Southern Conference Basketball Previews for Feb. 4

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Southern Conference Basketball Previews for Feb. 4
UNCG Looks For Eighth-Straight Win This Afternoon At Furman

GREENVILLE, S.C.

It will be a crucial Saturday in Southern Conference basketball with all 12 teams in action.

Appalachian State will go in search of its second-straight win over the College of Charleston Cougars at the Holmes Convocation Center. They posted an 85-70 win over the Cougars last season.

Both teams will be looking to rebound from one-point losses. The Mountaineers dropped a 53-52 decision to Samford on Thursday night, while the Cougars were 99-98 losers to the Elon Phoenix in double overtime on the road Thursday evening.

UNC Greensboro, riding its best winning streak as a Southern Conference member, has won seven in a row. They put that streak on the line this afternoon at Timmons Arena against the Furman Paladins.

UNCG is 1-8 all-time in the facility, with their lone win on Furman's home floor coming in the 2006-07 campaign. A win would pad the Spartans' lead atop the North Division, while also giving UNCG its first double-digit win season since 2007-08.

Wofford, winners of eight of their last 10, including six straight, will play host to the Samford Bulldogs on Saturday evening at the Benjamin-Johnson Arena.

Samford has been playing good basketball of late as well, having posted five wins in its last seven games. One of those wins for the Bulldogs was a 77-74 win over Davidson last Saturday, as they handed the Wildcats their only loss in league play this season.

Wofford has won all five meetings between the two since the Bulldogs joined the SoCon in 2009. Saturday's meeting will mark the seventh between the two schools, with Wofford holding a commanding 5-1 edge.

League-leading Davidson will host the Chattanooga Mocs at Belk Arena on Saturday night. These two got together just a little over a week ago, with the Wildcats emerging from the Roundhouse with a narrow 64-63 win.

The Mocs are struggling by anyone's measure; the preseason North Division favorites sit alone in sixth place, entering the game with the South Division leaders having lost six straight.

Western Carolina and Georgia Southern will lock horns for the first time this season, as the Catamounts will host the upstart Eagles at the Ramsey Center this afternoon.

The Eagles will look to put an end to a two-game skid to the Catamounts. It would be their first win inside the road facility since an 85-76 triumph on Jan. 3, 2005. Saturday's meeting marks the 32nd renewal of the rivalry, with the Eagles holding an 18-13 series edge. Tip-off is slated for 2 p.m. at the Ramsey Center.

The Citadel and Elon round out Saturday's SoCon basketball action.

The Bulldogs travel to Elon for an inter-divisional clash on Saturday evening. The two teams have already met once this season, with a 70-55 win in Charleston back on Jan. 12. Elon has won three-straight in the series and holds a commanding 11-4 series edge. The Citadel will be looking to put an end to a seven-game skid.  

Please be sure to check out a more in-depth look at this afternoon's Appalachian State/College of Charleston clash at the Holmes Center on the following attached slide. 

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