Samford at The Citadel
WHEN: 7:05 p.m.
WHERE: McAlister Field House
RECORDS: Samford 4-12, 2-1; Citadel 3-10, 0-3
NOTES: The Citadel has lost nine straight, the latest a 70-65 loss to Chattanooga on Thursday … The Bulldogs had a 10-point lead in the second half of that game, their first second-half lead since a 71-58 loss at Gardner-Webb on Dec. 15 … Two freshmen led The Citadel in scoring against the Mocs, Matt Van Scyoc with 20 points, Rae Robinson with 15 … Samford is coming off a 62-57 upset of College of Charleston, making Samford 1-12 against the Cougars … That game was No. 333 over No. 76 in RPI rankings … Samford made 8 of 16 from 3-point range in that game, and Citadel foes are shooting 39.8 percent from long distance against the Bulldogs, worst in the SoCon.
G Connor Miller, 6-3, so. 6.9 ppg, 2.9 rpg
G Raijon Kelly, 6-4, so. 14.9 ppg, 3.5 apg
G Will Cook, 6-4, jr. 3.4 ppg, 2.3 rpg
F Tim Williams, 6-8, fr. 14.3 pg, 7.6 rpg
F Clide Geffrard Jr., 6-5, fr. 9.0 ppg, 4.3 rpg.
Samford’s 62-57 win over College of Charleston was just the Bulldogs’ third over a D-I team this season. They’ve also beaten Georgia Southern (57-48) and Tenn.-Martin (75-62). Samford parted ways with longtime coach Jimmy Tillette and hired Bennie Seltzer, a former assistant at Indiana. Samford is starting two freshmen and two sophomores, and 6-8 F Tim Williams from Chicago is a SoCon freshman of the year candidate with 14.9 ppg and 7.6 rpg. Samford no longer runs Tillette’s version of the Princeton offense, but is still a good 3-point shooting team (35.2% against D-I teams, No. 104 in the country), but has struggled on defense, ranking near the bottom of D-I in most categories. Samford also is the worst rebounding team in the SoCon, so that should present some opportunities for Mike Groselle and Stephen Elmore. The Citadel beat Samford by 73-62 last year behind 25 points from Groselle. Samford has played a fairly difficult schedule, with five games against teams in the top 100 of the RPI, with games at Louisville, Memphis, Kentucky and Wisconsin. Kenpom.com predicts a 71-65 win for Samford, with a 30 percent chance of a Citadel victory.