Friday, January 25, 2013

Game 21 - Georgia Southern

Game #21 - Georgia Southern 
Location: Ramsey Center, Cullowhee, NC
Date: Thursday, January 24th, 2013
Time: 2:00 p.m. ET
Series: GSU leads the all-time series 19-13
Radio: Catamount Sports Network
TV: none
Live Video: Catamount All Access

Georgia Southern travels to Cullowhee after an overtime loss to Appalachian State on Thursday night. The Eagles are 8-12 overall on the season, and 2-5 in SoCon games. The Eagles are sporting wins over the two top teams in the South Division this year, a 70-57 victory over league leading Davidson, and 51-47 win over #2 Charleston.  Both games were played in Statesboro.

The Eagles come to Cullowhee as one of the more unpredictable teams in the SoCon. They have wins over two of the top teams in the SoCon (Charleston and Georgia Southern), but also lost to The Citadel, who is just 1-7 in league play this year.

The Eagles are lead one of the league's top players in junior guard Eric Ferguson.  He ranks 11th in the conference in scoring (14.2 ppg) and third in rebounding (7.6 rpg). Helping Ferguson score, are  C.J. Reed (11.7 ppg) and Tre Bussey (10.7).   The Eagles rank 11th in the league in scoring (59.9 ppg) and are eighth in field-goal percentage (42.3 percent) despite having three players averaging in double-figures.

While the Eagles are having offensive struggles  the defensive side of the ball is where they have excelled.  The Eagles are limiting opponents to 63.4 points per game, good enough for the third-best in the SoCon. The Eagles also rank third in the league in field-goal percentage defense (42.6 percent) and fourth in three-point field-goal defense (31.6 percent).

The Eagles haven't won on the road win since a 78-73 upset of Virginia Tech back on Dec. 15. are 0-6 in games played outside of Statesboro, Ga. since then.

This should be a good game to watch in person at the Ramsey.

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