Saturday, December 20, 2014

Basketball: Today in the SoCon (12-20-14)



Saturday, December 20, 2014 – Men's Basketball Games in the Southern Conference 

There's two games today in the Southern Conference, and more opportunities to increase the conference RPI.

-1:00 pm The Citadel (4-5) at Virginia Tech (5-4) watch on ESPN3
-2:00 pm Elon (5-5) at UNCG (4-7) watch on SoCon Digital Network 

Yesterday's games -
Bethune-Cookman at Mercer -
Mercer's Ike Nwamu scored 22 points to lead Mercer past Bethune-Cookman 67-46 Friday night.

Furman at FGCU -
FGC's Brett Comer converted a three-point play with 1:34 left to help Florida Gulf Coast edge Furman 83-78 on Friday night.

Chattanooga at Middle Tennessee -
Middle Tennessee outlasted Chattanooga 68-58 Friday night in at the Murphy Center.

Conference RPI (WarrenNolan.com)
CAA - 8
Big South - 19
Sun Belt - 25
Southern - 30
OVC - 31
A-Sun - 33


SoCon out of conference record: 28 - 50

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Friday, December 19, 2014

Basketball: WCU at UNCA (Game #12)




Game Day: Sunday
Date: December 21, 2014
Location:  Kimmel Arena (3,200). Asheville, NC
Time: 2:00 p.m. ET
Radio: Catamount Sports Network
TV / Video:  WMYA-TV  &  Big South Network


On Sunday, the Western Carolina Catamounts (3-8) travel to Asheville to meet the UNC-A Bulldogs (4-6).

In an attempt to ensure a small crowd (see WCU's game with Wright State), as usual, the game is scheduled while both schools are on semester break,  In order to highlight said small crowd (again see WCU's game with Wright State carried by ESPN 3) the game will be carried locally by WMYA-TV (My40), as well as, the Big South Network.

Both teams are desperate for a win, as the Catamounts hobble into Asheville with a five game losing streak under their belt, while the home standing Bulldogs have lost 5 of their last 7, and bring their own 2 game winless streak into the game. The Bulldogs are 3-1 at home this season, but the three wins were against non-DI competition (Johnson & Wales, Limestone, & Tusculum), and their lone loss was to the Charlotte 49ers.

Asheville has posted a 39-9 overall record in the Kimmel Arena since the facility opened four seasons ago and were 11-2 there last season.  WCU is 0-1 in games played against UNCA in Kemmel.

Second year head coach Nick McDevitt returned 3 starters from last season's team what was 17-15 overall.  Asheville is scoring 75.9 points per game, hitting 42% from the field and 39% from three point range.  The dogs are averaging 74% shooting from the free throw line.and that is a big problem for Western with their tendency to send their opponents to the charity stripe on a regular basis.

Asheville has two players scoring double figures, Andrew Rowsey with 22.6 points per game and David Robertson with 12.3 points per game.  Ken Ubaru is just under the double figure threshold with 9.3 points per game. Rowsey leads the Big South in scoring and is seventh nationally as of Friday. Rowsey also leads the BSC in free throw percentage (.906) and three-pointers made per game (3.80).

The Bulldogs do have size, with four players 6'9" or taller -  center Chudler Pal - 6'9"; forward Giacomo Zill - 6'9" center John Cannon - 6'10;  & center Jaleel Roberts - 7'0" - however only the two centers Pal & Roberts see significant playing time.  Asheville will rotate their guards, with Littlejohn, Robertson, and Rowsey starting, and Thomas, Vannatta, & Neely getting significant playing time off the bench.

UNC-A probable starters
Senior - guard,  Corey Littlejohn - 6'2" 180 lbs - 4.6 ppg
Sophomore - guard,  David Robertson - 6'3" 195 lbs - 12.3 ppg
Sophomore - guard, Andrew Rowsey - 5'10" 175 lbs - 22.6 ppg
Freshman - forward,  Kem Ubaru - 6'6" 235 lbs - 9.3 ppg
Senior - center, Chudler Pal - 6'9" 250 lbs - 2.1 ppg


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Men's Basketball Falls to Wright State

Basketball: Today in the SoCon (12-19-14)




Friday, December 19, 2014 – Men's Basketball Games in the Southern Conference

There's three games tonight in the Southern Conference. More opportunities to increase the conference RPI.

-7:00 pm Bethune-Cookman (3-8) at Mercer (5-5) watch on ESPN3
-7:30 pm Furman (2-6) at FGCU (8-2) watch on ESPN3
-8:00 pm Chattanooga (6-5) at Middle Tennessee (5-5) watch on American Sports Network

Yesterday's games -
Wright State at Western Carolina 
Wright State's JT Yoho scored 19 points and pulled down 12 rebounds as the Raiders pulled away from an uninspired Catamount team, 69-56 in Cullowhee in front of a even less inspired 671 fans. No help for the conference RPI here.

Conference RPI (WarrenNolan.com)
CAA - 13
Big South - 23
A-Sun - 24
Sun Belt - 25
OVC - 27
Southern - 28

SoCon out of conference record: 27 - 48

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Thursday, December 18, 2014

Basketball: Today in the SoCon (12-18-14)



Thursday, December 18, 2014 – Men's Basketball Games in the Southern Conference 

Only one game is scheduled today in the Southern Conference.
-7:00 pm Wright State (7-4) at Western Carolina (3-7) watch on ESPN3

Yesterday's games -
Charleston Southern at Wofford -
Wofford's Eric Garcia scored 15 points, including Wofford's last five, as the Terriers recovered from blowing an 11-point second-half lead to beat Charleston Southern 64-58 on Wednesday night.

Conference RPI (WarrenNolan.com)
CAA - 13
Big South - 23
Sun Belt - 24
A-Sun - 25
OVC - 27
Southern - 28

SoCon out of conference record:  27- 47


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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Basketball: Wright State (Game #11)



Game Day: Thursday
Date: December 19, 2014
Location: Ramsey Center. Cullowhee, NC
Time: 7:00 p.m. ET
Radio: Catamount Sports Network
TV / Video:  ESPN3

Wright State of the Horizon League travels to Cullowhee on Thursday night, for only the second meeting between the two teams in basketball. The Raiders won the first meeting last season in Dayton, 85-77.

The Raiders come to Cullowhee with a 7-4 overall record, carrying a three game winning streak in the Ramsey Center after their 68-59 victory over Miami (Ohio) last Sunday night. WSU is averaging 70.3 ppg, while giving up only 66.9 ppg, hitting 46% of their field goals and are hitting 73% from the charity stripe.

Wright State has three players averaging double figures in scoring, with JT Yoho leading the field with 17.8 ppg, followed by Joe Tomasson with 11.8 ppg and Chrishawn Hopkins with 10.6 ppg. Yoho also leads rebounding for the Raiders with 7.1 per game.

Projected starters for Wright State
Senior guard,  Reggie Arceneaux, 5'9" 160 lbs - 8,5 ppg
Freshman guard, Grand Benzinger, 6'3" 190 lbs - 6.5 ppg
Junior guard, Joe Thomasson, 6'4" 170 lbs - 11.8 ppg
Junior forward, JT Yoho, 6'6" 225 lbs - 17.8 ppg
Junior center, Michael Karena, 6'10" 225 lbs - 6.5 ppg


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Basketball: Today in the SoCon (12-17-14)



Wednesday, December 16, 2014 – Men's Basketball Games in the Southern Conference

Only one game is scheduled today in the Southern Conference.

-7:00 pm Charleston Southern (5-3) at Wofford (8-2)  SoCon Digital Network


Yesterday's games - The SoCon picks up three out of conference wins, while UNCG and WCU are crushed in their games.

UNC at UNCG -
No. 24 Tar Heels beat Spartans 79-56

NKU at Chattanooga -
Chattanooga beats Northern Kentucky 93-81

Eastern Kentucky at ETSU -
East Tennessee State sneaks past Eastern Kentucky 63-60

Dartmouth at Mercer -
Dartmouth beat Mercer, 67-51

Samford at Presbyterian -
Samford topped Presbyterian 83-69

Western Carolina at Vanderbilt -
Vanderbilt rallies to beat Western Carolina 99-79

Conference RPI (WarrenNolan.com)
CAA - 13
Big South - 20
OVC - 24
A-Sun - 25
Sun Belt - 27
Southern - 28


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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

SoCon Basketball Power Rankings (12-16-14)



Welcome to Purple & Gold's SoCon Basketball Power Rankings for the week beginning December 15, 2014.

Each week, on Tuesday, we will bring you our power rankings for Southern Conference basketball.


  1.  (1)  Wofford
   Record: 8-2  (0-0 SoCon)


  2.  (6) Chattanooga
    Record: 5-5  (1-0 SoCon)


3.  (3)  Western Carolina
Record: 3-6  (0-1 SoCon)



4.  (4)  Mercer
Record: 5-4  (1-0)


  5.  (2)  East Tennessee State
  Record: 5-2  (1-1 SoCon)


 6.  (7) Furman
Record: 2-6  (1-0 SoCon)



  7.  (8) UNCG
 Record: 4-6  (1-0 SoCon)


  8.  (8) Virginia Military Institute
 Record: 5-6 (1-1 SoCon)


   9.  (9) The Citadel
    Record: 4-5  (0-1 SoCon)



10.  (10)  Samford
Record: 3-8  (0-2 SoCon)



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Basketball: Today in the SoCon (12-16-14)



Tuesday, December 16, 2014 – Men's Basketball Games in the Southern Conference

There is a total of six (6) out of conference games on the schedule today. There is an opportunity to greatly help the overall RPI of the SoCon with some wins in these games.

-7:00 pm UNC (6-3) at UNCG (4-6) - ESPN2
-7:00 pm NKU (4-5) at Chattanoga (5-5) - SoCon Digital Network
-7:00 pm Eastern Kentucky (5-3) at ETSU (5-2) - SoCon Digital Network
-7:00 pm Dartmouth (3-5) at Mercer (5-4) - ESPN3
-7:00 pm Samford (3-8) at Presbyterian (4-6) - Big South Network
-9:00 pm Western Carolina (3-6) at Vanderbilt (6-2) SEC Network

Yesterday's games - No games were scheduled on Monday

Conference RPI (WarrenNolan.com)
CAA - 13
Big South - 20
OVC - 24
A-Sun - 25
Sun Belt - 26
Southern - 28



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Monday, December 15, 2014

Basketball: Today in the SoCon (12-15-14)

Monday, December 15, 2014 – Men's Basketball Games in the Southern Conference 

There is no games scheduled for any SoCon teams on Monday.

Yesterday's games -

Wofford at NC State -
The Terriers' Justin Gordon hit a contested layup with 1.9 seconds left, then State's Travor Lacey's 3-pointer was waved off as coming after the buzzer, giving the Terriers' a 55-54 upset win over the Wolfpack in Raleigh yesterday.

"They fully expect when we get on that bus and get to places like this to do the ... things we have to do and find a way to win," Mike Young said after the game. "In a tremendous environment, in a storied arena such as this, (the win) is very, very special."


Samford - at Wake Forest -
Wake Forest pulled away in the second half for an 86-68 victory over Samford on Sunday. The Bulldogs outshot the Deacons in the first half, making 15 of 26 from the field (58%) and 5 of 10 from 3-point range. But Wake Forest was better at the free throw line (making 12 of 18, compared to 6 of 8 for the Bulldogs).

Conference RPI (WarrenNolan.com)
CAA - 13
Big South - 20
A-Sun - 24
OVC - 25
Southern - 27
Sun Belt - 28


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Sunday, December 14, 2014

Basketball: WCU at Vanderbilt (Game #10)


Game Day: Tuesday
Date: December 16, 2014
Location: Memorial Gymnasium (14,316) Nashville, TN
Time: 9:00 p.m. ET
Radio: Catamount Sports Network
TV / Video: SEC Network


On Tuesday, the Cats travel to Nashville, Tennessee to play the Vanderbilt Commodores (6-2) who are coming off a home win over Purdue. The Commodores are 5-1 at home this season, after a 15-16 finish to the 2013-14 season. Head Coach Kevin Stallings is in his 16th season with the Commodores and 21st overall as a head coach.

Vanderbilt is starting a very young line-up with 3 true freshman, and two sophomores. The Commodores are averaging 72 points per game, hitting 50% from the field, that includes 40% from three-point range (averaging 7 per game) and 67% from the free throw line. Vanderbilt has three players averaging double digits, led by Damian Jones with 17 ppg, followed by Riley LaChance with 12 ppg and Luke Kornet with 11 ppg.

Vanderbilt Probable Starters
Freshman guard Wade Baldwin, 6'3" 195 lbs - 9 ppg
Freshman guard Riley LaChance, 6'2" 194 lbs - 10 ppg
Sophomore forward Luke Kornet, 7'0" 240 lbs - 12 ppg
Freshman forward Jeff Roberson, 6'6" 206 lbs - 4 ppg
Sophomore center Damian Jones, 6'10" 250 lbs - 17 ppg


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Basketball: Today in the SoCon (12-14-14)



Sunday, December 14, 2014 – Men's Basketball Games in the Southern Conference

Only two games today, but it would be big for the SoCon to get a couple wins over these teams..

- 4:00 pm - Wofford (7-2) at NC State (8-1) - (ESPN3)
- 6:00 pm - Samford (3-7) at Wake Forest (4-5) - (ESPN3)

Yesterday's games -

Marist at VMI -
The Keydet's QJ Peterson scored 25 points, and pulled down five rebounds, leading  VMI to a 92-77 win over Marist. The Keydets attempted 55 three-pointers, hitting 19 and had 24 assists as a team.   


UNCG at ETSU -
 The Spartans opened Southern Conference play with a 80-79 road victory over East Tennessee State, extending the UNCG’s three game win streak while snapping the Bucs’ five game win streak. UNCG finished the game shooting 50&% (26-of-52) from the field and hit 19-of-26 (73%) from the charity stripe.

Furman at Gardner-Webb -
The Runnin' Bulldog's Jerome Hill completed a double-double, scoring 28 points with 19 rebounds in leading Gardner-Webb to a 74-68 win over Furman. Stephen Croone scored 19 points for the Paladins and Geoff Beans added 11.

Conference RPI (WarrenNolan.com)
CAA - 15
Big South - 19
A-Sun - 25
OVC - 27
Sun Belt - 28
Southern - 29

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Saturday, December 13, 2014

Happy Holidays from WCU



Basketball: Today in the SoCon (12-13-14)



Saturday, December 13, 2014 – Men's Basketball Games in the Southern Conference

Three games today, one conference game and two out of conference games. It seems to me that it's very early in the season to already have played so many conference games before the middle of December. The SoCon desperately needs to pick up some out of conference wins.

- 1:00 pm - Marist (1-8) at VMI  (4-6) - (SoCon Digital Network)
- 4:00 pm - UNCG (3-6) at ETSU (5-1) - (SoCon Digital Network)
- 7:00 pm - Furman (2-5) at Gardner-Webb  (5-4) - (Big South Network)

Yesterday's games -
No SoCon teams were scheduled on Friday

Conference RPI (WarrenNolan.com)
CAA - 14
Big South - 17
A-Sun - 25
Southern - 27
OVC - 29
Sun Belt - 30


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Friday, December 12, 2014

Basketball: Today in the SoCon (12-12-14)



Friday, December 12, 2014 – Men's Basketball Games in the Southern Conference

No SoCon games are scheduled for Friday.

Yesterday's games -
Chattanooga at The Citadel
The Chattanooga opened SoCon play tonight with a dominant performance in a 67-48 win at The Citadel. Justin Tuoyo led the way with a career-high 14 points in a team effort. -

Conference RPI (WarrenNolan.com)
CAA - 14
Big South - 18
A-Sun - 25
Southern - 27
OVC - 29
Sun Belt - 30


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Thursday, December 11, 2014

Basketball: Today in the SoCon (12-10-14)



Thursday, December 10, 2014 – Men's Basketball Games in the Southern Conference 


Again, only one Southern Conference team is scheduled to play today, but it's a conference game.

 -6:00 pm - Chattanooga at The Citadel  (SoCon Digital Network)

Yesterday's games -
Greensboro at UNCG
UNCG's Tevon Saddler scored 24 points as the Spartans narrowly escaped with a win over crosstown foe Greensboro College 82-78 on Wednesday. The Div. III Greensboro Pride got within 80-78 after three free throws with 21 second left in the game, but Saddler sealed the game foe the Spartans with two baskets from the charity stripe.

- Conference RPI (WarrenNolan.com)
CAA - 14
Big South - 18
A-Sun - 25
Southern - 26
OVC - 28
Sun Belt - 30

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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Basketball: Today in the SoCon (12-10-14)



Wednesday, December 9, 2014 – Men's Basketball Games in the Southern Conference 

Only one Southern Conference team is scheduled to play today.

- 7:00 pm - Greensboro at UNCG  (SoCon Digital Network)

Yesterday's games - (not a good day for the SoCon)
VMI at Navy -
Navy's Tillman Dunbar scored 26 points as Navy easily beat VMI 84-66 on Tuesday night. Navy finished with a 13-2 run in the final 4 minutes.

 Furman at TCU -
TCU improved to 9-0, as they matched the win total from all of last season with a 80-69 victory over Furman Tuesday night.

 - Conference RPI (WarrenNolan.com)
CAA - 14
Big South - 21
A-Sun - 24
Southern - 26
OVC - 29
Sun Belt - 30

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Tuesday, December 9, 2014

SoCon Basketball Power Rankings (12-9-14)



Welcome to Purple & Gold's SoCon Basketball Power Rankings for the week beginning December 8, 2014.

Each week, on Tuesday, we will bring to you our power rankings for Southern Conference basketball.




 1.  (2)  Wofford
 Record: 7-2 (0-0 SoCon)


 2.  (1)  East Tennessee State
 Record: 5-1 (1-0 SoCon)


3.  (3)  Western Carolina
Record: 3-6 (0-1 SoCon)


4.  (4)  Mercer
Record: 5-4 (1-0 SoCon)


5.  (5) Virginia Military Institute
 Record: 4-5 (1-1 SoCon)


   6.  (6) Chattanooga
    Record: 4-5 (0-0 SoCon)



7.  (7) Furman
Record: 2-4 (1-0 SoCon)


 8.  (9) UNCG
 Record: 2-6 (0-0 SoCon)



  9.  (10) The Citadel
  Record: 4-4 (0-0 SoCon)



10.  (8)  Samford
Record: 3-7 (0-2 SoCon)


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Basketball: Today in the SoCon (12-9-14)



Tuesday, December 8, 2014 – Men's Basketball Games in the Southern Conference 

Only two Southern Conference teams are scheduled to play today.

7:00 pm - VMI at Navy (Live Video)

8:00 pm Furman at TCU 

Yesterday's game recaps -

Montreat at Chattanooga -
Chattanooga;s Eric Robertson scored a career-high 16 points in a 104-50 win over visiting Montreat College. Chattanooga topped season highs with 42 field goals made including 10 three-pointers. The trio of Robertson (4-6), White (4-4) and Pryor (2-2) combined to shoot 10-12 (83.3%) from beyond the arc.

- Conference RPI (WarrenNolan.com)
CAA - 14
Big South - 20
A-Sun - 22
Southern - 26
OVC - 27
Sun Belt - 30

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Monday, December 8, 2014

Basketball: Today in the SoCon (12-8-14)



Monday, December 8, 2014 – Men's Basketball Games in the Southern Conference 

Only one Southern Conference team is scheduled to play today.

7:00 pm - Montreat at Chattanooga (SoCon Digital Network)

No Sunday games to recap -

Conference RPI (WarrenNolan.com)
CAA -  14
Big South  - 20
A-Sun - 21
Southern - 26
OVC - 27
Sun Belt -  30


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