Citadel coach Chuck Driesell had a lot to say about turnovers after the Bulldogs’ 92-51 loss at Clemson on Tuesday, and rightfully so. The Citadel gave up 44 points off 25 turnovers in that game.
The Citadel is averaging 17.3 turnovers per game, and during its current seven-game skid is giving up 18 per game, with 17 at Georgia Tech, 20 at St. Bonaventure and Gardner-Webb and 24 at UNC Greensboro.
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).
There are several reasons why The Citadel’s basketball team is off to a 1-4 start against Division I competition heading into Saturday’s game at Gardner-Webb. But the most glaring reason jumps off the stat page.
Teams are shooting 40.1 percent from 3-point range against the Bulldogs, a figure that ranks last in the Southern Conference and 329th out of 345 D-I teams according to NCAA stats.
Thing is, Brian Okam has MADE two free throws this season.
App State AD Charlie Cobb has had a rough go if lately, what with the botched firing/retirement/resignation of legendary football coach Jerry Moore.
Tuesday was a newsy day for former Citadel coaches Ed Conroy and Ellis Johnson, with ramifications that might be felt close to home.
Ex-Citadel basketball coach (and player) Ed Conroy, now at Tulane, will soon find himself coaching in the Big East, as that league announced it will add Tulane in all sports and East Carolina in football.
The turkey’s barely been digested and Clowney just sacked Tajh Boyd again, but it’s already time for Southern Conference basketball.
The SoCon season tips off Wednesday with Elon at Georgia Southern and Western Carolina at Furman. Our two local squads swing into league action Saturday, with College of Charleston at Elon and The Citadel at UNC Greensboro.
So what have we learned so far?