Since starting the conference season with a 2-0 record, Samford has gone on to lose 13 of its last 15 games. Meanwhile Western Carolina is tied for fourth place with a 9-7 record in Southern play. Can the Catamounts keep their momentum going at home against the struggling Bulldogs on Wednesday night?
Samford comes up short vs. East Tennessee StateSamford came up short versus East Tennessee State on Saturday night 80-74 despite 25 points from sophomore Robert Allen. Josh Sharkey added 20 points and Jalen Dupree chipped in 12 for the Bulldogs, who lost despite knocking down a red-hot 12-of-20 from 3-point range.
Scott Padgett’s squad comes into Wednesday’s matchup slotted at No. 315 in the latest KenPom rankings after dropping 13 of their last 14 Southern contests. Samford has scored 98.2 points per 100 possessions for the season (242nd in the NCAA) and 95.8 points per 100 possessions during conference play (9th in the Southern). The Bulldogs sport the worst effective field goal percentage in the Southern at 47.1 percent and they have turned the ball over on 21.3 percent of their offensive possessions (10th in the Southern). Samford does most of its damage from inside the arc but it has shot a league-low 46.0 percent from 2-point range during the conference season (10th in the Southern).
On defense, the Bulldogs have surrendered a whopping 11.1 points per 100 possessions for the year (319th in the NCAA) and a league-high 115.2 points per 100 possessions versus Southern opponents (10th in the Southern). They have gotten torched from beyond the arc and on the offensive glass during league play. Southern teams have shot a red-hot 39.5 percent from distance (10th in Southern) while hauling in a league-high 32.6 percent of their missed field goal attempts versus Samford’s defense so far this year.
Catamounts cruise to victory vs. Citadel behind balanced scoring performanceWestern Carolina cruised to a 96-84 victory over The Citadel on Saturday for its second win in three games. Carlos Dotson finished with 23 points and 10 rebounds while Matt Halvorsen chipped in 21 points to pace five Catamounts players in double-figures on the night. The Catamounts shot 12-for-33 from long-range and led by as many as 15 points in the second half.
Mark Prosser’s squad enters their final home game of the season ranked No. 175 in the latest KenPom rankings after improving to 9-7 during conference play. The Catamounts have scored 106.6 points per 100 possessions (78th in the NCAA) and 107.5 points per 100 possessions versus league opponents (4th in the Southern). Western Carolina has struggled with turnovers (7th in the Southern) but it has made up points by shooting a league-best 36.6 percent from 3-point range and getting to the free throw line at 37.6 percent clip (1st in the Southern).
On defense, the Catamounts have given up 106.8 points per 100 possessions for the season (276th in the NCAA) and 107.8 points per 100 possessions during Southern play (7th in the Southern). Western Carolina has done a good job of holding teams to just one shot (3rd in the Southern) and keeping opponents off of the free throw line (4th in the Southern) during league play.
- Bulldogs are 2-12-2 ATS in their last 16 road games vs. a team with a winning home record.
- Bulldogs are 3-14-1 ATS in their last 18 road games.
- Bulldogs are 0-4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following an ATS win