Western Carolina at The Citadel preview

Matt Van Scyoc

Matt Van Scyoc

Western Carolina at The Citadel

WHEN: 7:05 p.m. Saturday. WHERE: McAlister Field House
RECORDS: WCU 11-10, 4-2; Citadel 4-17, 0-6.
RADIO: 1450-AM

NOTES: The Bulldogs have lost nine straight, the lastest an 80-67 loss to Appalachian State on Thursday … The 9-game skid is just The Citadel’s third-longest in the last three years; the Bulldogs had a 12-gamer last season and an 11-game streak in 2011-12 … Only four players scored in the loss to App State, but all four were in double figures, led by Matt Van Scyoc with 24 … G Marshall Harris missed the App State game with a sore foot, snapping a streak of 61 straight starts … The Bulldogs’ bench was outscored 30-0 in that game … WCU is coming off an 82-77 loss at home to Davidson, and has dropped two straight after winning five in a row … Senior guard Trey Sumler is averaging 18.7 ppg, fourth in the SoCon … James Sinclair, a 6-3 junior, is at 10.4 ppg and Brandon Boggs, a 6-5 senior, is at 10.2 ppg … 6-4 senior Tom Tankelewicz is a 3-point marksman; he hit 10 of 18 from distance in a 92-84 win over Charleston Southern … WCU’s top big man is 6-8 senior Tawaski King, averaging 6.7 points and 4.6 rebounds … WCU forces 14.6 turnovers per game, second-best in the SoCon and a sore point for the Bulldogs … WCU is also the second-best 3-point shooting team in the SoCon, hitting 36.8 percent … WCU’s best win, per kenpom.com, is 74-62 over No. 184 Elon; worst loss, 76-68 to No. 253 Coastal Carolina … kenpom predicts a 76-69 win for No. 228 WCU over No. 344 The Citadel.

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