The Citadel at Appalachian State
WHEN: 8 p.m. Wednesday. WHERE: Holmes Center, Boone, N.C.
RECORDS: Citael 6-19, 3-12; App State 12-14, 8-7
NOTES: After winning two straight and three of five, The Citadel has lost four in a row, the latest a 72-57 loss to Davidson on Saturday … This will be the Bulldogs’ only meeting with App State this season … The Citadel has won five of its last seven games against App State after enduring a 17-game skid … Either Mike Groselle and/or P.J. Horgan has led the Bulldogs in scoring the last eight games … App State has won four of its last six, including a 76-68 win at UNC Greensboro on Sunday … Jay Canty, a 6-6 sophomore and a transfer from Xavier, scored 17 points with nine rebounds at UNCG, and is averaging 14.3 points and 6.3 rebounds … App State is tied for third in the SoCon North, a half-game behind Samford for the fourth and final first-round bye in the SoCon Tournament.
App State starters:
G Mike Neal, 6-2, so. 8.8 ppg, 3.3 rpg
G Tab Hamilton, 6-3, so. 9.7 ppg, 2.3 rpg
F Nathan Healy, 6-7, sr. 14.8 ppg, 77. rpg
F Jay Canty, 6-6, so. 14.3 ppg, 6.3 rpg
F Michael Obacha, 6-8, fr. 5 ppg, 4.6 rpg
App State has played three overtime games this season, winning two of them. The Mountaineers have had an up and down season, with no losing skid longer than seven games and no winning streak longer than five. They’ve won two of their last three and four of their last six. They are 5-1 at home in SoCon play, the lone loss to mighty Davidson, and have beaten North leader Elon and Western Carolina at home. Defense is the key issue for App; it allows 1.072 points per possession (No. 283 in the country at kenpom.com). Bad, but not nearly as bad as The Citadel’s 1.19 (No. 346). Foes shoot 52.9 percent on 2-point shots v App (No. 324). so perhaps there is opportunity for Citadel big men Mike Groselle and PJ Horgan. But App does a pretty good job defending the 3-point line (32.4 percent, No 112). 6-6 junior Tevin Baskin has provided spark off the bench for App, a projected 81-67 winner by kenpom.com