Southern Conference Basketball Previews for Feb. 6

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Southern Conference Basketball Previews for Feb. 6
Jack Isenbarger Is Coming Off A 34-Point Performance In Saturday's Win Over The Citadel And Leads Elon Into A Key SoCon North Division Clash This Evening Against Appalachian State. Photo Courtesy Scott Muthersbaugh/The Times News

GREENVILLE, S.C.--It's a big night of Southern Conference basketball, with three games on tap for this Monday night in early February.

Obviously, the marquee matchup is at Davidson's Belk Arena, where it will be a meeting of the league's traditional power against the league's newest power, when Davidson hosts Wofford. The Terriers, the two-time defending SoCon champs, face a program that is tied with Chattanooga for most SoCon Tournament titles with 10, when they make the short trip up I-85 to meet the Wildcats.

Davidson won the first matchup in early December, as the Wildcats emerged with a 72-69 win at the Benjamin-Johnson Arena. Wofford did post a 69-64 win over the Wildcats in its last trip to Belk Arena back on Jan. 15, 2011. The Terriers and Wildcats will be meeting for the 96th time this evening, with the Wildcats holding a commanding 71-24 lead.

The other important South Division clash takes place in Statesboro, Ga., this evening, with Georgia Southern hosting Furman. The Paladins are coming off a big win over North Division-leading UNC Greensboro on Saturday, claiming a 93-85 win over the Spartans at Timmons Arena on Saturday afternoon. Meanwhile, Georgia Southern was up in Cullowhee, N.C., taking care of its first win over the Western Carolina Catamounts on their home floor since Jan. 15, 2005, with a 68-65 win inside the Ramsey Center. Furman has owned the series of late between the Paladins and Eagles, having won five of the last six between the two, including a 73-56 win last February at Hanner Fieldhouse. 

The only North Division matchup of the evening takes place at Alumni Gym on the campus of Elon University, as the North Division-leading Phoenix host Appalachian State. Just a little over a week removed from an 81-66 win over the Phoenix at the Holmes Center, the Mountaineers look to put an end to a two-game losing streak, which both occurred on their home floor, with consecutive losses to Samford (53-52) and College of Charleston (74-62).

It is a must-win situation for the Mountaineers, who are trying to stay alive for one of the top two byes handed out to the top two finishers in the North Division. For Elon, a win would bring an end to a seven-game losing streak to the Apps and brings the Phoenix and head coach Matt Matheny a step closer to a possible division championship and a top-two finish in the SoCon North. 

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