Saturday, January 21, 2023

Game #21 - Samford Bulldogs

When: Saturday, January 21, 2023
Time: 6:00 pm
Where: Hanna Center, Homewood, AL
Radio: none
TV/video: ESPN+
   -announcer: Curt Bloom, Play-by-Play  - Boyd Kaiser, Analyst - Lynden Blake, Sideline
Live Stats: Samford Live stats
Nickname: Bulldogs
Colors: Blue & Red
Students: 5,729
Mascot: Terrier
Message Board: The Dog Pound

Head Coach: Bucky McMillan enters his third season as head coach of Samford University

McMillan's record vs. WCU: 3-0
Gray's record vs. Samford: 0-2

Samford's current record: 13-7 overall, 9-2 home, 4-5 away, 0-0 neutral, 7-0 SoCon
Samford's last season record: 21-11 overall, 13-24 home, 5-8 away, 3-1 neutral, 10-8 SoCon

The Series: The Cats own a 14-14 overall record with Samford, but are only 3-11 in games played in the Hanna Center. The Bulldogs are riding a 3-game win streak over the Cats, coming into Saturday's game. The Cats are 4-6 in the last 10 games played.

The #1 Samford Bulldogs come into the game riding a 7-game win streak and are 9-2 in games played in the Hanna Center this season. That combined with their 3-game win streak over the Catamounts points to a difficult road game for Western Carolina. Samford currently holds down the top spot in the SoCon standings at 7-0. The Bulldogs’ 7-0 record marks their best start to SoCon play since joining the conference in 2008 and the best start to conference play since starting 13-0 in the former TAAC (ASUN) in 1998-99.

The Bulldogs are led by three players averaging double-figure scoring, senior forward LogancDye averaging 14.1 points per game (PPG), junior guard Ques Glover averaging 13.8 ppg, and junior forward JermainevMarshall averaging 11.8 ppg. The Bulldogs come in at third place in scoring offense, putting up 78.2 ppg (just in front of third place WCU), The Bulldogs come in 6th place in the SoCon standing in scoring defense, giving up 69.9 ppg (the Cats are in 4th place giving up 68.6 ppg.

In my opinion, this game comes down to location, where the game is being played. Samford has played extremely well protecting the home court this season, while the Catamount record for road games leaves a lot to be desired having gone 3-6 on the road.

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