Monday, December 23, 2013

Scanning the SoCon - Week Eight (Mid-season Awards)

Each week, our SoCon bloggers/message boarders (one representing each team) will vote on a Game of the Week, Power Rankings and Player of the Week. This week, we add the Mid-season Awards) At least three will answer a series of questions on their team and things of interest around the SoCon.

 Scanning the SoCon - Week Eight

The following is my submission to week eight of Scanning the SoCon. You can read the entire consolidated article and see everyone's answers to this week's questions at MocsMania, here for part 1 and here for part 2.

Power Ranking 
3-Western Carolina
5-Georgia Southern
8-App State
11-The Citadel

Player of the Week
Stephen Croone, Furman

Game of the Week
UNCG at Virginia Tech

Player of the Year to date
Z. Mason, Chattanooga

Coach of the Year to date
Matt Matheny, Elon

Freshman of the Year to date
Brian White, the Citadel

Why are you voting for who you are voting for in Player of the Year?
At this point, I'm strongly looking at Z. Mason of Chattanooga. Certainly the Mocs leader on the floor. He's currently third in scoring, third in rebounding and first in blocked shots. I'd like to have Trey Sumler in that spot, however I just havn't seen the offensive consistency up to this point.

Which team has been the most pleasant surprise? Why?
Sorry, but I don't think ANY SoCon teams have played surprisingly well, all have been surprisingly bad.

Which team has been the biggest disappointment? Why?
Western Carolina - Inconsistent play in both offense and defense from a team loaded with senior experience, leadership, and talent

Outside of Davidson, Elon and Western Carolina, who is most likely to improve the most between now and March? Why?
UNCG. The Spartans seem to be improving weekly, I think it will continue as the team jells, I believe they have the most potential of the remaining teams

If you had to pick right now, which two teams do you think would make the SoCon Championship Game and who would win? Why?
The same two that have been #1 and #2 all season, Davidson and Elon. The only two teams that can win out of conference, D1 games.