Friday, February 12, 2016

The Road to Asheville (Feb. 13, 2016)

Only four games are on tap for Saturday, with VMI and UNCG not playing.

Chattanooga (22-4, 11-2 SoCon)  at  ETSU (16-9, 9-3 SoCon)  4 pm  ESPN2
The big game of the day has number one Chattanooga traveling to Johnson City to meed number 2 ETSU in the Freedom Center. The Mocs have two conference losses (Furman and WCU), while the Bucs have three (Furman, Wofford, & Chattanooga).  The Bucs are 10-1 in the Freedom Center this year, while the Mocs are 8-4 on the road and are coming off a major upset by the Catamounts that broke a 9 game winning streak. The Bucs are riding a three game winning streak, and looking to avenge a 10 point loss to the Mocs in Chattanooga. Look for the Bucs to continue the pain the Mocs are feeling with a 5 point win over Chattanooga.

Mercer (18-8, 8-5 SoCon)  at  Furman (16-11, 10-4 SoCon)  4 pm   ESPN3
Another interesting game has the Bears traveling to Greenville, SC to meet the Paladins in the Timmons Arena. Mercer is coming off back to back losses (Mocs & Terriers) and are only 4-7 in road games this season, while the Paladins are coming off two straight wins, and have won seven of their last eight games. Furman is red hot on their home floor with a 12-1 record in Timmons. This will be a diffulct game for the Bears, as they didn't play well on the road when they were at full staffing, look for the Paladins to win by 10 points.

Samford (12-15, 3-11 SoCon)  at Western Carolina (10-15, 5-7 SoCon)   4:30 pm    SDN and WMYA/My-40
The Bulldogs make the trip up the mountains to meet the Catamounts in the Ramsey Center looking to repeat their middle January victory over the Cats in Birmingham. Samford is 5-8 in road games this season, and is coming off a road loss to ETSU. The dogs have dropped 7 of their last 8 games. The Cats are coming off their biggest win of the season, upsetting Chattanooga last Thursday in Cullowhee, putting together a two game conference winning streak. Western has performed well in Cullowhee this season and has put together a 9-2 record in the Ramsey Center.  Look for the Cats to put together a 10 point win over the Bulldogs.

The Citadel (10-16, 3-10 SoCon)  at  Wofford (13-13, 9-4 SoCon)     7 pm  ESPN3
The low country Bulldogs travel to the upstate to meet Terriers in the Benjamin Johnson Arena hoping for revenge for their 3 point loss to Wofford in Charleston. The Citadel brings a 3-10 road record to Spartanburg, and are riding a four game skid. The Terrier are on a four game winning streak and sport a 9-2 record this season in the BenJo.  Look for a big win by Wofford, by at least 14 points.

That's how we see them, what do you think?

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