Western Carolina at The Citadel
WHEN: 7:05 p.m. Saturday
WHERE; McAlister Field House
RECORDS: WCU 4-9, 2-0; Citadel 3-8, 0-1
NOTES: This is The Citadel’s first home game since a 74-61 loss to Radford on Nov. 24 … The Bulldogs have lost seven straight by an average of 28 points, the latest a 92-51 loss at Clemson on Tuesday … Citadel C Mike Groselle is sixth in the SoCon in scoring (15 ppg) and second in rebounding (7.8 rpg), and leads in field goal percentage (56.5%) … WCU has lost three straight, to Georgetown (81-68), Tennessee (66-52) and Liberty (63-62) … G Trey Sumler is second in the SoCon in scoring 16.8 ppg) … In SoCon play, WCU has beaten Furman (79-65) and App State (70-64).
WCU starting lineup
G Trey Sumler, 6-2, jr. 16.8 ppg, 4.3 rpg
G Brandon Boggs, 6-5, jr. 9.3 ppg, 3.5 rpg
F Tom Tankelewicz, 6-4, jr. 10.2 pg, 3.1 rpg
F Tawaski King, 6-8, jr. 12 ppg, 5.4 rpg
F Preston Ross, 6-4, jr. 7.5 pg, 3.7 rpg
WCU is No. 274 in RPI, with an SOS of No. 252. The Citadel is last in the RPI at No. 347, with an SOS of No. 341.
Western Carolina is fairly efficient on offense, averaging 69.6 ppg (4th in SoCon) on 43.2 percent shooting (4th in SoCon). The Catamounts average 1.007 points per possession (147th in the country), with three players averaging in double figures. But on defense, WCU is giving up 1.05 points per possession, No. 278 in the nation, and allows foes to rebound 39.1 percent of their misses (No. 332 in the nation). WCU defends the 3-point line fairly well (29.5 percent, No. 41) but struggles inside the arc, allowing foes to shoot 51.7 percent on 2-point tries. Kenpom.com has WCU winning by 78-67, with a 17 percent chance of a Citadel victory. I’d say The Citadel needs to take it inside to Mike Groselle, and get Stephen Elmore more than the one shot he managed against Clemson, and then hit the offensive glass.