Tuesday, February 26, 2019

SoCon Basketball - Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2019


Well, folks, we are finally there, the last full week of conference action with games scheduled for Thursday and Saturday. While a lot of the conference tournament seeding is finalized, there's still some movement up or down to be made.


Thursday's games:

#24 Wofford (24-4) at Chattanooga (12-17) 7 pm  ESPN+

Mercer (11-17) at VMI (8-20) 7 pm  ESPN3

UNCG (24-5) at  Citadel (12-15) 7 pm  ESPN+

Furman (22-6) at Samford (16-13) 7:30 pm  ESPN+


NCAA NET Rankings     (Feb. 24, 2019)
  19 - Wofford
  48 - Furman
  61 - UNCG
  65 - ETSU
161 - Samford
186 - Mercer
258 - Citadel
270 - Chattanooga

289 - Western Carolina
321 - VMI

Conference RPI  - RealTime RPI   (as of Feb. 25, 2019)
#11 Southern Conference
#12 A-10
#14 C-USA
#17 Sun Belt
#18 CAA
#20 OVC
#21 Atlantic Sun
#26 Big South

Sagarin Rankings  (Feb 24, 2019)
  41 - Wofford
  79 - Furman
  85 - ETSU
  95 - UNCG
178 - Samford
181 - Mercer
262 - Chattanooga
264 - Citadel
299 - Western Carolina
320 - VMI


This season's SoCon out-of-conference record:  (as of 2-16-19)

American Athletic .............................................. 1-1
Atlantic Coast .................................................... 0-7
Atlantic Sun ....................................................... 6-1
Big 12 ................................................................ 0-3
Big East ............................................................. 1-1
Big South ..........................................................12-4
Big Ten .............................................................. 0-4
Colonial ............................................................. 7-1
Conference USA ............................................... 2-3
Horizon .............................................................. 1-1
Independent ...................................................... 0-0
Ivy ...................................................................... 0-1
Mid-American .................................................... 0-1
Mid-Eastern Athletic .......................................... 6-0
Missouri Valley .................................................. 1-0
Mountain West .................................................. 1-0
Non-Division I ...................................................23-0
Ohio Valley ........................................................ 6-5
Pac-12 ............................................................... 0-0
Patriot ................................................................ 0-1
Southeastern .................................................... 1-8
Southland .......................................................... 2-0
Southwestern Athletic ....................................... 2-0
Summit .............................................................. 2-0
Sun Belt ............................................................. 2-5
Western Athletic ................................................ 1-0

Conference Standings as of 2-21-19


Basketball (M)ConferenceOverall
Wofford15 - 023 - 4
UNCG12 - 323 - 5
ETSU12 - 422 - 7
Furman11 - 422 - 5
Chattanooga7 - 812 - 16
Samford6 - 916 - 12
Mercer5 - 1010 - 17
Western Carolina4 - 127 - 22
The Citadel3 - 1211 - 15
VMI1 - 147 - 20


The SoCon Basketball Tournament - 

If it ended today........ After Thursday's games...... 2-21-19

First Round - Friday, March 8 at the U.S. Cellular Center. Asheville, N.C.
Game 1 - #8  Western Carolina  vs.  #9 Citadel  5 p.m.
Game 2 - #7  Mercer  vs.  #10 VMI   7:30 p.m.

Quarterfinals - Saturday, March 9 at the U.S. Cellular Center
Game 3 -  #1 Wofford  vs.  Winner Game 1 (WCU/Citadel)  12 p.m.
Game 4 -  #4 Furman  vs.  #5 Chattanooga   2:30 p.m.
Game 5 -  #2 UNCG  vs.  Winner Game 2 (Mercer/VMI)  6 p.m.
Game 6 -  #3 ETSU  vs.  #6 Samford   8:30 p.m.


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Saturday, February 23, 2019

If it ended today........ SoCon Basketball

The SoCon Basketball Tournament -

If it ended today........ After Sunday's game...... 2-24-19


First Round - Friday, March 8 at the U.S. Cellular Center. Asheville, N.C.
Game 1 - #8 Citadel vs. #9 Western Carolina 5 p.m.
Game 2 - #7 Samford vs. #10 VMI 7:30 p.m.


Quarterfinals - Saturday, March 9 at the U.S. Cellular Center
Game 3 - #1 Wofford vs. Winner Game 1 (Citadel/WCU) 12 p.m.
Game 4 - #4 Furman vs. #5 Chattanooga 2:30 p.m.
Game 5 - #2 UNCG vs. Winner Game 2 (Samford/VMI)    6 p.m.
Game 6 - #3 ETSU vs. #6 Mercer  8:30 p.m.



Basketball (M)ConferenceOverall
Wofford16 - 024 - 4
UNCG13 - 324 - 5
ETSU12 - 522 - 8
Furman11 - 522 - 6
Chattanooga7 - 912 - 17
Samford6 - 1016 - 13
Mercer6 - 1011 - 17
The Citadel4 - 1212 - 15
Western Carolina4 - 137 - 23
VMI2 - 148 - 20



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Friday, February 22, 2019

SoCon Basketball - Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019


Thursday's results:

Chattanooga - 68
Citadel - 65

Samford - 62
Mercer  - 65

ETSU - 94
VMI - 70

Western Carolina - 76  (OT)
UNCG  - 79



Saturday's games:

Samford (16-12) at The Citadel (11-15)  1 pm   ESPN3

Chattanooga (12-16) at Mercer (10-17)  4 pm   ESPN3

Wofford (23-4) at Furman (22-5)  4 pm    ESPN3

VMI (7-20) at Western Carolina (7-22)  7:30   ESPN3


NCAA NET Rankings     (Feb. 21, 2019)
  24 - Wofford
  45 - Furman
  60 - UNCG
  68 - ETSU
156 - Samford
181 - Mercer
266 - Chattanooga
267 - Citadel
281 - Western Carolina
327 - VMI

Conference RPI  - RealTime RPI   (as of Feb. 22, 2019)
#11 Southern Conference
#12 A-10
#14 C-USA
#17 Sun Belt
#18 CAA
#20 OVC
#21 Atlantic Sun
#27 Big South

Sagarin Rankings  (Feb 21, 2019)
  40 - Wofford
  77 - Furman
  86 - ETSU
  99 - UNCG
172 - Samford
177 - Mercer
261 - Chattanooga
269 - Citadel
292 - Western Carolina
327 - VMI


This season's SoCon out-of-conference record:  (as of 2-16-19)

American Athletic .............................................. 1-1
Atlantic Coast .................................................... 0-7
Atlantic Sun ....................................................... 6-1
Big 12 ................................................................ 0-3
Big East ............................................................. 1-1
Big South ..........................................................12-4
Big Ten .............................................................. 0-4
Colonial ............................................................. 7-1
Conference USA ............................................... 2-3
Horizon .............................................................. 1-1
Independent ...................................................... 0-0
Ivy ...................................................................... 0-1
Mid-American .................................................... 0-1
Mid-Eastern Athletic .......................................... 6-0
Missouri Valley .................................................. 1-0
Mountain West .................................................. 1-0
Non-Division I ...................................................23-0
Ohio Valley ........................................................ 6-5
Pac-12 ............................................................... 0-0
Patriot ................................................................ 0-1
Southeastern .................................................... 1-8
Southland .......................................................... 2-0
Southwestern Athletic ....................................... 2-0
Summit .............................................................. 2-0
Sun Belt ............................................................. 2-5
Western Athletic ................................................ 1-0

Conference Standings as of 2-21-19


Basketball (M)ConferenceOverall
Wofford15 - 023 - 4
UNCG12 - 323 - 5
ETSU12 - 422 - 7
Furman11 - 422 - 5
Chattanooga7 - 812 - 16
Samford6 - 916 - 12
Mercer5 - 1010 - 17
Western Carolina4 - 127 - 22
The Citadel3 - 1211 - 15
VMI1 - 147 - 20


The SoCon Basketball Tournament - 

If it ended today........ After Thursday's games...... 2-21-19

First Round - Friday, March 8 at the U.S. Cellular Center. Asheville, N.C.
Game 1 - #8  Western Carolina  vs.  #9 Citadel  5 p.m.
Game 2 - #7  Mercer  vs.  #10 VMI   7:30 p.m.

Quarterfinals - Saturday, March 9 at the U.S. Cellular Center
Game 3 -  #1 Wofford  vs.  Winner Game 1 (WCU/Citadel)  12 p.m.
Game 4 -  #4 Furman  vs.  #5 Chattanooga   2:30 p.m.
Game 5 -  #2 UNCG  vs.  Winner Game 2 (Mercer/VMI)  6 p.m.
Game 6 -  #3 ETSU  vs.  #6 Samford   8:30 p.m.


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Monday, February 18, 2019

Saturday, February 16, 2019

SoCon Basketball - Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019


Thursday's games:

Chattanooga (11-16) at  Citadel (11-14)  7 pm  ESPN3

Samford (16-11) at  Mercer (9-17)  7 pm  ESPN+

ETSU (21-7) at VMI (7-19)  7 pm  ESPN+

Western Carolina (7-21) at  UNCG (22-5)  7 pm  ESPN+


NCAA NET Rankings     (Feb. 19, 2019)
  25 - Wofford
  42 - Furman
  56 - UNCG
  71 - ETSU
148 - Samford
186 - Mercer
253 - Citadel
271 - Chattanooga
282 - Western Carolina
325 - VMI


Conference RPI  - RealTime RPI   (as of Feb. 20, 2019)
#11 Southern Conference
#12 A-10
#14 C-USA
#17 Sun Belt
#18 CAA
#20 OVC
#21 Atlantic Sun
#27 Big South


Sagarin Rankings  (Feb 19, 2019)
  43 - Wofford
  73 - Furman
  91 - ETSU
  98 - UNCG
173 - Samford
183 - Mercer
269 - Citadel
274 - Chattanooga
298 - Western Carolina
328 - VMI


This season's SoCon out-of-conference record:  (as of 2-16-19)

American Athletic .............................................. 1-1
Atlantic Coast .................................................... 0-7
Atlantic Sun ....................................................... 6-1
Big 12 ................................................................ 0-3
Big East ............................................................. 1-1
Big South ..........................................................12-4
Big Ten .............................................................. 0-4
Colonial ............................................................. 7-1
Conference USA ............................................... 2-3
Horizon .............................................................. 1-1
Independent ...................................................... 0-0
Ivy ...................................................................... 0-1
Mid-American .................................................... 0-1
Mid-Eastern Athletic .......................................... 6-0
Missouri Valley .................................................. 1-0
Mountain West .................................................. 1-0
Non-Division I ...................................................23-0
Ohio Valley ........................................................ 6-5
Pac-12 ............................................................... 0-0
Patriot ................................................................ 0-1
Southeastern .................................................... 1-8
Southland .......................................................... 2-0
Southwestern Athletic ....................................... 2-0
Summit .............................................................. 2-0
Sun Belt ............................................................. 2-5
Western Athletic ................................................ 1-0


Conference Standings as of 2-17-19
Basketball (M)ConferenceOverall
Wofford15 - 023 - 4
UNCG11 - 322 - 5
Furman11 - 422 - 5
ETSU11 - 421 - 7
Samford6 - 816 - 11
Chattanooga6 - 811 - 16
Mercer4 - 109 - 17
Western Carolina4 - 117 - 21
The Citadel3 - 1111 - 14
VMI1 - 137 - 19




The SoCon Basketball Tournament - 

If it ended today........ After Saturday's games...... 2-17-19

First Round - Friday, March 8 at the U.S. Cellular Center. Asheville, N.C.
Game 1 - #8  Western Carolina  vs.  #9 Citadel  5 p.m.
Game 2 - #7  Mercer  vs.  #10 VMI   7:30 p.m.

Quarterfinals - Saturday, March 9 at the U.S. Cellular Center
Game 3 -  #1 Wofford vs.  Winner Game 1  12 p.m.
Game 4 -  #4 ETSU  vs.  #5 Samford  2:30 p.m.
Game 5 -  #2 UNCG vs.  Winner Game 2  6 p.m.
Game 6 -  #3 Furman vs.  #6 Chattanooga   8:30 p.m.



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WCU Player of the Game - at The Citadel

















Purple & Gold's Player of the Game is Onno Steger 



Onno Steger scored a Catamount game-high 25 points in the win over the Citadel in the Ramsey Center.  Steger hit 8 of 12 field goal attempts, hitting 6 of nine from three-point range and three of four from the charity stripe. Steger pulled down 5 rebounds and 4 assists. 


Purple & Gold congratulates Onno Steger on his accomplishments in the Citadel game.



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Wednesday, February 13, 2019

SoCon Basketball - Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019




Only four games on the schedule for Thursday,  Samford, and Chattanooga have the night off. The premier game of the night has #2 UNCG traveling to Travelers Rest, SC to play #3 Furman. The Spartans will be looking to sweep the Paladins, but Furman is 11-1 in Timmons this year. The Cats start a two-game homestand Thursday, hosting Mercer then VMI on Saturday.


VMI (7-17) at Wofford (21-4)  7 pm  ESPN+

Citadel (11-12) at ETSU (19-7)  7 pm   ESPN3

Mercer (8-16) at Western Carolina (6-20)  7 pm   ESPN+

UNCG (22-3) at Furman (20-5)   7:30 pm   ESPN+


NCAA NET Rankings     (Feb. 12, 2019)
  28 - Wofford
  46 - UNCG
  56 - Furman
  75 - ETSU
147 - Samford
202 - Mercer
242 - Citadel
279 - Chattanooga
291 - Western Carolina
328 - VMI


Conference RPI  - RealTime RPI   (as of Feb. 13, 2019)
#11 A-10
#12 Southern Conference
#14 C-USA
#17 Sun Belt
#18 CAA
#20 OVC
#21 Atlantic Sun
#27 Big South


Sagarin Rankings  (Feb 12, 2019)
  45 - Wofford
  85 - UNCG
  90 - Furman
  98 - ETSU
171 - Samford
192 - Mercer
252 - The Citadel
272 - Chattanooga
303 - Western Carolina
326 - VMI


This season's SoCon out-of-conference record:  (as of 1-10-19)

American Athletic .............................................. 1-1
Atlantic Coast .................................................... 0-7
Atlantic Sun ....................................................... 6-1
Big 12 ................................................................ 0-3
Big East ............................................................. 1-1
Big South ..........................................................12-4
Big Ten .............................................................. 0-4
Colonial ............................................................. 7-1
Conference USA ............................................... 2-3
Horizon .............................................................. 1-1
Independent ...................................................... 0-0
Ivy ...................................................................... 0-1
Mid-American .................................................... 0-1
Mid-Eastern Athletic .......................................... 6-0
Missouri Valley .................................................. 1-0
Mountain West .................................................. 1-0
Non-Division I ...................................................23-0
Ohio Valley ........................................................ 6-5
Pac-12 ............................................................... 0-0
Patriot ................................................................ 0-1
Southeastern .................................................... 1-8
Southland .......................................................... 2-0
Southwestern Athletic ....................................... 2-0
Summit .............................................................. 2-0
Sun Belt ............................................................. 2-5
Western Athletic ................................................ 1-0


Conference Standings as of 2-13-19


Basketball (M)ConferenceOverall
Wofford13 - 021 - 4
UNCG11 - 122 - 3
Furman9 - 420 - 5
ETSU9 - 419 - 7
Chattanooga6 - 711 - 15
Samford5 - 815 - 11
The Citadel3 - 911 - 12
Mercer3 - 98 - 16
Western Carolina3 - 106 - 20
VMI1 - 117 - 17




The SoCon Basketball Tournament - 

If it ended today........ After Saturday's games...... 2-10-19

First Round - Friday, March 8 at the U.S. Cellular Center. Asheville, N.C.
Game 1 - #8  Mercer vs.  #9 Western Carolina  5 p.m.
Game 2 - #7  Citadel vs.  #10 VMI   7:30 p.m.

Quarterfinals - Saturday, March 9 at the U.S. Cellular Center
Game 3 -  #1 Wofford vs.  Winner Game 1  12 p.m.
Game 4 -  #4 Furman vs.  #5 Chattanooga  2:30 p.m.
Game 5 -  #2 UNCG vs.  Winner Game 2  6 p.m.
Game 6 -  #3 ETSU vs.  #6 Samford   8:30 p.m.



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Monday, February 11, 2019

Hero Sports Ranks 2019 WCU Recruiting Class 10th Nationally




Ranking the SoCon Classes: 

RKFCS SCHOOLCONF.CLASS
1Western CarolinaSOCON23
2FurmanSOCON16
3MercerSOCON22
4ETSUSOCON28
5WoffordSOCON21





THE WINNER?Western Carolina had a remarkable haul, especially down the stretch. Furman and Mercer also had highly ranked classes nationally. 
THE UPSTARTS?: Western Carolina again.
HOTTEST IN JANUARY?: The busiest were WCU, Furman and The Citadel. One can tell they played the waiting game to check what they should go after this month. They've been very active and one has to think that will continue into next week.


Friday, February 8, 2019

SoCon Basketball - Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019



All ten conference teams are in action on Saturday, with the Cats drawing the most difficult matchup of the day, the undefeated Wofford Terriers.


Samford (14-11) at VMI (7-16) 1 pm ESPN+

Citadel (10-12) at Mercer (8-15) 4 pm ESPN3

ETSU (19-6) at Furman (19-5) 4 pm ESPN+

UNCG (21-3) at Chattanooga (11-14) 7 pm ESPN+

Western Carolina (6-19) at Wofford (20-4) 7 pm ESPN+


NCAA NET Rankings     (Feb. 7, 2019)
  29 - Wofford
  51 - UNCG
  63 - ETSU
  64 - Furman
146 - Samford
193 - Mercer
253 - Citadel
277 - Chattanooga
286 - Western Carolina
328 - VMI


Conference RPI  - RealTime RPI   (as of Feb. 8, 2019)
#11 A-10
#12 Southern Conference
#13 C-USA
#17 Sun Belt
#18 CAA
#20 OVC
#21 Atlantic Sun
#28 Big South


Sagarin Rankings  (Feb 7, 2019)
  52 - Wofford
  82 - UNCG
  87 - ETSU
102 - Furman
172 - Samford
184 - Mercer
247 - The Citadel
260 - Chattanooga
298 - Western Carolina
327 - VMI


This season's SoCon out-of-conference record:  (as of 1-10-19)

American Athletic .............................................. 1-1
Atlantic Coast .................................................... 0-7
Atlantic Sun ....................................................... 6-1
Big 12 ................................................................ 0-3
Big East ............................................................. 1-1
Big South ..........................................................12-4
Big Ten .............................................................. 0-4
Colonial ............................................................. 7-1
Conference USA ............................................... 2-3
Horizon .............................................................. 1-1
Independent ...................................................... 0-0
Ivy ...................................................................... 0-1
Mid-American .................................................... 0-1
Mid-Eastern Athletic .......................................... 6-0
Missouri Valley .................................................. 1-0
Mountain West .................................................. 1-0
Non-Division I ...................................................23-0
Ohio Valley ........................................................ 6-5
Pac-12 ............................................................... 0-0
Patriot ................................................................ 0-1
Southeastern .................................................... 1-8
Southland .......................................................... 2-0
Southwestern Athletic ....................................... 2-0
Summit .............................................................. 2-0
Sun Belt ............................................................. 2-5
Western Athletic ................................................ 1-0


Conference Standings as of 3-4-19

Basketball (M)ConferenceOverall
Wofford12 - 020 - 4
UNCG10 - 121 - 3
ETSU9 - 319 - 6
Furman8 - 419 - 5
Chattanooga6 - 611 - 14
Samford4 - 814 - 11
Mercer3 - 88 - 15
Western Carolina3 - 96 - 19
The Citadel2 - 910 - 12
VMI1 - 107 - 16


The SoCon Basketball Tournament - 


If it ended today........    as of 2-7-19

First Round - Friday, March 8 at the U.S. Cellular Center. Asheville, N.C.

Game 1 - #8 Western. #9 The Citadel     7:30 p.m.
Game 2 - #7 Mercer  vs. #10 VMI     7:30 p.m.


Quarterfinals - Saturday, March 9 at the U.S. Cellular Center

Game 3 - #1 Wofford vs. Winner Game 1   12 p.m.
Game 4 - #4 Furman vs. #5 Chattanooga   2:30 p.m.
Game 5 - #2 UNCG vs. Winner Game 2    6 p.m.
Game 6 - #3 ETSU vs. #6 Samford      8:30 p.m.


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