Sunday, February 14, 2016

The Road to Asheville (Feb. 15, 2016)

Only two games are scheduled for Monday night this week, but they are critical games for the four teams involved.

Western Carolina (11-15, 6-7 SoCon) at ETSU (16-10, 9-4 SoCon)  7 pm   ASN
The Catamounts cross the mountains to Johnson City to meet the Bucs in Freedom Arena. This is a critical game for both teams, as the Bucs need a win to stay in the hunt for the second place seed in the tournament and the Cats are in a battle with UNCG for the sixth place finish and the final seed in the tournament. The Cats are coming off a three game winning streak, and are 1-13 on the road, having won their first road game last week in Lexington against the Keydets, then upsetting the Mocs in Cullowhee. The Bucs are coming off a home loss to Chattanooga, but are 10-2 on the home court this season, and have won three of their last four games. The Bucs scorched the Cats in Cullowhee earlier this season, by a final score of 66-82, which the Cats hope to avenge. With the Cats road game history, I don't think it happens this season, as the Bucs take 10 point win over the Cats.

Wofford (14-13, 10-4 SoCon)  at  UNCG (9-17, 5-8 SoCon)   7 pm   ESPN3/Fox Sports Southeast
Another critical game for these two teams, as Wofford is also in a battle for the second seed, and the Spartans need a win to gain ground on the Catamounts (should they lose to ETSU) for that final seed in the tournament. The Spartans travel north up I-85 to Greensboro to meed the Spartans in the Greensboro Coliseum. The Terriers are only 4-11 on the road this season, but are currently riding a 4 game winning streak, while the Spartans 8-4 at home this season, but are riding a 3 game losing streak into Monday night's game. In my opinion, this game is a toss-up, but I'll go with a 1 point win by the Terreirs just because they are used to winning the big games.

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

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