stats
SJU Conference: Atlantic Ten (A-Ten)
Nickname: Hawks
Location:  Philadelphia
The Series with St. Joseph's: This will be the first meeting between the two schools on the baseball field. 

SJU's 2019 record: 21-28 overall, 13-11 conference, 4-9 neutral sites

The Hawks were 1-3 on their opening weekend of play and will face Coastal Carolina and West Virginia in the tournament prior to facing the Cats.





#14 Dylan Wheeler

Next Friday, the Cats travel to Conway, SC to participate in the Brittain Resorts & Hotels Invitational hosted by Coastal Carolina. Until then, let's take this time to continue to meet this season's Cats with Bats.

#14 Dylan Wheeler



POSITION Left-Handed Pitcher
HEIGHT 6-3
WEIGHT 220
CLASS Freshman
HOMETOWN Garner, N.C.
HIGH SCHOOL Garner HS






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Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Game #26 - VMI Keydets


In the Catamount's twenty-sixth game of the season, the VMI Keydets travel to Cullowhee for the return game, with the Cats looking to pick up their third sweep of the season.  Western is now 16-9 overall on the season, and 8-6 in the SoCon and 8-3 in home games this season.  The Cats have 4 remaining regular-season games remaining, with 3 of the four in the Ramsey Center.

Game #26 - VMI Keydets

When: Wednesday, February 19, 2020, at 7:00 pm
Where: Ramsey Center, Cullowhee, NC
Radio: Catamount Sports Network
-announcer: Gary Ayers
TV/video: ESPN+
-announcer:  Daniel Hooker (PxP)
Live StatsWCU Live Stats
Fan Message Board: Keydet Sportstalk
The Series:  The series between VMI and the Cats started back in 1978 and Western owns a 35-26 record with the Keydets.  The series was tied at 14-14 in games played in Lexington, but the Cats picked up a win in Lexington after the Keydets swept the Cats last season.

VMI's 2020 record:  7-20 overall, 2-12 SoCon, 1-11 away games

Head coach Dan Earl is in his 4th season with the Keydets and is fielding a young team in 2020. Through the first 15 games of the season, the Keydets are getting 47% of their scoring from four true freshmen, with guard Travis Evee leading the team with a 12.7 ppg average followed by Camdyn Curfman with 11.8 ppg, Louis Tang at 5.8 ppg, and Sean Conway at 5.1 ppg. The Keydets are a very good three-point shooting team, currently averaging 11.6 threes per game.

The Keydets are on a two-game slide, after picking up a win over their arch-rival the Citadel in Charleston last week.  The Keydet's 2 conference wins are both over the Bulldogs, but the Keydets have been competitive in all their conference games both on the road and at home, such as a two-point loss to Furman in overtime in Greenville, SC.


Probable VMI Starters
Guard, #3 Travis Evee - Fr. (6-0 165) 12.0 ppg. Leads team in scoring (12.0)
Guard, #10 Kamdyn Curfman - Fr. (6-0 170) 9.6 ppg. Third on team in scoring (9.6)
Guard, #2 Garrett Gilkeson - Sr. (6-4 215) 10.8 ppg. Career-high 28 points vs. Wofford 2/5
Guard, #15 Myles Lewis - Jr. (6-5 189) 8.1 ppg. Fifth on team in scoring (8.1)
Center, #34 Jake Stephens - So. (6-9 254) 6.6 ppg. First career double-double 18 pts, 11 rebs vs. The Citadel 1/18


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#16 Nate Stocum

Next Friday, the Cats travel to Conway, SC to participate in the Brittain Resorts & Hotels Invitational hosted by Coastal Carolina. Until then, let's take this time to continue to meet this season's Cats with Bats.


#16 Nate Stocum




POSITION  Outfielder
HEIGHT  6-2
WEIGHT  180
CLASS  Freshman
HOMETOWN  Raleigh, N.C.
HIGH SCHOOL  Sanderson HS






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Monday, February 17, 2020

SoCon MBB Power Rankings (2-17-20)


This is the tenth power ranking of the season. After 15 weeks of SoCon basketball, this is how we see the rankings.

Look for the rankings published each Monday during the season.



1. (2) Furman

2. (1) ETSU

3. (3) UNCG

4. (5) Western Carolina

5. (6) Chattanooga

6. (4) Wofford

7. (7) Mercer

8. (8) Samford

9. (9) VMI

10. (10) The Citadel



Last week's ranking in parentheses

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#28 Nick Hyde

Next Friday, the Cats travel to Conway, SC to participate in the Brittain Resorts & Hotels Invitational hosted by Coastal Carolina. Until then, let's take this time to continue to meet this season's Cats with Bats.


#28  Nick Hyde

POSITION Right-Handed Pitcher
HEIGHT 6-0
WEIGHT 180
CLASS Freshman
HOMETOWN Mt. Pleasant, S.C.
HIGH SCHOOL Oceanside Collegiate Academy



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SoCon Rankings (2-16-20)

SoCon Rankings as of Sunday, 2-16-20


Current KenPom Rankings
56 - ETSU
65 - UNCG
76 - Furman
152 - Chattanooga
157 - Western Carolina
166 - Wofford
224 - Mercer
268 - VMI
308 - Samford
327 - The Citadel


Current Massey Rankings
46 - ETSU
54 - UNCG
58 - Furman
136 - Western Carolina
150 - Chattanooga
164 - Wofford
206 - Mercer
298 - Samford
323 - VMI
338 - The Citadel


Current Sagarin Rankings
53 - ETSU
62 - UNCG
72 - Furman
149 - Chattanooga
158 - Western Carolina
164 - Wofford
195 - Mercer
283 - Samford
310 - VMI
333 - The Citadel


RPI - RealTime RPI 
40 - ETSU
48 - Furman
72 - UNCG
88 - Western Carolina
130 - Chattanooga
188 - Wofford
218 - Mercer
278 - Samford
328 - Citadel
329 - VMI


Conference RPI
13. Southern
14. Sun Belt
15. Conference USA
16. Colonial Athletic
17. Ivy League
18. Big Sky
19. Patriot League
20. Summit
21. Metro Atlantic Athletic
22. America East
23. Horizon League
24. Big West
25. Atlantic Sun
26. Big South
27. Western Athletic
28. Northeast
29. Ohio Valley
30. Southland
31. Southwestern Athletic
32. Mid-Eastern


NCAA NET Rankings
42 - ETSU
56 - UNCG
73 - Furman
130 - Western Carolina
156 - Chattanooga
164 - Wofford
212 - Mercer
305 - VMI
311 - Samford
337 - The Citadel


Sunday, February 16, 2020

Game Day - #29 Alec Woodard

It's Gameday and the Western Carolina Baseball team takes the field at Hennon Stadium for the fourth game against the Chicago State Cougars to open the 2020 baseball season. Let's take this time to meet this season's Cats with Bats.

We will highlight them by class, starting with the seniors and ending with the brand new freshmen Catamounts.

#29 Alec Woodard 




POSITION Left-Handed Pitcher
HEIGHT 6-1
WEIGHT 175
CLASS Freshman
HOMETOWN Seneca, S.C.
HIGH SCHOOL Walhalla HS






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Saturday, February 15, 2020

If it ended today........ (2-15-20)

The SoCon Basketball Tournament 

If it ended today........

After Saturday's game...... February 15, 2020


First-round // Friday, March 6 // Harrah's Cherokee Center Asheville // Asheville, N.C.
Game 1  #8 seed: Samford  vs. #9 seed: VMI  5 p.m.
Game 2  #7 seed: Mercer    vs. #10 seed: The Citadel  7:30 p.m.

Quarterfinals // Saturday, March 7 // Harrah's Cherokee Center Asheville // Asheville, N.C.
Game 3  #1 seed: Furman  vs. Game 1 winner  12 p.m.
Game 4  #4 seed: Western Carolina  vs. #5 seed:  Wofford  2:30 p.m.
Game 5  #2 seed: ETSU   vs. Game 2 winner  6 p.m.
Game 6  #3 seed: UNCG  vs. #6 seed:  Chattanooga  8:30 p.m.

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SoCon MBB Standings (after 2-15-20 games)

1. Furman 12-2 (tie)*
1. ETSU 12-2 (tie)
3. UNCG 11-3
4. Western Carolina 8-6 (tie)*
4. Wofford 8-6 (tie)
6. Chattanooga 7-7 (tie)*
6. Mercer 7-7 (tie)
8. Samford 3-11
9. VMI 2-12
10. Citadel 0-14

*holds tiebreaker





WCU Player of the Game (at Wofford)




Purple & Gold's Player of the Game for the Wofford Terrier game is..........
Carlos Dotson



                                                                       
Senior forward Carlos Dotson completed his fifteenth double-double of the season against the Wofford Terriers in the Richardson Indoor Arena, leading the Catamounts to a win and seasonal sweep of the Terriers.  Dotson scored 25 points, which was also the game-high. Carlos pulled down 11 rebounds, 9 defensive and 2 offensive rebounds. He was 12 of 17 in field goal shooting and hit 1 of 1 from the free-throw line. Carlos also had 2 assists, 2 steals, and 2 blocks in the game.

Honorable mention goes to Mason Faulkner scoring 21 points, 7 rebounds, and 6 assists.  

Purple & Gold congratulates Carlos Dotson on his accomplishments in the Wofford game.



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Game Day - #43 Dawson Elder

It's Gameday and the Western Carolina Baseball team takes the field at Hennon Stadium for the first pitch against the Chicago State Cougars to open the 2020 baseball season. Let's take this time to meet this season's Cats with Bats.

We will highlight them by class, starting with the seniors and ending with the brand new freshmen Catamounts.

#43  Dawson Elder


POSITION Right-Handed Pitcher
HEIGHT 6-4
WEIGHT 210
CLASS Freshman
HOMETOWN Taylorsville, N.C.
HIGH SCHOOL Alexander Central HS




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Friday, February 14, 2020

Baseball: Chicago State Cougars



The Cougars of Chicago State University travel to Cullowhee for opening day for both teams. The first pitch is scheduled for 4 pm on Friday in Hennon Stadium.



Chicago State Cougars

When: Friday - Sunday, February, 14-16   4 game series, DH on Saturday
Game Times: Fri. 4:00 pm, Sat. 1:00 pm, Sat. 5:00 pm, & Sun.1:00 pm
Where: Childress Field, Hennon Stadium, Cullowhee, NC
Radio: none
Live Stats: WCU Live Stats
CSU Location: Chicago, ILL
CSU Conference: Western Athletic Conference (WAC)
CSU Type: Public

The Series with CSU: This is the first meeting between these two schools on the baseball field.

CSU's 2019 record: 10-41 overall, 5-20 conference, 5-26 away


Projected Pitching Match-Ups:
Friday: WCU – Zebby Matthews (Fr., RHP) vs. CHST – Dylan Cumming (Jr., RHP)
Saturday – Gm 1: WCU – Chase Walter (R-Jr., RHP) vs. CHST – Brett Gregory (R-Jr., RHP)
Saturday – Gm 2: WCU – Corey Bright (Fr., RHP) vs. CHST – Rodny Valdes (Sr., LHP)
Sunday: WCU – Ty McCulloch (Sr., LHP) vs. CHST – Vinnie Venturi (Jr., LHP)






Game #25 - Wofford Terriers



The Cats travel to Spartanburg to face the #4 Wofford Terriers. Western is looking for the season sweep after picking up an 81-72 victory in Cullowhee on January 25th. 

Game #19 - Wofford Terriers

When
: Saturday, February 15, 2020, at 7:00 pm
Where: Richardson Indoor Arena, Spartanburg, SC
Radio: Catamount Sports Network
-announcer: Gary Ayers, Daniel Hooker
TV/video: ESPN+
-announcer:  Jim Noble (PxP) Thom Henson (Analyst)
Live Stats: WCU Live Stats
Fan Message Board: TerrierFans
The Series: The series between Western and Wofford started back in 1948 and Western owns a 28-31 overall record against the Terriers. Western owns a 17-10 record in games played in Cullowhee between the two teams but ended a 5 game slide against Wofford on January 25.

Wofford's 2019-20 record: 16-10 overall, 10-3 home, 8-5 SoCon games

The defending SoCon champs come into this game riding a two-game home standing slide, Chattanooga and Mercer both picking up wins over the Terriers in the last 7 days.




Game Day - #44 Carson Lowder

It's Gameday and the Western Carolina Baseball team takes the field at Hennon Stadium for the first pitch against the Chicago State Cougars to open the 2020 baseball season. Let's take this time to meet this season's Cats with Bats.

We will highlight them by class, starting with the seniors and ending with the brand new freshmen Catamounts.

#44  Carson Lowder






POSITION Right-Handed Pitcher
HEIGHT 6-1
WEIGHT 210
CLASS Freshman
HOMETOWN Albemarle, N.C.
HIGH SCHOOL North Stanly HS





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Thursday, February 13, 2020

1 Day until First Pitch - #47 Tristen Campbell

It's only 1 day until the Western Carolina Baseball team takes the field at Hennon Stadium for the first pitch against the Chicago State Cougars to open the 2020 baseball season. Let's take this time to meet this season's Cats with Bats.

We will highlight them by class, starting with the seniors and ending with the brand new freshmen Catamounts.

#47 Tristen Campbell



POSITION Right-Handed Pitcher
HEIGHT 6-5
WEIGHT 230
CLASS Freshman
HOMETOWN Cheraw, S.C.
HIGH SCHOOL Cheraw HS




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Wednesday, February 12, 2020

WCU Player of the Game (UNCG)




Purple & Gold's Player of the Game for the UNCG game is..........
Carlos Dotson



                                                                       
Senior forward Carlos Dotson completed his fourteenth double-double of the season against the Spartans in the Greensboro Coliseum. Dotson scored 32 points, which was both a game and career-high in points scored. He also pulled down 12 rebounds, 8 defensive and 4 offensive. He was 11 of 20 in field goals and hit 10 of 15 from the free-throw line. Carlos also had 2 assists in the game.

Purple & Gold congratulates Carlos Dotson on his accomplishments in the UNCG game.



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